Injury-related deaths and disability are on the rise, disproportionately so in low and middle income countries, with the global burden of injuries expected to increase over the next 20 years. In a paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers say that if these projections are to be thwarted, efforts aimed at prevention must become a priority - on the global health agenda and in low and middle income countries.
Australians with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance will now be able to make better informed choices in the supermarket aisle, with the addition of the GlutenSwitch feature to Australia’s leading food label-scanning app, FoodSwitch.
Real-time social phenomenon, Twitter, can be a powerful tool to help prevent heart disease and improve health practices, according to a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney. Their study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveying 15 international health-focused Twitter accounts, nine professional organisations and six medical journals, were selected for analysis of their Twitter growth, reach, and content.
A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing shows that the number of older Australians hospitalised after a fall continues to rise. Identifying older people in need of assessment and support to prevent falls is crucial for reducing this growing public health issue.
The monumental legal act of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution will instil a real sense of pride and dignity for our First Peoples and be one of the solutions to closing the life expectancy gap, according to Chris Lawrence from The George Institute for Global Health and University of Sydney, in his article in the latest Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
In an era where the increasing burden of disease and disability from chronic diseases such as back pain, stroke and diabetes, have major socio economic implications, current models of healthcare are not sustainable; and with Australia's national health expenditure expected to reach $246 billion by 2033, more innovative and cost effective approaches to healthcare are urgently needed. The work of Dr Manuela Ferreira explores this important question.