Cancer in the News

Supportive Care: City Better for Cancer Survival

23 June 2017

Regional cancer patients are less likely to survive than those in the city and the disparity is not all about poor access to treatment. Patient preferences, age, gender, indigenous status and health insurance play a part in survival rates, according ... more

Research: Women's gene hope

21 June 2017

Women who carry the most common genetic mutations for breast and ovarian cancer will now be able to get a more accurate assessment of their risk. A 20-year international study, involving Melbourne researchers and patients, found that family history a... more

Nutrition, obesity and physical activity: Fat load of good

20 June 2017

Christine Cronau, who claims a high-fat, low carbohydrate “ketogenic” diet can ‘starve’ cancer has been banned from using Adelaide universities for her lectures. Friends of Science in Medicine, which represents over 1200 scientists and clinicians, wr... more

Nutrition: Health review dishes out some half-star ratings

20 June 2017

Researchers from the George Institute of Global Health and Cancer Council NSW applied the health star rating system to 1530 menu items at 13 fast food chains. They found that Gloria Jean’s had the lowest average health star rating of two stars follow... more

Screening: Lung cancer scan trial

20 June 2017

Results of a Royal Melbourne Hospital-led trial to determine whether routine screening of high-risk people could detect lung cancer before it turns deadly could produce crucial evidence supporting a national screening program. The trial will involve ... more

Screening: Early diabetes screening could red flag pancreatic cancer

19 June 2017

Screening newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients for pancreatic cancer could slash the number of deaths from the killer disease. Experts are issuing the advice as they believe that the blood sugar condition may be an early warning sign of the onset... more

Screening: Jakovich punctures silence on prostate cancer

19 June 2017

An ambassador for the EJ Whitten Foundation, West Coast Eagles legend Glen Jakovich knows first-hand the importance of regular prostate checks. Jakovich was only 16 when he lost his dad, Darko, to cancer in 1989 at the age of 54. The four-time Eagles... more

Screening: Extra test a vital lesson for women

19 June 2017

One of Perth’s best-known medical families has opened up about their personal breast cancer journey to warn women with dense-tissue breasts to be extra vigilant about their prevention plan. Alexa Miller, parent of two teenagers with Dr Andrew Miller... more

Tobacco: Big Tobacco’s leading role in ‘smoking baby’

19 June 2017

The Sunday Age has tracked down Aldi Rizal - known around the world as "Indonesia's smoking baby". The infamous ‘‘Indonesian smoking baby’’ YouTube videos raised international awareness of the alarmingly high child smoking rate in Indonesia: 20 per ... more

Treatment: Doctors in cancer fund war

19 June 2017

Cancer treatments will ­become more expensive or even be compromised should the federal government proceed with its cuts to radiation oncology equipment, oncologists have warned. Expensive linear accelerators, CT machines and software needed to treat... more

Supportive care: A good ending

19 June 2017

Andrew Denton writes an opinion piece about voluntary assisted dying. Later this year there will be a conscience vote on legislation to be introduced to the Victorian parliament.  He says that the vote might be three months away, but already hardcore... more

Medical and Scientific: Green light for second medical research hub

19 June 2017

THE State Government will commit $44 million in next week’s Budget towards construction of the second SAHMRI building. SAHMRI executive director Professor Steve Wesselingh told The Advertiser that Premier Jay Weatherill was expected to make an annou... more

Medical and Scientific: Science of luring the best and brightest

19 June 2017

The Adelaide Advertiser profiles Professor Angel Lopez, who was recently given an Order of Australia Award.  The work he and his 200 colleagues perform at the Centre for Cancer Biology (CCB) is not to try and cure cancer just for South Australia, he ... more

Risk: Asbestos expert in talks on ‘fibre bank’

19 June 2017

Asbestos researchers hope to create a world-first repository of the deadly fibre to help establish links to lung cancer. Concord Hospital Asbestos Diseases Research Institute director Ken Takahashi will be in Canberra this week to meet MPs from all s... more

Tobacco: Plain packets just don't work

16 June 2017

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm writes in an opinion piece that banning cigarette branding has done nothing to reduce smoking rates, but as long as tobacco companies get screwed no one seems to mind. The Australian Financial Review, 16 Ju... more

Public Health: Cancer has the biggest impact

16 June 2017

According to a new analysis of 2011 data by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, cancer accounts for one-fifth of our disease burden. Other conditions such as cardiovascular disease may be more common and cause a greater number of deaths, ... more

Supportive Care: PBS failures in the spotlight

16 June 2017

ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris will lobby federal health minister Greg Hunt to reassess how the Australian government subsidises prescription drugs, as a Senate inquiry into funding for research into cancers with low survival rates continues. ... more

Medical and scientific: Glowing results

16 June 2017

Scientists have found a way to map how cancer drugs work — by making them glow and tracking their journey through the body. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre research has shown new tools have the potential to revolutionise the way drugs are investiga... more

Medical and scientific: Clever blood test set to take pain out of prostate treatment

16 June 2017

A new test that detects aggressive prostate cancer from a blood sample could save thousands of lives. The test shows when a tumour is a type that may spread quickly, research suggests. It identifies prostate cancer patients with aggressive forms of t... more

Supportive Care: Team to ask patients what really matters in their care

14 June 2017

Associate Professor Richard Norman, a health economist from Curtin University’s school of public health, is leading a team trying to determine what is important to cancer patients when it comes to their treatment and what it is that makes it more bea... more

Supportive Care: Working to beat cancer

14 June 2017

Exercise is medicine and when it comes to cancer it’s been proved to be one of the best but, until now, there have been few specialised exercise programs to support young people. The Cancer Council WA’s Life Now program is hugely popular, with thousa... more

Skin: Self-tanning drug in prospect

14 June 2017

A drug developed by Harvard University researchers could offer risk-free tans by stimulating production of natural pigments. Unlike solarium tans, which expose people to carcinogenic ultraviolet radiation, the drug could prevent skin cancer by encour... more

Supportive Care: Senate cans cannabis hurdle

14 June 2017

Terminally ill patients could soon receive medicinal cannabis after an about-face by crossbench senators to overturn rules making the drug harder to get. A Greens push to disallow the rule that makes it harder to access medicinal cannabis was passed ... more

Medical and scientific: Test predicts drug success

14 June 2017

Melbourne researchers have devised a way to better recruit lung cancer patients most likely to benefit from new drugs — a tool they hope will improve treatment options more broadly for the disease. Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research ... more

Skin: Melanoma hot spot

13 June 2017

Figures released today by Cancer Council Queensland show an estimated 220 men die from the disease each year, an increase from 125 men in 1995. Death rates continue to rise at 1 per cent a year. More than 2000 males are diagnosed annually. The upward... more

Supportive Care: Dope law push stirs the pot

13 June 2017

A senior drugs regulator has warned that a push to weaken medical cannabis regulation could lead to people attempting to bring “a suitcase” full of the illegal and ­potentially deadly substance through customs. Independent senator Jacqui Lambie is at... more

Supportive Care: Money a worry if health goes

13 June 2017

Last week the Financial Planning Association of Australia was delighted to announce a pilot probono Financial Planning Referral Service with Cancer Council, to provide assistance to families affected by cancer. The FPA believes that financial planner... more

Treatment: Treatment can cost millions ‘for the wrong cancer’

13 June 2017

Sarah McGoram is in an arms race against her own body, requiring a new drug every couple of years to fight the gastrointestinal stromal tumours in her small bowel and liver. Because she has burnt through so many different treatments, she can no longe... more

Nutrition: Diet combats “secret killer”

13 June 2017

New Australian research has found that diet could increase a woman’s chances of surviving ovarian cancer by as much as 25%. A QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute study of 811 women found women who ate the most fibre, green leafy vegetables and ... more

Occupational and environmental cancer risk: Faulty shield leads to RAH radiation scare

13 June 2017

Medical staff were unknowingly exposed to radiation from a CT scanner at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for four months before being told of a fault in the lead protection barrier. The radiation fail is the latest health scandal exposed by The Advertise... more

Medical and scientific: Humble hero of research

13 June 2017

Prof Angel Lopez has been appointed as an Officer to the Order for Australia for his work in scientific research in the areas of immunology, cell biology and innovative developments in cancer treatment, in particular, acute myeloid leukaemia. Since 2... more

Medical and scientific: Formula for Greatness

13 June 2017

A Queensland professor has been recognised with a top award for his decades of world-leading cancer treatment research. Professor Rajiv Khanna was awarded the Order for Australia for his ground-breaking research using immunotherapy to treat cancers. ... more

Medical and Scientific: Peter Klinken

13 June 2017

Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of WA has been awarded Companion of the Order of Australia. He discovered the gene that suppresses tumour growth in 1988, telling AAP he was ‘‘almost shaking with excitement’’ when he grew in a test tube a rare type of ... more

Research: New hope for cancer patients

09 June 2017

A breakthrough drug treatment “completely arrests” the growth of tumours in an aggressive form of breast cancer, researchers have found. The finding that a combination of chemotherapy and drugs that fire up the immune system halts the growth of tumou... more

Treatment: Call to tell families of dose error

07 June 2017

Patient advocate Beryl Crosby has slammed a decision by Queensland Health to keep patients’ families in the dark over a chemotherapy dosing controversy at the Toowoomba Hospital. Ms Crosby said the families had a “bloody right to know”. “You have to ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Walk away the cancer

07 June 2017

Walking for just 30 minutes a day can boost your chances of surviving cancer by almost half, research shows. Separate studies involving breast and bowel cancer patients found that regular exercise had a huge impact on survival. The first was carried ... more

Research: Fresh hope for cancer sufferers

07 June 2017

Thousands of men could benefit from a new way of treating prostate cancer that doubles their average life expectancy, research has found. Giving patients a combination of two drugs makes them nearly 40 per cent more likely to be alive after three yea... more

Research: New shot in cancer battle

07 June 2017

Victorian women with the most aggressive form of breast cancer will be among the first to test a shot of radiotherapy to “reawaken” the immune system to fight cancer before further treatment. Two clinical trials combining radiation with immunotherapy... more

Research: ‘Liquid’ cancer test hope

06 June 2017

A universal cancer test that can diagnose tumours a decade before symptoms appear is being developed by US scientists. Known as a liquid biopsy, it involves patients providing a blood sample, which is run through a laboratory machine. It scans the bl... more

Treatment: Chemo dosage secret scandal

06 June 2017

Ten cancer patients were given lower than recommended doses of chemotherapy at a Queensland hospital. Although Queensland Health was advised of the underdosing on May 25, no families have been informed. An emergency review, sparked after a chance dis... more

Treatment: New cancer calculator to assess baby chances

05 June 2017

A world-first online fertility calculator is being developed by Melbourne researchers to help breast cancer patients understand how treatments may affect their chances of conceiving. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data suggests, on averag... more

Research: Mum’s cancer care means talking to kids too

05 June 2017

Medical oncologist Arlene Chan, the founder of Breast Cancer Research WA has begun a pioneering study of what children go through when mothers are diagnosed with breast cancer.. Breast cancer accounts for about 25 per cent of all cancers diagnosed. A... more

Tobacco: Toxic tobacco on nose

04 June 2017

Illegal tobacco costing the tax system $205 million has been seized in the last financial year alone. The Australian Border Force detected 103 marine shipments and 48,322 postal shipments of undeclared tobacco so far in 2016-17. The sea cargo amounte... more

Research: Ovarian Cancer drug trial result ‘exciting’

04 June 2017

Researchers have hailed the biggest breakthrough for a decade in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer, after a new treatment was found to dramatically shrink tumours. Experts said the results of the early-phase study were “exciting” and “promisin... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fat chance of survival without lap band help

04 June 2017

Obese people are being consigned to bad health and an early death because they can’t access lifesaving bariatric surgery, experts have warned. With close to a million adults classified as obese in Australia, the number of people having the weight-red... more

Medical and Scientific: Genetic testing’s insurance exclusion hook

04 June 2017

In Australia, unlike in many other countries, life insurers are allowed to ask applicants for results of genetic tests and allowed to discriminate on the basis of the results. Other countries have introduced laws for their life insurance industries, ... more

Research: Cannabis versus cancer

04 June 2017

Cannabis is now being touted as a potential treatment for breast cancer, following the success of pre-clinical studies by a Perth-based biopharmaceutical company. The study was conducted on cells in vitro. Triple negative breast cancer is one of the ... more

Research: Chemical is cancer risk

03 June 2017

A chemical in diesel fumes, cosmetics and cleaning products causes cancer by damaging our ability to repair faults in our genes, scientists have found. Researchers have found formaldehyde can cause cancer by breaking down the mechanisms which fix dam... more

Tobacco: Cost of rollies about to rise

02 June 2017

Smokers who roll their own cigarettes or puff on cigars will have to pay more from September. The Federal Government introduced draft laws to increase the tax on certain tobacco products to bring them in line with manufactured cigarettes. It covers t... more

Tobacco: Smoking now outside

01 June 2017

Smoking, already off the menu inside restaurants, pubs and clubs, will from August 1 be off the menu outside too. From that day, in outside areas such as on footpaths or in courtyards and beer gardens, any smokers must be separated from dining areas ... more

Tobacco: Doyle’s tobacco ban personal

01 June 2017

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has invoked the “horrible” plight of his late mother in an emotional attack on smoking. Cr Doyle will write to Premier Daniel Andrews calling for legislation to ban political parties accepting donations from the tobacco indust... more

Research: Teens turned off party lifestyle

01 June 2017

Australians under 30 are drinking, smoking and using illicit drugs far less than their parents and grandparents, research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows. The latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey, released today, f... more

Tobacco: ‘Dirty Ashtray’ award nothing to be proud of

31 May 2017

The Heart Foundation is urging the Northern Territory Government to stop investing public money into trusts linked to the tobacco industry and to strengthen tobacco legislation this World No Tobacco Day. The urgent call for action is in response to t... more

Tobacco: Ciggies will smoke ‘em

31 May 2017

The Cancer Council has today called for a ban on smoking around children. Hundreds of thousands of Queensland kids live with a smoker and attempts to protect them from toxic drift by puffing in the backyard or in another room are pointless. And light... more

Skin Cancer: New skin cancer risk test

31 May 2017

A simple saliva test could be used to assess a person’s melanoma risk within the next five years, Queensland researchers believe. Researchers from the Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Queensland are conducting a study of more than 1200 p... more

Research: Breastfeed cancer hope

31 May 2017

Breastfeeding has been linked to a lower risk of developing cancer of the uterus. An international study, led by Australian researchers, found women who breastfed for at least nine months had an 11 per cent lower risk of developing the common cancer ... more

Research: More melanoma in affluent areas

31 May 2017

Perth’s western suburbs are home to the highest above average rates of skin cancer in WA, health statistics reveal. Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also shows Mandurah and Kwinana are cancer hotspots, with higher than the nat... more

Tobacco: Tobacco costs see theft soar

30 May 2017

Gangs of criminals are stealing cigarettes in record numbers across Melbourne as the value of tobacco on the black market soars. Thieves broke into Victorian stores and stole tobacco 137 times between January 1, 2016 and March 15, 2017. Tobacco is no... more

Tobacco: Smokers butt out as threat sinks in

30 May 2017

Smokers are butting out in record numbers in South Australia and fewer youngsters are lighting up, new figures show. Health experts are hailing the sharp dip in smoking rates as a potential life-saver from a variety of cigarette related illnesses, mo... more

Alcohol: Booze ads lure youth

30 May 2017

Alcohol advertising should be banned within walking distance of schools, according to health advocates who warn exposure to boozy billboards can lead to binge drinking. Backed by its own research linking alcohol advertising to risky drinking among Vi... more

Tobacco: AMA fumes at NT inaction

29 May 2017

The Territory has been branded “a serial offender in failing to improve tobacco control” after it was announced as the recipient of the Dirty Ashtray Award for putting in the least effort to reduce smoking over the past 12 months. It is the second ye... more

Medical and Scientific: Life insurance industry lags on genetic testing

29 May 2017

National Australia Bank's chief customer officer, Andrew Haggar, has admitted that the life insurance industry has not kept pace with advancements in genetic testing, despite research showing that even a small increase in the level of testing could c... more

Occupational and Environment: Fiskville fight continues

29 May 2017

The resilience and resolve of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority volunteers is being pushed to its limit as the Andrews government continues its bid to split the organisation. But as if the unscrupulous union driven campaign wasn’t already a slap in t... more

Research: The cancers stalking our suburbs

28 May 2017

Breast cancer on Sydney’s north shore, melanoma on the state’s north coast and lung cancer in the city’s southwestern suburbs. The state’s cancer hot spots have been highlighted by new data that shows how where you live influences what type of cancer... more

Occupational and Environment: Illegal asbestos dumping the slow-acting bomb

28 May 2017

Removing asbestos is expensive. For cost reasons, as well as to protect the environment, governments are increasingly reluctant to dispose of all kinds of waste by dumping it in landfill. With asbestos, which can only be disposed of by safe, controll... more

Treatment: Surgeon and machine work hand in glove

28 May 2017

Through advances in robotic technology, surgical treatment – the mainstay with chemotherapy and radiation therapy – can be less invasive. “The use of the ‘da Vinci’ robot in colorectal surgery started in Victoria and it can offer superior outcomes to... more

Treatment: Chemo doctors’ litany of bungling

27 May 2017

Three senior haematologists at two hospitals failed to raise the alarm after learning seriously ill leukaemia patients were only getting half the recommended chemotherapy dose. Two Royal Adelaide Hospital haematologists, Associate Professor Ian Lewis... more

Research: E-smokes linked to lung damage

27 May 2017

Perth researchers are warning electronic cigarettes are not a harmless alternative to regular cigarettes after a study found they could cause lung damage. A study led by Telethon Kids Institute researchers compared the lung health of mice exposed to ... more

Research: Drinking coffee staves off liver cancer

27 May 2017

Drinking more coffee may help stave off liver cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers have found people who drink just one cup of coffee a day are 20 per cent less likely to develop the most common form of the disease. Drinking two cups of coffee a... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Stand-off over stand-at-school plan

27 May 2017

Health advocates and the State Government are at odds over a push to cut childhood obesity by forcing students to stand while in school. Olympian Jane Flemming sparked national debate yesterday when she revealed her push for a classroom stand. Prime ... more

Tobacco: E-cigs vendor’s plea for changes

26 May 2017

A South Australian e-cigarette vendor says he will be forced to spend $150,000 relocating interstate if the State Government imposes new restrictions on vaporisers. Introduced to Parliament last week by Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos, the legi... more

Screening: 3D is key to early detection

26 May 2017

One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is expected to become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2017, with the number of new cases estimated to hit 17,73... more

Research: Cures for cancers on our horizon

26 May 2017

The Gold Coast is set to become an international hub for a promising new frontier in cancer research offering hope for earlier diagnosis and better treatments. Griffith University has spent $7 million to create the Australian Centre for Cancer Glycom... more

Research: Cancer rates in decline

26 May 2017

Australian cervical cancer rates and deaths are at a historical low and more people are taking up bowel cancer screening, new reports reveal. Two new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports show positive steps forward in the fight against ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar a cancer weapon

26 May 2017

Sugar is our enemy in the war on obesity but it’s our new friend in the war on cancer. A revolutionary wave of new cancer tests and treatments will hinge on targeting the sugar molecules on the outside of cancer cells. And Australian scientists are a... more

Tobacco: Cigarette filters increase chance of cancer: study

26 May 2017

Cigarette filters introduced in the 1960s to reduce the health risks associated with smoking have actually increased the likelihood of lung cancer, researchers say. The study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute upends the percep... more

Alcohol: One wine a cancer risk

24 May 2017

Drinking just one small glass of wine a day raises a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a major report concludes. It means even following safe drinking guidelines of 14 units a week could be enough to endanger health. A review of 119 studies, involving 1... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: An exercise in trying to halt cancer

24 May 2017

The impact exercise has on surviving many common cancers cannot be ignored, with Australian research showing the risk of dying may be reduced by nearly a half by regularly walking and lifting moderate weights. A review of more than 100 studies involv... more

Research: Cat parasite tie to prostate cancer risk

23 May 2017

Pet owners have been urged to take extra care when cleaning litter trays after scientific claims that a common parasite spread by cats could cause prostate cancer. A microscopic bug, Toxoplasma gondii, has been found to trigger inflammation and the f... more

Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity: Big boys’ sizeable cancer risk

23 May 2017

Overweight boys may be at greater risk of bowel cancer when they grow up but, if they shed the kilos and achieve a healthy weight by young adulthood, the risk is nullified, a Danish study has found. With bowel cancer the second most common cancer in ... more

Support: Medicinal cannabis spruiking worries doctors

22 May 2017

Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller says it appears the new State Government is being lobbied by medicinal cannabis producers to spruik what he describes as an unproved treatment in WA. “I suspect there’s a bit of pressure being... more

Support: A higher education in cannabis care

22 May 2017

Students of Australia’s first medicinal cannabis course will learn everything there is to know about the plant, short of ingesting it. There won’t be any visits to secret cultivation facilities, but architects of the new eight-week course at Deakin U... more

Skin: Selfies fuel skin cancer

22 May 2017

Social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook are fueling an epidemic of skin cancer, an expert says. Dermatologist Christopher Rowland Payne said selfie obsessed youngsters ignored warnings about long-term damage, in return for a “like’’. Dr Pay... more

Occupational and Environment: $100 million for overhaul of fire services

22 May 2017

Under the changes, which will take up to two years to introduce, the government will tip $100 million into the CFA, which will become a volunteer-only service. The state government yesterday announced plans for two separate services. It hopes this wi... more

Support: Doctors on call to write pot script

22 May 2017

Doctors in WA will be summoned to an urgent roundtable discussion next month to explain why they are not prescribing medicinal cannabis. Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook announced the meeting after it emerged no applications had be... more

Treatment: Hospital denies cover-up on dosing

19 May 2017

St Vincent’s Hospital yesterday rejected claims it tried to cover up the chemotherapy underdosing of more than 100 patients. A NSW parliamentary committee investigating the scandal yesterday delivered a damning report saying it could not discount the... more

Treatment: Big squeeze on Medicare

19 May 2017

Medicare is being privatised by stealth as state governments end free public hospital care and the federal government squeezes patient rebates. Revealed this week, privately insured patients were getting priority treatment in public hospitals, waitin... more

Tobacco: Move to ban e-cigs

19 May 2017

E-cigarettes would be banned in current non-smoking areas and sellers would face a fine of up to $5000 if caught offering vaporisers in vending machines, under proposed new laws. Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos has introduced legislation to Sta... more

Tobacco: Ban on smoke-free cigarettes

19 May 2017

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has hit a major legal hurdle in its attempt to introduce a new smoke-free tobacco product to the Australasian market. The New Zealand government has laid charges against the company for allegedly importing and selling toba... more

Research: Brain tumour breakthrough

19 May 2017

A new drug treatment could allow patients with advanced melanoma and brain tumours to live longer, an Australian trial has shown. A three-year Melanoma Institute trial of immunotherapy drugs nivolumab and ipilimumab showed more than three-quarters of... more

Treatment: Specialist to reveal chemo dosage damage

18 May 2017

A cancer drug specialist from Sydney may for the first time shed light on how much damage was done to the 10 underdosed chemotherapy victims who were given half the recommended daily dose. In a directions hearing the Deputy State Coroner, Anthony Sch... more

Treatment: Rare cancer victims face life or death dilemma

18 May 2017

More than 186 cancer types are defined as rare or less common, affecting fewer than 12 in every 100,000 people. While individually they are rare, collectively they account for almost one-quarter of cancers diagnosed and almost 40 per cent of cancer d... more

Treatment: Hospital may have tried to cover up

18 May 2017

The possibility St Vincent’s Hospital attempted to cover up the NSW chemotherapy dosing scandal cannot be discounted, according to a damning report from a parliamentary inquiry. The probe, which wrapped up in November, investigated the circumstances ... more

Tobacco: Risks are skin deep

18 May 2017

Smokers are significantly more likely to develop skin cancer, a new Australian study has found. Researchers at Queensland’s Berghofer Medical Research Institute spent three years monitoring the development of skin cancers in almost 19,000 people and ... more

Research: Blood flows in the stem cells lab

18 May 2017

Breakthroughs in stem cell science have paved the way for the generation of universal blood cells in the lab, with unprecedented applications for treatment and research. Two American teams have separately found ways to reprogram adult tissues into fu... more

Tobacco: Smoking cafe concerns

17 May 2017

The State Government has vowed to snuff out plans for “shisha smoking cafes” in Glenorchy. Shisha cafes, which involve flavoured, low-content tobacco and non-tobacco smoking using water pipes, have been proposed for the Glenorchy region despite confu... more

Supportive care: Cannabis hotline for docs

17 May 2017

A medicinal marijuana hotline will be set up to help doctors who feel pressured to dispense the drug as patients demand easier access. As patient groups mount political campaigns for easier prescriptions, the Therapeutic Goods Administration will hol... more

Screening: An early diagnosis is key to survival

17 May 2017

While the horror of being diagnosed with testicular cancer is all too common for young men, the outlook is good with early detection. For every 100 Australian men diagnosed with the disease now being faced by Jesse Hogan, 98 will survive. Across the ... more

Screening: Medicare rebate thaw falls short

17 May 2017

The Medicare rebate thaw will not apply to 93 per cent of scans, including the X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds used to diagnose some of the most common forms of cancer. On budget night, the Turnbull government said the final stage of the thaw, due in Ju... more

Treatment: Private cancer centre  

17 May 2017

Tasmania’s first major private cancer centre has been proposed for Hobart’s CBD with hopes it can start treating patients before the end of the year. The centre would offer chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments, with radiation oncology servic... more

Treatment: Cannabis benefits ‘unclear’

15 May 2017

Doctors are being warned not to prescribe medical cannabis even if Australian governments have legalised the treatment. A meeting of Australia’s top pain specialists will today be told the federal and Victorian governments have jumped the gun by l... more

Supportive Care: More time to choose to die

15 May 2017

Terminally ill Victorians could have up to two years to seek a physician assisted death, with the Andrews government’s advisers contemplating whether to set a longer than expected time frame in the euthanasia laws to be introduced this year. Patients... more

Risk: Implant risk raises cancer alarm

15 May 2017

Women with some types of breast implant are up to 14 times more likely to develop a rare form of cancer than those with a similar product, Australian researchers have revealed, as two more cases are added to the official tally. The Australian study h... more

Environment: Scheme to clean up state’s toxic culture

15 May 2017

It’s a frightening reality that enough poison is stored in the average Victorian home to kill its inhabitants many times over. In fact, studies show even household products labelled as “green” can contain potentially deadly chemicals. The list of tox... more

Medical and scientific: Man dies in wrong diagnosis

15 May 2017

A man who died of cancer was wrongly diagnosed by a doctor as having Lyme disease and treated for 30 weeks with antibiotics. The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Dr Peter Mayne before a Medical Professional Standards Committee and found t... more

Supportive Care: Shorten’s pot shot misses the mark

12 May 2017

Bill Shorten has backed the Greens in a vote that would have allowed “bags of weed” and hash into Australia. In a dramatic day, the Therapeutic Goods Administration was dispatched to Parliament House to urge the crossbench to stop the move to undo to... more

Skin Cancer: New hope in fight against skin cancer

12 May 2017

A revolutionary new way to diagnose melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, could be available within five years. Prof Mel Ziman, from Edith Cowan University, in WA, presented new world-leading findings on liquid biopsies for early melanoma dete... more

Research: Cervical cancer cases to fall

12 May 2017

More than 6000 case of a rare, hard-to-detect type of cervical cancer will be averted by 2040 as a result of vaccination and screening, according to new research. An Australian study by Cancer Council NSW has estimated the combined impact of HPV vacc... more

Research: Hormone replacement therapy linked to deafness

11 May 2017

Hormone replacement therapy could increase women’s risk of hearing loss by up to a fifth, the first study of its kind suggests. The longer women used HRT the greater the risk of hearing problems, according to a US study which suggests deafness may ne... more

Research: Brain disease link to gut bacteria

11 May 2017

Scientists have found microbes in the gut cause malformation of blood vessels in the brain, spawning a mostly untreatable condition that can trigger facial paralysis, seizures and strokes. An international research team has uncovered the molecular me... more

Medical and Scientific: Chemo medicos stood down

11 May 2017

Two senior medical professionals at the Royal Adelaide Hospital were stood down yesterday over their role in the chemotherapy scandal in which 10 seriously ill leukaemia patients were under-dosed at two major hospitals. It is understood SA Health ord... more

Treatment: Push to cut cancer drug cost

10 May 2017

Women with advanced breast cancer have been offered a new lifeline — but it comes at a price. Australian breast cancer support groups have welcomed a decision to approve the drug palbociclib but warn it is only a “half win” because women will still h... more

Tobacco: Taxes going up in smoke

10 May 2017

The black market tobacco industry that costs Australia billions in lost taxes and is suspected of funding terrorism is thriving in Western Sydney. The Australian Border Force made 67,492 seizures of illegal tobacco in international mail alone between... more

Tobacco: Cheap cigarettes up in smoke

10 May 2017

Smokers using roll-your-own tobacco are to be hit by higher costs. The government is adjusting the tax on RYO tobacco so the cost falls in line with manufactured cigarettes. The changes will affect the per-kilogram excise and excise-equivalent Custom... more

Research: Childhood cancer trial gets a push

10 May 2017

Researchers battling to win the fight against childhood cancer will be given more than $1 million to fast track their work. The government has given $1.4 million to scientists to boost their international collaboration on paediatric brain cancer clin... more

Research: Breast milk baby boost

10 May 2017

A mother’s breast milk contains good bacteria that is planted in the gut of breastfed babies, a study has found. US researchers say the finding highlights the importance of breastfeeding in establishing the lifelong digestive health of infants. The m... more

Medical and Scientific: Rebate thaw to fit the bulk-bill

10 May 2017

Patients are more likely to be bulkbilled after the Turnbull government last night announced the end of the Medicare rebate freeze — at a cost of $1 billion over three years — and scrapped plans to dump incentive payments for pathology and diagnostic... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette retailers fined over false claims to user

09 May 2017

Three online retailers have been fined thousands of dollars in what is believed to be a world-first ruling against false and misleading claims about the presence of carcinogens in electronic cigarettes. The ruling is expected to prompt a flood of act... more

Environment: Cancer link to dirty air

09 May 2017

Air pollution contributes to a 10 per cent rise in people being diagnosed with cancer, a study has found. US researchers believe it causes an extra 44 cases per 100,000 people. The study, published in the journal, Cancer, is the first to examine the ... more

Treatment: Therapy centre to use proton beams

08 May 2017

Australia's first proton beam therapy centre will be built in Adelaide after the federal government committed $68 million to its establishment. The radiation therapy uses heavier particles (protons) instead of X-rays and more accurately targets tumou... more

Treatment: Cannabis firm sets date

08 May 2017

A Tasmanian company says it expects to be making medicinal cannabis products by as early as next year after being granted the country’s first cannabis related licences. Tasmanian Botanics, which says regulations preclude disclosure of its location, h... more

Treatment: Cancer hope for treatment in just a day

08 May 2017

A single nine-minute dose of radiation therapy delivered during breast cancer surgery is replacing three to five weeks of daily treatment, as part of an international trial. Australian women with early, low-risk breast cancer are among the first in t... more

Tobacco: World authority upholds plain tobacco pack laws

08 May 2017

A World Trade Organisation decision to uphold Australia’s restrictive plain tobacco packaging laws has been hailed a victory for public health policy. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” said former federal health minister and attorney general Nicola Roxon, w... more

Research: Smart Sleeve

08 May 2017

A lightweight sleeve made from “smart” materials that mimics the experience of self-massage is being developed to reduce one of the most debilitating side effects of breast cancer surgery. About a third of women with breast cancer develop lymphedema,... more

Research: Genetic test for cancer

08 May 2017

Women with a history of ovarian cancer will be tracked down and advised to undergo genetic testing to safeguard their children against the disease under an ambitious national program. The research project expects to prevent about 800 ovarian cancers ... more

Environment: Asbestos warning for renovators

08 May 2017

WorkSafe Tasmania has launched an asbestos awareness and education campaign focused on under-30-year-olds who have little or no knowledge of the diseases associated with asbestos. Cases of asbestos-related mesothelioma and lung cancer are on the rise... more

Medical and Scientific: Baby talc cancer blame

08 May 2017

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $US110 million ($149 million) to a US woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after 40 years of using its talc-based products for feminine hygiene. Virgina’s Lois Slemp is undergoing chemotherapy afte... more

Treatment: Grown our own dope

05 May 2017

Australian drug regulators have granted what is believed to be the first licence to grow medical cannabis in WA. The licence was granted by the Office of Drug Control and makes AusCann one of only a few companies to be given approval in Australia. Au... more

Research: New method to predict lung cancer

05 May 2017

A simple algorithm that can predict the likelihood of lung cancer in smokers and ex-smokers could revolutionise screening and help save lives, Australian researchers say. A study by Cancer Council NSW evaluated the performance of the US-developed pre... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette firm hit with $55,000 fine

04 May 2017

The boss of an online e-cigarette company has been fined $55,000 after being pursued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for falsely claiming the products did not contain cancer-causing chemicals. In what is believed to be a world-f... more

Tobacco: Calls growing to butt out in city squares

04 May 2017

It has been called the ashtray of the city’s heart and Cancer Council Queensland says the Brisbane City Council must urgently stub out smoking in King George Square. Many surrounding streets and the Queen Street Mall have a smoking ban, but people ar... more

Alcohol: Booze ban for cancer survivors

04 May 2017

Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol – the equivalent of half a bottle of wine a week – may increase the risk of breast cancer returning in female survivors. Studies have already shown consuming alcohol is a risk factor for developing the diseas... more

Medical and scientific: Budget to quell Labor's Mediscare

04 May 2017

The four-year freeze on Medicare rebates will finally lift this July for some GP visits, and extend to specialists and medical procedures over the next three years as part of a multibillion-dollar long-term health budget package to help restore the C... more

Skin Cancer: Not all melanomas grow from sun-damaged skin

04 May 2017

Melanomas occurring in places where the sun doesn’t shine have confused doctors for decades. But a new study has uncovered unique genetic drivers in types of the deadly cancer that occur on the soles of the feet palms of the hands and in the respirat... more

Treatment: Cannabis benefits discussed

04 May 2017

Top End doctors are expected to increasingly prescribe cannabis oil following the legalisation of hemp, according to a leading pharmacist speaking in Darwin tonight. Medical Cannabis Research Australia pharmacist Paul Mavor is addressing health profe... more

Treatment: Waiting lists, Hospitals benefit

03 May 2017

Hospital upgrades and slashing elective surgery waiting lists are the focus of a $2.9 billion healthcare spend in the Andrews government’s third budget, paving the way for an election platform built on the traditional Labor stronghold of health. Work... more

Tobacco: Illegal tobacco burns big tax hole

03 May 2017

Illegal tobacco is now costing the Australian government $1.61 billion in lost taxes, a report to be published today will reveal. The Illicit Tobacco in Australia 2016 report calls for a national strategy – similar to one in place in the UK – to tack... more

Research: Bad bugs linked to skin cancer

03 May 2017

Professor Ian Frazer AC, in Perth as a keynote speaker for the Science on the Swan conference, is leading a team investigating the link between bacteria on the skin and its role in the development of Australia’s most prolific cancer. “Obviously, your... more

Treatment: Cannabis arrives to ease the pain

03 May 2017

Australians in pain and suffering from chronic ailments may have access to medicinal cannabis from today as the first major commercial shipments of the drug have been cleared by customs. Around 2000 units of cannabis oil are now being stored in secur... more

Medical and scientific: Dentist wrongly treated cancer patients

02 May 2017

A country dentist has been caught administering an experimental and potentially dangerous cancer drug to up to a dozen people, which left some with chemical burns. Despite having no formal qualifications to diagnose or treat patients outside of denti... more

Treatment: Turnbull government adds $310m of drugs to PBS and ‘saves lives’

01 May 2017

A cystic fibrosis ‘‘miracle’’ drug that would normally cost patients $300,000 a year and a breakthrough rare cancer treatment will become affordable under new Turnbull government subsidies. Health Minister Greg Hunt says the medicines – among $310 mi... more

