The world’s first international polypill trial has shown that a four in one combination pill can halve predicted heart disease and stroke risk. Results were published today in the open access journal PLoS One.The once-a-day polypill contains aspirin and agents to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The new national target to reduce both road fatalities and road injuries by at least 30% by 2020 is a welcome move according to Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers, an internationally recognised expert in road safety and Director of Injury Research at The George Institute for Global Health.
New research to be published in the Journal of Hypertension shows 32 countries now have national programs to reduce population salt intake. Central to the success of these programs is the establishment of targets for the maximum amount of salt in different foods.
The Decade of Action for Road Safety will be launched in Sydney on Wednesday 11 May. The George Institute is a supporter of this global initiative which was announced by the UN General Assembly in 2010 with the aim of halving projected global road traffic deaths over the next ten years.
The impact of threatened cuts to the National Health and Medical Research Council will have far greater consequences than Government has anticipated as attendees at the national rallies being held around Australia today will hear.
Riding a motorcycle is associated with a high risk of fatal crashes, both in Australia and in many other parts of the world. Accounting for only 4.5 percent of Australian vehicle registrations, motorcycle riders account for an alarming 15 percent of road deaths.
Intravenous drips first came into prominence during World War One and the method of injecting a simple hydrating solution into the vein is still used to maintain body fluid, aid the output of the heart, and stabilise and maintain blood pressure.
The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney’s Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, have been recognised and highly praised by Mick Gooda, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in partnership with Aboriginal communities in the Fitzroy Valley.
Traffic Light Labelling to help consumers identify healthier food products was one of the key recommendations of the Blewett committee report published last week1. Many public health groups welcome this recommendation. However, in a direct attempt to subvert the process, the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) yesterday launched a new campaign2 promoting its controversial Daily Intake Guide labelling scheme - widely criticized by public interest groups as not adequately protecting consumers health.