Chris Maher is the Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at The George Institute for Global Health, leading a program of research focusing on the management of musculoskeletal conditions in primary care and community settings. The Division has a strong program of research around low back pain; with studies such as PACE and TRIGGERS, receiving international media attention recently.
New research shows that paracetamol is ineffective in reducing pain, disability or improving quality of life for patients who suffer from low back pain or osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and its use may affect the liver.
New research from The George Institute for Global Health questions the notion that a capped budget for new medicines is a good policy choice for Australia, as recommended for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in the recent Commission of Audit.
Hot off the salt press we have a couple of updates following the issue of the report ‘Salt levels in common lunchbox items’ released to support Salt Awareness Week. The feedback from consumers and food companies alike has been incredible. Lowering the amount of salt in children’s foods is clearly an issue that many of us feel passionate about. We have listened to what you have said and have a couple of notes.
Australian research published in The Lancet shows that more than two million people globally die unnecessarily every year because they cannot access treatment for kidney failure (dialysis or a kidney transplant). By 2030 the number of people receiving treatment is predicted to double to over five million.
Australian kids are eating alarming amounts of salt, putting them at greater risk of heart disease later in life, and making simple changes to what goes in kids’ lunchboxes can reduce salt by as much as 4g a day.