Skin: Backyard killer tans exposed

01 May 2017

Dodgy backyard solariums are flourishing in Victoria as users turn to covert social media groups and classifieds websites in the hunt for a deadly tan. Commercial tanning beds were outlawed in Victoria from January 1 2015, as part of the fight agains... more

Research: Smart pill is a gutsy cancer fix

01 May 2017

A smart pill that could replace the colonoscopy and revolutionise the diagnosis of gut disorders has been developed by Australian researchers and succeeded in human trials. The pill, which is the size of a vitamin capsule, is swallowed by the patient... more

Research: Reducing risk for kids’ scans

01 May 2017

Researchers have found the best way to diagnose head injuries in children with head trauma, reducing unnecessary radiation exposure from brain scans. Children who have CT scans have a slightly higher risk of developing cancer later in life. While the... more

Treatment: Cancer radiation relief just a breath away

01 May 2017

  Radiotherapy has been linked to an increase in non-breast cancer deaths of up to 1 per cent, most commonly cardiovascular-related. Cancer centres internationally have grappled with the infrequent but serious side-effect, often spending upwards of ... more

Risk: Asbestos war far from won

28 April 2017

A new asbestos agency must be urgently set up to combat an ever-growing “third wave” of asbestos victims, mostly from DIY renovations, a damning Ombudsman report says. Despite earlier reports blasting government inaction over the problem, a further 3... more

Research: Coffee hits cancer cells

28 April 2017

Drinking three cups of strong coffee a day slashes the risk of developing prostate cancer by more than 50 per cent, a study has found. Research on 7000 men shed further light on the role of caffeine in fighting prostate cancer. Researchers followed t... more

Research: Lung cancer blood test breakthrough

28 April 2017

Scientists in the UK have developed a blood test that detects the recurrence of lung cancer in patients up to a year before the disease can be detected by CT scans and X-rays. The groundbreaking TRACERx study, funded by Cancer Research UK, identified... more

Treatment: Funds for male care

27 April 2017

A program providing specialist nurses to help men deal with prostate cancer will be continued with a $6 million funding package from the federal government. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce support for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of A... more

Treatment: Cancer facility planned for Phillip Island

27 April 2017

A major proposal is afoot to build an international radiation, oncology and chemotherapy treatment centre, complete with 72-bed luxury accommodation and possible golf course. More than a million visitors flock to Phillip Island each year, with the pe... more

Research: Plaque probe tests heart risk

27 April 2017

Perth-based scientists are preparing to launch ground breaking research to develop an easy way to scan people for dangerous plaque in their arteries. The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands said that despite decades of public heal... more

Research: IVF babies cancer risk

27 April 2017

Babies born through IVF are almost three times as likely to develop cancer in childhood, a study has found. Experts say this might be due to eggs being fertilised by potentially defective sperm grown in a lab — rather than the strongest reaching them... more

Nutrition: Going sour on yoghurt

27 April 2017

Yoghurt is becoming so packed with sugar most brands should be considered a dessert, rather than a healthy snack, obesity experts warn. Some small tubs of flavoured yoghurt now contain up to 7.5 teaspoons of sugar, so the Cancer Council and Heart Fou... more

Research: Sperm to fight Big C

26 April 2017

Sperm that’s loaded with chemotherapy drugs could be used to fight cancer in women. The guided missile technique uses drug-treated sperm to deliver the medicines to tumours deep inside the body. For years, scientists have been exploring ways to deliv... more

Research: Early puberty could be a cancer risk

26 April 2017

Children who reach puberty earlier are at greater risk of developing cancer later in their life, a new study has found. Girls typically reach puberty at 12 or 13 while boys tend to start later at 13 or 14. But for every year a child starts puberty be... more

Research: Cancer lab closure leaves patients in lurch

26 April 2017

An international arrangement allowing brain tumour samples from Australian patients to be tested in German labs will end in December next year, forcing doctors and cancer charities to call for increased investment to ensure local access. Brain cancer... more

Nutrition: Live like Greeks for long life

26 April 2017

Carbs are good and so is starvation if you want to live longer. And to add some extra years, avoid red meat, sweets, and big nights out. Today, the Australian Biology of Ageing Conference in Sydney will be told that in order for Australians to live l... more

Treatment: Medifarm receives licence to deal medicinal cannabis

24 April 2017

A Queensland company has been awarded the state’s first licence to legally cultivate and produce medicinal cannabis. Medifarm director Adam Benjamin said the business planned to start rolling out local products by early 2018. “We do appreciate that t... more

Treatment: Straight dope on pain relief

24 April 2017

Patients will have easier access to medicinal cannabis under new rules to take effect from tomorrow. Under the regulations, South Australian medical specialists will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients for short terms without State Go... more

Treatment: Medicine prices set to fall

24 April 2017

Patients and taxpayers will pay less for hundreds of medicines as a result of the May budget as the Federal Government wrings $1.8 billion in savings from big drug companies. However, many people will be pushed to switch to cheaper generic versions o... more

Skin: Doctors seeing red over slack sunlovers

24 April 2017

Queenslanders are snubbing sun cancer warnings as the latest data from Queensland Health shows more than half admit to being recently sunburnt. In 2016, 56 per cent of adults had suffered at least one case of sunburn in the past year, sparking an urg... more

Prevention: New jabs for kids push

24 April 2017

The Federal Government will spend $5.5 million over three years on a national immunisation awareness campaign to convince hesitant parents to vaccinate their kids. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the campaign would “specifically target areas of low va... more

Nutrition: Sugar hit to the hips

24 April 2017

Australians could save up to 38.3kg of “unnecessary” added sugar from their everyday diets each year by making simple food swaps, a report says. Better labelling would help shoppers identify surprising added sugar levels in some packaged meals, cerea... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Cycling cuts health risk

21 April 2017

The Heart Foundation wants the State Government to fast-track its promised $27 million expenditure on cycle paths, after research found cycling to work could almost halve the risk of heart disease and cancer. A study of 250,000 commuters in Britain l... more

Medical and scientific: More implant linked cancer cases

21 April 2017

Five more cases of a rare blood cancer linked to breast implants have been confirmed in Australia, bringing the total to 51 women, including three who have died. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has been monitoring the link between breast implant... more

Research: Cost of cancer treatment under the microscope

20 April 2017

Escalating out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment will be assessed in a state-first survey by the Cancer Council Queensland. The CCQ says the findings will be key to highlighting areas that need greater co-operation between government and leading c... more

Alcohol: Graphic booze warning push

20 April 2017

Alcohol packaging could go the way of cigarettes, as new research reveals the power of graphic advertising on reducing drinkers’ booze intake. Graphic ads showing the long-term effects of alcohol on the body and how it can increase the risk of cancer... more

Treatment: Chemo victim’s valiant bid to beat his cancer

19 April 2017

Chemotherapy underdose victim Andrew Knox will travel to Melbourne next week to begin life or death treatment to beat the same strain of acute myeloid leukaemia he had two years ago. Mr Knox, who is one of seven of the 10 wrongly-treated cancer patie... more

Treatment: Stop antibiotics or a broken leg could kill

18 April 2017

Simple infections could turn deadly while chemotherapy and organ transplants may be deemed too risky in future unless authorities act quickly to cut the use of antibiotics in Australia, infectious disease experts warn. Their warning was sparked by a ... more

Tobacco: No fines yet for smoking near playgrounds

18 April 2017

No fines have been handed out for smoking near playgrounds in Canberra, despite a proposal to extend the ban to bus stops. While lighting up within 10 metres of a playground could cost you up to $750, ACT Policing, Access Canberra inspectors and city... more

Skin: Health experts see red over tan black market

18 April 2017

A black market of illegal sunbeds has sprung up as tan hungry Queenslanders skirt a statewide ban on the cancer causing machines. An investigation has uncovered several operators using the Gumtree website to promote illegal solariums housed in garage... more

Nutrition: Feaster an exercise in indulgence

18 April 2017

Easter Tuesday is becoming the new January 1 as people turn to exercise and healthy foods after gorging on sweet treats over the weekend. After days packed with hot cross buns and countless chocolates, remorseful Aussies are expected to stick it to t... more

Research: More kids surviving cancer

13 April 2017

More children than ever are surviving leukaemia in Australia, according to a new report. A study of 90,000 children diagnosed during 2005-2009 in 53 countries published in The Lancet Haematology has found the five-year survival in some countries is n... more

Treatment: Rules to delay cancer device

12 April 2017

Australian biotech OncoSil yesterday warned that because of domestic regulations local patients would have to wait a year longer than Europeans for access to its new pancreatic cancer treatment. The Australian-listed company is pushing ahead with Eur... more

Treatment: Patients will pay extra for X-rays

12 April 2017

You will soon pay more for X-rays and scans. Out-of-pocket costs will rise to more than $200 per screening, as the Federal Government prepares to ditch its election promise to raise Medicare rebates for the tests. The broken promise will be a particu... more

Research: Tiny ‘eye’ set to supercharge surgeons’ senses

12 April 2017

If a tiny imaging probe can be fitted into the tip of a surgeon’s glove, it may reduce the heartbreak for breast cancer patients such as Karen Taylor, who was recently told she must undergo a second operation to remove leftover cancer cells. Biomedic... more

Research: Entire prostate genome mapped in world first

12 April 2017

In a world first Australian researchers have mapped the entire genome of a prostate tumour, providing a new lens through which to view this disease. They mapped the most commonly diagnosed grade of prostate cancer. It was a tumour that scored 7 on th... more

Research: China pharma: from copycats to cancer cure

12 April 2017

A new cancer drug licensed by Eli Lilly was discovered by a six-year old start-up on the outskirts of Shanghai, and derived from the ovary cells of Chinese hamsters. Lilly now is planning to test it on Americans. Rival Merck aims to test a separate c... more

Research: Cancer ‘freeze’ hope

12 April 2017

A Melbourne medical breakthrough could stop cancer in its tracks by locking cells into a harmless state before they mutate and spread. Scientists at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre are on the verge of a new way to suspend... more

Research: Novogen to test cancer drug

11 April 2017

Australian biotech Novogen has confirmed plans to start a phase two clinical trial to test what it says is one of the most keenly watched drugs globally for brain cancer. Novogen has been progressing development plans for a new drug to treat glioblas... more

Research: Breaking the code of cancer

11 April 2017

Postcodes can be a matter of life or death so Australian researchers are mapping the way to a cancer-free future. Health experts will today launch an Australian-first research study to understand national patterns in cancer incidence, survival and sc... more

Support: Connecting teens to help them fight a killer

07 April 2017

A new online platform connecting Australian teens who have been diagnosed with or are suffering from cancer will be launched this year by the Sony Foundation, aimed at developing a digital form of care for young adult patients. The You Can Network, a... more

Treatment: New screening could speed up cancer diagnosis

07 April 2017

Canberra’s cancer patients now have access to one of the globe’s most advanced medical imaging devices after a new $3 million cancer scanner was installed in a suite in the ACT’s main health precinct in Garran. The large positron emission tomography–... more

Environment Cancer Risk/Screening: Urban link to cancer

07 April 2017

Living in an area of high pollution may increase a women’s chance of a risk factor for breast cancer, a study suggests. Women who live in areas with a high level of fine particles from air pollution may have an increased chance of having dense breast... more

Research: Two-step strategy to fight killer cancer

06 April 2017

Australian scientists say a “one-two punch” approach could boost survival chances of people with the deadliest form of cancer. The technique involves “priming” pancreatic tumours by targeting surrounding tissues with a drug that opens blood vessels, ... more

Research: Antibiotics cancer link

06 April 2017

The long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk later in life of developing colon polyps, often a precursor of bowel cancer, US researchers said. The findings boost evidence that the digestive tract’s complex network of bacteria may play a key ro... more

Screening: Cancer test better than Pap smears

05 April 2017

A Perth women’s cancer expert believes rates of cervical cancer will drop 15 per cent once a new screening test is introduced this year. Gynaecologic oncologist Jason Tan, a lead clinician with WA’s Cancer and Palliative Care Network, said the new te... more

Research: Uni scores cannabis funding

05 April 2017

The Turnbull government is giving Melbourne researchers $466,000 in a bid to fast-track local production of medicinal cannabis plants. It is hoped the pilot program, run by the University of Melbourne, will improve how scientists extract the parts of... more

Research: Dogs take lead to sniff out cancer

05 April 2017

Doctors may one day be able to give prostate cancer the smell test instead of performing biopsies, after scientists devised a way to copy the super-sensitive noses of dogs. Studies have shown that dogs can be trained to spot telltale signs of cancer ... more

Tobacco: Winds of change to blow smoking from restaurants

03 April 2017

Outdoor smoking areas will be scrapped at cafes and restaurants across Melbourne because owners don’t have the room to implement new buffer zones. From August 1, eateries will be required to adopt a 4m buffer or install plastic walls to shield diners... more

Prevention: Aspirin cuts cancer risk

03 April 2017

An aspirin a day helps keep bowel cancer away, says a leading specialist, who recommends people over 50 discuss the idea with their GP. “The observational epidemiology is very convincing that aspirin protects you from getting bowel cancer,” Professor... more

Research: Spider venom could kill cancer

31 March 2017

Perth researchers are investigating venom from an exotic spider as a possible anti-cancer drug. A Curtin University computational chemist has been awarded a $32,000 early career grant to study whether peptides from a Brazilian spider can kill cancer ... more

Nutrition: Sugar sours for investors

31 March 2017

Sugar is becoming a significant risk factor for investors, one of Australia’s biggest wealth management groups says. Amid rising obesity levels and growing healthcare costs, a report from AMP Capital says concerns about the sweet stuff have begun lim... more

Supportive Care: How red tape ended bid for medicinal pot

31 March 2017

Doctors say obtaining permission to prescribe medicinal cannabis is a “pain in the backside” – intensifying pressure on the State Government to make it easier for patients to access the drug. Adelaide Cancer Centre oncologist Brian Stein said he had ... more

Tobacco: Lit eNZ Law

30 March 2017

New Zealand has given the green light to nicotine e cigarettes, days after Australian authorities rejected an application to have them legalised here. Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner said sales would be legal with “appropriate controls”. “This... more

Research: Monash drives out cancer firm

30 March 2017

One of the country’s leading commercial cancer and vaccine research centres is being forced to close after Monash University refused to renew a lease in a bid to take possession of the company’s $10 million purpose-built facility. In what has been de... more

Public Health: Four week cancer rule

30 March 2017

Patients would be told they have cancer or given the all clear four weeks after seeing their GP under new plans being rolled out across the UK. The 28-day target next year has been created to speed up diagnosis times. Many patients currently wait sev... more

Prevention: SA girls are falling behind on crucial cancer vaccine

30 March 2017

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report for 2014-15, released today, reveals significant variations in immunisation rates across the country. In Adelaide, 75.8 per cent of girls were fully immunised. Across South Australia, the rate was... more

Treatment: Radiation better for prostate therapies

29 March 2017

A new treatment regimen for prostate cancer halves treatment times and can reduce devastating side effects including impotence and incontinence associated with surgery. An international study including Australians has shown a four-week, high-dose, ta... more

Tobacco: Doctors criticise nicotine ban for e-cigarettes

29 March 2017

Australia’s decision to ban the use of nicotine in electronic cigarettes has been condemned as ‘‘flawed and unethical’’ by a group of doctors and health experts. Last Friday the Therapeutic Goods Administration made its final decision to uphold the b... more

Research: Pancreatic cancer study signs up first patient

29 March 2017

A Melbourne pancreatic health cancer patient will be the first to trial an Australian-developed tumour implant as part of a global clinical study. Public health group Monash Health yesterday confirmed it had recruited the first patient for the 20-per... more

Environment: Workers run cancer risk

29 March 2017

Thousands of cancer cases are linked to the workplace each year and the Cancer Council says it is time for stronger health and safety practices. An estimated 3.6 million Australians are exposed to cancer-causing agents every day at work. Ultraviolet ... more

Medical: Who knows what this agent does to your brain?

29 March 2017

Nobody knows if the residue of metal left in the brain by some MRI contrast agents is harmful, but concern is certainly rising. In a significant move, the risk committee of European Medicines Agency has recommended four contrast agents that leave thi... more

Research: New link in cancer fight

28 March 2017

Drugs that target the body’s nerves could become a new way to treat cancer, an Australian biochemist says. Researchers at the University of Newcastle have found evidence of a physical link between the nervous system and cancer tumours. “We and other ... more

Research: Gene study cancer key

28 March 2017

Scientists have discovered the key to better treatment and earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer, identifying 12 new genes that increase the risk of developing the killer disease. In the biggest study of ovarian cancer genetics ever conducted, it’s hop... more

Risk: Adults can’t kid around on drugs

27 March 2017

More than four million Australians are missing out on vital life-saving vaccines every year, with coverage dangerously low among older adults, teenagers and the chronically ill. Experts say society has rightfully focused on boosting immunisation amon... more

Prevention: Save thousands by quitting smoking – and other ‘no-brainers'

27 March 2017

It has long been considered a “no-brainer” for improving health, but quitting smoking can also nurse a bank balance back to tip top condition. The average cost of a packet of cigarettes has now risen to $21, according to the Cancer Institute NSW. Thi... more

Research: Dogs can get scents of cancer

26 March 2017

Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth that had touched the breast of a woman with a tumour, researchers say, announcing the results of an unusual — but promising — diagnostic trial. With just six months of training, a pair of German shepher... more

Research: Top cause of cancer is sheer bad luck

25 March 2017

Most cancers are caused by “bad luck” – random mistakes that occur when cells divide, according to controversial research. The findings challenge the widespread view that cancer mutations are generally inherited or triggered by environmental factors.... more

Treatment: Cheaper medicines loom

25 March 2017

Sick Australians will save $500 million over four years and up to $200 a year each on the cost of medicines after an announcement yesterday by Health Minister Greg Hunt. Drugs to treat diseases and illnesses such as breast cancer, mental health, ecze... more

Treatment: Cancer Doctor Gets the all Clear

24 March 2017

The doctor at the centre of the St Vincent’s chemotherapy scandal acted in good faith and with the interests of his patients at heart — according to the settlement of his claim for unfair dismissal. The agreement is a significant step for Dr John Gry... more

Tobacco: Two-state Raids on Illegal Tobacco Farm

24 March 2017

More than $17 million worth of illegally farmed tobacco was seized by the Australian Taxation Office and the NSW Police Force this week on properties in NSW and Victoria. Police raided a property in southern NSW on Tuesday where they found 92,000 tob... more

Tobacco: Bankers Decide the Butt Stops Here

24 March 2017

  Hot on the heels of AMP’s decision to butt out of tobacco related investments, National Australia Bank’s Kiwi subsidiary has announced it too will be going cold turkey. The Bank of New Zealand yesterday said it would exclude tobacco products, clus... more

Research: Two-thirds of all Cancers Could be Random DNA Copying Errors

24 March 2017

A landmark study published on Friday shows that about two-thirds of all cancers are caused by random errors made during normal cell division. The study reviewed 32 types of cancer and found about 66 per cent of cancer mutations result from random DNA... more

Tobacco: Where there’s smoke, there’s terror

23 March 2017

Organised crime syndicates trafficking drugs such as ice and cocaine are now smuggling tobacco leaf and cigarettes and funnelling the cash to terrorist groups. With taxes on tobacco set to rise again in this year’s federal Budget, black market tobacc... more

Treatment: Costs fear in cannabis plan

23 March 2017

Patients wanting legal access to medicinal cannabis have been told they will need to pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for the drug, as the state and federal governments continue to fight over who should subsidise it. Patients have been quoted ... more

Risk: Pill slashes cancer risk

23 March 2017

Women who take the Pill while young are at lower risk of ovarian, womb and bowel cancer three decades later, landmark research has found. The study of 46,000 women — the longest ever conducted — concluded the protective benefits lasted for 35 years a... more

Nutrition: Kilojoules now easy to see

23 March 2017

Queenslanders will know exactly how many kilojoules they are consuming when they munch on their favourite fast foods as mandatory nutritional menu labelling starts in the state tomorrow. The new law makes it compulsory for the energy content of food ... more

Treatment: Brightening the outlook for prostate cancer

22 March 2017

Fresh thinking in the treatment of prostate cancer may give new hope to men with advanced disease. The standard practice is for men newly diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer to be put directly onto hormone therapy. However, since the '90s, a gr... more

Research: Fat teen cancer liver link

22 March 2017

Men who are overweight in their late teens have a higher risk of developing liver cancer in later life, a study suggests. They are also more likely to develop other severe liver disease, according to the research published in the journal, Gut. Adela... more

Treatment: Bloody brilliant

20 March 2017

A new blood test that can detect if a cancer drug has stopped working months earlier than standard invasive biopsies will be offered to patients. The Melbourne breakthrough development of the “liquid biopsy” will give them regular reassurances about ... more

Research: What under-sleeping does to your body

20 March 2017

Researchers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities have found people are sleeping almost two hours a night less than they did in the 1960s — and our health is deteriorating as a result. “What we do as a species, perhaps u... more

Research: Leaf it up to nature

20 March 2017

Women residing in leafier areas appear to live longer than those with less vegetation around, and it has been suggested that improved mental health and more opportunities for social and physical activity were crucial factors. Data from more than 108,... more

Nutrition: No stars for some companies

20 March 2017

Food companies are being accused of confusing customers by using the ratings only on their healthiest products, creating a halo effect on the rest of the range. Jane Martin, executive manager of Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), says companies are usin... more

Nutrition: Gluten-free a cancer risk

20 March 2017

Alarming evidence suggests fans of gluten-free diets are risking cancer and other chronic illnesses due to the high levels of toxic metals found in gluten-free foods. Two major studies from the US reveal that those choosing gluten-free foods have twi... more

Nutrition: Cheese’s cancer risk

20 March 2017

Eating too much cheese may increase breast cancer risk by more than 50 per cent. Cheddar and cream cheese, in particular, could increase the danger, a New York study of 3000 women’s diets found. Dairy, with the exception of yoghurt, has been linked t... more

Environment: Monsanto faces questions as Roundup cleared of cancer risk

17 March 2017

The European Chemicals Agency yesterday said glyphosate, did not cause cancer, but the agricultural giant was facing new questions in the US over the safety of the weedkiller. Scrutiny of glyphosate has grown since 2015, when the International Agency... more

Research: Cobra’s striking colour a venom warning

16 March 2017

A study, published in the journal Toxins, has found that toxins in a cobra’s venom could have implications for human health. The chemicals found in the venom a potential source of toxins for drug treatments targeting cancerous cells. ‘‘Anything that ... more

Research: Breast cancer has not been considered vulnerable to immunotherapy.

15 March 2017

However Dr Loi, an oncologist with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, is leading research to test the combination of Keytruda the immunotherapy drug with trastuzumab a gene therapy that has proven effective against the aggressive HER2 po... more

Treatment: Shrinking cancer

13 March 2017

A new drug developed in Melbourne can shrink tumours in the laboratory. Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute senior clinical research fellow Associate Prof Tom John said the drug was an antibody drug conjugate which binds to a target on the s... more

Obesity: Obesity ‘new normal’ as fewer try to lighten up

13 March 2017

Being obese or overweight is becoming the new normal, with a new American study finding fewer people are trying to lose weight. Nearly 66 per cent of Americans are now overweight or obese, compared with 62 per cent in 2004 and 53 per cent in 1994. Au... more

Research: Tassie devil cancer ‘cure’

12 March 2017

Scientists have discovered a potential cure for the deadly cancer that has decimated the Tasmanian devil population in the past two decades. The breakthrough has seen tumours the size of golf balls disappear over three months after a trial of immunot... more

Risk: Follicle fall out for short men

11 March 2017

You can now add enhanced risk of premature balding to the list of illnesses and indignities faced by small men of European descent, a new study says. “Our data indicates that some of the genes involved in baldness are associated, on average, with sho... more

Research: Drug trial a winning move in cancer fight

10 March 2017

Perth man Bob Elliott has been accepted as the final patient who will take part in a global immunotherapy drug trial. The new treatment uses two immune activator drugs - nivolumab, known as a check-point inhibitor, and a second drug ipilimumab. Since... more

Treatment: Costs mount for patients fighting rarest cancers

10 March 2017

Kelly Cartwright, a Paralympian and ambassador for Rare Cancers Australia is raising awareness of the particular challenges faced by patients battling rare diseases. Making up 30 per cent of all cancer diagnoses and almost half of cancer deaths, thes... more

Research: Cancer stumps IBM and costs uni $80m

10 March 2017

In 2012, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre launched an ambitious project with IBM’s Watson program that promised to transform cancer care with the help of artificial intelligence. Almost five years and more than $US62 million ($82m) l... more

Supportive care: States let grass grow under feet

09 March 2017

State governments are being blamed for holding up access to medicinal cannabis, as the Federal Government announces the first licence has been granted for an Australian company to grow and harvest the drug. Only one person in SA has permission to use... more

Treatment: Cancer drug green light

08 March 2017

A wonder drug that’s been successfully used to treat deadly melanoma can now be accessed by lung cancer patients in a major change providing fresh hope for those suffering from the deadliest cancer. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given doct... more

Screening: Alarm bells ring over cervical cancer scourge

08 March 2017

For the first time since state records began, the fight against the deadly disease appears to be failing. Incidence rates have consistently decreased since 1982 but have now flat lined as only half of eligible women get regular Pap smears – the secon... more

Research: Blood test finds cancer

08 March 2017

A simple blood test for cancer could find tumours in the body without the need for a painful biopsy. Scientists behind a new study hope so-called “liquid biopsies” will revolutionise cancer treatment by distinguishing between people with slow growing... more

Nutrition: Plain packaging push to cut back on junk food

08 March 2017

Junk food should be sold in plain packaging to help people stop overeating, argues one of Britain’s foremost brain researchers. British ministers are under pressure to test the idea after Wolfram Schultz, a Cambridge University neuroscientist, said t... more

Treatment: The bone marrow blood test that is saving young lives

08 March 2017

A new blood test enables doctors to more accurately and rapidly assess the success of a bone marrow transplant, has been hailed a lifesaver because of its ability to give doctors more time to respond to changes in a patient’s condition. Developed ove... more

Research: Cancers starved in study

07 March 2017

Cancer cells can now be killed by starving them of the fuel to which they’re “addicted” after a breakthrough by Australian scientists. Centenary Institute Associate Professor Jeff Holst led the study, which found that unlike normal cells, these cance... more

Nutrition: Soy’s cancer ‘benefits’

07 March 2017

Soy is not only good for breast cancer survivors but may have a protective effect, a study has found — contradicting some fears over its oestrogen-like properties. The study, published in the journal Cancer, said isoflavones found in soy foods slowed... more

Nutrition: Med diet lowers breast cancer risk

07 March 2017

A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of a deadly form of breast cancer by 40 per cent, a large study has found. Scientists monitored more than 62,000 women over 20 years. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found those pe... more

Treatment: Safer cancer therapy a world first

06 March 2017

Australian researchers have received a funding boost to develop a world-first radiotherapy system that will ensure a “safer” delivery of the lifesaving treatment to hard-to-treat cancers. One of the difficulties with current treatment techniques, whi... more

Treatment: Loophole: Australians paying too much for medicine

06 March 2017

Australians are paying almost four times more than the best international prices for a range of prescription drugs, as 6 per cent of patients delay or forgo necessary medication due to cost. The Grattan Institute report calls on the Turnbull governme... more

Tobacco: Smokes packaging law huff ‘n’ puff

06 March 2017

Big tobacco has exploited a loophole in Australia’s world-first plain packaging laws, which allowed smokers to discard the now-famous drab packaging and use the plain silver soft pack enclosed inside. The Department of Health has received 1054 indivi... more

Support: Women pay 20-45pc extra on insurance

06 March 2017

A survey by financial products ratings group Canstar has found that women are slugged an average 32 per cent more for income protection insurance than men seeking the same cover. The Canstar study of 15 income protection policies offered directly to ... more

Skin: A slap for sunscreen sloppiness

06 March 2017

You’ve been slip, slop, slapping all wrong. The Cancer Council has redesigned its sunscreen packaging to clarify application instructions after a record number of complaints during summer about products not working properly. CEO Professor Sanchia Ara... more

Risk: Baby powder case ends

06 March 2017

A St Louis, jury yesterday rejected a Tennessee woman’s lawsuit that Johnson & Johnson baby powder contributed to her ovarian cancer, a victory for the company after it lost three previous, similar lawsuits in the city. The verdict came after thr... more

Nutrition: Takeaway boom

06 March 2017

British adults consume about a whopping 100 million fast food and takeaway meals every week, resulting in an “increased cancer risk”, a report reveals. Each week, UK adults eat in excess of 79 million ready meals and 22 million takeaways. Despite bei... more

Nutrition: CSIRO’s radical rethink on carbs

06 March 2017

Radical changes to the juggernaut CSIRO diet plan is putting more than double the amount of “good” fat back on the menu, but only about a quarter of the carbs a day. A new book, based on top tier scientific trials, replaces the ahead-of-its-time best... more

Obesity: Fat can be fit as activity will cut heart attack, stroke risk

03 March 2017

Exercising in middle age can offset the harms of being obese, a major study suggests. The research – which implies it is possible to be fat and fit – undermines the theory that obesity automatically leads to ill-health. Dutch scientists concluded tha... more

Support: Sick kids to get cannabis

02 March 2017

Critically ill children with epilepsy have become the first in Victoria to legally access medicinal cannabis through a compassionate access scheme. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said these children were nominated by their neurologists as being mo... more

Research: Cancer research boost

02 March 2017

A local research team will investigate the importance of a chromosome in Tasmanian families with hereditary prostate cancer thanks to a new funding grant. The Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation has announced details of its grant funding for 20... more

Obesity: Obesity linked to 11 cancers

02 March 2017

Obesity strongly increases the risk of developing 11 types of cancer, a major study has revealed. Being overweight is probably linked to many other forms of the illness but so far there is not enough evidence, researchers say. Types linked to obesity... more

Nutrition: It’s all about the protein

02 March 2017

Queenslanders are becoming increasingly baffled as to what makes a healthy diet and soaring numbers are turning to the reverse food pyramid. Nutrition Australia Queensland experts warn against the trend of flipping the dietary recommendations in the ... more

Treatment: New cancer drug break

01 March 2017

A new drug to stop breast cancer spreading to the bones has been developed by US scientists at Utah University. The cancer can cause bones to become brittle and break, in a similar way to osteoporosis, causing pain and fractures. The new drug works b... more

Skin: Rich girls chase tan despite cancer risk

01 March 2017

Wealthy high school girls are placing themselves in danger of skin cancer despite being aware of the risks of tanning. New figures showing seven out of 10 secondary students are aware of the dangers of tanning, however almost two thirds still take th... more

Screening: Cancer test move bungled

01 March 2017

Australian women will have to wait another seven months for a new test for cervical cancer, and taxpayers will have to foot the bill, after the federal government bungled the rollout. From May 1, the two-yearly pap test was supposed to be replaced by... more

Screening: Bowel test delay fears

28 February 2017

There are fears many more Australians will die from bowel cancer because of a “blow-out” in colonoscopy waiting times. Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on governments to address the “looming” crisis, after independent research showed more than half ... more

Nutrition: Teen boys drink fizz to excess

28 February 2017

Cancer experts have renewed calls for a sugar tax after research showing large numbers of adolescents, particularly teenage boys, are drinking a litre of soft drink or more a week. Research from the National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity Stud... more

Research: Drugs to combat chemo heart risk   

27 February 2017

Australian researchers are developing medications to be taken alongside chemotherapy to protect the heart from the toxic but lifesaving cancer treatment. The team at Melbourne’s Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is also working on uncovering the “... more

Skin: Life in a sunburnt country

27 February 2017

Latest results from a Queensland Health survey reveal nearly 70 per cent of Isaac residents were sunburnt at least once in 2015-16. Noosa shire was Queensland’s most sun savvy region. Melanoma Institute Australia chief executive Carole Renouf said “i... more

Nutrition: ‘Healthy’ stars leave bad taste in mouths

27 February 2017

Food manufacturers are gaming the Health Star Rating system to effectively hide huge amounts of sugar and fat in processed food, according to nutrition experts. The system allows food manufacturers to receive “modifying points” by adding protein or f... more

Nutrition: It’s an uphill battle of the bulge

27 February 2017

Chile has become the most aggressive nation in the pursuit of slimming down it citizens. Australia’s Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin says no country has a completely comprehensive plan in place for beating obesity. The Obesity ... more

Screening: Bowel cancer alarm

27 February 2017

Australians at risk of bowel cancer are being exposed to greater danger by critical delays in testing. National research shows fewer than half of those showing symptoms had a colonoscopy within the recommended 30 days, and one in four waited more tha... more

Treatment: Wary on legal cannabis

27 February 2017

A leading cannabinoid researcher has cautioned Tasmanians that Federal Government action to liberalise legal restrictions on medical cannabis use is not a panacea. University of Tasmania scientist Dominic Geraghty said the medical value of chemicals ... more

Treatment: New test detects cervical cancer earlier

27 February 2017

Pap smear tests will soon be a thing of the past with the introduction of a new test which is done less frequently and promises to be more effective. Cancer Council spokeswoman Katie Clift said the new cervical screening test would be introduced in Q... more

Treatment: No fears for cancer test delay

27 February 2017

Women are being reassured that no lives are at risk despite the federal government bungling the rollout of a new cervical cancer screening test. From May 1, the two yearly Pap test was supposed to be replaced by an improved five yearly cervical scree... more

Screening: Screening stuff-up

24 February 2017

Thousands of lives could be put at risk because the federal government has bungled the rollout of two national cancer screening programs. The new cervical screening program and an expansion of the bowel cancer screening program have been delayed by a... more

Risk: Laziness attracts cancer

24 February 2017

Laziness really is killing us — and not just if you’re fat. Australian scientists have discovered physical activity is just as effective as reducing the risk of cancer in obese people as people of a healthy weight, confirming weight and physical acti... more

Nutrition: Now it’s 10 vegies daily

24 February 2017

The five-a-day mantra to get us all to eat more healthily has been the official advice for decades — but now experts are recommending 10 portions of fruit and vegetables to ward off disease. Researchers from Imperial College London found 10 80g porti... more

Public health: No proof chemo blunder was fatal

23 February 2017

The group of cancer patients at the centre of the chemotherapy dosing blunder were at risk of “compromised” treatment although their deaths could not be absolutely linked, an inquest has heard. At least 10 acute myeloid leukaemia patients were given ... more

Support: Canna-bliss for ailing Aussies

22 February 2017

The government has green-lighted the legal sale of marijuana products for medical use in Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce companies will be permitted to apply to distribute cannabis oils and medications locally, establishing a... more

Research: Research to benefit from fund changes

22 February 2017

Doctors, medical researchers and health groups have welcomed a plan by WA Labor to bankroll research with money from a sovereign wealth fund set up by the Barnett Government. Opposition Leader Mark McGowan yesterday revealed a Labor government would ... more

Research: Melbourne doctors in prostate project

22 February 2017

Melbourne doctors have joined one of the world’s largest- ever cancer research projects, using a supercomputer to trawl through the DNA of 2000 patients. The consortium of Melbourne researchers will also follow hundreds of high-risk prostate cancer p... more

Obesity: Don’t give up on yo-yo dieting, it’s better than not trying

22 February 2017

If you feel as though you’re always dieting but the weight never stays off, you’re not alone. Just one in 10 dieters manages to lose a meaningful amount and stick to their new weight, according to a leading obesity expert. Dr David Allison, a biostat... more

Treatment: Hibernate to fight cancer

21 February 2017

Doctors could cure cancer by placing people in a form of hibernation, according to a leading scientist. By dropping body temperature from the normal 37C to about 10-15C, it is hoped the body’s functions would slow to a virtual standstill. This would ... more

Treatment: Genetics assist cancer victims

21 February 2017

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are receiving fast-tracked genetic testing as part of a new model of care that’s empowering patients and their families. Believed to be an Australian-first, the Royal Women’s Hospital Gynaecology Oncology unit and ... more

Treatment: $2.25m grant to trial drug for melanoma

21 February 2017

Patients with advanced melanoma are being targeted in a collaboration between Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre. The trial of Adelaide company Bionomics’ cancer drug BNC105 with a combination... more

Tobacco: Illegal cigs in store raids

21 February 2017

NSW health inspectors have seized more than $50,000 worth of illegal tobacco during raids in Sydney malls. More than 3000 cigarettes were taken at the first business and 58,000 cigarettes as well as 3kg of loose leaf tobacco was seized from the secon... more

Treatment: Cancer funds fight

20 February 2017

Government bureaucrats have rejected a Medicare subsidy for a $60 test that determines the 30 per cent of lung cancer patients that will benefit from high-cost immunotherapy drug Keytruda.  Without approval for the test the government can’t approve a... more

Screening: Dread Pap smears?

20 February 2017

Some Australian women will be able to perform their own screening in the privacy of their own homes, with take-home tests soon to be available from doctors. The take-home test will only be available to women who have never been screened, or who are o... more

Research: Warning as cancer cases soar

20 February 2017

The incidence of cancer in Queenslanders has tripled in the past three decades and research shows thousands of cases could be prevented. The most recent statistics released today from the Cancer Council’s Cancer Research Centre paints a grim picture ... more

Research: Cancer to bug out

20 February 2017

Bacteria that cause food poisoning could be used to kill cancer, medical experts said yesterday. Genetically altered salmonella has been developed to attack tumours but leave healthy cells alone. Tests using modified salmonella on mice with colon can... more

Physical activity: Extra steps a boost for over-55s

20 February 2017

An extra 40-minute stroll every day can mean fewer days in hospital for older Australians, new research shows. The extra 4300 steps – about three kilometres – is linked to a statistically significant drop in hospital-bed days, suggests the study publ... more

Nutrition: National strategy for battle of bulge

20 February 2017

One hundred nutrition experts from 53 organisations working with state and federal bureaucrats have drawn up the obesity action plan to control the nation’s weight problem that is costing the nation $56 billion a year. Junk food would be banned from ... more

Tobacco: ‘Smoke free’ cigarette seems unlikely to ignite in Australia

17 February 2017

Cigarette giant Philip Morris, which professes it wants a smoke free future, is facing major regulatory obstacles to its plan to introduce to Australia a new cigarette that eliminates smoke by heating tobacco rather than burning it. The product, whic... more

Research: New funds invigorate cancer fight

16 February 2017

The NSW government has announced $11.6 million in funding for cancer research through the Cancer Institute NSW, including $1.3 million in grants to investigate new treatments for neuroblastoma, which accounts for one in six of all childhood cancer de... more

Obesity: Deadly new weight risk

16 February 2017

People who pile on the kilos over the course of their lives are three times more likely to succumb to tumours in the oesophagus and stomach, research shows. Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute, Maryland, looked at data of 409,800 adults... more

Treatment: Cancer patients keeping a cool head

16 February 2017

Two studies of scalp cooling treatment, published on Wednesday reported success rates of 51 to 66 per cent among breast cancer patients in the US. While side effects included headaches, dizziness, nausea and skin ulceration, a study found those who u... more

Public health: Most of us can’t afford to get ill

15 February 2017

The percentage of Australians with private hospital cover has fallen to just 46.6 per cent — prompting warnings the country is reaching a “critical tipping point”. New federal Health Minister Greg Hunt last week revealed another rise of almost 5 per ... more

Physical activity: Schools fail fitness test

15 February 2017

Australian medical schools are failing to adequately teach trainee doctors about physical activity despite the health benefits of exercise. A damning report by the University of Sydney found medical schools were failing to prioritise physical activit... more

Nutrition: Junk food ads target kids’ TV

15 February 2017

Children are exposed to three junk food TV ads an hour — a rate that has not fallen since 2011 despite one in five kids now being overweight or obese. Cancer Council NSW said its research showed that a voluntary advertising code run by the Australian... more

Environment: Fears over Fluffy renos

15 February 2017

A survey of residents of Fluffy contaminated houses showed more than 80 per cent had renovated their homes, exposing not only themselves but buildings and other tradespeople to the dangerous loose asbestos fibres. Well under half of the residents wor... more

Tobacco: Unit law may force you to butt out and mutt out

14 February 2017

Unit owners and tenants could be banned from smoking and owning pets and potentially fined for breaching body corporate laws under changes being considered by the State Government. An enforceable by-law banning smoking in an outdoor area has been rec... more

Research: Breast cell study’s cancer link

14 February 2017

Melbourne researchers have taken another step forward in uncovering the science of what makes a breast, a finding they hope can offer new ways to detect and treat an aggressive form of breast cancer.  Using 3D imaging techniques and mathematical comp... more

Research: Ovaries crucial to women’s survival

13 February 2017

Women are almost doubling their risk of dying in middle age by opting to have both ovaries removed during a hysterectomy, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. About 3600 women have both healthy ovaries taken out each yea... more

Research: Fireflies, jellyfish shine light on cancer

13 February 2017

Biologists from the Children’s Cancer Institute have honed a technique for tracking down leukemia cells by inserting genes from fireflies to make them luminous. The study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, used bioluminescence to track down muta... more

Prevention: Missing jabs put teens in danger

13 February 2017

Up to one in five Australian teens are missing out on lifesaving vaccines, putting them at risk of cancer and serious diseases as experts push for technology to be used to boost coverage rates. The Immunisation Coalition says the issue is fuelled by ... more

Prevention: Hats on: calls to make them compulsory

13 February 2017

Students at Sydney high schools should be made to wear hats as part of their uniform, parents, principals and health experts say, warning the current regulations, which only ‘‘encourage’’ sun protection, do not go far enough. The NSW Department of Ed... more

Support: Need for school aid on cancer

10 February 2017

Teachers need more support to be able to help the growing number of children returning to school after surviving cancer, research has found. University of WA education researcher Anne Gaunt said where cancer had once been a death sentence, now eight ... more

Tobacco: E-cigs blowing smoke

09 February 2017

Electronic cigarettes are a “one-way bridge” to smoking tobacco among teenagers, experts have claimed. Adding to a growing row over e-cigarettes, scientists at the University of Michigan in the US said using the gadgets “desensitised” teens to the ha... more

Research: Cuppa tea for cancer

09 February 2017

A compound found in green tea could have lifesaving potential for patients with a form of blood cancer. Scientists at Washington University found epigallo-catechine-3-gallate (ECGG) may help patients with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, a disease o... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes safer option

08 February 2017

Consuming e-cigarettes is far safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to the findings of a UK based study. The research published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who switched from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes o... more

Treatment: Gene test to save on chemo

07 February 2017

Thousands of women with breast cancer could be spared the gruelling ordeal of chemotherapy, a trial suggests. A genetic test could tell doctors which women need the powerful treatment, and which women could be safely spared its harsh side effects. Bu... more

Treatment: Cancer drug high hope

06 February 2017

Melbourne scientists are developing a world-first drug that can control the human immune system and potentially pave the way for thousands of cancer patients to have lifesaving immunotherapy. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre team is fine-tuning the ... more

Tobacco: What a bunch of quitters

06 February 2017

Queenslanders are calling for a total ban on smoking – once and for all. Polling shows most people support generational phasing out of the killer scourge, with a lifelong ban on cigarette smoking for those born after 2001. Findings from the Cancer Co... more

Tobacco: ‘Third-hand’ smoke could harm infants

06 February 2017

The first solid evidence that smoking causes cancer came in the 1950s, followed decades later by revelations that “second- hand” smoke also harms health. Now, scientists have issued a warning about what they call “third-hand” smoke — the sticky resid... more

Screening: Nurses check for cancer

06 February 2017

Nurses will be trained to give colonoscopies under a $1.7 million State Government plan to fight bowel cancer. The new program will see trained nurses provide low risk colonoscopies under the supervision of a specialist doctor. The move comes amid pr... more

Research: Warning over liver cancer’s big rise

06 February 2017

Perth doctors are warning that liver cancer is rising at a faster rate than any other types of the disease. Scientists at WA’s biggest research centre for adult diseases, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, argue that it is not just alco... more

Research: The (nice) killers within

06 February 2017

A team of researchers from Australia and France have uncovered new insights into how to prolong the lifespan of Natural Killer (NK) cells. The finding offers fresh clues about how best to harness NK cells to improve their disease-fighting function. T... more

Research: Hunt spends up on health research

06 February 2017

Research into cancer, dementia and even sports concussions will be the winners in a $125 million cash splash announced over the weekend. Health Minister Greg Hunt awarded federal funding to 110 medical research projects as his first act in the portfo... more

Tobacco: Nicotine e-cig ban stays

03 February 2017

Doctors warn more smokers will die and suffer preventable diseases after the medicines regulator decided to maintain a ban on nicotine e-cigarettes. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has rejected an application to exempt nicotine from the Schedule... more

Skin: Call for UV meters in all high schools

03 February 2017

Cancer experts want the next State Government to spend $3 million to install ultraviolet meters in all WA high schools and provide more recreational shade. The Cancer Council WA believes meters that show real-time UV levels can help staff and student... more

Research: Queensland’s cancer curse

03 February 2017

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s annual cancer report shows the Sunshine State has the nation’s highest age standardised rate of all cancers, 531.9 per capita, followed by Tasmania (517.3), NSW (499.5) and WA (492.7). The report predi... more

Research: Accolade for cancer research

03 February 2017

A liquid biopsy that accurately predicts the chance of a cancer patient relapsing is being recognised as one of the world’s most significant recent medical research advances. The research of oncologist and researcher Dr Jeanne Tie and her collaborato... more

Treatment: Cancer drugs of hope

01 February 2017

Two new medicines, which can cost more than $100,000 per patient for the treatment of serious ovarian and lung cancers have been listed on the PBS. The listing will help almost 240 women each year fighting high-grade ovarian cancer and give them acce... more

Tobacco: Cash goes up in smoke

01 February 2017

Smoking cost the world economy more than $1.8 trillion in 2012 and sucked up a twentieth of health care spending. The killer habit consumed the equivalent of nearly 2 per cent of global economic output or GDP, according to experts from the World Heal... more

Tobacco: Butt out of our state’s fine parks

01 February 2017

National parks have been added to a list of places where Queenslanders will no longer be allowed to smoke at will. From today smokers must move 10m from visitor facilities if they want to light up a cigarette. National Parks Minister Steven Miles sai... more

Obesity: Our big battle against bulge

01 February 2017

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2017 showed that in Tasmania, 31.5 per cent of adults were obese, the highest proportion in the country, while 32.2 per cent were in the healthy weight range, the lowest proportion in the co... more

Treatment: Surgery option to save breasts

31 January 2017

Surgery that targets lumps in breasts rather than mastectomies could be more effective at warding off cancer, an international study has found. Women with early stage breast cancer were more likely to survive if they had “breast conserving” surgery a... more

Skin: Slip, slop, slap working

31 January 2017

Deaths from melanoma have peaked in Australia with research clearly showing the UV-protection of children is paying off. Researchers, based in France, predict by 2050 the melanoma death rate in Australia will be half of peak years, falling back to ra... more

Support: Push to improve access to breast reconstruction

30 January 2017

Australia has one of the lowest rates in the Western world of women having breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, a statistic support groups blame on cost barriers, public wait times and access to services. The reported rate of breast reconstructi... more

Skin: Computer can identify cancer from an image

30 January 2017

The discovery of a computer algorithm which can detect skin cancer with the same accuracy as a doctor has researchers weighing up the potential of smartphones being used as cancer scanners. Scientists at Stanford University in the US trained the deep... more

Risk: Cancer link to food additive, says new study

30 January 2017

An additive commonly used in lollies, biscuits, chewing gum and sauces has been found to initiate the early stages of cancers in animals, according to a recent study. Titanium dioxide or E171 is used by the food industry to whiten and brighten food ... more

Research: Smoke ‘n’ miracles

30 January 2017

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research team has uncovered some of the first evidence that the rapid repair process lung cells undergo as a result of being exposed to chemical-laden cigarette smoke is faulty. This leads to genetic err... more

Research: Cancer cure researchers join forces

30 January 2017

The Movember Foundation and National Breast Cancer Foundation are joining forces for the first time to offer a research grant to bring the researchers of both cancers together to further explore the commonalities between the diseases, with the hope o... more

Research: Cancer linked to black dog

27 January 2017

People who are frequently depressed or anxious may run a higher risk of dying from certain types of cancer. Medical records of more than 160,000 adults in England and Wales showed that those describing themselves as psychologically distressed were m... more

Treatment: Doctors face stricter rules on cannabis

26 January 2017

Queensland doctors will be warned not to prescribe the strongest forms of medicinal cannabis to anyone under 25 years of age, in new guidelines to be sent out across the state. The Queensland Health guidelines recommend doctors do not prescribe any ... more

Research: SA test to treat prostate cancer

26 January 2017

A breakthrough by Adelaide University researchers is set to lead to a blood test predicting whether prostate cancer will spread to other parts of the body. The discovery of how cancer spreads from prostate tumours also reveals potential new “targets... more

Risk: New clue uncovered in cancer fight

25 January 2017

Adelaide researchers have found a new cause for breast density, a known risk factor for breast cancer. The University of Adelaide team showed chronic low-level inflammation drives increased breast density and is linked to a woman’s risk of developing... more

Nutrition: Plenty of dairy benefits

25 January 2017

You might be surprised to know that dairy products have benefits beyond good bone and dental health. Research now points to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease including stroke and its risk factors, such as high blood pressure. The Cancer Counci... more

Risk: The darker our roast spuds, the higher our risk of cancer

24 January 2017

Roasting and frying starchy foods could increase the risk of cancer, a UK government body says. The Food Standards Agency has issued a public warning over the risks of acrylamide, which is a chemical compound that forms in some foods when they are co... more

Research: Study isolates new genetic causes of cervical cancer

24 January 2017

Scientists have analysed strains of cervical cancer that are not caused by the human papillomavirus, throwing new light on why an essentially preventable type of tumour kills more than 250,000 people annually. Researchers have also found the breast c... more

Treatment: MRIs reducing the risk, pain of prostate testing

23 January 2017

A British study of nearly 600 men, published in The Lancet medical journal, found using an MRI scan for men with symptoms of prostate cancer or a high PSA test could prevent one in four men from having an unnecessary biopsy – a test which can cause s... more

Skin: It’s a cover-up! Sun-smart rules for all schools

23 January 2017

All public schools must have sun protection policies for the first time under new Education Department rules. But the SA Primary Principals Association says they are not tough enough and should have made the wearing of hats mandatory all the way to Y... more

Research: Diet drink cancer fear

23 January 2017

An Australian researcher is investigating the relationship between fructose, a common sweetener in diet soft drinks, and liver cancer. James Cook University’s Dr Lionel Hebbard, who has been awarded a $200,000 Cancer Council Queensland research grant... more

Nutrition: A sanger is child’s play

23 January 2017

Dietitian Caitlin Rabel says parents shouldn’t feel bad about sticking to the basics when packing their children’s lunchbox. “It doesn’t have to be complicated,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with a sandwich.” Ms Rabel said “treat foods” should be... more

Risk: That’s life

20 January 2017

Women who spend too much time sitting down speed up the ageing process, scientists say. Sitting for more than 10 hours a day gives women a ‘biological age’ that is up to eight years older than their actual age, a University of California study found.... more

Risk: Cancer cluster sparks inquiry

20 January 2017

Public health officials are investigating a possible brain cancer cluster after three people died in Cairns. They thought the coincidence was “pure bad luck” but yesterday Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) director Dr Richard Gair said an inqu... more

Skin: UV levels up to five times safe limit

19 January 2017

Queenslanders have been warned they face UV exposure up to five times the safe limit as temperatures soar across the state. Predictions of the level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation this week are as high as 17, which is described as “extreme”. People ar... more

Research: Eat less, live long

19 January 2017

Cutting your daily calories by a fifth could ward off cancer and diabetes, and even delay the ageing process, according to a study. Researchers found that monkeys who had their calorie intake cut by around 20 per cent extended their lives by nine yea... more

Public health: PM hints at drug loophole

18 January 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged doctors to apply for access to imported medicinal cannabis for seriously ill patients until Australian- grown versions of the drug become available. Mr Turnbull yesterday warned patients against buying cannab... more

Treatment: ‘Precision medicine’ promises hope on cancer

17 January 2017

A shift from mass to personalised medicine promises new hope for cancer sufferers and health authorities, improving patients’ quality of life and saving health budgets billions of dollars by averting perilous and ultimately pointless operations. Scie... more

Research: Two sides of cannabis

17 January 2017

Medicinal cannabis effectively treats chronic pain and significantly helps those with multiple sclerosis — but it is also likely to increase the risk of schizophrenia and may even trigger a heart attack. A new report from the US National Academies of... more

Research: Brave fight against a mysterious killer

17 January 2017

Blood cancer death rates among Queenslanders have surged by a third in 10 years. Australians are now dying from the disease at double the rate to those who lose their lives to skin cancer. Leukaemia Foundation figures show 829 Queenslanders died from... more

Tobacco: Bid to protect children in e-cig nicotine moves

15 January 2017

Moves to legalise the use of nicotine in electronic-cigarettes have prompted renewed calls for the State Government to ensure the vaporisers cannot be sold to children in South Australia. The Government has committed to banning the sale of the devic... more

Tobacco: Be a good sport and go smoke-free

15 January 2017

Sporting grounds in South Australia are giving cigarettes the flick as an increasing number of venues are going smoke-free. The Southern Football League, which includes more than 10 clubs in Adelaide’s south, is among the organisations which have ad... more

Skin: Family sees red over spray-on sunscreen

15 January 2017

A string of serious sunburn incidents has triggered experts to question the suitability and effectiveness of aerosol spray sunscreens, which have become popular recently. And tests have shown that consumers may be getting ripped off, with sunscreen ... more

Environment: Deadly legacy of diesel cars

14 January 2017

Australia’s growing obsession with utes and SUVs could leave a deadly legacy. About nine out of 10 utes and more than half the new SUVs sold last year were powered by diesel, a fuel most health authorities agree causes cancer and other respiratory d... more

Environment/Risk: Deadly fuel drive

13 January 2017

Roughly nine out of 10 utes and more than half the new SUVs sold last year were powered by diesel, a fuel most health authorities agree causes cancer and other respiratory diseases. Diesel vehicles now make up a third of the new cars sold each year a... more

Treatment: Medical masterpiece in cancer care renaissance

12 January 2017

Mona Lisa has arrived in Adelaide. The Mona Lisa robot takes prostate biopsies through two needle punctures in the delicate perineal area between the scrotum and the anus. Numerous samples can be extracted from the same two puncture holes, whereas pr... more

Tobacco: Now he’s Vlad the Inhaler

12 January 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to ban any Russians born after 2015 from buying cigarettes. His initiative is part of a long-term plan to get Russians to butt out for good. More than 50 per cent of Russian males and about 17 per cent of wome... more

Research: Red-hot treat for cancer

11 January 2017

Chilli could help to treat the most aggressive form of breast cancer, known as triple negative, according to scientists at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. In a lab study, they mixed capsaicin – the compound that gives chillis their heat – with br... more

Public health: Breath test for disease

11 January 2017

A simple breathalyser test has been developed to diagnose 17 diseases including Parkinson’s, Crohn’s and kidney cancer. The test involves patients breathing into a tube in a sensory chamber, which analyses the molecules in the breath. Diseases releas... more

Treatment: Many patients given medicine they don’t need

10 January 2017

An international group of leading doctors say up to one third of many medical procedures are now being done unnecessarily, causing physical, psychological and financial harm that could threaten the viability of healthcare systems. The researchers hig... more

Research: Mutant gene link to worse tumours

10 January 2017

A landmark Melbourne-led study reveals why men with prostate cancer who carry a cancer-predisposing gene have more aggressive tumours. The study, led by the Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute, shows the tumours of men with the cancer... more

Research: Melting leukaemia cells

10 January 2017

A new tablet that effectively melts leukaemia cells has been approved for use in Australia. Remarkably, clinical trials of the Melbourne-developed drug venetoclax resulted in one in five of the end-stage patients being free of cancer following their ... more

Physical Activity: Weekend warriors take heart

10 January 2017

A study has found people who exercise extensively on the weekend significantly cut their risk of death from cancer and heart disease. The University of Sydney study shows that people who are active in one or two big sessions a week — so-called weeken... more

Tobacco: Comment wanted in e-smokes debate

09 January 2017

The Tasmanian State Government is inviting stakeholders to comment on proposed changes to the Public Health Act 1997 to regulate the marketing of e-cigarettes. The Government has released a regulatory impact statement regarding proposed changes which... more

Support: Hanson supports cannabis

09 January 2017

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to provide an amnesty to suppliers and users of medicinal cannabis. Senator Hanson said yesterday she had personally lobbied Mr Turnbull via a text message to plead for th... more

Skin: It’s sun safety, for life

08 January 2017

Cancer Council Tasmania is set to launch a sunsafe policy especially aimed at high schools, to address the low uptake of sun-safe practices when students leave primary school. The organisation is working with the Department of Education to encourage ... more

Research: Pot cancer cure probed

08 January 2017

Perth researchers are to test whether medical cannabis can pave a breakthrough in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal diseases on the planet. Curtin University’s School of Biomedical Sciences is poised to start testing cannabis... more

Nutrition: Tell us where our food is made, urge shoppers

08 January 2017

South Australian shoppers have voted country-of-origin branding ahead of nutrition details as the most important information on food labels. CSIRO health and biosecurity researcher Malcolm Riley conducted a study to ensure there was a record of how c... more

Obesity: Chocs away to get fit

05 January 2017

A Queensland Health report has found that obese adults need to lose an average of 19kg each to attain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) and overweight adults an average of 8kg. This means for everyone in the state to have a BMI within the ideal range o... more

Environment: Air pollution plan may put lives at risk, say doctors

03 January 2017

Doctors and health experts have criticised a government review of vehicle emissions and air pollution for under-reporting the health risks, sidelining the Minister for Health, and potentially putting thousands of Australians’ lives at risk. Respirato... more

Tobacco: No butts, it’s time to quit

02 January 2017

Quitting smoking is a standard New Year resolution but the Turnbull government wants almost one million Aussies to make a commitment to give up now and stick to it by the end of 2018. Australia’s already low smoking rate is being further targeted by ... more

Skin: Young get message on skin cancer

29 December 2016

In a sign the Cancer Council’s Sun Smart message is working, melanoma rates among 15 to 39-year-olds have more than halved in the past 30 years. Among women aged under 40, skin cancer rates have fallen in 15 years from 31 cases per 100,000 per people... more

Tobacco: South Aussies butting out

28 December 2016

New figures showing South Australians are shunning tobacco are welcome news for the State Government’s antismoking strategy, Substance Abuse Minister Leesa Vlahos says. Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows South Australia ha... more

Skin: Weather hot or not, kids need sunnies

28 December 2016

Children should wear sunglasses no matter the weather to protect their eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Australian Medical Association vice-president, Dr Tony Bartone, said gone were the days when sunglasses were just a fashion statement and ... more

Skin: Burn notice

27 December 2016

While most Australians accept they should not bake in the sun uncovered any more, 65 per cent have still been sunburnt in the past two years, according to the 2016 Skin Health Australia Report Card. And often it’s while doing simple things such as go... more

Research: Twin drug hope for asbestos patients

27 December 2016

WA researchers are launching a clinical trial of a groundbreaking “drug combo” that holds fresh hope for people with the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma. For the first time in the treatment of the incurable disease, doctors will combine the effec... more

Research: Surge in support to legalise marijuana

26 December 2016

For the first time more Australians support decriminalising the use of marijuana than those who back retaining its classification as an illicit drug, a survey conducted over three decades has found. There has been a significant shift in sentiment aro... more

Research: Dial M for a medical marvel

26 December 2016

Human trials of a revolutionary device called a Nanopatch that has eliminated the need for a needle in immunisation are underway and expected to report in 2017. University of Queensland professor Mark Kendall’s needle-free vaccine delivery invention ... more

Research: Sniffing out illness

23 December 2016

Scientists have developed a “breathalyser” that can sniff out a range of diseases. The breath test, which costs as little as $40, was found to detect conditions such as Parkinson’s and ovarian cancer with 86 per cent accuracy. It also correctly diagn... more

Environment: Asbestos cases skyrocket in Sydney homes

23 December 2016

This year alone, the regulator has received 25,069 reports of licensed asbestos and demolition work, up from 12,942 in 2012. SafeWork’s figures come as an Australian online marketplace for tradespeople, Hipages, reports a 32 per cent increase in the ... more

Risk: Women alerted to cancer risk from implants

22 December 2016

Risk: Women alerted to cancer risk from implants Women with breast implants have more risk of developing a rare cancer than previously thought, Australian health authorities warn. As many as 1000 Australian women who received breast implants will be... more

Research: Breakthrough in fight to beat prostate cancer

22 December 2016

West Australian researchers have found a way to protect a proportion of men from a recurrence of cancer following removal of their prostate gland. After surgery, some men show a "positive margin" - cancer cells inadvertently left behind. The Perth re... more

Screening: New test detects bowel cancer recurrences sooner

21 December 2016

A blood test twice as effective than existing methods at detecting one of the most deadly forms of cancer will soon be available for Australians. The Colvera test, developed by the CSIRO in partnership with Flinders University and US biotech company ... more

Alcohol: Beer and the not so beautiful ‘half-truth’

21 December 2016

Health experts are urging consumers to think twice about sugarfree claims made by beer giant Lion in its advertising campaign ‘‘Beer: The Beautiful Truth’’, seen on television and bus shelters. The LiveLighter campaign, run by the Cancer Council Vict... more

Treatment: Challenge to defeat infections

20 December 2016

Cancer patients will undergo an “antibiotic challenge test”, similar to what’s used to confirm food allergies, to boost chances of beating infection. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will lead a new Centre for Research Excellence for Infection — headed ... more

Research: Liquid biopsy hope for pancreatic cancer patients

20 December 2016

Tumour DNA in the bloodstream can be used to predict the survival chances of patients with pancreatic cancer, research suggests. The “liquid biopsy” could help doctors work out the best treatment strategies for patients with advanced forms of the dis... more

Tobacco: E-cigs mouth cancer concern

19 December 2016

Tobacco: E-cigs mouth cancer concern Exposure to chemicals in e-cigarettes could trigger severe gum disease – and even increase the risk of mouth cancer, scientists have warned. New studies have highlighted concerns over potential damage to cells in... more

Support: Dope hope grows

19 December 2016

Support: Dope hope grows Victoria’s 1500 medicinal cannabis plants are set to be harvested from a top-secret location to treat children suffering severe epilepsy from mid-2017. The progress of the state’s maiden crop was revealed by Agricultural Mi... more

Skin: Skin cancer alarm for state’s kids

19 December 2016

Skin: Skin cancer alarm for state’s kids Nearly 10 Queensland children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with melanoma every year, more than double the national average, new data shows. And 491 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years were also identified with... more

Research: Stopping a monster

19 December 2016

Research: Stopping a monster Scientists can stop the spread of aggressive breast cancer, potentially saving thousands of lives every year. Garvan Institute of Medical Research experts have identified the protein MCL-1 as being responsible for spread... more

Research: New hope for blood disease

19 December 2016

Research: New hope for blood disease In a world-first, Melbourne scientists have reconstructed the defect that causes a blood disorder in a test tube, allowing them to screen for drugs that could repair it. The breakthrough will not only help fast-t... more

Public health: Cancer treatments delayed amid staff shortages at centre

19 December 2016

Public health: Cancer treatments delayed amid staff shortages at centre Staff shortages and rising numbers of increasingly complex cases has led to a 12 per cent fall in the number of cancer patients being treated within clinically recommended time ... more

Public health: Medical dope survey

19 December 2016

Public health: Medical dope survey The SA Health Department is asking the public to tell them their views on the topic of patient access to medicinal cannabis in South Australia. In a memo sent to staff yesterday, SA Health’s acting chief executive ... more

Tobacco: Social smokers ignoring the risks

16 December 2016

An estimated 1.8 per cent of Australians, about 328,000 people, smoke less often than daily, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2011-12 national health survey. That is about 10 per cent of smokers. Quit Victoria director Sarah White sa... more

Research: Tapping fountain of youth

16 December 2016

The genes of elderly Australians who have defied the odds and never been struck down by diseases like dementia or cancer will be shared with experts around the world to crack why some people age well and others do not. The Medical Genome Reference Ba... more

Research: ‘Man flu’ may be real thing

16 December 2016

Some viruses do make men sicker than women, according to a new UK study. Fatality rates of infectious diseases are often higher in men than women, in fact previous research has found men infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are five times mo... more

Research: Cancer’s early step

16 December 2016

Breast cancer cells start spreading to other parts of the body long before a tumour is even detected, ground breaking new research suggests. The finding radically alters the view that cancer cells spread only at late stages of cancer. Researchers fou... more

Tobacco: Smokers still ignore dangers

15 December 2016

One in three smokers refuses to believe cigarettes are as dangerous as doctors and anti-tobacco lobbyists claim. An increasing number of people believing tobacco harms have been exaggerated is sparking calls for a renewed anti-smoking campaign by Qui... more

Support: Mexico goes to pot

15 December 2016

The Mexican Senate has overwhelmingly passed a Bill approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Bill authorises the cultivation of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes, ruling that industrial products with concentrations of 1 pe... more

Research: Queenslanders are in a cancerous state

15 December 2016

Queensland is the most deadly state in Australia for cancer, new statistics show. The Cancer Incidence and Mortality Across Regions report, released yesterday, found Queensland had the highest incidence rate for all cancers combined for all people. Q... more

Obesity: Health burden of obesity

15 December 2016

In Australia, almost two out of three people (63 per cent) are overweight or obese. That’s according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which says Australia’s obesity rate will keep rising, putting even greater strain on the hea... more

Treatment: Therapy trial hope

14 December 2016

Most lung cancer patients survived four months longer on an immunotherapy drug than those treated with chemotherapy, according to trial results. Importantly, they also experienced fewer side-effects, researchers reported in The Lancet medical journal... more

Skin: Cancer treatment reduces trauma

13 December 2016

A new cutting-edge radiation machine available only in Queensland will allow skin-cancer sufferers to avoid surgery and scarring during treatment. The brachytherapy machine, which emits low energy X-rays to target a small cancer site on the skin’s su... more

Tobacco: Swipe for a cheap smoke

12 December 2016

Illicit tobacco traffickers have turned to a dating app to push their cut-price products on Victorians. Organised crime syndicates are urging prospective clients to “swipe right” for cheap  cigarettes on Tinder, and are selling packets for as little ... more

Skin: Skin cancer gamble

12 December 2016

Patients may be facing huge bills to have a skin cancer removed under changes to Medicare that experts fear could encourage people to wait longer for treatment. And, disturbingly, health funds, not doctors will get to decide whether they provide a re... more

Screening: Fresh cancer hope

12 December 2016

Women could soon be routinely tested to find out their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, to detect the disease earlier and increase life expectancy. A world-first trial by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will screen 10,000 healthy Australian women to ... more

Research: Second-biggest cancer often ignored by women

12 December 2016

It’s the second-most common cancer among women, but too many people wrongly believe bowel cancer is just a man’s disease, a NSW survey suggests. Only 37 per cent of people surveyed by the Cancer Institute NSW knew that bowel cancer was one of the mos... more

Nutrition: Fast foods on shortcut to homes

12 December 2016

Fast-food giants are increasingly joining online delivery networks, making it easier for people to get their hands on fattening burgers and pizzas amid a worsening obesity epidemic. Australia’s largest online food ordering platform, Menulog, has adde... more

Research: Why happy people will live longer

09 December 2016

Experts have found those with an optimistic outlook had a significantly reduced risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and infection. Researchers at Harvard University studied the health records of 70,000 women tracked ... more

Obesity: Tobacco reforms offer model in obesity fight

09 December 2016

Australia needs to treat junk food in the same way it did tobacco to overcome “a tsunami of obesity”, health lobbyists say. Renewed calls for a tax on sugary drinks and bans of junk food marketing to children have emerged following the latest figures... more

Research: ‘Days are numbered for secondary cancers’

08 December 2016

Scientists say they have worked out how cancers launch killer secondary tumours, opening the way to drugs specifically designed to stop the disease spreading. A Barcelona team has identified the cells that allow mouth cancers to “metastasise” and spr... more

Obesity: Nation of fatties

08 December 2016

Australia’s bulging waistline is continuing to expand, fuelling a dangerous divide between obesity rates in the country and city. 11.2 million Australians are now overweight or obese, according to the latest snapshot of the nation’s health. Excess w... more

Nutrition: Health experts give food companies a serve of their own

08 December 2016

Food manufacturers are declaring vastly different ‘‘serving sizes’’ for the same product and confusing consumers, with Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe and Coca-Cola among the worst offenders, a study shows. Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health... more

Support: Ovary renewal

07 December 2016

A cancer treatment appears to have rejuvenated the ovaries of patients and increased their stock of immature eggs. The result overturns the widely held view that women are born with a finite supply of eggs to last their lifetime. It could have major ... more

Treatment: Matilda steps up for cancer cannabis trial

06 December 2016

In Sydney yesterday, NSW health launched a world-first cannabis trial which may change her life, and those of cancer sufferers around the world. Over the next 12 months researchers will assess the use of medicinal cannabis tablets as a method to trea... more

Tobacco: Smuggling of tobacco linked to extremists

06 December 2016

The illicit tobacco trade in Australia has traditionally generated far less attention from police and security agencies than terrorism, drug and weapons trafficking and people smuggling, despite the potential for overlap. Successive federal governmen... more

Research: T-cell therapy clue to win in cancer battle

06 December 2016

Queensland researchers have found giving immunotherapy drugs before surgery may dramatically improve cancer survival. Studies in mice with triple negative breast cancer showed about half were cured when they received immunotherapy before surgery. How... more

Research: Probe into cancer funding

06 December 2016

An inquiry into the impact of health research funding models on research into cancers with low survival rates will be chaired by Tasmanian Labor Senator Catryna Bilyk. A Senate Select Committee was set up after concerns that despite a significant imp... more

Research: Pancreatic cancer on the rise but we don’t know why

06 December 2016

A study published last month in the Medical Journal of Australia reviewed the care of pancreatic cancer patients in Queensland and NSW. It revealed that quality of care and survival rates are poorer in rural and socio-economically disadvantaged areas... more

Treatment: Prostate tumours ‘shocked’ to death

05 December 2016

A man with advanced prostate cancer is believed to have been cured after doctors ‘‘shocked’’ his tumour to death with huge amounts of testosterone. The result has been described as ‘‘unexpected’’ and ‘‘exciting’’, as most prostate cancer therapies wo... more

Treatment: Patient space vacant waste

05 December 2016

A senior doctor has lashed out at the Federal Government for “exposing patients to risk” over delays in signing off on a plan that would free up vital public hospital beds. Redcliffe Hospital clinical council chair Hamish Pollock made the rare move o... more

Treatment: Ginger may help patients stomach cancer better

05 December 2016

Ginger is an ancient remedy for upset stomachs and nausea, and Australian researchers have uncovered scientific evidence that may mean it is more than just an old wives tale. Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy often experience severe nausea and v... more

Research: Health windfall

05 December 2016

The biggest clinical trial conducted in Australia and a novel approach to combating deadly superbugs are among the hundreds of projects to be given a $483 million boost today. Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley will announce funding for 601 projects,... more

Public Health: Hep C bill likely to top $3 billion

05 December 2016

Taxpayers spent $1 billion in just four months on two new hepatitis C cures, mainly for the treatment of recovering drug addicts and prisoners. The expensive new drugs Harvoni and Sovaldi were listed on the PBS for the first time in March. And in jus... more

Obesity: Cancer’s a fat chance

05 December 2016

Cancer claimed the lives of 30 Victorians a day last year, with obesity emerging as a major risk factor, but in a positive sign, overall survival rates inched upwards. In the Cancer Council’s snapshot of Victoria, to be released today, it found for t... more

Treatment: Online service supplies drugs not yet available

05 December 2016

A Dallas Buyers Club online start-up is offering Australian breast cancer, leukaemia and Parkinson’s patients access to US and European-approved drugs not available in Australia. If a patient has a doctor’s prescription and the medicine is for person... more

Research: ‘Magic’ cure for anxiety

02 December 2016

The psychedelic drug in “magic mushrooms” can quickly help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, two small studies show. The effects of the substance, called psilocybin, were “very impressive”, said Dr Craig Blinderman, of Columbia Univers... more

Research: Wine’s skin cancer risk

02 December 2016

Drinking just one glass of white wine a day could increase your risk of skin cancer by 13 per cent, scientists claim. They linked it to higher rates of “invasive” melanoma, in which the cancer penetrates the skin to the tissue below. Those who drank ... more

Treatment: Trainee headed chemo inquiry

30 November 2016

A hospital at the centre of the chemotherapy underdosing controversy put a trainee in charge of its investigation into the scandal. The inquiry yesterday heard revelations that medical governance trainee Dr Paul Savage conducted the internal review o... more

Treatment: Key man missed by chemo inquiry

30 November 2016

A key whistleblower who alerted management at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital about irregular chemotherapy dosing by oncologist John Gyrgiel was not interviewed by authorities investigating the statewide scandal. The failure to question the whistleblo... more

Treatment: Hospital boss takes blame and says sorry

30 November 2016

The head of a Sydney hospital involved in the chemotherapy underdosing of more than 100 cancer patients has accepted blame over the scandal. St Vincent’s Hospital group chief executive Toby Hall yesterday apologised to a NSW parliamentary inquiry loo... more

Tobacco: Council votes for permanent smoking ban

30 November 2016

Darwin City Council voted to make the temporary six month smoke free trial in the CBD’s Smith Street Mall and Raintree Park permanent. At last night’s Council meeting, The Mall and Raintree Park were officially declared smoke free under the NT Tobacc... more

Screening: Gran sues hospital

30 November 2016

A Grandmother whose daughter died of cancer is suing the Ballarat Base Hospital on behalf of her granddaughter and herself, claiming it failed to perform vital scans. The family, which the Herald Sun has chosen not to identify, were devastated when t... more

Skin: Future’s so bright, gotta wear shades

29 November 2016

Children as young as three should be sporting shades this summer to protect their eyes from harmful rays. Optometry Australia’s senior resident optometrist Luke Arundel said our eyes were 10 times more sensitive to UV than our skin. “Too much exposur... more

Nutrition: Cutting salt to save 3500 lives a year

29 November 2016

Salt in processed food sold in Australia would be stripped back under a prescription for a healthier nation drafted by leading chronic disease doctors, scientists and researchers. Reducing the population’s salt intake by 30 per cent by 2025 could sav... more

Tobacco: Get ready for ‘smoking zones’ in unit blocks

28 November 2016

Apartment owners will soon be able to set up smoking zones on common property. The proposed zones are a sop to smokers who might otherwise be banned in a crackdown on smoke drift into neighbours’ apartments. Until now, smoking on common property — an... more

Skin: Many still not heeding sun smart warning

28 November 2016

One in three South Australians were sunburnt last summer and almost three in five do not do regular skin checks for suspicious spots, data shows. The alarming figures, from Cancer Council SA, reveal South Australians are not heeding the sun smart mes... more

Public Health: Good oil on cannabis

28 November 2016

The state’s first medicinal cannabis education trailer has been launched in Hobart, aimed at dispelling myths surrounding the controversial issue. Andrew Irving from Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp Tasmania was the driving force behind the trailer, which... more

Nutrition: Vitamin D to add crackle

28 November 2016

Healthier cereals on the supermarket shelf may soon be fortified with vitamin D after ministers responsible for food regulation agreed to lift a ban to help people with a deficiency. David Gillespie, the federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health, s... more

Environment: Lifesaver for renovators

28 November 2016

A new tool to help home buyers and renovators avoid deadly exposure to asbestos has been launched in Australia. The checklist provides people with a step-by-step guide to pinpoint areas in their home where they could be at risk of being exposed to th... more

Research: Shift work, sleepless nights take a toll on liver cancer risks

25 November 2016

Shift workers and frequent fliers have the same risk of liver cancer as the obese, research suggests. US scientists found that a disrupted body clock from night work or jet lag leads to fat deposits on the liver – which can develop into cancer. Their... more

Skin: Health funds cut coverage for skin cancer

25 November 2016

Plastic surgeons are furious that Federal Government changes to legislation mean private health funds no longer have to cover operations for certain forms of skin cancers. Doctors say the changes, introduced with no consultation on November 1, will r... more

Treatment: Kidney cancer drug OK

24 November 2016

Health regulators have approved the first drug for advanced kidney cancer that rallies the immune system to attack cancer cells. Opdivo, an immuno-oncology treatment, is already approved to treat lung cancer and melanoma. West Australian, 24/11/2016... more

Public Health: Healthy, wealthy and unwise: report card reveals Sydney's sickest...

24 November 2016

Waistlines balloon the further west you go, but Sydney's more affluent postcodes harbour their own health vices, the latest national health report card reveals. The city that sprawls over 12,000 square kilometres is a patchwork of risk profiles and c... more

Nutrition: Joyce rules out ‘bonkers’ sugar tax

24 November 2016

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has rubbished a Grattan Institute proposal to introduce a soft drink tax in Australia, saying it is a "bonkers mad" idea that would restrict individual freedom and harm the local sugar industry. In a report released on ... more

Skin: Brumbies ‘slip, slop, slap’ after unexpected turns

24 November 2016

ACT Brumbies doctor Stephen Freeman thought it was strange seeing Christian Lealiifano dropping behind hooker Robbie Abel in fitness drills at the Super Rugby club. But even Freeman had no inkling that blood tests to determine why Lealiifano was feel... more

Research: Chemo sparks ‘cancer growth’

24 November 2016

Scientists have found evidence that maximum chemotherapy doses can trigger aggressive secondary cancers by fostering ­mutations in the tissues surrounding tumours. A study by Taiwanese and American researchers suggests that frequent, low-dose chemoth... more

Tobacco: ‘Healthy’ hope for smokers

23 November 2016

As the Federal Government taxes smoking out of existence, a drug company is paying to test whether a medicine can reduce lung disease caused by the killer habit. The controversial trial will be run by the George Institute for Global Health, which den... more

Tobacco: Government ‘is ripping off smokers’

23 November 2016

A tobacco treatment specialist has slammed the federal government for failing to properly fund programs to help smokers quit. Colin Mendelsohn testified at a coronial inquest in Brisbane yesterday, which is looking into the possible link between Pfiz... more

Tobacco: Alarm at pregnant smokers

23 November 2016

More Victorian women are smoking during the second half of their pregnancy than five years ago, raising the risk of miscarriage and dangerous complications. The latest report into Victorian public hospital births shows 7.8 per cent of women smoked af... more

Skin: Vitamin to treat cancer

23 November 2016

Vitamin D cream for psoriasis can improve the treatment of pre-cancerous skin patches on the face by more than 60 per cent, research has shown. Combining calcipotriol with a widely used chemotherapy ointment triggered a strong immune response against... more

Public Health: Medical fund can fill gaps

23 November 2016

The federal government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund could help resolve the sector’s two overriding issues: subterranean grant success rates and inadequate funding of indirect research costs. But, to do so, it will have to overcome clunk... more

Public Health: Expert: slim chance of repeat mistake

23 November 2016

It’s rare a pathologist would mistake a benign tumour for a malignant tumour and “very, very rare” it would happen to the same doctor twice, according to a breast cancer expert. Dr Laura Garcia Carrascosa of the University of Queensland told the NT N... more

Obesity: Tax on sugary soft drinks to curb obesity, raise $520m

23 November 2016

A tax on sugary drinks would add 15c to the price of a 375ml can and 80c to a 2-litre bottle, slugging the $4.4 billion industry $520 million a year, a new report says. Sugary drinks should be hit with the special tax to reduce their role in soaring ... more

Treatment: Chemo bungle poorly handled

22 November 2016

An SA Health senior staff member has acknowledged fault on behalf of the department in the handling of last year’s chemotherapy bungle, saying the issue was “incredibly poorly” dealt with. In August 2015, it was revealed 10 acute myeloid leukaemia pa... more

Treatment: Doctor promised dying man lethal drug to ‘ease psychological distress’

22 November 2016

A euthanasia advocate who promised to provide a lethal drug to a terminally ill man has told a tribunal he only did it to ease the man’s psychological pain. Urologist Dr Rodney Syme promised to provide Brighton man Bernard Erica with a lethal drug, w... more

Research: Partners a risk for prostate

22 November 2016

The more sexual partners a man has, the greater his risk of developing prostate cancer. A study by Cancer Council NSW published in the International Journal of Cancer has found sexual activity is among the factors that at least doubles the risk of th... more

Public Health: Hospital misdiagnosed breast cancer in women

22 November 2016

Two women had their breasts removed unnecessarily after being misdiagnosed with cancer at the Royal Darwin Hospital, the ABC has revealed. The startling revelations prompted Health Minister Natasha Fyles to issue a statement last night, saying: “The ... more

Alcohol: Bottled junk food

22 November 2016

Christmas party overindulgence will hurt your waistline just as much as your head, with new analysis showing that downing a few boozy drinks is the equivalent of going on a junk food binge. A Cancer Council investigation into the hidden kilojoules in... more

Tobacco: Alarm on pills

22 November 2016

A coroner says it’s “alarming” that warnings of the possible side-effects of the anti-smoking drug Champix are not included on the box, with patients left to seek out the information themselves. On the first day of an inquest into the death of a 22- ... more

Treatment: Cancer patients in dark

21 November 2016

One in three cancer patients is missing out on crucial radiotherapy and many of those who receive it have to wait more than a month to begin treatment. Senior radiologist and researcher Professor Michael Barton said patients were missing out because ... more

Tobacco: Last puff looms for e-cigs

21 November 2016

E-Cigarettes would be banned in non-smoking areas such as outdoor dining venues, just like tobacco cigarettes, under proposed rules. Retailers would not be allowed to sell the vaporisers to children, nor advertise or promote e-cigarette products. Sub... more

Skin: SunSmart message fades as Aussies ditch hats

21 November 2016

Cancer Council national sun protection survey research released today shows that just 44 per cent of Australian adults wore a hat when exposed to UV at summer weekends in 2013-14, compared to 48 per cent in 2003 – a reduction of 8.3 per cent. Officia... more

Screening: Test saves our skin

21 November 2016

A revolutionary new blood test capable of diagnosing melanoma within hours and boosting patients’ chances of overcoming the disease is being rolled out in Victoria. The Australian-first “liquid biopsy” can cut several weeks off the time taken to dete... more

Obesity: Let’s eschew the fat

21 November 2016

The Federal Government must tackle the obesity health crisis in the same aggressive way it stubbed out smoking rates with a world-class campaign, a Queensland medical chief says. The 2016 Queensland Chief Health Officer’s Report shows an estimated 1.... more

Nutrition: Roughen up to help gut health

21 November 2016

Eating plenty of fibre is not only good for your heart – it also protects against infection, scientists have found. A bit of roughage, whether broccoli, bowl of bran flakes or a slice of wholemeal bread, maintains the layer of mucus which is the gut’... more

Research: CSIRO gets research projects off the ground

18 November 2016

CSIRO’s research accelerator program (ON Prime) has had its first run through in five innovation labs across the country. Thirty-nine inventions have been tested during an eight-week intensive program that aims to prepare the research for commercial ... more

Tobacco: Up in smoke

18 November 2016

Philip Morris International says it sees a future without cigarettes as it pushes to overcome legislative hurdles to launch a smokeless cigarette in Australia. The move by Philip Morris International to introduce e-cigarettes has so far been thwarted... more

Treatment: Chemical catalyst

18 November 2016

Building on technology developed by the CSIRO, a Melbourne company (Starpharma) is working to change the molecular composition of some generic drugs to make them more powerful combatants against certain diseases. Starpharma is using its technology on... more

Tobacco: New tobacco bans flagged for youth

17 November 2016

The Barnett Government has flagged new controls on tobacco. A draft Bill to amend WA’s tobacco laws will ban retail workers under the age of 18 from handling tobacco and prevent the granting of tobacco retail licences at events such as music festival... more

Treatment: More drugs not the cure

16 November 2016

Selecting specific drugs for individual breast cancer patients and trusting the immune system are two of the biggest challenges facing researchers tackling the killer disease. Dr Shom Goel, a researcher at the famed Harvard University Medical School,... more

Physical Activity: Intensive exercise a fatigue aid

16 November 2016

A team of Queensland researchers may have found the key to treating fatigue in recovering cancer patients. University of Queensland PhD candidate Kirsten Adlard is behind the ongoing research that suggests high-intensity interval training might be th... more

Alcohol: Beer can give you cancer

16 November 2016

Drinking just one beer can dramatically increase a man’s chance of developing prostate cancer, new research shows. Researchers say there is a “clear link” between the cancer, which kills more than 3000 Aussie men every year, and even modest amounts o... more

Research: New prostate cancer blocker

15 November 2016

Melbourne researchers have found a promising drug combination for incurable end-stage prostate cancer, which claims the lives of about 4000 Australian men a year. After successfully controlling the disease in tumours taken from human patients and reg... more

Treatment: Nuclear medicine: Reactor to fill shortage

14 November 2016

A nuclear reactor in Canada has stopped production of radioactive isotopes essential in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, triggering fears of a worldwide shortage in the nuclear medicine. Enter the reactor at Lucas Heights in south-west Sydney,... more

Tobacco: Tobacco tied to cancers

14 November 2016

Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of cancer, and 40 per cent of diagnosed US cancer cases may have a link to it, health authorities reported. The CDC Vital Signs report found that every year from 2009 to 2013, about 660,000 people in the... more

Skin: Skin cancer keys found

14 November 2016

Australians with a family history of melanoma are more likely to develop the potentially deadly cancer on their limbs and at a younger age. People with many moles, however, are likely to detect a melanoma on their torso. Sydney University researchers... more

Research: When guts growing is a good sign

14 November 2016

A new biobank of “miniguts” will help doctors determine the best way to destroy tumours and which cancer patients can be spared invasive surgery within the next year. The tiny organs just  2mm big are grown from tumours removed from Victorian patient... more

Environment: Asbestos on Bridge discovery kept quiet

14 November 2016

Asbestos was found on Sydney Harbour Bridge 10 months ago but the public has only just been told about it. Roads Minister Duncan Gay Revealed the hazardous material was discovered near the northern toll plaza during construction work in February. “Wh... more

Research: Cancer crusade

14 November 2016

Victoria’s war on cancer will be stepped up with $10 million being splashed on bringing together the best researchers and discoveries from Melbourne and overseas. The effort could dramatically cut the time taken for new medical treatments to become a... more

Treatment: Offer of a better life with the little time left

10 November 2016

Australia’s leading neurosurgeons are calling for federal government funding to nationally roll out a drug that has the potential to prolong the life of brain cancer patients and which is used in surgeries across Europe as standard care. This year on... more

Treatment: Jab could treat cancer

10 November 2016

A jab for the deadliest types of prostate cancer is being developed by British scientists. Men are currently treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, which causes debilitating side effects. But researchers from University College London say they ar... more

Public Health: U-turn on specialist visits cap

09 November 2016

Cancer patients and those with other chronic illnesses will no longer have a cap placed on the number of times they can visit a doctor each year after a U-turn. The Federal Government has backed down on the controversial element of its Health Care Ho... more

Public Health: Random audit replaces statewide cancer review

09 November 2016

A statewide review of all public cancer patients treated in the past five years, called for by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner in August following a widespread chemotherapy dosing scandal, will instead test only a random sample of 1800 patients. ... more

Nutrition: Food additives linked to growth in cancers

09 November 2016

A common food additive used to extend shelf life promotes colon cancer in mice, according to a new study. Emulsifiers are added to most processed foods to aid texture and keep them fresh but the findings of the US study, published in journal Cancer R... more

Alcohol: Students dropping off booze

09 November 2016

Under-age boozing by high school students is at its lowest level in three decades. Cancer Council Victoria research to be released today shows the proportion of 12-15-year-olds who had drunk alcohol in the past week slipped from 30 per cent in 1984 t... more

Screening: 43% shun pap test advice

08 November 2016

Australian women are still dying from cervical cancer because they’re failing to have regular pap tests. The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation said nearly half — 43 per cent — of Australian women don’t get screened every two years, as recommended... more

Obesity: Cancer risk link to weight

08 November 2016

Men need to gain only 15.9kg from their teenage years to retirement to be in significantly greater danger. For women, the risk of cancer rises by almost 20 per cent over a lifetime if they put on 22.2kg. The findings by Manchester University shed new... more

Environment: Fluffy’s reach may widen

08 November 2016

Another 100 Australians who may have been exposed to Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos while living in Canberra and have since been diagnosed interstate with mesothelioma, cancer or other asbestos-related illnesses are expected to be discovered as part o... more

Public health: Doctor pay revamp

07 November 2016

The nation’s sickest cancer patients and people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses will get a maximum of $1795 worth of GP care a year funded by Medicare under a revamp in the way doctors are paid. And Medicare will fund just five extra visits... more

Support: PM to unveil nurse funds in Tassie visit

04 November 2016

The Turnbull Government will announce continued funding for three Tasmanian breast care nurses as part of a $20.5 million national commitment to the McGrath Foundation’s breast care program. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to commit the fundi... more

Support: Right to die law edging closer

04 November 2016

The nation’s first euthanasia law at a state level is a step closer after a debate in the South Australian parliament yesterday saw a Labor MP plead for other parliamentarians’ support for an expected vote this month. The controversial legislation h... more

Public health: Cancer deaths in women soar

03 November 2016

Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030. This represented a near 60 per cent increase in less than two decades, according to an analysis conduc... more

Treatment: Palliative care cancer patients ignored underdosing crisis widens

01 November 2016

Palliative cancer patients were underdosed and their cases ignored by a top doctor charged by NSW Health with getting to the bottom of the chemotherapy scandal. A parliamentary inquiry also heard yesterday that St Vincent’s Hospital told NSW Health i... more

Risk: No case to answer in talc suit

01 November 2016

Rio Tinto has been dismissed from court cases in the US where it has been named in a legal battle relating to claims Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. The company’s name has been removed from five separate lawsuits launched... more

Tobacco: Nats MP breaks ranks on cigs

31 October 2016

A member of Barnaby Joyce’s frontbench team has publicly voiced concerns about the Nationals’ continued acceptance of tobacco company donations as senior party figures also agitate for a ban. The Nationals are the last major party to accept tobacco c... more

Support: Medicinal pot laws

31 October 2016

Medicinal cannabis as a treatment option has taken a major leap forward with two major changes to the Narcotic Drugs Act. From today, cannabis products for therapeutic use will be moved into the same category as other drugs, such as morphine, that ar... more

Support: ‘Little proof’ of medicinal pot benefit

31 October 2016

Medicinal cannabis can have negative side effects and there is little evidence of its medical benefits, WA’s top public health official said yesterday. But executive director of Public Health Tarun Weeramanthri said WA’s decision to allow cannabis de... more

Nutrition: Stars, traffic lights or stop signs?

31 October 2016

Alexandra Jones from Sydney University said her analysis of 18 front-of-pack nutrition labelling systems used in 50 countries found the health star rating system was the most effective and Australia was on the right path towards improving diets.  Ms ... more

Research: New test a cancer defeater

28 October 2016

A blood test has been developed by Australian researchers who say it detects relapses in skin cancer earlier than before. The test, created by Edith Cowan University’s melanoma research group in WA, should reduce the need for invasive skin biopsies a... more

Public Health: $40m cancer shock

28 October 2016

A ban on private beds at the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has cost $40 million in donations, the head of the hospital’s foundation claims. An explosive submission to a state parliamentary committee asserts that Premier Daniel Andrews’s tearing u... more

Treatment: Cancer patients at risk by opting for alternatives

28 October 2016

Cancer specialists believe rising numbers of sufferers are shunning medical treatment in favour of alternative therapy. Of the 130,466 new cancer diagnoses in Australia this year, RiAus director Dr Paul Willis estimates about 4 per cent or 5200 peopl... more

Prevention: Alarm sounds as teens skip HPV vaccine

27 October 2016

The State Government has sounded the alarm at thousands of WA teenagers missing out on cancer protection because they are not completing their full course of the human papilloma virus vaccine. It is provided free to year 8 boys and girls in WA but re... more

Obesity/Tobacco: Vape to help lose weight

27 October 2016

Electronic cigarettes could be used to help the obese lose weight, health experts have revealed. Like real cigarettes, the electronic versions contain nicotine, which curbs the appetite and speeds up metabolism. Researchers believe e-cigarettes with ... more

Public health: Pathology director appointed

26 October 2016

SA Pathology has a new director after losing its leader in the prostate test bungle. Central Adelaide Local Health Network chief executive Julia Squire announced Dr Glenn Edwards would take the role from November 14. “Dr Edwards is an internationally... more

Research: Bush-city cancer divide worsens

26 October 2016

Cancer sufferers living in rural regions distant from capital cities are much more likely to die within five years of diagnosis than their urban counterparts. A major report to be published today by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research also finds... more

Tobacco: No smoke, Medibank butts out

25 October 2016

Private health insurer Medibank Private no longer has any investments In tobacco companies. Medibank’s policy of excluding investments in tobacco companies has now been implemented across its entire $2.4 billion investment portfolio. The tobacco-free... more

Tobacco: Taxpayers burned by quitters

24 October 2016

Forty-one Australian Public Service agencies, which hire tens of thousands of staff, have “healthy lifestyle payments’’ in their contracts, which include gym memberships and quitting smoking. No-nonsense Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm implied it w... more

Research: Offal can be awful for health

24 October 2016

Research has shown that eating brains and some innards can cause cancer. Offal has alarmingly high levels of a chemical that causes tumours, and concentrations of the substance – a sialic acid called Neu5Gc – increase during cooking. The researchers ... more

Research: Monitoring is an option for prostate

24 October 2016

Monitoring prostate cancer that has not spread gives as good results for survival as surgery or radiotherapy without the side effects, a major study indicates. The check of 1643 men with the cancer in Britain over a decade found the 10-year survival ... more

Nutrition: Sugar’s not the answer

24 October 2016

Students are being warned not to binge on energy drinks laden with sugar and caffeine this exam period, with health experts warning it could backfire. “If consumed regularly, the high sugar content in energy drinks can lead to weight gain and obesity... more

Nutrition: Scientist tweaks rice for health

24 October 2016

Designer rice identified by a Tasmanian researcher could help to protect people from diabetes, cancer and obesity. University of Tasmania School of Biological Sciences Professor Steven Smith, an expert on starch production in plants, is working on im... more

Treatment: Cancer gene hope

21 October 2016

Perth scientists plan to use a computer-designed synthetic gene to genetically modify the cancer-fighting white blood cells of leukaemia patients. Scientists at Royal Perth Hospital’s Cell and Tissue Therapies WA are working on a therapy that would g... more

Alcohol: Booze breast shock

21 October 2016

Young women who drink alcohol before their first pregnancy face a 35 per cent higher risk of breast cancer, new research suggests. Findings of the Cancer Council Victoria study have led to calls for women to reduce their alcohol consumption before ha... more

Tobacco: E-cigs still a concern

20 October 2016

The federal health department says the “jury is still out” on the potential benefits and dangers of e-cigarettes. While the devices are legal, sale and possession of the nicotine used in them is illegal.  The regulator has been asked to exempt small ... more

Treatment: New way to tackle the Big C

19 October 2016

Cancer patients will live longer and better lives thanks to the most exciting new treatment to make its way into clinical practice in the past 25 years. Speaking at a Cancer Council WA Cancer Update lecture earlier this month Michael Millward, head o... more

Screening: Improvement in prognosis

19 October 2016

A recent US study has found annual lung screening with low dosage computed tomography (low-dose CT) has contributed to a 20 per cent reduction in the death rate from cancer compared with traditional chest x-rays. According to the study, low-dose CT s... more

Research: We can ‘grow’ blood

19 October 2016

Melbourne researchers have successfully grown human blood cells from stem cells, overcoming a major hurdle on the way to creating ready-to-order stem cells as an alternative to bone marrow transplants for critically ill cancer patients. This breakthr... more

Research: Scientists raise a glass to latest infertility clue

19 October 2016

Scientists have discovered red wine could help overcome infertility. A study by American and Polish researchers suggests resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, grapes, nuts and chocolate, can help rectify an imbalance of “androgen” hormones t... more

Research: Game’s up for cancer

18 October 2016

Melbourne researchers have used technology inspired by Google Earth to film leukaemia cells outsmarting chemotherapy, potentially paving the way for new treatments. A type of microscopic CCTV effectively allows scientists to spy on cancer cells as th... more

Occupational Cancer Risk: Amberley workers at 39pc higher cancer risk

18 October 2016

Air force maintenance workers exposed to toxic chemicals while working on the F-111 fleet are 39 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the average Australian man, new research shows. The latest report into the deseal/reseal program at... more

Screening: Cervical screening unnecessary for young women

17 October 2016

Women under the age of 25 gain little benefit from Pap smears according to a study that supports the federal government’s decision to scrap cervical screening in younger women. Cancer Council NSW researchers investigated the incidence of cervical can... more

Research: Hormones raise dementia risk

17 October 2016

Hormone treatments given to thousands of men with prostate cancer may double their risk of developing dementia, research suggests. The drugs work by lowering levels of testosterone, which in prostate cancer patients can drive the growth of tumours. s... more

Research: Ethnic link cancer call

17 October 2016

An Australian breast cancer researcher is calling for more ethnic based studies into the disease to aid screening and treatment. Dr Eunji Hwang’s study, which analysed the diagnosis of more than 1200 breast cancer patients from southwest Sydney over ... more

Public health: Urgent action aims to ease hospital parking pain

17 October 2016

Crippling hospital parking fees could finally be addressed, with urgent meetings convened in every state to thrash out a solution. Parking Australia will hold meetings with the Cancer Council, the Chronic Illness Alliance, hospitals, parking operator... more

Risk: Cancer hope as cost cut coming

13 October 2016

More women will have access to genetic testing for breast cancer and other diseases under a new scheme that slashes the cost by up to 90 per cent. The tests, which identify cancer-causing mutations in genes, cost up to $2000 in the private system but... more

Research: Prostate surgery regrets

13 October 2016

More than one in six men with prostate cancer who have surgery regret choosing that treatment, research shows. An Australian study shows prostate cancer patients are four times more likely to regret having surgery than they are radiation treatment, d... more

Research: Experts study organ recipient cancers

13 October 2016

Organ transplant patients are developing non-melanoma skin cancers at 30 times the rate of the Queensland population, prompting scientists to launch research into ways to reduce their risk. Researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute a... more

Public health: The 25 questions your doctor should answer

13 October 2016

Doctors should avoid giving patients excess colonoscopies, genetic tests for coeliac disease and specific tests for sexual infections, such as herpes, because it puts people at risk and wastes taxpayer dollars, health experts say. The recommendations... more

Tobacco:  Quitters want nicotine e-cigs, says research

12 October 2016

More than half of Tasmania’s smokers would cut down or quit smoking tobacco if nicotine based e-cigarettes were made legal, research shows. An Australasian Association of Convenience Stores study looking at 400 Tasmanian smokers showed a third had tr... more

Treatment: Patients at risk as drug dries up

12 October 2016

Patients with common cancers will be forced to use a replacement medication that requires longer treatment and greater risk because of a global shortage of a chemotherapy drug. And a special alert is being sent to healthcare professionals to ensure t... more

Treatment: Cancer antibody therapy a winner

11 October 2016

Researcher Allison Cowin’s antibody-based therapy for skin cancer treatment has seen her named as a finalist in this year’s Winnovation Awards. The groundbreaking patented therapy follows more than 20 years of research, with clinical translation and ... more

Nutrition: Dump lollies at checkouts

11 October 2016

Removing chocolates from check-outs and making health foods cheaper are among five strategies that have been put forward to reduce Queensland’s alarming rate of childhood obesity. Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said 28 per cent of ... more

Support: Medical crop backed

11 October 2016

A new South Australian company plans to become the first in the state to grow medicinal marijuana, after receiving support from the State Government. Patient access to medicinal cannabis in SA will be by prescription from a specialist doctor, for pat... more

Skin: UV-sensitive innovation trialled as ray of hope

10 October 2016

Researchers are trialling a hi-tech UV-sensitive patch that changes colour when it comes time to reapply sunscreen. The innovation could be a lifesaver. Researchers found many people apply less than half the needed amount of sunscreen. Dr Elke Hacker... more

Treatment: Miracle drug ‘melts’ cancer

10 October 2016

A miracle drug that saves lives by “dissolving” cancer, without any chemotherapy, has been successfully trialled by Australian doctors. Patients are not only living longer but also are living better, free of chemotherapy’s extreme side effects. Westm... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette danger

10 October 2016

Burns surgeons in the UK are warning of the dangers of electronic cigarettes after treating a string of smokers injured by exploding devices. The call was being echoed by fire chiefs and standards experts who joined forces to highlight the dangers to... more

Environment: Fight to uncover the truth

09 October 2016

More than 300 former staff and students from a school where 30 have already died from cancer and blood disorders have joined a class action against the NSW Department of Education. Camden High School was built in 1956 beside a former gas works and la... more

Treatment: Herb kills leukaemia

07 October 2016

A Chinese herbal medicine has blasted leukaemia into submission, a new study shows. Seriously ill patients given homoharringtonine, a drug made from the leaves of the plum yew tree, showed remarkable improvements. All were suffering from a hard to tr... more

Research: Aussies live longer but often in poor health

07 October 2016

A massive global health check has placed Australia in the top 10 countries for longevity but heart disease and cancer remain some of our biggest enemies. The Global Burden of Disease study, the biggest research project into the causes of death and di... more

Treatment: Wonder drugs hope

06 October 2016

Victorians will be the first in the world treated with promising new drugs that could also give the state’s biotechnology industry a shot in the arm. World-first trials for drugs to tackle arthritis, asthma, neurodegenerative disorders, heart conditi... more

Tobacco: FDA sued in push for graphic tobacco warning

06 October 2016

Anti-tobacco groups have filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration to push the agency to try again to require graphic warning labels on cigarettes. The lawsuit, filed in US District Court of Massachusetts, urges the court to force t... more

Screening: Thermography screening putting women at risk of hidden breast cancer threat

05 October 2016

A dire warning has been issued to women not to be conned by dodgy breast cancer screening services operating across Australia. Experts have identified multiple sites where bogus thermography procedures are offered despite a crackdown on the services ... more

Research: Cells study honoured

05 October 2016

Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the Nobel prize in medicine for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle content, a garbage disposal system that scientists hope to harness in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases... more

Support: CancerAid treatment app raises $1.25m

04 October 2016

A new app ‘CancerAid’, founded by Dr Nikhil Pooviah and Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh from the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse cancer hospital, provides cancer patients and their caregivers with accurate information specific to their illness and treatment plan, a ... more

Environment: Work with diesel fumes is a killer

04 October 2016

More than 100 Australians are diagnosed with lung cancer each year blamed on work based exposure to diesel fumes, according to figures released by Cancer Council Australia. The council also is releasing fact sheets on how to reduce carcinogen exposur... more

Research: Women feeling the heat could well get the point of this

04 October 2016

Research suggests acupuncture halves the number of hot flushes endured by women. While many hot flushes last for just five minutes, some women can experience up to 20 a day during the menopause, which typically lasts for about four years. Hormone rep... more

Screening: Dense breast cancer risk

04 October 2016

Women may be wrongly complacent about their risk of breast cancer as mammograms aren’t good at detecting bad signs in dense breasts. Experts from five universities and cancer clinics — including the University of Melbourne and the Peter MacCallum Can... more

Tobacco: Inquest to probe smoking drug link

03 October 2016

An inquest will probe if a link exists between an antismoking drug and a young man who took his own life hours after complaining the medication had made him feel “strange”. Counsel assisting the Coroner Peter De Waard said clinical studies suggested ... more

Risk: Breast cancer drug win

03 October 2016

Hundreds of thousands of Australian women at risk of breast cancer will today get access to a subsidy for a preventive medicine that will reduce their risk of contracting the disease by 40 per cent. Previously only used for treating diagnosed breast ... more

Public health: Healthcare home model just a ‘Band-Aid solution’

03 October 2016

Doctors will be paid just $8.90 extra per patient per month to deliver a revolutionary new system of care that will see patients enrolled with a single medical practice. The healthcare home model, being touted as the solution to Medicare’s woes, is s... more

Treatment: The survivors

02 October 2016

A group of seven people have been taking a trial vaccine using cancer to fight cancer. The experimental vaccine — made from other people’s melanoma — “turbocharges” the patients’ own struggling immune systems to give it a so called macho muscle to fi... more

Tobacco: Smoking drug linked to suicide

30 September 2016

Drug giant Pfizer has been slammed as stingy for failing to adequately warn Australians of the risks of its anti-smoking pill Champix, after at least 58 Australians took their lives in just six years while on the medication. Brisbane coroner John Hut... more

Nutrition: Apple a day has it at bay

30 September 2016

Eating apples every day could slash the risk of up to five different types of cancer, according to new research. Scientists found those eating at least one a day were much less likely to get lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract or breast tumours than ... more

Tobacco: Indigenous smokers failing to heed calls to quit

29 September 2016

Indigenous people have been slow to heed the “quit smoking” message, with lifestyle factors still contributing to an Aboriginal and islander death rate almost double that of other Australians. The death rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ... more

Research: New global research raises hope for breast cancer blood test

29 September 2016

A new international research project is trying to identify cancerous isotopic biomarkers in blood in a bid to create a new blood test that could help doctors identify breast cancer in patients. Although the actual test could still be up to a decade a... more

Research: ‘Hotrods’ the best nanotech vehicle

29 September 2016

Nanotechnology “vehicles” in the form of rods are the best shapes to deliver drugs directly into a cancer cell’s nucleus, offering more targeted treatment. A paper published in Nature Nanotechnology by Australian scientists showed rod-shaped nanopart... more

Public health: Revamp to help cancer patients

29 September 2016

Inpatient oncology is the first ward at the Royal Hobart Hospital on the move today to make way for the next phase of the $689 million redevelopment. The cancer ward will be relocating from level two in B Block to the ninth level on A Block as part o... more

Nutrition: Barbie busters

29 September 2016

Medical experts have launched a grill-killing attack on the Australian way of life with new preventive health guidelines that take aim at the traditional barbie. Red meat and grog are under fire from our trusted GPs, who are being urged to tell their... more

Screening: Blood test fees on ice for now

29 September 2016

Patients have won a temporary reprieve from a new $30 charge for a blood test only until January, as the Federal Government reels from Labor’s powerful Mediscare election campaign. Days before the axe was due to fall on Medicare bulk-billing incentiv... more

Treatment: Cancer kids in treatment win

28 September 2016

Children with the most common type of brain cancer will be spared unnecessary radiation and chemotherapy thanks to a breakthrough program in Melbourne. The Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash Health are establishing Australia’s first mole... more

Tobacco: Tobacco data private

28 September 2016

Cigarette giant British American Tobacco has lost its quest to access long-running tobacco studies of school children by the Cancer Council of Victoria. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found the release of all but one of six document... more

Treatment: Huge cuts to medicine costs

26 September 2016

Health PBS price reductions a bonanza for patients Australians will save hundreds of dollars a year from October 1 as prices are cut for more than 2000 medicines covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Health Minister Sussan Ley said the reduc... more

Nutrition: A nation addiction to junk food diet

26 September 2016

The nation's largest ever Diet survey reveals that 99 per cent of Australians indulge in junk food. The 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report highlights that Australians' eating habits are worse than first feared. "We have an image of being fit and he... more

Treatment: Fears over sponsored nurse trips

26 September 2016

Drug companies have splashed more than $650,000 sending nurses to conferences in six months and are targeting highly respected specialists, spending as much as $10,000 to send one nurse to a five-day event. Nurses and their employers have defended th... more

Support: Battle for right to die revived, 20 years on

23 September 2016

  More than 20 years after he enacted the nation’s first assisted suicide laws — later axed by the federal government — Marshall Perron says the battle to bring back the right to die has been revived. Victoria and South Australia, Mr Perron says, no... more

Skin: Sunbed pair fined $68,500

23 September 2016

A husband and wife who illegally operated solariums from their beauty salon and the garage of their home are the first to be prosecuted by the State Government since commercial sunbeds were banned last year. During multiple searches of their Heidelbe... more

Environment: Parents fear asbestos danger at school

23 September 2016

Parents are taking their children out of a Sydney school amid fears that work on a former industrial site could spread asbestos and chlorinated hydrocarbons that have been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease and water contamination. A VIG spokeswom... more

Research: Anxiety a cancer concern

21 September 2016

Men who suffer from severe anxiety are twice as likely to die from cancer than men who do not, a UK study has found. But women with the mental health condition were at no greater risk, researchers said. They suggest anxious men may be more likely to ... more

Public health: Probe finds more cancer patients were ‘flat-dosed’

21 September 2016

A six-month investigation completed by David Currow into the off-protocol prescription of chemo drugs in NSW’s central west revealed 28 cancer patients were given reduced doses of carboplatin and capecitabine between 2006 and 2012. The number of affe... more

Skin cancer: UV, not sunlight, cause of skin cancer

20 September 2016

Queensland: A third of people living in the skin cancer capital of the world misunderstand how it is caused, the Cancer Council says. Reporting that 18 per cent attributed the disease to heat or sunlight rather than UV rays specifically. The Austral... more

Research: Kids cancer hope

20 September 2016

All Australian children with high-risk cancers would be turned into long-term survivors under an ambitious national program to analyse their unique cancer cells and offer personalised treatment. The $40 million Zero Childhood Cancer initiative aims t... more

Public health: Six-year wait for cancer scanner

19 September 2016

Around 250 Territory patients travel interstate to access a PET scanner which enables a full body scan using radioactive dyes to quickly diagnose and track the spread of cancers. The Territory is the only jurisdiction in the country without one. Leuk... more

Obesity: Parents so used to obesity they don’t notice the problem

19 September 2016

Childhood obesity is so entrenched that the perception of a healthy weight is shifting, as one in five NSW children qualify as overweight or obese, a state government report says. The NSW government’s first annual report into overweight children will... more

Treatment: Patients will get faster access to new drugs

16 September 2016

Life-saving cancer treatments could be fast-tracked under Federal Government reforms to bring breakthrough drugs to patients sooner. The Government yesterday announced it had accepted expert panel recommendations that advised using assessments by ove... more

Research: Prostate theory

16 September 2016

Men with early prostate cancer who choose to closely monitor their disease are just as likely to survive at least 10 years as those who have surgery or radiation, a major British study has found. Survival from prostate cancer is so high – 99 per cent... more

Research: More survive prostate hit

16 September 2016

Survival rates of prostate cancer have increased, new data showing 96 per cent of South Australian men now survive the disease for at least five years. Research presented at the SA Prostate Cancer Symposium in Adelaide highlighted the importance of d... more

Public health: Doctors blasted

16 September 2016

The chemotherapy bungle that led to 10 patients being underdosed was a “disturbing and indefensible failure in clinical governance”, a damning report into the scandal has found. An “inadequate and ineffectual” email from a senior doctor alerting clin... more

Tobacco: Vaping helping UK smokers butt out

15 September 2016

E-cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 smokers in England kick the tobacco habit last year, according to research released yesterday. The survey-based study was not a clinical trial, so the link between using nicotine delivery devices and the numb... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes ban rethink

15 September 2016

A Liberal backbencher has called for a rethink of Australia’s ban on nicotine e-cigarettes, arguing the devices could spell the end of harmful cigarette smoking. Senator James Paterson said some of the reasons cited by health groups for maintaining t... more

Research: Paying to stay alive isn’t healthy

15 September 2016

Australians afflicted with lymphoma — the most common form of blood cancer — suffer the highest level of financial stress in the world, a survey of more than 4000 patients reveals. Being forced to raise thousands of dollars to access new breakthrough... more

Nutrition: Why red’s the berry best

15 September 2016

Red food colours are good for you – but only if it’s in your fruit bowl or wine glass. The colours found naturally in berries, grapes and red wine have been hailed as dietary heroes in an internationally lauded study co-authored in Adelaide. It revie... more

Risk: Think before that inking

14 September 2016

A report this week from the Australian Government’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) found 471 different tattoo inks likely to be used in Australia made up of 89 unique chemicals. They interviewed 22 professio... more

Research: The fighting heart

14 September 2016

Melbourne researchers are testing whether exercise during chemotherapy can both help detect early damage to heart muscle caused by anthracycline- based chemotherapy drugs, but also prevent damage decades after treatment has finished. Associate Profes... more

Research: Cancer top of kill list

14 September 2016

New data shows while coronary heart disease continues to be the nation’s single leading cause of death, cancer, as a group of diseases, were responsible for more deaths in 2013 than any other disease type. The report found cancer caused 44,100 deaths... more

Public health: Coroner delays, victims hung out

14 September 2016

Deputy State Coroner Anthony Schapel held a hearing yesterday to discuss a timetable for the inquest into the deaths of Christopher McRae, 67, Johanna Pinxteren, 76, and Bronte Higham, 67. The inquest will examine whether the dosage mishap contribute... more

Nutrition: Eating our way to disaster

14 September 2016

According to the latest snapshot of the nation’s health, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare yesterday, none of us consume the recommended daily intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Alarmingly, the two-yearly report card, titl... more

Nutrition: Mangoes the new fresh superfood

14 September 2016

The newest superfood is a Queensland icon, with fresh research suggesting mangoes may help combat type 2 diabetes. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, backed previous research which highlighted the tropical fruit’s cancer-fighting capab... more

Tobacco: Leaders call to close waterpipe loophole

13 September 2016

Victorian ethnic leaders and peak health bodies are pushing for a ban on the indoor smoking of waterpipes, warning a single session can boast the equivalent tar of 25 cigarettes. The Greens and the Coalition support the proposed amendment to the Toba... more

Nutrition: Junk-food diet raises cancer risk

13 September 2016

Burger fans could be more at risk of cancer than vegetarians because junk food damages blood cells. People who do not eat enough antioxidants, which are found in fresh foods, produce red bloods cells that are damaged, scientists at Swansea University... more

Treatment: Cashing in on the misery of cancer

12 September 2016

A naturopath counselling cancer-prone patients against mastectomies and a farmer claiming his apricot seeds cured his cancer are among businesses that are currently being investigated by the Health Care Complaints Commission. Cancer Council Australia... more

Tobacco: Legal drawbacks for e-cig retailers

12 September 2016

The competition watchdog has launched Federal Court action against an online e-cigarette retailer for allegedly making false or misleading claims that its products are free from toxic chemicals found in regular cigarettes. Independent testing of The ... more

Obesity: Cancer risk weights on women

12 September 2016

Endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the womb, is the most common gynaecological cancer in women, with the incidence up 22 per cent in the past two decades. Oncologist Diana Adams said endometrial cancer was closely linked to obesity. “The... more

Skin: Caught bed-handed

09 September 2016

A black market in illegal sunbed use has sprung up across Sydney backyards after authorities failed to crack down on the banned cancer causing machines. The traders have been allowed to cash in off hundreds of tan addicts who are prepared to pay “any... more

Research: Here’s cheers to exercise

09 September 2016

Regular exercise offsets the harm caused by alcohol, including cancer and heart disease, research shows. A study has found that adults who drink regularly but do five hours physical activity a week are no more likely to die than teetotallers. Adelai... more

Research: Drug twist hits cancer

09 September 2016

An experimental cancer drug found to be targeting cells in an unexpected way could provide a new way of combating other cancers, UK research has found. Scientists found the drug, pevonedistat, does not kill cancer cells directly, as intended, but tar... more

Research: Cancer fighter reignited

09 September 2016

Melbourne researchers have discovered a way to reactivate a missing cancer-fighting gene, raising hope of the first new treatment for one of the most common forms of the disease in 30 years. By using an experimental drug called pracinostat, Hudson In... more

Research: A cancer detector

08 September 2016

A blood test that detects cancer before any symptoms are noticeable is being hailed a breakthrough that could save thousands of lives. The test, made public at the British Science Festival, has been compared with a smoke detector. “The test can be li... more

Risk: The Pill lauded for ovarian cancer fall

07 September 2016

Deaths from ovarian cancer in the UK dipped by 22 per cent over a decade thanks to widespread use of the contraceptive Pill and possibly owing to a decline in the use of hormone replacement therapy for menopause, scientists have said. The downward tr... more

Risk: Cancer fears from talcum

07 September 2016

Australian women are being advised to reconsider using talcum powder on their genitalia amid a new legal battle in the US over whether it causes ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Australia recommends women stop using talcum powder on their genital area.... more

Research: Cancer survival rates rise

07 September 2016

Death rates for some of South Australia’s most common cancers are falling but more people are dying from the disease, a new report reveals. SA Health has released its latest Cancer in South Australia report. The 2013 report shows the death rate for c... more

Research: ‘Artificial epidemic’ of harmless cancers

07 September 2016

An Australian study has found the prevalence of “differentiated” thyroid cancers, which account for about 90 per cent of thyroid tumours, has not changed over the past 45 years although diagnoses have tripled. The findings, published in the Journal o... more

Risk: Rio sued over cancer link

06 September 2016

Rio Tinto is being sued in the US by ovarian cancer sufferers who allege their use of talcum powder sourced from the resource giant’s mines led to their medical condition. All five women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 2011 and 2015 and al... more

Research: Cancer hope dashed

05 September 2016

Plans for a $280 million medical research hub, which was to be home to an Australian-first therapy unit offering hope to inoperable cancer patients, are all but doomed after Flinders University withdrew its $60 million share. It was planned to house ... more

Public health: Terminally ill to be given lifeline

05 September 2016

The Turnbull government has decided to give Australians with rare cancers and other fatal diseases early access to experimental drugs as part of major changes to the medical approvals system. Under the government’s changes, drug companies will be abl... more

Public health: Chronically ill get the best of cuts

05 September 2016

The cost of common PBS medicines will be slashed by up to 50 per cent from next month, saving some chronically ill patients up to $400 a year. The Turnbull Government has predicted one in three medicines will drop in price as a result of better barga... more

Research: Growing number of kids diagnosed

05 September 2016

The number of cancer cases in children has leapt by 40 per cent in less than two decades because of pollution, pesticides and gadgets, new British analysis has shown. There are 1300 more diagnoses of the disease a year in the UK in people under the a... more

Tobacco: Sunshine state butts out

02 September 2016

Queensland says it now has the strictest anti-smoking laws in Australia, and the state government hasn’t ruled out making them tougher. Bus stops, taxi ranks, outdoor malls, aged care centres, pools and skate parks are in a long list of places that a... more

Support: Another step taken in journey to legalise medicinal cannabis

02 September 2016

Medicinal cannabis will become legal, but strictly controlled from November this year, under a formal decision reached by the Therapeutic Goods Administration this week. The final decision was published on Wednesday, paving the way for the drug to be... more

Research: Down test detects ovarian cancer early

02 September 2016

WA researchers have found that a test normally used to screen for Down syndrome is able to detect early signs of ovarian cancer. Doctors from St John of God Hospital in Subiaco have shown for the first time that genetic material from ovarian cancer c... more

Research: Hands-on advice from prostate doctors: 21 happy endings a month

01 September 2016

The Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference was told the more men ejaculate, the lower their risk of prostate cancer. Assistant professor of urology at NYU, Stacy Loeb quoted a study published in European Urology which showed men who ejaculated at le... more

Research: Couple in prostate cancer find

01 September 2016

A husband-and-wife medical scientist team at Deakin University has made a breakthrough in prostate cancer treatment that could reduce side-effects for patients. In a study published in the prestigious international journal Scientific Reports, Dr Rupi... more

Public health: Dose blunder could happen again, warns inquiry boss

31 August 2016

The architect of the inquiry into the chemotherapy scandal warns another major mistake is possible because staff have failed to follow safety procedures. Professor Villis Marshall has told a parliamentary inquiry that non-compliance with hospital pro... more

Environment: Asbestos register facts ‘out of date’

31 August 2016

A national register of asbestos related disease — meant to guide government policy — is under a cloud after a damning review ordered by health and safety authorities. Safe Work Australia commissioned consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers to review the A... more

Tobacco: Vaping is as bad as smoking

31 August 2016

Using electronic cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as smoking tobacco, research suggests. Scientists found inhaling nicotine vapour damaged key blood vessels, raising the risk of heart disease. The team monitored participants’ hearts while smo... more

Public Health: Fat trumps cancer fear

29 August 2016

Australian women worry more about getting fat than getting cancer or depression. But doctors say many women lack the time and motivation to look after their health properly. A national survey of 3236 women by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health shows more... more

Research/Treatment: Genetic test may help avoid chemo

29 August 2016

A genetic test may allow thousands of Australian women with early-stage breast cancer safely avoid chemotherapy, a landmark trial shows. Based on the genetic profile of their tumours, nearly half of women (46 per cent) with early-stage breast cancer ... more

Research: Fantastic voyage pays off

29 August 2016

Scientists in Montreal are on the verge of starting a fantastic voyage into the human body to treat cancer. Half a century after the release of the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, the Polytechnique Montreal Nanorobotics Laboratory has created the first... more

Nutrition: A big fat problem

26 August 2016

In April, a landmark study published in the medical journal The Lancet found the world’s fat now outnumber the skinny. The analysis, synthesised from almost 1700 population-based studies involving more than 19 million people, found the average global... more

Support: Cancer centre plan gets shelved

26 August 2016

A $60 million cancer treatment and accommodation centre planned for Bowden by the Cancer Council SA has been put on hold. The council had sought $20 million in funding from the Federal Government for the 180-room facility but officials yesterday conf... more

Research: Cancer warning for women on iron pills

25 August 2016

Women are being warned against taking iron supplements without medical advice after a WA study found high iron levels doubled the risk of breast cancer. Researchers from Fiona Stanley Hospital and the University of WA found that women on high-iron di... more

Environment: Asbestos found in Nyrstar smelter

25 August 2016

Asbestos fibres have been found in equipment imported to Port Pirie’s Nyrstar lead smelter, prompting calls for the Federal Government to tighten screening of imported products. The exposed friable asbestos fibres were found in a plaster coating on e... more

Treatment: Baby-making revolution

24 August 2016

Sydney scientists have pioneered a breakthrough fertility treatment that is cheaper, uses fewer drugs and is less painful than IVF. The innovation has enhanced the results of invitro maturation (IVM), an existing but underused fertility treatment, an... more

Alcohol: With moderate drinking coming under fire, alcohol companies go on the offensive

24 August 2016

For decades, beer, wine and liquor producers have been helped by a notion, enshrined in a number of governments’ advice, that a little alcohol can provide modest coronary and other health benefits. Rapidly, that advice is shifting as health policy of... more

Treatment: Cancer ‘melt’ pill hope for our sick

23 August 2016

A new tablet that “melts away” certain blood cancer cells, and has seen one in five end-stage patients cancer-free, has been approved for use in the US, offering hope it will soon be available in Australia. The US Food and Drug Administration has ann... more

Research: Eye pigment cancer link

23 August 2016

Having blue, green or grey eyes and fair skin puts you at a greater risk of eye cancer, researchers have confirmed. They found the increased risk is linked to mutations in pigmentation genes that dictate eye and skin colour. US scientists analysed 29... more

Tobacco: Steamed up for e-cig ban

22 August 2016

It may be legal to use them in pubs, clubs, shopping centres and restaurants, but the NSW Cancer Council wants e-cigarettes to have the same restrictions placed on them as tobacco. This would bring NSW laws into line with Queensland, the ACT and Vict... more

Research: Warning on thyroid test

22 August 2016

A reported epidemic of thyroid cancer in rich countries is mainly due to overdiagnosis driven by technology, the UN’s cancer research agency says. Up to 90 per cent of cases diagnosed in recent decades are tumours “very unlikely” to cause symptoms ..... more

Research: Music for a health tune-up

22 August 2016

Laughter may not be the best medicine – it may be music. Researchers have found significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue in cancer patients while also boosting quality of life. There was also ... more

Research: No kidding on cannabis study

19 August 2016

Australian researchers are reaching out to parents who have been willing to break the law for the sake of their very sick children, to investigate the use of medicinal cannabis on epilepsy. These illegal substances are often taken in addition to conv... more

Research: Gene study breakthrough on fatal breast cancer risk

19 August 2016

Testing for the activity of two genes could help doctors identify women at an increased risk of dying from breast cancer, UK research suggests. Women whose tumours displayed a specific activity pattern were three times more likely to die within 10 y... more

Public Health: Doctors’ financial interests queried

19 August 2016

In a submission to the Productivity Commission, Bupa has repeated its previous call for reforms to the prostheses list, expected to be taken up by the Turnbull government. But Bupa has also asked the commission to review commercial arrangements in pr... more

Nutrition: In bid to fight childhood obesity, UK targets cut in sugar content

19 August 2016

The British government is challenging the food and beverage industry to reduce overall sugar by one fifth across a range of products as part of a drive to tackle childhood obesity. The childhood obesity plan follows the government’s announcement earl... more

Nutrition: ‘Healthy obesity’ a myth and a big risk

19 August 2016

Swedish researchers have shut down claims that people can be “fit and fat” but still healthy. A study by the Karolinska Institute found that even obese people considered fit or metabolically healthy had abnormal control of their insulin levels. The r... more

Support: Medical cannabis on the horizon

17 August 2016

Victoria’s medicinal cannabis is a step closer to being dispensed to children with severe epilepsy, Premier Daniel Andrews has declared after visiting the state’s clandestine marijuana crop. Legalising medicinal cannabis was a key election pledge for... more

Tobacco: Protesters call for right to vape

17 August 2016

Dozens of fuming vapers gathered on the steps of the Victorian Parliament sending plumes of vapour towards MPs who have introduced new laws regulating e-cigarettes. Supporters of vaping say the devices are a far healthier alternative to smoking tobac... more

Research: Virtual voyage to the heart of a cancer cell

16 August 2016

Gaming technology is allowing cancer researchers to imagine – and interact with – cells in a mind blowing new way. In a fantastic voyage to the scale of a single cell, scientists can now observe the virtual interaction of therapeutic drugs as they p... more

Treatment: Tests could cut chemo curse

15 August 2016

Adelaide scientists are growing 3D versions of patients’ cancers in laboratory dishes so they can test chemotherapy drugs on a mini tumour instead of on the whole patient. The cutting-edge research produces living organoids, which can be frozen and r... more

Treatment: One-step diabetes drug now on PBS

15 August 2016

Health Minister Sussan Ley announced new medicines on the PBS will include breakthrough treatments for cervical cancer and other illnesses. The Turnbull Government will spend $60 million to list bevacizumab, sold as Avastin, on the PBS for the treatm... more

Treatment: Canadian patients allowed to grow pot

15 August 2016

Medical marijuana patients in Canada will be allowed to grow a limited amount of cannabis for their own use or designate someone to grow it for them, the Government says. The Government had been given six months to comply with a Federal Court ruling ... more

Tobacco: Packets of cigs to shrink

15 August 2016

A tobacco giant is shrinking the size of some cigarette packs as smokers are set to be hit with another tax rise. Retailers will start phasing in Dunhill brand packs of 23, culled from 25, from next month. The wholesale price of the new packs will be... more

Tobacco: Call to protect neighbours from second-hand smoke

15 August 2016

The Australian Medical Association has backed a call by a Canberra GP to protect neighbours of public housing tenants from second-hand smoke. ‘‘My view is not to be saying we’ve got to be banning smoking in public housing, but there must be some com... more

Research: Queensland researchers find cancer-obesity link

15 August 2016

Scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute led an international study that has pinpointed nine new genetic variants that increase a person’s risk of developing oesophageal cancer. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Oncology... more

Public Health: Patients urged to go private

15 August 2016

Tasmanians are being encouraged to turn to private providers for colonoscopies as the public system struggles to deal with the high demand for the service. Last month, THS chief executive officer David Alcorn said $500,000 would be invested this fina... more

Environment: Asbestos found on beaches

15 August 2016

Asbestos debris from shacks that formerly lined the Adelaide coast has been uncovered on metropolitan beaches battered by winter storms. Hundreds of asbestos pieces, previously buried in dunes, were found last week at West Beach, Henley Beach and Gra... more

Tobacco: Crime gangs hit tobacco industry

12 August 2016

The attempted kidnapping, bashing and stabbing of a multinational tobacco company manager outside his home suggests crime syndicates are hitting back at efforts to combat the booming illicit tobacco trade. A criminal syndicate is suspected of orderi... more

Skin: Why cognitive computing is good for our health

12 August 2016

IBM Research is planning research with the Melanoma Institute of Australia to use cognitive technology to support early diagnosis, building on work done with MoleMap that uses visual analytics to interpret more than 40,000 datasets. Formative testing... more

Research: UTAS research breakthrough

12 August 2016

Lung cancer has been associated with cigarette smoke since the 1940s but medical researchers are only now beginning to understand how the smoke causes cancer. In 2016 Sukhwinder (Romy) Sohal, a researcher with the University of Tasmania’s School of H... more

Research: Brush off bowel cancer

12 August 2016

Brushing your teeth regularly could help to prevent bowel cancer, a US study suggests. This is because the mouth bacteria that cause bleeding gums can travel via the blood to the bowel where they could trigger cancer or worsen existing tumours. The b... more

Physical Activity: We all need far more exercise

11 August 2016

New research shows you should be doing either six hours of vigorous activity or 12 hours of moderate exercise a week. Australian and US researchers investigated the impact exercise had on five conditions — heart disease, strokes, diabetes, breast can... more

Tobacco: E-cigs could potentially save millions of lives

10 August 2016

According to a recent comprehensive review by the respected Royal College of Physicians in the UK, “e-cigarettes are being used almost exclusively as safer alternatives to smoked tobacco by confirmed smokers who are trying to reduce harm to themselve... more

Tobacco: A healthy state can lead to a wealthy state

10 August 2016

The Tasmanian Premier last week announced the Healthy Tasmania Five Year Strategic Plan, the centrepiece of the Government’s strategy to make Tasmania the nation’s healthiest population by 2025. The announcement includes the investment of $1.8 millio... more

Tobacco: A burning issue

10 August 2016

More than $57,000 worth of fines were issued to South Australian smokers last financial year for lighting up in cars with kids, at playgrounds, in bus shelters, on train platforms and for throwing lit butts out of the car, latest police figures show.... more

Research: Smallest organs of no use to cancer

10 August 2016

Victorian researchers have shed new light on the forces of evolution, finding humans and animals are more likely to get cancer in their largest organs and those that come in pairs. The Deakin University findings suggest cancer is relatively uncommon ... more

Nutrition: ‘Natural’ claims fool consumers

10 August 2016

More than 60 per cent of Australians are more likely to buy food or drinks described as ‘‘natural’’, despite the fact almost half of supermarket snack food products labelled as ‘‘natural’’ are considered to be unhealthy. In an analysis of 331 superma... more

Environment: Push to cut back checks on asbestos

10 August 2016

Buildings constructed in Victoria after 2003 would no longer be forced to undergo mandatory asbestos checks, under controversial changes being proposed by the workplace regulator despite serious safety concerns. WorkSafe’s new proposal means Victoria... more

Public health: Gag claims as medicos too scared to speak out

10 August 2016

Staff at two Adelaide hospitals fear they will be sacked if they criticise the State Government’s health reforms. Leaked correspondence advises doctors and nurses not to make comments in public or online which could be viewed as negative about Trans... more

Treatment: MP joins calls for inquiry

09 August 2016

Support for a special commission of inquiry into the NSW hospital underdosing scandal is growing within the state government after former MP Andrew Gee publically pushed for one. It is understood Government MPs are concerned about the scale of under-... more

Treatment/Supportive Care: Patients tell of health system fears

09 August 2016

Stories of a broken health system dominated a public health forum in Hobart last night, including one cancer patient who said she was more scared of the Tasmanian health system than dying from her illness. Health Minister Michael Ferguson and Tasmani... more

Treatment: Inquest to broaden

09 August 2016

The coronial investigation into patient deaths following a chemotherapy underdosing bungle has widened after a third cancer sufferer died at the weekend. Bronte Higham, 67, whose acute myeloid leukaemia returned in April, died Sunday morning. Adelai... more

Treatment: Our healthcare system can do with a check-up

08 August 2016

Australia’s health care costs are rising and so are chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Health policy experts are becoming increasingly concerned about how the fragmentary nature of our ... more

Treatment: ‘Dead man walking’ chemo victim dies

08 August 2016

A third cancer patient who was underdosed in chemotherapy treatment in the state has died. Bronte Higham, 68, died early yesterday in the Daw House Hospice in Adelaide. In May, he became the face of the chemotherapy underdosing scandal, involving 10 ... more

Treatment: The ‘failed drug’ keeping two patients alive

08 August 2016

The trial of a combination therapy for recurrent glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, was deemed a failure because not enough of the 122 patients enrolled responded to the treatment. But about 10 per cent responded exceptionally including two respon... more

Tobacco: Call for ‘smoker’s licence’ and buying ban

08 August 2016

University of Sydney health law and governance Professor Roger Magnusson wants to increase the minimum purchase age of tobacco to 25 and introduce a “smoker’s licence” to fight Australia’s lethal addiction. Prof Magnusson said increasing the age of p... more

Tobacco: E-nicotine ban ‘silly’

08 August 2016

The fear young people could take up smoking if nicotine is allowed to be used in e-cigarettes is “ludicrous” when regular cigarettes are readily available, the New Nicotine Alliance says. Daily Telegraph, 6 August, p 25

Research: Lung cancer study supports test push

08 August 2016

Almost half a million Australians aged 55 to 68 have symptoms of lung disease that would qualify them for lung cancer screening, new research suggests. The findings have been published in a research report in the Medical Journal of Australia. Adela... more

Research: Scientists deserve a gold medal

08 August 2016

Sydney scientists have devised drugs that may represent the biggest breakthrough ever in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. NSW University pancreatic cancer translational research group head Dr Phoebe Phillips and her team have come up with a powerf... more

Research: Cure may go up in smoke

08 August 2016

Mr Lambert, a retired financial services billionaire, made history last year by donating $33.7 million to Sydney University to set up the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. Now the legacy he hoped to put in place is under threat by law ... more

Supportive care: ACT medicinal cannabis scheme to go ahead

05 August 2016

Canberrans could soon be able to safely and legally access medical cannabis products under a new ACT government scheme. The government has announced it will establish a medical cannabis scheme as a "priority" and "as soon as practicable". Assistant H... more

Research: ACT gets seat at the table for medical research

04 August 2016

The ACT government has signed a seven-year membership to the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund. The MRCF is an innovative collaboration that invests in early stage development and commercialisation opportunities emanating from Australian medica... more

Treatment: Treatment scare ‘known for months’

04 August 2016

The Australian reports that NSW Health failed to inform cancer patients they may have been provided with incorrect treatments for months after the errors were discovered and told at least one not to speak to the media. Concerns about treatments offer... more

Treatment: Hospital crisis a sick disgrace

03 August 2016

The Daily Telegraph reports today that Health Minister Jillian Skinner has admitted she kept another deadly public health scandal secret for three months. Fronting the media yesterday Ms Skinner revealed a Sutherland cancer doctor had incorrectly tre... more

Treatment: Calls grow for Snelling to quit top health job

03 August 2016

South Australia’s health reforms have been blamed for a man losing a testicle because his surgery was transferred from Modbury Hospital. The terrible error has prompted calls for Health Minister Jack Snelling to quit. The delay of about two hours was... more

Tobacco: e-cigarettes banned in smoke-free zones

02 August 2016

e-cigarettes will now be banned in smoke-free areas in Canberra and can no longer be sold to minors under new laws that came into effect on Monday. Advertising, displays and marketing of personal vaporisers, also known as e-cigarettes or vape pens, w... more

Nutrition: Barbs fly over bid to ban sugary drinks

02 August 2016

The State Government and Opposition have traded accusations over a plan to ban sugary drinks from Tasmanian public school canteens. Opposition health spokeswoman Rebecca White said the Government and Health Minister Michael Ferguson did not have any ... more

Treatment: Bungle blamed on flawed pathology

02 August 2016

A flawed, dysfunctional and unusual management structure of a key health service overseen by the South Australian government has been highlighted by an inquiry into a prostate cancer testing bungle. One of 52 men who received false positive tests for... more

Tobacco: Ads lure ex-smokers

02 August 2016

E-cigarette advertising has the power to drive former smokers back to real cigarettes, new research has suggested. While debate rages about whether the battery-powered cigarettes are a safe or effective way to quit smoking, a study of 800 former smok... more

Supportive Care: Surviving longer

02 August 2016

Cancer patients are now twice as likely to live for at least 10 years after diagnosis than they were in the early 1970s, new research shows. UK charity MacMillan Cancer Support has released a report showing more than 170,000 people in the UK, who wer... more

Treatment: Chemo crisis takes in 20 more patients

02 August 2016

A damning six-month investigation into the St Vincent's chemo scandal has found more than 20 new patients were given "off protocol" low drug doses by senior oncologist Dr John Grygiel in addition to the 78 already known about in March. Under-fire Hea... more

Risk: Fears toxins pose health risk

01 August 2016

Cancer causing toxins found in two wetlands in Adelaide’s north may still pose a risk to health despite seemingly low levels detected, contamination experts warn. In a new report by the National Toxics Network, chemical experts Dr Mariann Lloyd- Smit... more

Treatment/supportive care: GP: Toke two and call me next day

01 August 2016

Doctors across the state will be able to legally prescribe medicinal cannabis for their patients as of tomorrow. Cannabis-based medicines have so far been available only to patients enrolled in clinical trials in NSW but Premier Mike Baird said new r... more

Tobacco: Fumes over smokes plan

01 August 2016

Plans to increase tobacco licence fees in Tasmania will disadvantage small retailers and could lead to a growth in black market sales, a business community advocate has warned. Sunday Tasmanian, 31 July, p 15

Nutrition: Fire up a roast to ease pain

01 August 2016

Sunday roasts could help fight the pain of cancer and other diseases thanks to the herbs we put on them, according to researchers. Rosemary and thyme, traditional ingredients to add to joints, stuffing and roast potatoes, act as natural painkillers, ... more

Tobacco: Minister rolled on cigs, says doctor

01 August 2016

Tasmania’s Health Minister has weakened to side with those who sell cigarette addiction, sickness and death, says the state’s former Australian Medical Association head. On Thursday, the State Government scrapped its proposal to lift the legal smokin... more

Tobacco: Smokes age limit proposal canned

29 July 2016

The State Government has backed away from a proposal to increase the minimum legal smoking age to 21 or 25 in Tasmania. Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the decision not to proceed with any change to the smoking age came “after careful considera... more

Obesity: An hour a day keeps the risks of sitting away

29 July 2016

An analysis of 16 studies tracking 1 million people in western countries has found those who exercise for at least an hour a day eliminate the increased risk of death that comes from sitting most of the day. Inactivity has become a major focus of res... more

Obesity: Battle of bulge costs us $90b

29 July 2016

A world-first study published in The Lancet has found a lack of physical activity cost the world nearly $90 billion in 2013. Australia’s part of that bill was more than $805 million. Researchers found the cost of physical inactivity by examining the ... more

Research: Cancer survival hopes lifted

28 July 2016

Adelaide researchers have made a world-first breakthrough for people living with chronic myeloid leukaemia, offering hope treatment could be better tailored to improve their chances of survival. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute ... more

Treatment: Old hands a match for surgery bots

27 July 2016

A world-first Brisbane study has found robotic surgery for prostate cancer is no better than the less expensive traditional operation in terms of quality of life outcomes measured three months after the procedures. A study, published today in the pr... more

Research: Ovaries link to dementia

27 July 2016

Women who have their ovaries removed to reduce the risk of cancer have a greater risk of dementia, new research suggests. The operation, which triggers early menopause, results in a reduction in memory and thinking skills, scientists have found. Ex... more

Public health: $500,000 to cut waiting time for colonoscopies

27 July 2016

The wait time for gastrointestinal investigations at the Royal Hobart Hospital is appalling, say doctors, as the Health Service announces more funding for procedures. Tasmanian Health Service chief executive David Alcorn said $500,000 would be inves... more

Nutrition: Dad diet daughter danger

27 July 2016

Men who feast on fatty food are raising the odds of future daughters suffering breast cancer, research suggests. To look at the effect of paternal diet on health, Brazilian researchers compared three groups of female rats whose fathers had been fed ... more

Research: Our breath of hope

26 July 2016

A discovery by Melbourne researchers has opened up the potential for earlier detection and treatment of both lung cancer and emphysema. The Hudson Institute of Medical Science has identified an inflammation-causing molecule responsible for a “trans-... more

Research: Human test with gene tool planned

25 July 2016

Chinese scientists are embarking on what appear to be the first human trials with the Crispr gene editing tool, the latest effort by the country’s researchers to master a technology that might someday be a potent tool in developing therapies worldwid... more

Supportive Care: Spiritual care ‘neglected by health system’

25 July 2016

People with religious beliefs who are diagnosed with an illness or disease need the health care system to support them in spiritual care if they are not regular churchgoers, a researcher says.  A recent study published in the Palliative Medicine jour... more

Treatment: Dan’s cancer axe cost $20 million

25 July 2016

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has had to hand back at least $20 million in donations after the Andrews Government tore up plans for it to operate a private hospital at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Shock disclosures outlined to hospi... more

Nutrition: Lunch Lessons, nutritionists battling to improve what our schoolkids eat

25 July 2016

School lunches are a mixed despite the healthy-eating push, with some parents given a fail mark for packaging a nutritionists nightmare. A random analysis of seven lunch boxes are a suburban primary school found fresh fruit was a menu stable, but pre... more

Supportive Care: State secures licence for marijuana

25 July 2016

NSW is the first state to have been given approval to grow cannabis under licence from the federal government as part of research into the best way to cultivate the plant. That step will lay the foundations for private growers to supply medical marij... more

Environmental and Occupational Cancer risk: Killer dust: a legacy that still lingers

25 July 2016

The Age reports that there are around 10 compensation cases involved with some element of environmental asbestos exposure settled with James Hardie and linked to its Brooklyn plant. The Brooklyn-linked linked matters follow the pattern identified aro... more

Screening: We could get better on cancer screening

25 July 2016

South Australia has some of the best breast cancer and cervical cancer screening rates in the nation but the Cancer Council SA says participation still remains too low. Latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals the parti... more

Alcohol: Cancer link to alcohol

25 July 2016

There is strong evidence that alcohol causes seven types of cancer and probably others, a review has concluded. A study of existing research found strong evidence of a direct, harmful effect of drinking, even though scientists are unsure of the exact... more

Treatment: Cancer drug offers hope

22 July 2016

The Keytruda drug has been found to be more effective than chemotherapy during clinical trials at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. PAH medical oncologist Victoria Atkinson said the trial results for patients with incurable melanoma were impressive. ... more

Screening: Prostate cancer test fears

22 July 2016

A new study shows the number of men presenting with metastatic prostate cancer has increased dramatically in the US following a decline in PSA testing that coincided with the high-profile US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations a... more

Screening: Bowel tests rate falling

22 July 2016

Australians over the age of 50 are failing to participate in potentially lifesaving bowel cancer screening. The participation rate for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is “alarmingly” low, according to latest data from the Australian Inst... more

Research: Research gender agenda

22 July 2016

Women’s health care is suffering because drugs are tested on, and so designed for, men. Patients in drugs trials are mostly white men, and it had been assumed results would apply equally to all patients. But men and women respond differently to dis... more

Treatment/Screening: Study raises prostate cancer alarm

21 July 2016

A large American study has raised alarm on prostate cancer suggesting lax testing has led to more men being diagnosed with incurable disease. It shows a rise in the number of American men diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer, which means it has ... more

Public health: IVF mums in clear on cancer link

21 July 2016

In-vitro fertilisation does not increase the risk of breast cancer, a Dutch study has found. The new research adds reassuring weight to accumulating evidence showing no increased of breast cancer later in life among women who have had IVF. The resear... more

Treatment/Research: New hope for cancer sufferers

21 July 2016

Melanoma sufferers will have access to lifesaving medication after astounding results in clinical trials at an Australian hospital. The Keytruda drug has been found to be more effective than chemotherapy during clinical trials at Brisbane’s Princess ... more

Nutrition: Good oil on cancer help

21 July 2016

Bowel cancer patients who eat a lot of oily fish may cut their chances of dying from the disease, research suggests. Those with a lot of omega-3 in their diets from oily fish might live longer, the new study published online in the journal Gut found.... more

Treatment: Short Changed

21 July 2016

Dozens of the promised 202 beds and chemotherapy treatment chairs at the new Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre remain closed after the hospital was opened without the money to use them. Despite the $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre being b... more

Screening: Cancer tests ignored

21 July 2016

Australians over the age of 50 are failing to participate in potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening. The participation rate for the National Bowel Cancer Screening program remains “alarmingly” low, according to data from the Australian Instit... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer diagnoses coming in late

18 July 2016

A third of Victorian patients had to visit a doctor at least three times before getting a referral to a hospital specialist. New research by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the University of Melbourne and UK collaborators sheds light on th... more

Research: Lab has special meaning for Biden

18 July 2016

US Vice-President Joe Biden will honour his son’s memory, who passed away from brain cancer, in a deeply personal visit to Australia. Mr Biden will open the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, a research and treatment facility that ... more

Research: Cures on the 13th Floor

18 July 2016

A world-leading research program will place Melbourne at the forefront of the latest global battle against cancer. A state-of-the-art immunotherapy lab will be opened in the top floor of the $1.1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, giving ... more

Research: Research boost in cancer deals

18 July 2016

Patient data from almost 60,000 people will be shared under a trio of trans-Pacific deals to help unlock the genetic causes of cancer. Details of the agreements between Australia and the US were announced at the official opening of the Victorian Comp... more

Nutrition: Sweet sell but where’s the fruit?

18 July 2016

Savvy big-brand snack bars with images of fruit on their packaging contain minimal actual fruit ingredients and often fail to disclose added sugar, a review by consumer group Choice has found. The review of 224 snack bars identified brands like Kello... more

Research: Cancer’s protein targeted

15 July 2016

US researchers have provided hope of finding new treatments to target ovarian cancer after discovering the protein that helps the disease to spread. The US team of researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York reports in the journal Genes... more

Obesity: It’s too late if you weight

15 July 2016

Overweight people lose one year of life expectancy and moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely, a landmark global study has found. Research published in The Lancet has found being overweight or obese was only second to smoking for ... more

Environment: Asbestos scandal sets off fears at 69 sites

15 July 2016

Almost 70 major buildings and construction sites across Australia have been supplied with materials by Chinese company Yuanda and linked to the discovery of deadly asbestos at a Perth children’s hospital and a Brisbane office tower this week. Constr... more

Treatment: Cancer clue in blood

14 July 2016

Blood test that detects tiny hidden tumour fragments has shown it can predict the risk of relapse in cancer patients long before doctors. The test, which detects minuscule fragments of tumour DNA, is designed to avoid needless chemotherapy and bette... more

Skin: Are you a secret ginger?

14 July 2016

According to research, one person in four carries a “secret ginger gene” that raises our odds of developing skin cancer. Those with red hair have two copies of the gene and are therefore four times more likely to get the disease than those without i... more

Skin: Skin cancers in shade

13 July 2016

Young Australians are heeding the “slip, slop, slap” sunsmart message, pushing skin cancer rates into decline, a report has revealed. The latest data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, published today, has shown the incidence of me... more

Research: What has prostate cancer done to your sex life?

13 July 2016

Australian researchers have put out an international call for men to share their stories about prostate cancer via a confidential online survey. In addition to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland are participating in the survey and other coun... more

Research: Little-used technique may predict cancer surgery failure

13 July 2016

Many men who are told their surgery for prostate cancer has been a success later discover that this is not the case. While the surgery has provided good local control of their disease and they have no symptoms, their blood tests start showing signs ... more

Research: Cocktail of drugs ‘curing’ cancers

13 July 2016

A Sydney cancer institute’s world-first trial is turning “death sentence” patients into survivors by shrinking melanoma tumours. The trial of 153 advanced melanoma patients combines two drugs to boost the body’s immune system so it can control and k... more

Nutrition: Fitness, diet program for kids proves a healthy fit

13 July 2016

Parents of kids struggling with their weight are signing up in droves for an intensive program to teach healthy eating and exercise habits, with more than 500 families taking part in two years. The Better Health program has spread across 22 Perth su... more

Nutrition: Fast food kicking goals

13 July 2016

Nine of out 10 of the food companies sponsoring children’s sports are promoting unhealthy food. The Cancer Council research said junk food companies were also using kids’ sport as a marketing opportunity for fast food, alcohol and gambling. And swim... more

Environment: Union blows a gasket over asbestos scare

13 July 2016

The building union has issued a national alert on a Chinese supplier after an asbestos scare at the construction site of the Queensland Government’s so called “tower of power”. The CFMEU is also seeking an urgent meeting with supplier Yuanda, which ... more

Tobacco: Study lights up e-ciggie debate

12 July 2016

A study has found e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to tobacco for teenagers. US researchers questioned 5490 secondary pupils for the study, published in the journal Pediatrics. One in six — 16 per cent — reported vaping last year. This compares with 1.... more

Research: Survivors learn to be less tired

11 July 2016

Cancer survivors could help reduce symptoms of tiredness and exhaustion with a simple do-it-yourself treatment, scientists have found. But a study has found that acupressure, stimulation of specific points on the body, can alleviate symptoms of chro... more

Tobacco: Generation smoked out

07 July 2016

Tasmania has been given the green light to push ahead with laws banning the sale of tobacco to a generation. A parliamentary committee investigating the plan to outlaw tobacco sales to people born on or after January 1, 2000, released its final repo... more

Research: Emu oil may be threat to killer

06 July 2016

Emu oil could help to ward off bowel cancer, according to results from landmark WA research. University of WA researcher Suzanne Mashtoub said the results suggested taking emu oil capsules could protect people with bowel diseases from developing tum... more

Physical activity: Fighting chance

06 July 2016

Exercise is proving a potent medicine in the fight against cancer, delivering results equal to some of the best contemporary therapies. The latest evidence shows that if you get the right exercise prescription you can halve your chances of dying. R... more

Treatment: Sniffing out a breakthrough treatment for cancer patients

05 July 2016

A so-called “chemical nose’’ that can smell changes in cancer cells may be the breakthrough scientists believe could revolutionise treatments for sufferers. The test “sniffs” cancer cells after being treated by different chemotherapy drugs in order ... more

Risk: Health report a big fat failure

05 July 2016

A new report card on Australia’s health shows we are among the fattest in the world, but it’s not all bad news from the first-of-its-kind report, which pits the most recent health statistics against targets set by a collaboration of 50 peak health bo... more

Research: Herbal hope for cancer

05 July 2016

Parsley and dill could stave off cancer as they contain chemicals that help to prevent tumours forming, say scientists. When molecules from the garden herbs were combined, they turned into a compound already known for its anti-cancer properties. Ne... more

Physical activity: Low exercise hampers child health goals

05 July 2016

At least four in five primary school children don’t do the recommended amount of physical activity and a quarter are overweight or obese. A progress report on the Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative shows the ACT appears to be going backwards whe... more

Screening: Aussie women ignore cancer tests

04 July 2016

Little more than half of all eligible women had a Pap test in the past two years, and only a similar number had a mammogram, according to new figures.  Nationally, participation in the Cervical Screening Program is about 56 per cent, according to th... more

Risk: Sharp rise in cancer has docs puzzled

04 July 2016

A significant rise in thyroid cancer among Queenslanders is baffling experts, with new trends not aligning with clinician’s theories on what is driving case numbers. Over-diagnosis – non-lethal tumours detected by sensitive testing – is believed to ... more

Treatment: Melanoma patients trial cannabis

01 July 2016

Scientists in Canberra will develop a new treatment for skin cancer using medicinal-grade cannabis, with clinical trials to begin in the ACT next year. The two-year research project, led by molecular and cellular biologist Professor Sudha Rao, will ... more

Research: Key leukaemia protein found

01 July 2016

Melbourne researchers have cracked the molecular starting point for one of the most common types of leukaemia in children and one of most deadly in adults. In a subtype of acute myeloid leukaemia called MLL, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researchers... more

Public Health: Blame game rules at SA Health: Barr

30 June 2016

The underdosing of 10 chemotherapy patients may have been avoided if SA Health had not blocked changes to SA Pathology protocols, says sacked boss Ken Barr. He has written to a parliamentary committee examining the bungle in 2014 and 2015, warning t... more

Immunisation: Jabs punch cancer virus

30 June 2016

The Gardasil vaccine has cut the prevalence of cervical cancer- causing infections by almost 90 per cent in young women in the 10 years of the immunisation program. The largest international evaluation of the human papillomavirus vaccine has found e... more

Risk: Cancer-busting surgery push

29 June 2016

At present, women are offered an operation if they have a 10 per cent lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer, calculated by testing their genes and examining their family history. Experts now want to lower the threshold to 4 per cent to enable mo... more

Research: Aspiring cancer discovery

29 June 2016

A drink containing liquid aspirin could extend the lives of brain cancer patients, researchers claim. British experts have found a specially formulated version of the simple drug can cross the “blood-brain barrier” – a hurdle that has so far stopped... more

Risk: Genes not only risk

28 June 2016

Everybody is at risk of bowel cancer, not just those with a family history of the disease, according to Cancer Council chief Sanchia Aranda. Scientists from London’s Institute of Cancer Research have examined the genes of more than 1000 bowel cancer... more

Treatment: Cancer patients forced into hospital transfers then ‘mistakenly’ charged

27 June 2016

Cancer patients compulsorily transferred to a private hospital have been told they will now be charged a fee for treatment, and will no longer be eligible to bulk-bill for tests and consultations. The Sydney Local Health District buys the treatment ... more

Treatment: Brain cancer treatment hope

27 June 2016

Researchers are developing a “smart bomb” to defeat a survival protein in a deadly cancer that helps it ward off chemotherapy attacks. Glioblastoma is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and is especially resilient to treatment, often l... more

Risk: Five genes linked to family cases of bowel cancer

27 June 2016

Doctors will soon be able to warn people who have a heightened risk of bowel cancer after a landmark study identified the main genetic causes of the disease. Scientists examining the DNA of 1000 bowel cancer patients uncovered five new genes that tri... more

Research: ‘Bad’ bacteria link with breast cancer

27 June 2016

Researchers have implicated bacteria in breast cancer formation, adding weight to contentious claims that probiotics can protect from deadly tumours. Researchers from Western University in Ontario analysed samples from more than 80 women who had had... more

Physical activity: Exercise can defy cancer depression

27 June 2016

World-first research by Perth scientists has found exercise can help cancer patients beat depression in a matter of weeks. Adjunct lecturer Greg Levin said the results showed benefits came from less vigorous exercise such as walking the dog. Doing ... more

Environment: US won’t allow this level of poisoning

27 June 2016

In a huge blow to communities contaminated by toxic perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) this month set interim toxicity reference values at nearly 80 times those r... more

Environment: Asbestos alert

27 June 2016

People are putting themselves and others at risk by dumping deadly asbestos in remote locations around Tasmania to avoid expensive disposal costs, a lobby group says. Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation is compiling evidence of what it says is a growin... more

Environment: ANU seeks residents for Mr Fluffy health study

27 June 2016

The ACT asbestos health study has been extended until July 8 to give former residents of so-called ‘‘Mr Fluffy’’ houses more time to complete its survey. The ANU researchers aim to increase knowledge of the diseases associated with exposure to asbest... more

Support: Power shift over end-of-life care

27 June 2016

Under legislation to be introduced by the Andrews government, people will be able to set legally binding advance care directives about the treatment they want, or don’t want, in the event of a future illness such as cancer or dementia. Doctors and p... more

Tobacco: Smoking in decline as pupils butt out

27 June 2016

Smoking rates among Tasmanian secondary school students continue to fall, according to a tri-annual survey conducted by the Cancer Council. Quit Tasmania director Abby Smith said the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey, which show... more

Treatment: Kids beating down cancer

24 June 2016

More children are defeating cancer thanks to clinical trials and the use of “old drugs in better ways”, a doctors’ meeting will be told today. The number of children dying from cancer in Australia has fallen by nearly 40 per cent in 15 years. Cance... more

Support: Survival takes toll

24 June 2016

About half of all men who survive prostate cancer experience feelings of “loss of masculinity” for a decade after beating the disease, new research shows. The study is the first of its kind in Australia and New Zealand to track men and their partner... more

Public Health: Dog act on cat scans

24 June 2016

Patients will pay more for vital tests because of a “hidden gap” in Labor policy, sparking doctors to slam Bill Shorten’s claim that the ALP is the defender of Medicare. Radiologists have accused Mr Shorten of being “tricky” with his language and fe... more

Support: Guilt stalks survivors

23 June 2016

People who survive cancer may need better support to help cope with the guilt they feel for escaping the disease, new research suggests. Two out of three lung cancer survivors have been found to exhibit significant signs of “survivor’s guilt”, which... more

Treatment: Smart registry reports on prostate cancer patients 

22 June 2016

A bold and ambitious system, designed to ensure men receive optimum treatment for prostate cancer, has just been launched in Australia and New Zealand. It involves creating an all encompassing database that combines the objective metrics of men's ca... more

Risk: Merlino slams unwise vaccination and wi-fi claims

22 June 2016

The founder of a popular school program for “gifted children” has been slammed by Education Minister James Merlino after she urged parents to keep their children away from vaccinations and wi-fi. In another public post on the website Ms Slattery cla... more

Research: Tumours linked to educated

22 June 2016

New research appears to contradict the long-recognised link between education and health, with degree-educated people found to be particularly susceptible to the most common type of malignant brain tumour. A study of more than 4.3 million Swedes has... more

Nutrition: Watchdog alleges Heinz toddler's snack is sweet con

22 June 2016

Food giant Heinz is being hauled to court over a fruit and vegetable snack that is more than 60 per cent sugar but sold as a ‘‘healthy’’ food for toddlers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says Heinz falsely presents Shredz as a he... more

Treatment: Breast cancer hope

21 June 2016

Women at the highest risk of breast cancer are closer to having the first non-surgical alternative to radical breast removal, with Melbourne researchers finding an existing medicine can switch off cancer- causing cells in preclinical models. A proof... more

Tobacco: Tailored to smokers

21 June 2016

Cigarette poster boy The Marlboro Man has returned to Aussie billboards as part of a push by libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm to axe taxes on smokes. The senator, who is fighting to hold his Upper House seat, has erected the billboards on a busy... more

Tobacco: Cancer fears on e-cigarettes

21 June 2016

Health advocates have welcomed court action against two e-cigarette manufacturers, arguing it strengthens the case for proposed Victorian laws to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products. The Australian Competition and Cons... more

Public Health: Overhaul of health payments needed to avoid system collapse

21 June 2016

The payment system that underpins Medicare will need a massive injection of funds simply to avoid collapse, as public servants warns it is already “old, overly complicated, and expensive to operate and change”. While Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out o... more

Environment: Water switched off over RAAF toxin fears

21 June 2016

Two aquifers that supply water to market gardens, businesses and parks in Adelaide’s north have been shut temporarily over concerns about possible groundwater contamination in the area. Salisbury Council has switched off its Edinburgh South and Kaur... more

Treatment: Surgeons push costly treatments for cancer

20 June 2016

Cancer patients are being charged exorbitant out-of-pocket costs for ‘‘flashy’’ surgeries by doctors who are not disclosing the full financial burden or equally effective alternatives in the public system, cancer experts say. The practice extended ac... more

Screening: Labor promises no cuts for bulk-billing incentives for pathology

20 June 2016

Labor has pledged not to introduce the Coalition’s planned cuts to bonus-payments for pathologists and radiologists who bulk-bill, in a move expected to cost $884 million. The Turnbull government last year vowed to cut bulk-billing incentives in both... more

Public health: Work link to health in women

20 June 2016

Working women who put in long hours are far more likely to suffer severe illness later in life, experts have warned. Those who have worked for more than 40 hours a week over three decades have a 50 per cent increased chance of developing cancer, diab... more

Skin cancer: Survivor in cancer battle

20 June 2016

The Sydney father who managed to get cancer-causing sunbeds out of the country is locked in another battle with melanoma. Jay Allen, who was a heavy user of sunbeds, successfully campaigned for their commercial ban after he was diagnosed with a stage... more

Treatment: Bill promises to inject $88m into sickest hospital

20 June 2016

The state’s worst public hospital will get a promised $88 million from Labor if they win to relieve the “crisis” in waiting times plaguing one of Sydney’s busiest hospitals. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today promise the much needed funds to t... more

Treatment: Public health put at risk by surgery cost cutting

20 June 2016

Reconstructive surgery for breast-cancer sufferers and the removal of possible malignant moles and skin lesions could no longer be offered to public patients under new guidelines intended to restrict elective surgery in SA’s Public Hospitals. The Adv... more

Skin Cancer: Killer tatts pose skin cancer risk

20 June 2016

Gold Coast cancer specialists have warned the latest trend of “sleeves” of thick, black ink poses a major melanoma risk as they can hide changes in the shape and colour of moles. To make matters worse, some coloured inks can break down under sunlight... more

Treatment: Switch hit on cancer

17 June 2016

A new drug has been able to triple the number of patients being cleared of their blood cancer in Melbourne trials. Used in conjunction with chemotherapy, doctors from The Alfred hospital say experimental drug Venetoclax has been able to “flick the s... more

Treatment: Dire warning over antibiotics

17 June 2016

The first national report of antimicrobial use and resistance found almost half of all Australians were prescribed antibiotics at least once in 2014, but a huge proportion didn’t need them, running the risk of creating superbugs resistant to antibiot... more

Nutrition: Nut diet crunches deadly cancer

17 June 2016

Prostate cancer sufferers could cut the risk of being killed by the disease by regularly eating nuts, a major study shows. Five 28g servings a week of any type of nut cut mortality rates by 34 per cent, researchers found. But there was no evidence ... more

Risk: Very hot drinks ‘cause’ cancer

16 June 2016

Drinking very hot beverages “probably” causes cancer of the oesophagus, the UN’s cancer agency said yesterday, while lifting suspicion from coffee if consumed at “normal serving temperatures”. “These results suggest that drinking very hot beverages ... more

Tobacco: No crime pay for cops

15 June 2016

Cash and assets seized from crooks would be used to pay back Australia’s debt instead of funding police taskforces if Labor wins the election. The Coalition Government has used more than $75 million in confiscated assets during the past three years ... more

Treatment: Magic bullet in the war on child cancer

14 June 2016

A $4 million project hopes to save far more children by using their individual genomes to deliver the right drug to the right patient at the right time. As a bonus, it should reduce the 60 per cent of childhood cancer survivors who suffer major heal... more

Treatment: Cancer drug success

14 June 2016

A Melbourne-designed radioactive drug that seeks out and kills tumour cells by radiation delivered inside the body is a step closer to becoming a standard treatment after a successful first in-human trial. Results from the proof of concept study of ... more

Tobacco: Teens smoke for tiny babies

14 June 2016

Pregnant teenagers are smoking in the hope of having smaller newborns, new research has found. A 10-year national anthropological study into smoking has revealed girls as young as 16 are taking up the killer habit in an attempt to reduce the birth w... more

Tobacco: Cigarettes seized in $1m bust

14 June 2016

Four men have been charged with smuggling 2.5 tonnes of cigarettes into the country in boxes labelled as air fresheners. Australian Border Force officers discovered more than 1.5 million sticks of Otto brand cigarettes on June 7 in 100 boxes sent fr... more

Research: Marriage proves plus for cancer outcomes

14 June 2016

Married people are significantly more likely to survive cancer than those who are single, a study suggests. Research into 60,000 people with a range of blood cancers found, on average, those with a spouse were a fifth more likely to survive than tho... more

Research: Get fitter to fight cancer

14 June 2016

Cancer sufferers struggle to get physically active because of a range of worries, despite evidence indicating fitness can reduce the risk of dying. Findings of a study undertaken by UK institute Macmillan Cancer Support revealed the top concern was ... more

Public Health: Smokers can breathe easier

14 June 2016

Private health insurers will be forced to offer patients a single bill listing all out of pocket charges to avoid bill shock under government reforms to rank cover as gold, silver and bronze. Health Minister Sussan Ley will announce the changes toda... more

Nutrition: Fast food outlets ‘flouting the law’

14 June 2016

Fast food restaurants in Canberra could be flouting the law by not properly showing the energy content of their food, with new research revealing as many as four in five may be breaking the rules. Research from the University of Canberra has exposed... more

Environment: Unionist fought cancer cash rules

14 June 2016

The union chief given unprecedented power over Victoria’s volunteer firefighters has pushed to make it harder for volunteers who get cancer associated with firefighting to access compensation. Volunteers and the United Firefighters Union are at odds... more

Treatment: A new clue in cancer fight

14 June 2016

A team led by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has revealed two drugs, which are being tested in patient trials, may be able to overcome acute myeloid leukaemia when combined. Almost half of all infants diagnosed with the AML sub type of the diseas... more

Research: Eleven leukaemias in one

10 June 2016

Scientists unpicking the gene faults behind the aggressive blood cancer acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) have found it is not a single disease, but at least 11 different ones with important differences for patient survival chances. The findings, from t... more

Support: A better death

10 June 2016

Victoria could become the first Australian state to legalise doctor assisted suicide after a parliamentary committee recommended reforms to give some terminally ill patients the right to choose death. The committee, chaired by Liberal Edward O’Donoh... more

Tobacco: New illegal tobacco fight

09 June 2016

Two new tobacco strike team units will be established and $7.7 million spent over the next two years to fight illegal chop chop and cigarettes. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the new cash would help “crush” organise... more

Research: Oxygen drink to battle cancer

09 June 2016

Scientists are trying to develop a drink packed with oxygen microbubbles to make cancer treatment more potent. Some tumours can adapt to low oxygen conditions, making them harder to treat with drugs. As the tumours grow, the blood vessels deliverin... more

Research: Beating cancer much easier with spouse to remind you

09 June 2016

Being married increases your chances of beating cancer, experts have revealed. An analysis of 60,000 patients over ten years found single or unmarried patients with the disease were a fifth more likely to die. Researchers say having a spouse of fam... more

Environment: Toxic Defence nightmare fells treechangers

09 June 2016

Thousands of people in 18 communities near military airfields across Australia are discovering that toxic firefighting chemicals have poisoned their land and water – and that these chemicals appear more dangerous than authorities have conceded. Test... more

Obesity: Tuning into fat

09 June 2016

Screen time during meals is driving mindless eating that is contributing to Queensland’s obesity epidemic. Health authorities want adults and children to put down the phones and tablets while eating, with new research finding 50 per cent of people e... more

Public health: Doctors boss to limit calls for cash

08 June 2016

The new Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon believes he has to be mindful of the budget deficits and not ask for “more, more, more” funding for public hospitals. Dr Gannon said yesterday the freeze on GP rebates, in particular, w... more

Research: Yoga helps survivors

08 June 2016

Yoga can improve the sleep of people who have battled cancer, research suggests. Two 75-minute sessions a week for four weeks helps people feel less tired, while they also report better social, physical and emotional wellbeing. American researchers... more

Tobacco: Smoking lobby feels the Strine over plain packaging

08 June 2016

A US lobby group has released a volley of attack ads targeting Australia’s plain packaging laws complete with a dubious Australian accent and copious use of permanent markers that have left policy advisers and viewers in stitches. Fiona Nash, the f... more

Physical activity: Work up a sweat to beat cancer

07 June 2016

Newly diagnosed cancer patients should be advised immediately to diet and exercise to improve their chances of survival, world experts have said. Weight loss and physical activity were not just key to cancer prevention, but as important as drugs in ... more

Treatment: Combined cancer treatment lifts costs

07 June 2016

Cancer researchers see promise in giving patients combinations of multiple drugs that are proving more effective than one or two. But the strategy poses a dilemma for health insurers and patients: even higher prices. Researchers said at a medical m... more

Treatment: Injection offers hope to end thrombosis deaths

06 June 2016

Scientists are preparing to carry out trials of the “Holy Grail” of drugs which could prevent millions of heart attacks, strokes and cancer deaths. The antibody – which prevents blood clotting and bleeding at the same time – is expected to undergo c... more

Treatment: Cancer treatment halved

06 June 2016

A clinical trial of patients with lung cancer found they were just as likely to live if they had radiotherapy once a day for six and a half weeks, as if they had it twice a day for three weeks. The study, presented at the American Society of Clinica... more

Treatment: Better cancer hits for elderly

06 June 2016

Adding chemotherapy to radiation treatment can help elderly patients with the most aggressive type of brain tumour live longer, an Australian-led international trial has found. The study provides the first evidence that combining the two treatments ... more

Screening: radiologists abandon campaign against cuts

06 June 2016

The Turnbull government has forged a deal promising to delay the cuts for non-concession holders until next January if elected, and to evaluate commercial pressures on the sector, which has had its Medicare rebates frozen for 18 years. Health Minist... more

Research: Protein key unlocks fast cancer

06 June 2016

Queensland researchers have found a new driver in the spread of aggressive cancers which they hope will translate into new treatments. Studies by scientists at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute have shown high levels of a protein, kn... more

Nutrition: Diet may cut cancer risk

06 June 2016

A Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fish and olive oil may reduce the risk of breast cancer returning, a study suggests. The research on more than 300 women with early-stage breast cancer reinforces earlier work which suggests diet may play an ... more

Alcohol: Alarm at pregnant boozers

06 June 2016

Disturbing new WA research has revealed that women who are pregnant are more likely to binge drink than other women. Health experts say the staggering finding that one-third of pregnant women plan to have five or more drinks in a single session show... more

Research: GPs brush off bowel cancer fears of many

03 June 2016

A study of Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer has revealed that although three quarters went to their GP with symptoms, one in five said they were not taken seriously and their concerns were initially dismissed. With guidelines recommending a c... more

Environment: Cancer-causing threat at air base

03 June 2016

Fears that cancer-causing toxins have leached into groundwater and on to properties surrounding the RAAF base at Edinburgh have prompted a Defence department investigation into potential site contamination. The department will take ground samples fr... more

Risk: Waist link to cancer

03 June 2016

The risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer can be worsened by being an unhealthy weight and having a large waistline, a study has found. Researchers found that every 10cm increase in waist circumference can increase a man’s chances of develop... more

Research: Universal cancer vaccine ‘on track’

02 June 2016

Scientists say they are on track to produce a universal cancer vaccine, capable of eliminating any type of the disease, after they found a new way to convince “killer” immune cells to attack tumours. The technique, described in the journal Nature, h... more

Research: Cholesterol-busting statin drugs could prevent return of cancers

02 June 2016

Taking statins could help thousands of women avoid breast cancer returning after surgery, scientists have found. British researchers discovered that cholesterol can hamper the way common breast cancer drugs work, helping tumours become resistant to ... more

Tobacco: Smoking target to get third to quit

01 June 2016

Live webchats will be used to help achieve a State Government goal of slashing daily smoking rates by a third in just four years. Part of the strategy is an interactive web chatline run by the Quit campaign, where smokers wanting to give up can chat... more

Nutrition: Drop in milk consumption and dip in dairy ‘very concerning’

01 June 2016

One in six Australians are avoiding milk and dairy foods despite having no medical reason to do so, new research shows, alarming public health experts. A new study involving almost 1200 Australian adults by the CSIRO and the University of Adelaide f... more

Research: $20m genome fund to aid cancer kids

31 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull will outline more support for cancer research, including $20 million for medical science that will help children at hospitals around the country. While the new funding is modest, it emphasises science and innovation and follows the ... more

Tobacco: Flaws in ciggies tax collection

31 May 2016

An audit report has identified serious shortcomings in the collection of taxes on imported tobacco products, which are worth about $8 billion a year. The Australian National Audit Office report finds the system is so broken "there is limited assuran... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Mobile phone study dials up cancer risk

30 May 2016

The initial findings of a US study set up more than decade ago to investigate the adverse impact of mobile phones have been released. The researchers said the findings were significant enough that they felt the urgency to release the results before t... more

Supportive care/Treatment: Patient wait for cancer centre

30 May 2016

As the opening of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre draws near, three Peter Mac patients will today join dozens of others for an early celebration. Glen Cloke never made it to Disneyland, but for he and fellow cancer survivors Jacques LeRoux ... more

Tobacco: Smoker pay rise

30 May 2016

Smokers are underestimating the effect of price increases on their habit, as the Cancer Council revealed quitting smoking will be the equivalent of a $18,000 pay rise for a pack-a-day smoker by 2020. Ahead of World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, Cancer Cou... more

Tobacco: It’s money up in smoke

30 May 2016

Both life insurance and income protection insurance are far more expensive for smokers – sometimes more than double the price paid by non-smokers, research from Canstar has found. For instance, a male, nonsmoker aged 50-55 years who takes out a $500,... more

Treatment: Women pick surgery over cancer risk

30 May 2016

Breast cancer experts say a growing number of WA women are choosing to remove their breasts and ovaries because they carry high-risk genes. St John of God Hospital Subiaco is hosting WA’s first information day on breast cancer genes today. WA experts... more

Public health: Cancer con scored $450,000

30 May 2016

Con woman Belle Gibson made almost $450,000 by spinning her tale of cancer survival using alternative remedies, court documents allege. And Consumer Affairs Victoria claims the creator of The Whole Pantry app and cookbook paid just $5000 to charity —... more

Screening/Public Health: Female health a charity case

30 May 2016

The state’s most vulnerable women have been cast off by NSW Health – with plans for a charity to take over vital services like cervical and breast cancer checks, post-natal screenings and even domestic health help. Heart disease, STI support, and sex... more

Supportive Care: Masking trauma with art

30 May 2016

Using radiotherapy immobilisation masks as art therapy is an idea that has gained momentum ever since a Nashville medical centre in 2009 asked local artists to decorate them and sold them off to raise money for cancer patients. The idea has been embr... more

Research: GFC caused 263,000 cancer deaths as sacked workers lost health cover

27 May 2016

A study has crunched 20 years of economic and health data covering about 2.2 billion people from 80 countries, in the first global analysis of the effects of unemployment and health funding cuts on cancer deaths. The researchers looked specifically ... more

Public Health: Cancer centre brings hope to west

27 May 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will today announce $25 million for a cancer centre for far western NSW, following warnings that people are dying rather than travelling all the way to Sydney to receive treatment. Average life expectancy in far w... more

Public Health: Cancer’s data doctor

27 May 2016

Telstra will digitise the records of every cervical and bowel cancer screening performed in the country after winning the contract to create the Australian National Cancer Screening Register. And Telstra Health managing director Shane Solomon said t... more

Environment: Toxic threat lurks below

27 May 2016

Residents of a rural Queensland town are pleading with the Defence Department to urgently subsidise blood tests for the region, after new test results showed alarmingly high toxicity levels in their underground water supply. A recent report from the... more

Public Health: Fears companies could profit from cancer record deal

27 May 2016

Public health and consumer groups have questioned whether Telstra and other companies could profit from millions of Australians’ cancer screening records. Alison Verhoeven, chief executive officer of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Associati... more

Tobacco: ‘Green tobacco sickness’ warning

26 May 2016

Human Rights Watch says thousands of children working on tobacco farms in Indonesia, some as young as eight, are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides and extreme heat. Many have symptoms consistent with ‘‘green tobacco sickness’’, where nicotine is... more

Support: When goodbye comes far too soon

26 May 2016

During the past five years, Medicare payments for palliative care have jumped almost 80 per cent as the ageing population drives up demand for services, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cancer Council NSW is u... more

Risk: Lung cancer near the tip

26 May 2016

Living close to landfill sites can increase your risk of dying from lung cancer, scientists have claimed. A study of nearly 250,000 people found that those living within three miles of landfill were more likely to be admitted to hospital or to die f... more

Public Health: Telstra to manage cancer records

26 May 2016

The Turnbull government is pushing ahead with plans to place sensitive medical records under corporate management. The national register would incorporate the results of all Australians who return positive screening tests for cervical and bowel canc... more

Treatment: Hope for potency after prostate cancer

25 May 2016

A new form of highly personalised treatment for prostate cancer is showing promise in preserving potency. It involves a technical advance designed to preserve the function of all the interconnected parts involved in the complex process of a man havi... more

Treatment: Cancer switch thrown

25 May 2016

Dozens of Victorian women suffering the most common breast cancer will be first in the world to try a new treatment mix that aims to switch off tumour cells’ “survival factor”. The treatment combination is of the hormone therapy Tamoxifen and an ant... more

Research: This is y men die sooner

25 May 2016

Men could have shorter lives than women because Y chromosome damage makes them susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Researchers from Sweden studied 3200 men aged 37 to 96. Tests showed the Y chromosome missing from white blood cells in ro... more

Research: ALP’s $8m pledge in ovarian cancer fight

25 May 2016

Labor is promising to spend an extra $8 million on ovarian cancer research. Mr Shorten said no screening test was available to detect and prevent ovarian cancer early, so many women were unaware they had the disease. The money will go to Ovarian Ca... more

Prevention: Renewed hope in cancer war

25 May 2016

Recently a range of developments has led to renewed hope that one day many forms of cancer will be a thing of the past. Among those advances is a discovery made about a decade ago by scientists at the University of Queensland which has led to the de... more

Public Health: Health kick budget call

25 May 2016

As the State Government continues to promote the State Budget as a chance to reinvest in services, health promotion groups are asking the Liberals not to forget about preventive health. Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive Penny Egan said any sup... more

Environment: CFA knew of dangers, inquiry finds

25 May 2016

A damning report has found evidence CFA management knew Fiskville was contaminated in 2010, despite saying they knew nothing about it until a series of newspaper stories in December 2011. Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett said the government ... more

Skin: Salon for a spot check

24 May 2016

Hairdressers can play a vital role in the battle against skin cancer by alerting clients to spots or nodules on their scalps, an expert says. A recent study showed a small number of Australians with scalp melanomas had been alerted by their hairdres... more

Skin: Research sheds light on dangers of treatment for jaundice

24 May 2016

A common treatment for babies with jaundice may increase their risk of cancer, doctors have warned. They suggest that the light therapy given to thousands of newborns each year could trigger leukaemia and kidney cancer. While the link isn’t definit... more

Risk: Cancer risk to kids from cannabis use

24 May 2016

WA researchers have warned that cannabis use causes genetic mutations that can be passed on to children and grandchildren. University of WA scientists found cannabis alters a person’s DNA structure, potentially exposing future generations to serious... more

Nutrition: Eat more fat to be healthy

24 May 2016

A panel of global dietary experts has declared the modern fear of natural fats has turned people away from healthy foods and caused obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics worldwide. The report turns popular thinking on its head with its advice to avo... more

Treatment: PBS fee means we fund new drugs

23 May 2016

Labor’s pledge to scrap a proposed fee for subsidised medicines has been countered by government claims that patients could miss out on lifesaving new drugs without the measure, worth almost $1 billion. Arguing that a new charge for prescription med... more

Treatment: Loophole to close for sick teens

23 May 2016

The Turnbull Government will today announce a $7 million program to encourage more clinical trials for teens battling cancer. Experts say that too many teenagers and young people are locked out of clinical trials because they are too old to particip... more

Tobacco: Vaping will be subject to smoking bans

23 May 2016

Vaping will be outlawed in Victoria’s smoke-free spaces and e-cigarette advertising banned in shops, under laws to be introduced by the Andrews government within days. Children won’t be able to buy e-cigarettes or vapes – even those without nicotine... more

Tobacco: Smokers in sights with new food law

23 May 2016

Smokers will be banned from lighting up within 4m of food served outdoors at pubs and within 10m of food stalls at major events from mid 2017. The State Government will introduce laws to parliament next week including $150 fines for anyone who smoke... more

Tobacco: Court backs UK tobacco plain packs

23 May 2016

Britain got the go-ahead on Thursday to make plain packaging compulsory on cigarettes when a court struck down a legal challenge brought by the world’s top four tobacco companies. British American Tobacco (BAT), Philip Morris International, Japan To... more

Support: Amnesty call for medicinal cannabis fails

23 May 2016

The ACT government has rejected a push to create an effective amnesty for medicinal cannabis users by directing police not to charge them with drug offences. Moves to establish legal medicinal cannabis cultivation are continuing federally, with chan... more

Skin: Hipster life cuts WA skin cancer

23 May 2016

Deadly melanomas among young West Australians are finally declining – thanks partly to WA’s rising cafe and hipster culture, experts say. Professor David Whiteman, the lead author of the study, attributed the decline in melanomas in younger people t... more

Skin: Half sunscreens fail to meet makers’ claims

23 May 2016

Almost half of sunscreens are failing to provide the level of protection promised on the label, say researchers. Some 43 per cent of products with supposed Sun Protection Factor (SPF) levels of 30 or higher did not meet the manufacturer’s claims, th... more

Screening: Test to save lives

23 May 2016

More than 36,000 Victorian women have signed up to the biggest clinical trial conducted in Australia. The trial will investigate a new screening program expected to cut cervical cancer deaths by 20 per cent. It will also reduce the number of routin... more

Prevention: Habits key to long life

23 May 2016

Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle, a major study has found. If people stopped smoking, kept fit, slimmed down and drank less, cancer death rates would be 50 per cent lower, according to Harvard... more

Nutrition: Grain it in

23 May 2016

Cancer Council Queensland has issued an alert about the amount of salt in pre-packaged foods, warning 94 per cent of people do not know the daily limit for salt. CCQ spokeswoman Katie Clift said Australians consume about 4000mg, or two teaspoons, of... more

Treatment: Incredible cancer drug

20 May 2016

A new kind of drug for the deadliest form of skin cancer has helped some patients survive for at least three years, a study shows. Patients until recently faced dismal chances of living for more than a few months. About 40 per cent of melanoma pati... more

Research: Poverty raises risk

20 May 2016

A poor diet and poor living conditions in childhood may influence a person’s risk of developing cancer, new research suggests. A review of 22 studies found that poor diet and growing up in poorer households was linked to several cancers, including b... more

Tobacco: Butting heads

18 May 2016

The Victorian Cancer Council has been fighting off attempts by British American Tobacco to obtain uncrunched data from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey, which has been running more than 30 years. The tobacco giant used Free... more

Skin: Tougher fight but options abound

18 May 2016

Six Victorians are diagnosed with melanoma each day, but nine out of 10 will win their battle with the cancer. With melanoma treatments having improved dramatically over the past two decades, the Cancer Councils’s Craig Sinclair said 89 per cent of ... more

Research: Blow into this bag – it could give an early cancer warning

18 May 2016

Flinders University researchers are developing a “blow in the bag” breath test for cancer. They hope the relatively cheap, non-invasive and rapid tests will eventually be similar to breast screening tests, giving an early warning for people who retu... more

Tobacco: Rush to quit $40 smokes

17 May 2016

The Federal Budget’s tax hike on cigarettes has led to a 21 per cent rise in calls to Quitline, but new research reveals people still aren’t aware how damaging the habit is. It comes as new research by the institute shows that only a quarter of peop... more

Skin: Suntans high despite danger

17 May 2016

Skin cancer experts are alarmed by the number of young, well educated women still sunbaking to get a “healthy tan”. A survey of 1500 Gen Y medical students found 28 per cent actively stayed out in the sun, with four out of five women pursuing a tan.... more

Research: Cancer patients face fear alone

17 May 2016

Half of cancer patients are not being offered emotional support during treatment, despite high rates of anxiety and depression, research shows. A three-year study across 13 cancer centres in Australia has also found almost a third of patients were n... more

Obesity: Old dads linked to birth defects

17 May 2016

Obese fathers can cause metabolic changes in their children that have been linked to diabetes and cancer, an influential study found. The authorities are being urged to develop lifestyle guidelines for fathers-to-be so that they know it is not just ... more

Tobacco: Older smokers refuse to quit

16 May 2016

Rusted-on older smokers are resisting giving up cigarettes, as younger generations drive a dramatic drop in smoking rates, NSW Health data reveals. Smoking rates have dropped 2 percentage points in the past year alone, from 15.6 per cent to 13.5 per ... more

Treatment: Doctors harden stand on Medicare rebate rises

16 May 2016

The doctors lobby yesterday ramped up its campaign against the Coalition’s extended freeze of Medicare rebates, a day after pathologists agreed to end their bulk-billing campaign in exchange for regulated rents. Health Minister Sussan Ley said on Fri... more

Nutrition: Snack ratings missing

16 May 2016

Snack companies are flouting the rules of the health star rating system, fooling parents into believing they are buying healthy snacks for their kids. The Obesity Policy Coalition, an independent advocacy group, surveyed 164 bars at major Australian ... more

Nutrition: Why shoppers don’t trust the health star rating

16 May 2016

Shoppers are confused and losing confidence in the health star-rating system as new research shows only one in five people always or mostly look at the front-of-pack score. The Ipsos survey of 2500 Australians found trust levels were higher for other... more

Supportive care: Labor pledges $7m for breast cancer

16 May 2016

Women with secondary breast cancer would benefit from a $7 million funding announcement Labor made on the sidelines of the Pink Lady AFL game this weekend. Labor’s health spokeswoman, Catherine King, used the event to announce a Labor government woul... more

Supportive care: Premier heckled over ‘go-slow’ on cannabis laws

16 May 2016

A review of a medical cannabis scheme under way in NSW will be extended to determine whether it should also include non-terminally ill patients. The state government will also pour another $1.5 million into research for medicinal cannabis, including ... more

Tobacco: Health warnings go up in smoke

16 May 2016

Smokers are circumventing high cigarettes prices by turning to vaporisers and buying cheap nicotine cartridges online, with a week’s worth of “smokes” costing just $15. Vaporisers also are being marketed as safer alternative to cigarettes, but health... more

Tobacco: Cigs out if you’re born after 2001

16 May 2016

Queensland’s top doctor has made a plea to Queenslanders to outlaw cigarettes in their homes, given the lingering dangers of second-hand smoke. Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says although smokers might think they’re being careful by not lighti... more

Research/Tobacco: How we die

16 May 2016

New research has provided an overview of how Australians die. Falling rates of death from cardiovascular disease have led to a 15 per cent drop in the overall number of years lost through early death, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare ha... more

Screening: Cancer kit set to slash rate of deaths

16 May 2016

The architect of the lifesaving “poo in the post” bowel cancer test says it is on track to cut the death rate by up to 80 per cent. Eminent gastroenterologist Professor Graeme Young said that 40 per cent of people sent the test now returned it, but p... more

Tobacco: Labor blast at inaction over e-cigs

16 May 2016

Tasmania’s Labor opposition has lashed the State Government over its response to e-cigarettes, accusing Health Minister Michael Ferguson of “dragging his feet” on addressing the potential health risks of the new technology. While the Liberal Governme... more

Treatment/Research: Genes the key to cracking cancer

16 May 2016

The drug that saved Ron Walker from melanoma may also be able to save patients from 30 other types of cancer. Immunotherapy drug Keytruda is now showing promising results in 250 international trials, offering hope of a new treatment to thousands of d... more

Tobacco: Push to help mentally ill smokers

16 May 2016

The federal government has a moral obligation to use some of the almost $5 billion it will rake in from upping the tobacco excise to help mentally ill smokers kick the habit health, advocates have said. CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Austral... more

Nutrition: Fruit cuts cancer risk

13 May 2016

Eating more apples, oranges, bananas, grapes and kale could help teenagers and young women reduce the risk of breast cancer in later life, a new study suggests. The study, published in The British Medical Journal, involved a team of US researchers t... more

Tobacco: Young Tasmanians are smoking more

12 May 2016

Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the results compiled by Martyn Goddard, based on two surveys from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, revealed that although overall smoking rates continued to fall, use among Tasmanians aged 15 to 24 rose 6.7 p... more

Tobacco: …but at least we’re giving up smokes

12 May 2016

Cancer Council SA’s Quitline service has received a surge in calls following the tobacco price increases in the latest Federal Budget. The looming increase in cigarette prices has motivated South Australians to kick the habit with a total of 158 peo... more

Obesity: Waiting on weight unhealthy

12 May 2016

It typically takes an overweight person more than four years to admit they have a problem — and a further 18 months to tell someone, researchers have found. A poll of more than 1200 British slimmers revealed they had spent an average of five years a... more

Nutrition: Fad diets are just nuts

12 May 2016

Fad diets are leading people to ditch essential nutrients and setting us on a path to osteoporosis and undernutrition, official data shows. Nine out of 10 Australians do not consume enough dairy for healthy bones, with a rise in nut and grain milks ... more

Alcohol: Drinkers take heart from beer research

12 May 2016

A comprehensive review taking in more than 150 studies has found that drinking up to two small 330ml cans of beer a day is not only unlikely to damage your health, but will also reduce your risk of heart and circulation diseases by about a quarter. ... more

Treatment: Shortcut for cancer care

11 May 2016

A single shot of radiotherapy given during surgery could save 20,000 breast cancer patients weeks of gruelling daily treatments, say experts. High-powered radiotherapy, delivered while a patient is under anaesthetic, takes as little as 20 minutes. ... more

Treatment: Patients bleed $10K in surgery fees

11 May 2016

More than a quarter of prostate cancer surgeries funded by one of Australia’s top health insurers leave patients with out-of-pocket costs of between $5001 and $10,000, highlighting the challenge of dealing with unrestrained and often unpredictable sp... more

Tobacco: Foreign diplomats investigates over ‘rorts’

11 May 2016

The Australian Border Force has confirmed it is investigating the alleged rorting of the special privileges that allow diplomats and foreign embassies to import large quantities of alcohol and cigarettes duty free. Twice a year, eligible diplomats a... more

Support: How to find reliable prostate cancer information online

11 May 2016

Researchers have shown that only 15 per cent of websites on prostate cancer are reliable, but these can be easily identified. All people need do is download a free toolbar which indicates if a site is accredited by the World Health Organisation. Th... more

Risk: App flags risks of CT radiation

11 May 2016

WA health experts are urging doctors to weigh up the risk of radiation exposure when referring patients for CT scans. An estimated 430 Australians die each year from cancer caused by exposure to X-rays, but experts are particularly concerned about t... more

Obesity: Big fat truth about mums

11 May 2016

An international study examining the effect of early life factors on children’s weight found children were at greater risk of being fat if their mother was overweight before she fell pregnant, smoked during pregnancy and did not breastfeed. Research... more

Obesity: Alarming rise in obese pregnancies

11 May 2016

The number of overweight, expectant mothers has risen dramatically, with more women and babies at risk of serious health issues, a major insurer has warned. Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said women who were overweight had tw... more

Tobacco: Call to blow smoke revenue toward quit programs

10 May 2016

Anti-smoking groups have called for revenues raised from upcoming federal tobacco excise rises to help Tasmanians quit, pointing to a direct correlation between investment in public campaigns and a reduction in smoking rates. Cancer Council chief ex... more

Support: State ‘gets ahead of the curve’ on cannabis

10 May 2016

Premier Mike Baird confirmed yesterday that NSW had lodged an application last week to grow medicinal cannabis under the federal government’s national licensing scheme. Trials were under way and NSW was “getting ahead of the curve” with an early app... more

Nutrition: Deadly diet low in fruit and veg

10 May 2016

Avoiding fruit and vegetables has been found to do you more damage than drinking lots of sugary drinks or eating food full of salt or saturated fat. The Institute of Health and Welfare will today reveal that smoking, alcohol, obesity and a lack of e... more

Treatment: New attack on cancer

09 May 2016

A therapeutic agent taken from lung cancer patients whose immune systems protect them from advanced disease has shown a striking ability to destroy tumours in the laboratory. The antibody, which preferentially attacks cancer cells while leaving heal... more

Skin: Trade goes rogue

09 May 2016

Backyard solarium operators are being charged by authorities in Victoria, as desperate tan seekers scour the internet for cowboys flouting a national sun-bed ban. Cancer Council Victoria’s director of prevention Craig Sinclair said amateur operators... more

Skin: Spot of trouble

09 May 2016

Queensland researchers have made a world-first breakthrough in the understanding of melanoma survival rates, prompting renewed calls for vigilance with skin checks. The 10-year survival rates of more than 32,000 Queensland skin cancer sufferers were... more

Risk: Study debunks concerns about mobile phone health fears

09 May 2016

Mobile phone use has not caused a rise in brain cancer in Australia, says a new study led by the University of Sydney. Despite the near complete uptake of mobile phones among Australians over the past 29 years, the communications devices, which emit... more

Research: Research manages to halt cancer

09 May 2016

Starving cancer cells of crucial nutrients can stop the growth of different tumours which could lead to new cancer treatments, scientists at ANU have found. Scientists were researching how reducing protein in the human body could fight diabetes when... more

Public health: Jolie cancer effect triggers plea on public funding

09 May 2016

Australian women are waiting up to two years to be tested for a cancer-linked gene, with long queues forming on the back of the “Angelina Jolie effect”. Genetic oncologist Hilda High said the demand had overwhelmed the public system. She said the i... more

Tobacco: EU slapdown for Big Tobacco

06 May 2016

The EU’s top court yesterday dismissed legal challenges against tightened tobacco regulations, in a move that paves the way for plain packaging and other restrictive measures to be rolled out across Europe. The European Court of Justice upheld the 2... more

Physical activity: Cities in cycle of health

06 May 2016

Experts from the University of Cambridge’s centre for diet and activity research in England said regular exercise reduced the risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers. And walking or cycling in urban areas was always ben... more

Tobacco: Huge price hikes to stub out smoking

05 May 2016

Hundreds of thousands of smokers are expected to quit cigarettes in the next four years as a result of big cigarette price hikes and tougher limits on duty-free tobacco purchases. Cancer Council Australia CEO Sanchia Aranda predicted that about 300,... more

Tobacco: Excise lift ‘a gift for crime gangs’

05 May 2016

British American Tobacco Australia has warned that organised crime syndicates will be “champing at the bit” after the Turnbull government extended the 12.5 per cent excise on cigarettes for a further four years. While the government will also spend ... more

Risk: J&J hit with $170m damages in talc cancer cases

05 May 2016

Johnson & Johnson is appealing two recent jury verdicts awarding a total of $US127 million ($170m) to women who blame their ovarian cancer on talc in the company’s iconic baby powder. “Unfortunately, the jury’s decision goes against 30 years of ... more

Nutrition: Lazy practices foil our best intentions

05 May 2016

The cost of healthy food is foiling the best intentions of consumers who even begrudge the time to make decisions about it at the check-out, according to research. A survey of more than 3000 consumers shows our top five food priorities are: eating m... more

Treatment: Prostate surgery’s remorse factor

04 May 2016

The reliability of studies depicting men's satisfaction with surgery for prostate cancer has been called into question. According to leading urologist Claus Roehrborn, professor and chairman of the department of urology at the University of Texas, t... more

Treatment: Elementary for Watson

04 May 2016

An IBM super-computer known as Watson that has the ability to learn on the job is revolutionising the way cancers are treated in Thailand, with the potential for the technology to be adopted around the globe. James Miser, chief medical information o... more

Tobacco: Turnbull pans ‘black hole’ in Labor costings

04 May 2016

Malcolm Turnbull yesterday mounted a frenzied pre-election assault over Labor’s election costings, seizing on the emergence of a $19.5 billion “supermassive black hole” to accuse the opposition of deceiving the nation’s schools. Scrutiny of the oppo... more

Tobacco: Hefty cigarette excise will have nation’s smokers boiling over with anger

04 May 2016

A pack of 20 cigarettes will rocket to about $40 in four years’ time as smokers are whacked with a big rise in tobacco excise – and the number of cheap cigarettes you can buy at the airport will be slashed. Twenty cigarettes currently cost about $26... more

Research: Empathy boosts patients

04 May 2016

A doctor’s bedside manner can help improve the health of their patients, research has shown. Kindness and compassion could even boost the impact of treatment, an international conference will be told today. And it encourages patients to follow the ... more

Research: 93 breast cancer genes found

04 May 2016

Breast cancer’s secrets have been cracked by scientists, who say they now have a list of 93 genes that can cause it. The landmark research paves the way for new treatments — and ways of preventing the disease. In future, doctors could use “genetic ... more

Public health: Fees to GPs back from dead

04 May 2016

The dreaded GP co-payment has risen from the grave in the Federal Budget, with a doctor’s visit likely to cost up to $38 at the same time as prescription medicine prices rise by $5 from January. Medicare rules will force GPs to charge patients a ful... more

Public health: Cancer give and take

04 May 2016

Medicare will fund breast MRIs in a move that will cut the costs for women, who currently face charges of up to $700 for checks to determine if they have breast cancer. The government will spend $3 million on scans it said would enable earlier, safe... more

Tobacco: Treasury figures reveal Labor’s cigs tax shortfall

03 May 2016

New Treasury figures have revealed Bill Shorten will face a $19.5 billion shortfall from his plan to hike up taxes on cigarettes. If elected, Labor said it would reap $48 billion over 10 years from four annual 12.5 per cent increases in tobacco exci... more

Tobacco: Smokers are being educated, not fined

03 May 2016

Melbourne city council has admitted it hasn’t dished out any $100 penalties since banning smoking in several locations, because it prefers education over hard line enforcement. And an anti-smoking group has backed the council’s softly-softly approac... more

Physical activity: Exercise a ‘big help’ in cancer recovery

03 May 2016

New research shows a regime of pre surgery exercise can greatly improve a patient’s ability to survive and recover from gruelling treatments. Clinical researchers at Edith Cowan University in Perth says patients should no longer be told to rest befo... more

Supportive Care: Success leads to cancer rethink

02 May 2016

With 90 per cent of women now surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, health experts say improving a patient’s quality of life is becoming increasingly important. A Medical Journal of Australia study released today reveals steady increases in survival r... more

Tobacco/Alcohol: Tax man eyeing off the sin bin

02 May 2016

Drinkers and smokers may be slugged with hikes to the cost of cigarettes and alcohol in tomorrow Federal Budget. So-called “sin taxes” – taxes on tobacco and alcohol products – are often seen as easy ways to boost government revenues as they target p... more

Tobacco: Indigenous smokers in $10m spotlight

02 May 2016

The Federal Government will target indigenous smokers in a $10 million national advertising campaign. Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash said the Don’t Make Smokes Your Story campaign focuses on the values within indigenous communities such as the heal... more

Treatment: Death toll from virus is worse than on our roads

02 May 2016

It claims more lives each year in Australia than the national road toll but the carnage the ­influenza virus causes is largely preventable with a cheap vaccine. The flu, which is Australia’s No.1 vaccine preventable killer, claims the lives of ­betwe... more

Treatment: New melanoma drug a ‘game changer’

02 May 2016

Susan Barlow watched her mother die from melanoma but had become a survivor of the disease, thanks to a breakthrough $170,000 treatment that will be subsidised from today. Ms Barlow’s doctor signed her up to a clinical trial for a new drug, Opdivo, w... more

Research: Cures ‘left on the shelf’ as medical researchers exit

02 May 2016

A new report by Professionals Australia has found that only one in five medical researchers are permanent full-time employees. And more than half expect to vacate the field within five years because of uncertainty around funding for their research. D... more

Treatment: Fertility study offers hope to women

02 May 2016

The reproductive lives of mice have been extended in research that boosts the possibilities of older women, or those who have had chemotherapy, to conceive. While it is early days the research team – Dr Dave Listijono and Dr Lindsay Wu at UNSW, and t... more

Treatment: Cancer doctor to meet pope

29 April 2016

A top Melbourne doctor has been invited to address the Pope on Victorian innovations in cancer treatment. He is set to announce plans for a nine-country trial, to be led from Melbourne, of world-first treatments for melanoma. Prof McArthur said the... more

Tobacco: Tobacco crime costs $1.4b

29 April 2016

The tobacco black market has  cost the Federal Governmentalmost $1.5 billion in lost exciserates in the past year, accordingto a new report. A KPMG report into the tobacco industry to be released today reveals an estimated 14 per cent of all tobacco... more

Tobacco: Support for e-cigarettes

29 April 2016

A Royal College of Physicians report yesterday concluded e-cigarettes were likely to be beneficial to UK public health and insisted their use should be encouraged. In stark contrast Royal Australasian College of Physicians President, Nick Talley has... more

Screening: End of cervical cancer close, say experts

29 April 2016

Health experts believe Australia is on the brink of virtually eradicating cervical cancer because of vaccine and testing breakthroughs. Cancer Council WA is hosting a forum in Perth today to discuss the impact of the human papillomavirus vaccine and... more

Research: New key to cancer

29 April 2016

Queensland scientists have used immunotherapy to develop an antibody that slows the growth of and spread of cancer cells. The antibody was tested on mice and showed it activated the rodent’s immune cells to enable them to attack the diseased cells. ... more

Treatment: Medicos ramp up fight to defeat PM’s budget cuts

28 April 2016

Pathology clinics have become campaign headquarters leading the charge against the Government as the industry fights the end of a bulk-billing incentive that could see a blood test cost $20 from July 1. Nearly 500,000 patients have so far signed a p... more

Tobacco: Up in smoke

28 April 2016

A crime gang that smuggledin 13 million cigarettes, evading$45 million in duty andtaxes over the last year, hasbeen smashed in Melbourne. Over eight tonnes of “chop chop” tobacco, $1.7 million in cash and a $350,000 Mercedes were seized on Tuesday. ... more

Treatment: Drug gets green light

28 April 2016

An alternative to chemotherapy will be made available to thousands of Australian blood cancer patients from today. A new drug that changes the genetic makeup of cancer cells has been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme for non-Hodgkin’s lymp... more

Treatment: New weapon to speed up cancer fight

26 April 2016

Perth doctors have a new supercharged cancer weapon that promises to slash waiting times for many public patients. A $2.5 million linear accelerator machine at Fiona Stanley Hospital uses a technique called flattening filter-free, which gives target... more

Support: Medical cannabis wins full support

26 April 2016

A state Government push to allow specialist doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to Tasmanians with serious or chronic illnesses has received tripartisan political support. But carers are still concerned about the legal implications of treating the... more

Research: Spot the killer to beat cancer

26 April 2016

One of the mysteries of melanoma will come under close scrutiny from a new Queensland-based research centre to be launched today. Some of the world’s leading skin cancer experts will focus on why some moles turn into the deadly cancer and others nev... more

Research: Long legs lift cancer risk

26 April 2016

According to research, if you have long legs you are 42 per cent more likely to get colon cancer compared to someone who with short legs. This is partly because taller people have larger colons, which means they have a greater surface area for the c... more

Research: Good-living teens clean up their act

26 April 2016

Australian teenagers could be the healthiest generation ever, a landmark health report reveals. Not only are high-school children shunning cigarettes in record numbers, far fewer are drinking alcohol or experimenting with drugs. Rates of physical a... more

Nutrition: Labor in look at sugar hit

26 April 2016

Labor secretly investigated a potential new sugar tax to be slugged on soft drinks. Labor has already pledged it would increase tobacco tax if it won. Experience in Australia has proven that more people give up smoking as tax rises push up the price... more

Support: Cancer: get in on top floor

22 April 2016

The top floor of Victoria’s new $1 billion cancer centre ison the market after plans for a42-bed private ward werescrapped. International expressions of interest are being sought to lease the 13th floor of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre i... more

Research: Stomach cancer risk

22 April 2016

Drinking alcohol, eating processed meat and being overweight have been strongly linked to stomach cancer. A study by the World Cancer Research Fund found an increased risk for people drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day or eating 50g per da... more

Research: Aspirin cut cancer risk

22 April 2016

An aspirin a day could slash the odds of dying from cancer by up to a fifth, research shows. The painkiller reduces the fatality rate in breast, bowel and prostate cancer sufferers. And in those with a certain gene, it can double the chances of sur... more

Support: Units for patients get Spring St funds

21 April 2016

Blood cancer patients will now have a home away from home while being treated, after the Victorian Government committed $500,000 to help build 15 accommodation units. “Being able to stay across the road from the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Ce... more

Research: Cancer given the brush-off

21 April 2016

Scientists have discovered that pancreatic cancer is linked to two types of bacteria also known to cause gum disease. A team in the US found that people who had these bugs in their mouths were up to twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer over ... more

Nutrition: Fight good food battle

21 April 2016

The latest results from the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s National Health Survey reveals only 4.3 percent of children aged 2-18 eat the right amount of fruit and vegetables every day. About 98 per cent of children aged 4-8 do not meet their daily... more

Research: Gene pregnancy alert

20 April 2016

Women who are genetically more likely to suffer some cancers are being warned they need to start planning a family two years earlier, owing to the risk they will run out of eggs. New research from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has revealed the c... more

Research: Discovery offers hope in brain cancer war

20 April 2016

Scientists have discovered a protein that regulates brain development before birth also affects the growth of brain tumours. Queensland Brain Institute deputy director Professor Linda Richards said her team found low levels of the NFIB protein corre... more

Prevention: Gung-ho lifestyle putting us at risk

20 April 2016

Research has found more than 40,000 cancer cases diagnosed in Australia each year are preventable if people make simple lifestyle changes. To try to get the message through, Cancer Australia will today launch a $340,000 campaign to help people avoid... more

Environment: Asbestos victim joins national funding fight

20 April 2016

Legal and union representatives from across Australia have banded together to call on the Turnbull government to approve $3 million in funding for the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency. The money was budgeted to go to the agency after 2013 when... more

Research: Imaging deal for SAHMRI Research

19 April 2016

A $13 million partnership deal will see a high-tech medical imaging hub housed at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute by November.The hub will allow research aimed at better treatment and even prevention of conditions including cancer, heart... more

Research/treatment: Prostate cancer drug hope

19 April 2016

An experimental drug designed to lower cholesterol may turn out to help treat prostate cancer, research has shown.Tumour cells need cholesterol to construct their cell membranes. By cutting their cholesterol production, the new molecule, known as RO ... more

Environmental risk: Big Green ignores science in campaign against glyphosate

19 April 2016

The Australian reports that the World Health Organisation has been vulnerable to ‘the influence of pseudoscience’. A large dossier claiming to find evidence that glyphosate (Roundup weed killer) is “probably carcinogenic” was published last year by t... more

Supportive Care: Cannabis trials start in secret

19 April 2016

Medicinal cannabis has been planted in Victoria in a top-secret location in an Australian-first cultivation trial. Under the trial, dozens of plants will be grown indoors at an undisclosed research ­location.  It understood that the state government ... more

Nutrition: 58c in every dollar spent on junk food

18 April 2016

Australians are spending more than half their weekly food bill on junk food and drink, according to new research. The study from the University of Queensland found that 58 cents in every $1 goes on takeaway meals, unhealthy snacks, sugary drinks and ... more

Tobacco: Morrison warned on cutting tax

18 April 2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison is under pressure from voters and his own colleagues to cut income tax in the budget but faces a warning not to use a "pea and thimble trick" to hike other taxes to pay for it. Amid speculation the Turnbull government will de... more

Treatment/Detection: Jack on the ropes as more opponents take swing

18 April 2016

Families affected by the dodgy chemo-dosing scandal say SA Health Minister Jack Snelling has no choice to resign if he continues to refuse a judicial inquiry into his troubled health department, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. The paper reports... more

Tobacco: Embassy denies black market trade in booze, cigarettes

18 April 2016

Leaked documents show Azerbaijan Ambassador Rovshan Jamshidov​ and financial attache Araz Khasiyev used their diplomatic status to get Australian government approval to import duty free 2000 litres of beer, 1100 litres of wine, 520 litres of spirits ... more

Treatment: Surgeons warned to cut top fee

18 April 2016

Urologists charging excessively high fees for crucial operations, including prostate cancer surgery, have been warned to rein it in. The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand has said that it is aware of small number of urologists who quote... more

Tobacco: Tax hike after dire warning

15 April 2016

Tobacco taxes will increase in the May budget, becoming the first public tax shift after an unruly tax debate that has dogged the federal government. Confirmation of the tobacco excise increase follows a warning from credit ratings service Moody’s t... more

Tobacco: Spasibo for not smoking

15 April 2016

In Russia, you are now allowed to smoke only in designated outdoor areas and cigarettes are no longer sold at news kiosks. They are neither advertised nor publicly displayed in the diminishing number of places that still stock them and the warnings ... more

Nutrition: Oliver, sugar tax slammed

15 April 2016

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been labelled a multimillionaire who wants to make “poor people poorer” amid renewed calls for a sugar tax. Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm hit out at the beloved Brit who has championed a push in the UK to... more

Support: New push for medicinal pot

14 April 2016

Tasmania’s premier has been urged to follow Victoria’s historic lead and legalise the manufacture, supply and use of medicinal cannabis in the state. Health Minister Michael Ferguson said his government was a long-standing supporter of clinical tria... more

Research: Fat women cancer link

14 April 2016

Obesity is fuelling a massive rise in womb cancer. The number of women diagnosed with the disease has almost doubled in 20 years, Cancer Research UK warned. About 9000 women are now diagnosed every year in the UK – up from about 4800 new cases a ye... more

Nutrition: Push for sugar tax on drinks

14 April 2016

A 20 per cent sugar tax on soft drinks would raise more than $400 million a year and save thousands of Australian lives over the coming decades, a new report has found. The proposed slug on sugar sweetened drinks would prevent more than 1600 deaths ... more

Treatment: Marijuana’s legal tick

13 April 2016

Medical cannabis has been made legal in Victoria and will be grown and supplied to patients in Victoria as early as 2017. Children suffering severe epilepsy will be among the first to be treated using a range of oils, sprays and vaporisers. Victori... more

Research: Tie the knot, beat cancer

13 April 2016

A study, published in the journal CANCER has analysed information on almost 800,000 Californians who were diagnosed in 2000 to 2009 with invasive cancer and were followed through 2012, and found that the rate of death was 27 per cent higher among unm... more

Research: Global cure call on hep B

13 April 2016

The virus behind Australia’s fastest-growing cause of cancer death could be cured in the next decade if global research efforts are united and supported, Melbourne researchers say. More than 200,000 Australians are among 240 million people internati... more

Treatment: A fresh look at cancer treatment

12 April 2016

The first cancer patient in Europe has been scanned with a new imaging technique that could help doctors tell whether a drug is working within a day or two of starting treatment. The patient had a rapid scan as part of a new metabolic imaging study ... more

Research: Disparity in cancer figures

12 April 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are almost eight times more likely to die from lung cancer than nonindigenous Australians living in remote areas of NSW, a Darwin researcher has found. Kalinda Griffiths looked at data for 20,846 people d... more

Tobacco: Youth smoking risk

11 April 2016

The younger someone lights up their first cigarette the more likely they are to become a hard-core smoker later in life, according to new research. The study found the rates of daily smoking between the ages of 15 and 25 years had “strong and signif... more

Tobacco: ‘Healthy’ smokes bid slammed

11 April 2016

Health experts have condemned a cigarette company’s decision to flood the Australian market with products it implies are healthier than other smokes. A US tobacco grower billing itself as a “leader” in smoking harm reduction says a national distribu... more

Screening: Probe into cancer screening bungles

11 April 2016

SA Health chief executive David Swan says an independent review will next week begin scrutinising two major prostate cancer testing bungles involving SA Pathology. In a memo to all SA Health staff, Mr Swan said he had “arranged for the Australian Co... more

Research: Cancer study to benefit kids

11 April 2016

Queensland children will be at the frontline of an unprecedented international research venture that is affording new hope to all young cancer sufferers. International experts have developed guidelines for the first time, published in The Lancet Onc... more

Nutrition: Fast food no-go zone for schools

11 April 2016

Burger bans are needed around schools to protect teenagers from easy access to cheap fatty food, health experts say. Deakin University research shows fast food is more accessible than ever in poorer areas and around high schools. The research team,... more

Environment: Buyer in dark over hidden health risk from asbestos in houses

11 April 2016

It is estimated that 13,000 people will have contracted mesothelioma by 2020 and another 40,000 will contract asbestos-related cancers, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Yet homes are still being sold without disclosure of whether t... more

Screening: Another cancer blunder

08 April 2016

In its second serious bungle in less than a week, SA Pathology incorrectly referred 68 patients to a urologist after prostate cancer screening tests, SA Health has admitted. In a statement from SA Health, SA Pathology said it had contacted 42 clinic... more

Public health: Push for online doctor reviews

08 April 2016

As the federal government struggles to encourage GPs to join its e-health system where patients' records are recorded online, a new report argues hospitals and health providers must open their books to patients so they can make informed decisions on ... more

Physical activity: Exercise hope for treatment of tumours

08 April 2016

Edith Cowan University recently revealed the impact of exercise on reducing tumour growth, but until now patients were told to avoid putting stress on tumours. But the research reveals the exact opposite could be true, particularly for patients  in ... more

Skin: Slip slop slap before flying

07 April 2016

A bird’s-eye view from the window seat on a plane can put children at higher risk of skin cancer, research shows. A report in medical journal JAMA Dermatology says that 60 minutes’ exposure to harsh ultraviolet light is as harmful as 20 minutes on a... more

Screening: Reality check on cancer

07 April 2016

Almost half a million Australian women have not had their recommended breast screening mammogram in the past two years, research shows. New figures show 425,000 Aussie women aged 50-74 failed to take the test in that time. BreastScreen NSW modellin... more

Screening: Claims health tests in danger

07 April 2016

Tasmania’s largest pathology services provider has warned life-threatening diseases may not be detected after Federal Government cuts take effect on July 1. Hobart Pathology chief executive Lawrie Bott says a cut to bulk-billing incentives will forc... more

Research: Shot in the arm for new cancer cure research

07 April 2016

Close to a million dollars worth of research designed to boost cancer cure rates will be undertaken as part of a new collaborative project to be launched in Adelaide today. The joint project of the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufa... more

Physical activity: Food label burn notice

07 April 2016

Food should be labelled with how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories inside the packaging, which was often confusing and failed to provide healthy options, health experts said yesterday. Britain’s Royal Society of Public Health says mor... more

Nutrition: Truth on menu

07 April 2016

Fast-food stores will have to reveal the energy content of every item on their menus under new state laws. The laws, which are due to apply from mid-2017, will require menus and price tags to display the kilojoule count of all unpackaged and ready-t... more

Treatment: Doctors critical of increased death risk

06 April 2016

Medical experts say the cancer patients at the centre of the St Vincent’s chemotherapy scandal may have faced a “significant increased risk of death” as a result of the unorthodox dosage and type of drugs used. Doctors have not only criticised the l... more

Treatment: Cancer scandal probe widens

06 April 2016

The investigation of a scandal in which cancer patients died after being given incorrect doses of chemotherapy has dramatically widened. Senior oncologist John Grygiel stood aside in February after it emerged he gave incorrect doses of chemotherapy ... more

Tobacco: Fuming at smoke ban plan

06 April 2016

The state government is sticking by its plan to ban smoking in Victoria’s outdoor dining areas but not in outdoor drinking areas. Health minister Jill Hennessy says the proposal, which she hopes will be in force by August 2017, is a “sensible, propo... more

Research: Choirs tune in on cancer

06 April 2016

Singing in a choir may be just what the doctor ordered for cancer patients, UK scientists have found. An hour of choral singing was found to boost levels of immune proteins, reduce stress and improve mood. Researcher Dr Ian Lewis said: “Singing in ... more

Treatment: Dud kits blamed in cancer bungle

05 April 2016

A faulty batch of testing kits could be the cause of about 100 false prostate cancer diagnoses, says South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling, warning more heads could roll over the growing scandal. Mr Snelling yesterday said there had been a ... more

Tobacco: Calls for smoking bans in outdoor areas of pubs, cafes

04 April 2016

Beer gardens and outdoor areas of cafes would become smoke-free under a new Victorian proposal supported by more than a dozen leading health and community groups. The government announced last year that from August 2017, smoking would be banned in o... more

Nutrition: Fatty liver link to junk food

04 April 2016

West Australians are being urged to rethink junk food in a graphic new advertising campaign from LiveLighter program created by the Department of Health, the Heart Foundation and the Cancer Council. The campaign adds fatty liver disease to the menu o... more

Research: Ley to unveil new Medical Research Future Fund advisory board

04 April 2016

Health Minister Sussan Ley will today unveil a new advisory board, charged by eminent scientist Ian Frazer, to advise the government on investing proceeds from the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund. "The MRFF is the single largest investment i... more

Treatment: 'Hundreds of cancer drugs' to hit market

04 April 2016

An Australian Medical Journal article published today suggests that hundreds more cancer drugs are expected to enter the market during the next five years. About 91 per cent will be targeted therapies, "which is likely to make these medicines more ex... more

Tobacco: Plan to butt out balcony smokers

04 April 2016

People could be banned from smoking in their homes and on balconies under changes to property laws being floated by the Victorian government. Quit Victoria and body corporate experts say housing density and the rise of apartment living is causing mor... more

Research/Nutrition: Coffee cuts bowel and rectal cancers

04 April 2016

Research from the University of South California suggests that coffee cuts the risk of bowel and rectal cancers. The study of 5100 men and women who had been diagnosed with cancers in the past six months also found that the more coffee that was consu... more

Treatment: Cancer bungle backlash

04 April 2016

At least 100 patients were given false positive cancer results after a pathology bungle. SA Pathology Executive Director Ken Barr has been sacked over the incident. SA Health moved against Mr Barr within hours of the Sunday Mail reporting yesterday f... more

Treatment: 400 drugs drop in price

04 April 2016

Patients will pay less for more than 400 medicines from this weekend, with the price of some popular cholesterol drugs to drop $23 a script. Health Minister Sussan Ley has predicted some patients with chronic conditions that require weekly scripts co... more

Treatment: 'Laws broken' in cancer chemo bungle

04 April 2016

A cancer patient affected by a chemotherapy dosing error says he has discovered disturbing details about his treatment. Andrew Knox, 67, told the Weekend Australian that after three months of his own inquiries he had established some affected patient... more

Research: Menzies wins cancer grant funding

04 April 2016

The Territory's Menzies School of Health Research is one of our national organisations to receive grant funding from Cancer Australia to help support new initiatives for people most in need. The funding, totally $480,000 to the organisation, was awar... more

Tobacco: Mother's smoking changes baby's gene function

04 April 2016

Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA of their unborn babies, mirroring patterns seen in adult tobacco users, scientists have discovered. In one of the largest studies of its kind, international researchers analysed the DNA of more than... more

Research: Cancer crusaders' win

04 April 2016

Sydney scientists pioneering a world breakthrough treatment for cancer have achieved stunning survival rates in dogs with brain tumours in trials - the breakthrough is reported to have the potential to save thousands of lives. The researchers, who ha... more

Nutrition: Apple a day for life

01 April 2016

Eating an apple a day really will keep the doctor away, according to new research. The fruit appeared to reduce the risk of an early death in elderly women by 35% and seemed to have a particularly protective effect against cancer. The research was co... more

Tobacco: Smoking law change fears

01 April 2016

The head of Tasmania’s hospitality association has expressed relief his members will not have to police any new minimum legal smoking age laws, after receiving written assurances from Health Minister Michael Ferguson. But Tasmanian Hospitality Assoc... more

Research: HRT could help hearts

01 April 2016

Hormone replacement therapy soon after menopause may protect against heart disease, research suggests. Scientists found women who took oestrogen HRT pills within six years of periods stopping were less likely to suffer blocked arteries, which can ca... more

Public health: Chronically ill patients to try slow rebate trial

01 April 2016

Thousands of chronically ill patients will be able to receive tailored health services if they agree to nominate one GP and receive Medicare rebates at a slower rate under a trial the Turnbull government intends to roll out nationally. The Prime Min... more

Public health: One-stop shop for your care

31 March 2016

Seven million Australians with chronic conditions such as cancers, diabetes and heart disease will have to enrol with a single medical practice under a revolution in GP care to be announced by Malcolm Turnbull today. Patients will get to choose the ... more

Treatment: Failed drugs get new life

31 March 2016

Drugs that have failed to make it to market in the US and elsewhere are finding new life in China, including cancer drugs. Companiesare chasing a market where the best new global drugs face long delays while regulators clear a speedier path for Chin... more

Research: Cancer linked to vegetarian countries

31 March 2016

People from countries with a long history of shunning meat are likely to carry a “vegetarian gene” that is linked to a greater risk of cancer and heart problems, a study suggests. While this gene usually helps those who avoid eating meat or fish to ... more

Skin: NZ skin cancer heat rises

30 March 2016

Australia no longer has the world’s highest melanoma rates, having been overtaken by New Zealand. In New Zealand, melanoma rates are still rising: in 2011, it had 50 cases per 100,000 people. Professor David Whiteman, of the QIMR Berghofer Medical R... more

Research: Fight cancer with coffee

30 March 2016

Drinking coffee could lower prostate cancer risk. Research based on more than 550,000 men worldwide showed the likelihood of developing the disease decreased by 2.5 per cent for every two additional cups of coffee drunk a day. Researchers at the To... more

Research: Cancer light research

30 March 2016

A new frontier in cancer treatment is being explored. It involves the use of a novel technique to hack into cancer cells to disempower them. Every cell in the body has an electric charge that it uses to transmit communication signals. This techniqu... more

Tobacco: Smokes ban hitch

29 March 2016

A bid to change laws to create a tobacco free generation in Tasmania have struck a hurdle with a lawyer suggesting the world first legislation could breach consumers’ civil rights if passed. “While the lawyer found there were no real impediments to ... more

Tobacco: Cut-price cigarettes ‘reprehensible’

29 March 2016

Coles, IGA and Foodworks stores are selling cut-price premium brand cigarettes imported from Ukraine for as low as $20 a packet, in a move described by anti-smoking advocates as ‘‘reprehensible’’. The Ukrainian-made Imperial Tobacco cigarettes range... more

Treatment: Blood test to tailor care to each cancer sufferer

29 March 2016

A blood test that could lead to better treatment of inoperable pancreatic cancer would help to extend the lives of those battling the disease. The test can pick out whether a patient has an aggressive strain of the disease or if they have slow-growi... more

Treatment: Aussie scientist’s smartbomb cancer cure

29 March 2016

Professor Colin Raston and colleagues at Flinders University and in China have developed “smart packages” smaller than a human blood cell which latch on to tumours then bombard them with chemotherapy. The microscopic missiles use one chemical clue t... more

Research: Home a good place to die

29 March 2016

Authors of the Japanese study published in the journal Cancer said more than half of all people would prefer to die at home and the quality of death and dying at home is actually superior to a hospital. But dying at home happens only at a late stage... more

Obesity: Plastics chemical may be making us fat

29 March 2016

After years of health fears about chemicals in plastic food containers, now comes news that a chemical found in plastics could be making you fat. Scientists have found a chemical used to replace BPA in BPA-free products can boost the formation of fa... more

Nutrition: Star rating shines for picking food

29 March 2016

The Curtin University study tested consumer reactions to three types of front-of-packet nutritional labelling — the Heart Star Rating, introduced by the Australian Government in 2014, the traffic light system used overseas and the Daily Intake Guide,... more

Research: Risk test to identify skin cancer threat

24 March 2016

Scientists at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute yesterday launched an online tool to assess a patient’s chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancers – the most common type of malignancy – within a three-year window in people age... more

Research: ‘Junk’ DNA pointer vital to melanoma diagnosis

24 March 2016

Belgian scientists have found that a “junk” gene plays a role in almost all dangerous melanomas, raising hopes of a powerful new diagnostic tool — and treatment — for deadly skin cancers. Researchers from the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology hav... more

Research: Cancer no longer rules out children

24 March 2016

Most girls who survive childhood cancer go on to become mothers, a study has found. But boys who undergo treatment will find their chances of becoming a father significantly reduced. The findings, published in The Lancet Oncology, suggest modern fo... more

Screening: Millions of Aussies at risk of bowel cancer

21 March 2016

More than 8 million Australians (almost one in three people) will be in the "crosshairs" of bowel cancer in just 10 years, according to a report released by Bowel Cancer Australia today. The report, authored by social demographer Bernard Salt, says t... more

Research/Treatment: Charlatans and snake-oil salesmen ‘hijacking stem cell therapies’

21 March 2016

The promise of stem cell therapies has been hijacked by charlatans peddling untested cures for a “mind-boggling” list of ailments from sports injuries to cancer and multiple sclerosis, medical experts have warned. A science think tank has urged autho... more

Treatment: Prostate test sounds better

21 March 2016

Doctors believe a “revolutionary” sound wave being used to treat prostate cancer could be as effective as surgery or radiotherapy – and cause fewer side effects. A small group of clinicians in the UK are performing High Intensity Focused Ultrasound o... more

Tobacco: Put brakes on car smoking

21 March 2016

Child safety advocates say more needs to be done to prevent people smoking in cars with children, despite a decrease in the number of offences over the past decade. Figures show SA Police have busted 1154 people for smoking in their car in the presen... more

Nutrition: Burger ban call

21 March 2016

Health experts are calling for burger bans near schools to protect teenagers from easy access to cheap take-away, with two Victorian councils already taking steps to restrict fast food restaurants. New research from Deakin University shows fast food ... more

Treatment: Medical mystery to be solved

21 March 2016

For the first time up to 800 Victorian patients with the most difficult to diagnose mystery rare illnesses will be given access to cutting edge DNA sequencing to help determine the cause of their illness. The program will target target children who w... more

Nutrition: Jamie urges us to put tax bite on sugar

18 March 2016

Jamie Oliver has joined the chorus of health groups calling for an Australian sugar tax. The campaigning celebrity cook said Australia needed to “pull its finger out” and impose a tax on soft drinks following the UK, which will place a levy on high-... more

Treatment: Cancer jab hope

18 March 2016

A revolutionary vaccine that could cancer-proof patients after they finish their regular oncology treatment will be trialled in Melbourne from next year. The trial, which would involve three jabs after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, got... more

Research: Test on pill to light up cancerous tumours

17 March 2016

Researchers have developed a tablet that lights up cancerous tumours in a mouse’s breast tissue under near-infrared light. Current screening methods often identify lumps but cannot always pinpoint which ones are cancerous. In a bid to resolve this ... more

Treatment: Node hope for cancer victims

17 March 2016

Game changing Australian research may revolutionise the treatment of breast, throat and prostate cancer. A conference of top cancer radiology specialists being held in Brisbane this week has heard of remarkable clinical trials for new treatments tha... more

Research: Radiating a cancerous prostate carries risks

16 March 2016

One form of radiation for prostate cancer appears to increase the risk of men developing secondary cancers, but only by a very small amount according to a new study. Published in The British Medical Journal, the study found that externalbeam radiati... more

Treatment: Invaluable cancer carries high price

16 March 2016

Today Rare Cancers Australia releases its report Just aLittle More Time 2.0, which reveals the impact of rare and less common cancers on children, teenagers and adults. It shows rare cancers claim the life of one Australian child aged under 15 every... more

Tobacco: Cigs tax hijack

15 March 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s government is considering hijackingLabor’s plan to jack up theprice of cigarettes to $40 apacket, as it hunts Budget savingsto pay for income tax cuts Labor says its policy — quarterly 12.5 per cent excise increases until 2020 — w... more

Treatment: Rare cancer sufferers forced to go without

15 March 2016

Rare and less common cancers account for half of all cancer deaths in Australia and 7 per cent of the total national disease burden. But with less than 12.6 per cent of the PBS spend and only 13.5 per cent of cancer research funding, patients are un... more

Nutrition: Concern trade deal ratification will threaten food labelling laws

14 March 2016

Should a huge trade deal be ratified the Australian government could be sued by foreign companies if it introduced or strengthened food labelling laws, consumer group Choice says. In its submission to a committee examining the yet-to-be-ratified Tra... more

Nutrition: Sugar is slowly killing our kids

14 March 2016

Doctors and public health experts warn that while rotting teeth might be the most obvious side effect of high sugar diets on kids, the effect on brain function, learning ability and obesity risk are just as concerning. A recent study by the Boden In... more

Research: Dual drugs kill cancer

14 March 2016

A breakthrough discovery has revealed that breast cancer tumours can be killed in just 11 days. Experts found a new drug combination could destroy aggressive breast cancer tumours in a trial conducted in Britain. The study involved women suffering ... more

Screening: Women slack on cancer tests

14 March 2016

Young women living in Melbourne are the state’s mostcomplacent when it comes toscreening for a deadly cancer. Less than half of Victorian women aged 20-29 are having regular Pap tests — the most effective check for cervical cancer. The number has d... more

Tobacco: ‘New wave of quitting’ likely as we smoke less

14 March 2016

Plain packaging and higher cigarette prices appear to have done more than cut the number of people who smoke. They’ve also cut the amount remaining smokers smoke. Official surveys conducted by the Institute of Health and Welfare and the Bureau of S... more

Treatment: Safer menopause pill

14 March 2016

A new pill to treat the hot flushes women suffer during the menopause will not increase the risk of breast cancer – unlike the existing hormone replacement therapy. Developed by a team at Imperial College, London, the new treatment works completely ... more

Nutrition: Sugar mountain

11 March 2016

One in six Victorians is ingesting the equivalent of a wheelbarrow full of sugar each year, creating a surge in health problems as well as calls for a sugar tax. In an effort to cut the growing toll of chronic disease, Kidney Health Australia used y... more

Tobacco: Heart Foundation welcomes ACT’s tight e-cigarette rules

11 March 2016

The Heart Foundation has welcomed planned restrictions on vaporisers and ACT chief executive Tony Stubbs says while he would have preferred an outright ban, the ACT’s strict controls were an important first step. Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fit... more

Tobacco: Quick to light up the stage

11 March 2016

Theatre producers will be able to more easily obtain smoking exemptions for characters required to light up on stage following a change to the law approved by Parliament. Health and Arts Minister Jack Snelling had argued the existing process was slo... more

Research: Diabetes Aid Cuts Cancer

10 March 2016

A Danish study has found that treatment for diabetes may reduce a woman’s ‘breast density’, which is a significant risk factor for breast cancer. The researchers found that having diabetes controlled by diet or pills such as metformin decreased mammo... more

Nutrition: Eating white bread, potatoes, linked to lung cancer

10 March 2016

High GI foods, such as white bread, cornflakes, potatoes and popcorn dramatically increase the chance of developing lung cancer, according to a new study out of the US.  The largest study of its kind found people who feasted on such foods were up to ... more

Tobacco: Territory to clamp down on e-cigs

10 March 2016

The Canberra Times reports that the ACT government will become the first in the country to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and vaporisers, banning their sale to under 18s and treating them like tobacco. A bill to be introduced by ACT Health Ministe... more

Tobacco: Doctors urge end to e-cig ban

09 March 2016

Attila Danko, anemergency department doctorfrom Ballarat and leader of the New Nicotine Alliance Australia, will tell a Senateinquiry that e-cigaretteshave the potential to save thelives of smokers struggling tokick the habit. The New Nicotine Allia... more

Research: Career focus cancer link

08 March 2016

One in 10 younger women who develop breast cancer first spot signs when they are pregnant or breastfeeding, according to research. The number of women aged 45 and under diagnosed with breast cancer is thought to be on the rise – partly because more ... more

Research: Warning bell for cancer

08 March 2016

British scientists have developed a blood test which warns when skin cancer has returned to a recovering patient. Doctors hope the breakthrough will allow them quickly to tackle the disease before it progresses too far, saving thousands of lives. M... more

Physical activity: Sweating the big stuff

07 March 2016

A new studyin mice suggests exercise may change how the immune system deals with cancer by boosting adrenaline, immune cells and chemicals that, together, can reduce the severity of cancer or fight it off altogether. Scientists at the University of ... more

Research: Aspirin may halt cancer

07 March 2016

Taking just a quarter of an aspirin tablet a day could slash the risk of bowel cancer by a fifth, a major study has found. Harvard scientists found that those in middle-age who regularly took the painkillers were less likely to be diagnosed with can... more

Risk: Dodgy, deadly drugs warning

07 March 2016

Carcinogenic weight-loss pills, a toxic anti-cancer tonic and “men’s performance” medicines laced with viagra and antibiotics are all part of a tidal wave of deadly, dangerous and downright dodgy products being peddled in Australia. Last month, the ... more

Treatment: Single-dose cancer cure on the way

07 March 2016

Scientists are on the brink of being able to treat – and even cure – cancer with a single dose. They say the innovative therapies will hunt down and destroy every cancer cell, wherever they are in the body. The first patients could be treated in tw... more

Research: Genetic breakthrough shows blood cancer link

04 March 2016

World-first South Australian research has uncovered a genetic link to certain types of blood cancers – paving the way for a simple test to alert people if they have an increased risk of the disease. University of South Australia researchers joined f... more

Research: Vegan cuts cancer rate

04 March 2016

Going vegan could help ward off prostate cancer, research shows. Men who avoided eating all animal products, including eggs and dairy, were a third less likely to develop the disease, scientists found. Researchers from Loma Linda University in Cali... more

Tobacco: Illegal cigs a losing battle

04 March 2016

Wangaratta rural city council has told the federal government it’s wasted thousands of dollars and resources attempting to stop the sale of illegal tobacco and has been offered little support from law enforcement. The council has told an inquiry int... more

Tobacco: ‘Third-hand’ cigarette smoke a dangerous home deposit

04 March 2016

Scientists warn that “third-hand’’ smoke can lurk on walls and in furniture for decades, putting inhabitants’ health at risk. Even long after the smoker has moved out, their toxic legacy may raise the risk of ills, including diabetes, lung and liver... more

Treatment: Drug a cancer ‘game-changer’

04 March 2016

Thousands of women with advanced breast cancer could live longer after a “game-changing” combination therapy stopped tumours in their tracks. A new drug used alongside existing hormone therapy halted tumour growth for nine months in women with the m... more

Research: Stress spreads cancer

03 March 2016

In a new study, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences researchers Dr Caroline Le and Dr Erica Sloan discovered drugs used to block neural signalling can help prevent the spread of cancer cells. Dr Le explained that our lymphatic system, which ... more

Treatment: Cancer vaccine being tested

03 March 2016

A trial has been launched in the UK to test a new vaccine for terminal cancer. The immunotherapy trial will examine whether a vaccine is effective in stimulating the body’s own immune system to destroy cancer cells. Two patients have already receiv... more

Physical activity: Don’t just sit there

02 March 2016

Chairs are shaping up as silent killers for many Australians, with studies linking prolonged sitting to a 24 per cent increase in the likelihood of some forms of cancer, heart disease and other preventable diseases. A new survey by the Baker IDI ins... more

Research: Partners lift cancer survival rates

02 March 2016

People diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die if they do not have a partner, according to a new Australian study. Researchers from Cancer Council Queensland and Queensland University of Technology examined 176,050 cases of the 10 most common c... more

Treatment: Smart radiation treatment saves intimate functions

02 March 2016

A smarter form of radiation treatment for prostate cancer will be given to an Australian patient for the first time on Wednesday. It represents a new generation of standard brachytherapy, which has been in use for 20 years and which delivers radiati... more

Research: Genetic find raises cancer hopes

01 March 2016

Scientists have discovered 26 genetic variants that increase the risk of different types of breast cancer and may ultimately be used to better detect and respond to the diseases. Stacey Edwards, the head of the Functional Cancer Genomics Laboratory ... more

Supportive care/treatment: Cannabis drug to treat NSW chemo patients

29 February 2016

NSW cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will soon be able to access a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis. The trial is believed to be the biggest of its kind in the world. The state government announced the trial on Friday at the Chris O'Br... more

Tobacco: Plain drop in cigs use

29 February 2016

A government review says that plain packaging has helped people to quit smoking. The report indicates that plain packaging with health warnings were responsible for 0.55 of the 2.2% percentage drop in the number of smokers from 19.4 per cent of the... more

Nutrition: Bitter sweet soft drink tax backed

26 February 2016

Soft-drink labels shouldidentify sugar levels in terms ofteaspoons, a visiting publichealth expert says. New York University professor Marion Nestle, author of Soda Politics, has also backed calls from dismayed dentists for a soft-drink tax. Prof N... more

Risk: Payout of $100m for powder, cancer tie

26 February 2016

Women have been warned against using baby powder in their underwear after a US jury ordered a $US72 million ($100m) payout to the family of a woman who said her fatal cancer was caused by the product. Scientists insisted there was no need to panic a... more

Tobacco: Keep smoke age, retailer survey says

26 February 2016

Three out of four Tasmanians reject a proposal to increase Tasmania’s smoking age to 21 or 25, polling shows. Polling commissioned by the Australian Retailers Association shows 75 per cent of the 1000 Tasmanian adults surveyed in the past fortnight ... more

Research: Cancer secrets revealed

25 February 2016

A breakthrough by an Australian-led international team provides hope for a range of new treatments for pancreatic cancer, as well as a blueprint for unmasking other cancers. A seven-year study analysing the genomes of 456 pancreatic tumours revealed... more

Tobacco: Drawbacks to smoking help many to quit

25 February 2016

Queenslanders are rapidly butting out, with smoking rates continuing to drop and strict laws that will push smokers from public spaces coming into force this year. Queensland Health figures reveal 12 per cent of adults smoked daily last year compare... more

Treatment: A cutting edge hope for cancer

25 February 2016

Cutting-edge technology developed by UniSA scientists could revolutionise surgical treatment for cancer patients worldwide by pinpointing the spread of cancer and reducing follow-up operations. A new device, about the size of a mobile phone, was des... more

Screening: Beware the gene that raises your prostate cancer risk

24 February 2016

While the much-welcomed recommendations on testing for prostate cancer provide clarity, there was a significant omission, according to Allan Spigelman, an expert in cancer genetics. He says there were no recommendations for men with the BRCA gene mu... more

Treatment: Search, destroy

24 February 2016

New Melbourne trials are allowing doctors to hunt down and remove the tiniest areas of cancer hidden after the removal of a prostate. The cutting-edge process gives oncologists a chance to find and treat killer cancers, half of which had remained hi... more

Research: Cancer secrets search

23 February 2016

The seemingly miraculous survival of some Victorian cancer patients is being investigated by geneticists desperate to unlock their secret in the hope it might save others. With current science and treatments unable to account for the improbable long... more

Tobacco: Warning on bid to raise smoking age

23 February 2016

Anti-tobacco campaign group SmokeFree Tasmania has rejected the State Government’s proposal to raise the minimum legal smoking age from 18 to 21. Instead, the group says it supports the less complex and punitive option in the Tobacco Free Generation... more

Nutrition: Sugar tax would help cut flab

22 February 2016

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7 million cases of obesity in the UK over the next decade, according to a report. The figures will increase pressure on the government over its strategy on childhood obesity, which is due to be published in the... more

Public Health: Pathology payments are ‘ripe for reform’

22 February 2016

Pathology companies should be forced to deliver government-funded services without charging patients, in an overhaul that would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a former top health bureaucrat says. In a report, Blood money: pay... more

Skin: We still risk skin cancer

22 February 2016

Skin and Cancer Foundation consultant dermatologist Dr Chris Baker admits he is constantly frustrated at those who ignored the dangers of sun exposure. The figures are alarming — more people die from skin cancer (2000) than from road accidents (1200... more

Tobacco: Butt of a sick joke

22 February 2016

Queensland Parliament is set to debate the adoption of the nation’s toughest anti-smoking laws this week, yet places like hospitals still remain hot spots for the killer habit. Legislation that was introduced January last year banning smoking within... more

Tobacco: Smoking row spurs meeting

22 February 2016

Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson and Tasmanian Hospitality Association general manager Steve Old will meet early next month after Mr Old expressed frustration over his members being told by Department of Health and Human Services staff the ... more

Public Health: ‘Human error’ led to misdosage

19 February 2016

St Vincent’s Hospital claims it has corrected an error which saw 70 cancer patients prescribed lower doses of chemotherapy than required. Hospital spokesman David Faktor said the hospital had conducted its own investigation after becoming aware of t... more

Research: Cancer rates in women on the rise

19 February 2016

Rates of cancer among WA women have jumped, driven by an increase in breast and lung cancer, according to the latest snapshot. The WA Cancer Registry report, revealed rates declined for men in the past three years but continued to grow for women, re... more

Tobacco: Butt out – vaper plea on e-cigs

19 February 2016

More than 100 electronic cigarette users have petitioned a parliamentary committee not to regulate the vaporisers in the same restrictive way as tobacco products. The forms were distributed to stores that sell the vaporisers and then sent to state P... more

Risk: Veggies cut cancer risk

19 February 2016

Eating more vegetables early in life has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer, according to a new Harvard University study. The ongoing survey calculated the average fibre intake of adolescents and young adults and found there was up to 19... more

Research: Breast cancer hope

18 February 2016

Australian researchers are trialling beta blockers on breast cancer patients to discover if the drugs – used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety – can also stop the spread of cancer. The human trials run out of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre... more

Research: Hope in cancer findings

18 February 2016

Victorian cancer researchers say they are buoyed by findings from a US study that has seen terminally ill blood cancer patients in remission following a new treatment that reprograms the immune system to fight cancer. They say immunotherapy treatmen... more

Environment: Petition fails to stop use of herbicide

17 February 2016

Weed-killing herbicide glyphosate will continue to be used by a country Victorian council despite a push by residents to stop. A petition called on the council to use steam, or other methods, after a World Health Organisation agency last year said t... more

Obesity: Obesity speeds cancer

17 February 2016

French researchers have shown how obesity may speed the spread of prostate cancer. They say in obese men, fat surrounding the prostate facilitates the propagation of tumour cells. The prostate gland is surrounded by a fatty deposit called peri-pros... more

Treatment: Scientists acclaim cancer treatment

17 February 2016

Scientists say early clinical trials using engineered immune cells to treat patients with a type of blood cancer are showing “dramatic” results. Patients with tumours that are resistant to conventional high-dose chemotherapy showed a “dramatic respo... more

Nutrition: Fast food loose with warnings

16 February 2016

Fast-food giants have been  accused of hiding the kilojoulecounts of their food to promptVictorians into gorging ontheir most unhealthy products. A Cancer Council and Heart Foundation investigation has found only two of the nine major fast-food chai... more

Detection: Salvia Cancer test

15 February 2016

A  10-minute saliva test that could revolutionise cancer diagnosis has been unveiled. The "liquid biopsy" test looks for fragments of genetic material in a drop of saliva. Early results from testing in lung cancer patients suggest that it has “near p... more

Research: Cancers triple but more live

15 February 2016

New figures show that cancer diagnoses in Queensland will rise to more than 30,000 annually by the year 2020. Cancer rates in Queensland have more than tripled in three decades, however more people are surviving the disease. The figures show one in t... more

Treatment: University company to develop cancer treatment

12 February 2016

University of Canberra researchers hope to develop a new treatment aimed at preventing the spread of cancer within the body. University of Canberra’s Sudha Rao, professor in molecular and cellular biology, and her team were first to identify the rol... more

Treatment: Chance to reap cannabis rewards lost

11 February 2016

This week, the Turnbull government tabled legislation that will allow farmers to grow cannabis for medical use, and businesses to manufacture cannabidiol – a potentially effective painkiller – from those plants. If passed, the draft laws will ensure ... more

Nutrition: Favour the flavonoid

10 February 2016

A diet rich in fruit and vegetables has long been linked to maintaining a healthy body weight. Now a study reveals that those products containing high levels of molecules called flavonoids — including apples, pears and certain berries — may be assoc... more

Nutrition: Fruit keeps cancer away

10 February 2016

Eating fruit every day may boost the chances of surviving skin cancer. US researchers monitored 250 patients diagnosed with melanoma. Those who reported eating fruit daily at the time of their diagnosis were 46 per cent more likely to still be aliv... more

Public Health: Clinicians face axe over chemo bungle

10 February 2016

Eight clinicians could be deregistered after cancer patients at two of Adelaide’s biggest hospitals received incorrect chemotherapy treatment. Health Minister Jack Snelling yesterday told parliament the clinicians had been referred to the Australian... more

Public Health: Pathology set to fight $650m cut in funding

10 February 2016

Pathology Australia will attempt to kill $650 million in cuts for diagnostic tests such as blood tests and X-rays with a consumer campaign to run in 5000 pathology collection centres across the nation. "We don't want people facing situations where t... more

Skin: Don’t go cool on sunsmart message, health experts warn

10 February 2016

The Cancer Council is urging South Australians to remain vigilant about sun exposure “right up until May”, despite a small drop in the number of sun-related hospital admissions last year. SA Health figures reveal the number of people admitted to hos... more

Tobacco: Up in smoke

10 February 2016

Undercover police officers have smashed an alleged tobacco and drug importation ring by pretending to buy the illegal cigarettes for themselves. Taskforce Polaris officers spent a year infiltrating the alleged syndicate — which they claim includes c... more

Nutrition: Call for junk food ban

09 February 2016

Three-quarters of British adults want television advertising of junk food banned before 9pm, according to a new poll. The survey of about 1700 people, for Cancer Research UK, found 74 per cent would back a ban, while 55 per cent want sugary drinks t... more

Tobacco: Passive smokers also gain from bans

09 February 2016

National smoking bans do reduce the harm of passive smoking, particularly risks from heart disease, according to an updated review. The authors of the updated review, published in the Cochrane Library, said it provided the most robust evidence yet t... more

Treatment: Patients caught in prostate politics

09 February 2016

Men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer face a confusing array of treatment choices, each with its own price tag and idiosyncratic side effects. An international study that measured the long-term survival rates from different prostate cance... more

Nutrition: It’s time to get Tassie into shape

08 February 2016

Obesity expert Professor Alison Venn, who took the reins of the influential Menzies Research Institute last month, has called on the State Government to consider initiatives such as a sugar tax and advertising bans if Tasmania is to avert a health ca... more

Risk: Do you want to know how your baby may die

08 February 2016

It’s the modern medical test that could save your sick child, or condemn your entire family to years of torment and fear. Within a decade every Australian child with cancer will be getting a genetic test, according to Associate Professor Claire Wake... more

Tobacco: ‘Confusing’ smoke bans slammed

08 February 2016

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces a backlash over plans to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas but not extend the policy to drinking spaces, despite new research suggesting businesses would not be hurt if a wider prohibition was introduced. Whi... more

Treatment: Breast cancer treatment minimizes risk to heart

08 February 2016

In a WA first, women with breast cancer on the left side are being offered radiation treatment that minimises the risks to their heart. Women sometimes risk cardiac damage because the radiation beam that kills cancer cells can come into contact with... more

Public Health: Non-smokers worth bonus, say doctors

05 February 2016

The Australian Medical Association WA has suggested no-claim bonuses for non-smokers who take private health insurance. He said “25 years of rolled-gold health warnings” about cigarettes meant anyone born after 1960 should know better than to smoke.... more

Public Health: Premiums can’t rise at this rate

05 February 2016

Private health insurance customers could finally see a slowdown in the rate of premium rises, amid criticism of insurers for scaling back members’ entitlements. The nation’s peak medical body, the Australian Medical Association, has condemned some i... more

Treatment: The seeds of hope

05 February 2016

Treating prostate cancer with radioactive seeds offers the best chance of long-term survival, according to a new international study. But, despite the continued success of seed brachytherapy, the treatment remains a seldom- used option among the 20,... more

Research: Australia beats rise in cancer

04 February 2016

Australia is bucking an international trend in bowel cancer rates. Scientists have found that countries with high economic growth have about six times the number of new bowel cancer cases than very poor countries. But they cannot explain why a coun... more

Research: Cell-tinkering scientists close in on eternal youth

04 February 2016

US researchers have extended the lifespan of mice by more than one-third by ridding the rodents’ bodies of “senescent” cells, which no longer divide. The feat, reported in the journal Nature, supports a theory that a build-up of the cells is a prime... more

Risk: Cancer cases to rise if risk factors are ignored

04 February 2016

Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare indicates that by 2024, cancer cases in South Australia will have risen to 11,722 a year – up from a projected 10,137 cases this year. Cancer Council SA chief executive Lincoln Size urged peop... more

Public Health: Expenditure jumps to $6248 per person

03 February 2016

The public cost of Australian healthcare has grown about 4 per cent per year over a decade to $6248 per person, a report says. Public health experts said the growth was driven by factors including medical advances, the ageing population and an incre... more

Tobacco: Tobacco revenue running out of puff

03 February 2016

Government efforts to stamp out smoking have become so successful Treasury has been forced to downgrade its estimates for future tobacco excise revenue, raising doubts about whether planned Labor hikes will deliver all of a hoped-for tax boost. Roun... more

Treatment: Cancer drug offers hope

03 February 2016

Australians with an uncommon blood cancer will be able to have treatment after a new drug was added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Four in every 100,000 Australians who have myelofibrosis, which can enlarge the spleen up to 10kg, will now be... more

Environment: Exposure to asbestos occurring at home: report

02 February 2016

Overall rates of asbestos-related cancers may have slowed, but exposure to the toxic material is increasingly occurring at home, according to a report in the Australian Medical Journal. The report, said patterns of exposure have changed since the im... more

Nutrition: Fibre a lifesaver for teens

02 February 2016

Teenage girls are being encouraged to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to cut their risk of developing breast cancer. Researchers say the daily intake of fibre can cut the risk by as much as a quarter. And the earlier girls start eati... more

Research: Microcannon to blast skin cancer

02 February 2016

Scientists have developed microscopic cannons that can be injected into patients and triggered remotely, firing drugs deep into tissue. Researchers from the University of California San Diego hope the devices will revolutionise the treatment of many... more

Tobacco: Labor cigs tax plan a ‘budget risk’

02 February 2016

Leading budget experts say Labor's plan to use higher tobacco taxes to pay for fast-growing social programs is misguided and potentially unsustainable. The Labor opposition expects to raise $47.7 billion over 10 years by increasing tobacco excise dr... more

Tobacco: Nationals take $10,000 tobacco cash

02 February 2016

The National Party has accepted more than $10,000 in donations from the tobacco industry two years after the Liberal Party banned tobacco donations. The Australian Electoral Commission’s latest donor report revealed on Monday that international toba... more

Treatment: Cancer drug potential on trial

02 February 2016

A potential new cancer drug developed by Melbourne researchers is set for global trials after a $730 million deal. After signing the huge deal for the rights to license the drug, pharmaceutical giant Merck US plans to further develop the drug for cl... more

Public health: Doctors alert over asbestos

01 February 2016

Doctors have been warned to remain vigilant about checking a patient’s history of exposure to asbestos to ensure they do not confuse symptoms of asbestos related diseases with other conditions. A report published today in the Medical Journal of Aust... more

Research: $2 pill takes on cancer

01 February 2016

An inexpensive pill that has revolutionised the treatment of malaria – and is based on a Chinese herbal remedy – could be the latest weapon against bowel cancer. Scientists say artesunate could be effective for the thousands diagnosed with the disea... more

Skin: Be safe from the sun

01 February 2016

New recommendations provide clearer guidelines about how to maintain healthy vitamin D levels while reducing skin cancer risk, following community confusion about getting the balance right. The Cancer Council’s latest National Sun Survey found a qua... more

Skin: Skin cancer education slip, slop, slapping us into line

01 February 2016

Skin cancer education campaigns have saved 112 lives and prevented more than 13,000 cancers since 2006. A study by the Cancer Institute has revealed there is a $3.85 saving for NSW taxpayers for every dollar spent on skin cancer prevention campaigns... more

Skin: Many still slop but slip and slap slide

29 January 2016

West Australians embrace sunscreen like never before, particularly women and teenagers, but many still shun protective clothing. Two new WA studies show a wide acceptance of sunscreen, with 75 per cent of people citing is as the most effective way t... more

Research: Tablet ‘melts’ cancer cells

28 January 2016

A world-first trial by Melbourne researchers has shown that some blood cancer cells “simply melt away” using a new tablet treatment. Three Victorian centres are behind a clinical trial that has seen 80 per cent of patients with chronic lymphocytic l... more

Screening: Cancer test blow

28 January 2016

Only about one-third of Australians offered a free home bowel cancer screening test are using it, new figures show. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data reveals a participation rate of 37 per cent in 2013 and 2014. It comes as thousands ... more

Tobacco: Teens get smoking message

28 January 2016

The number of teenage smokers in NSW and across Australia has plunged to record lows, a result credited to high taxes, plain packaging laws and aggressive anticigarette advertising. In the 1990s a quarter of students would have been smokers, but tod... more

Nutrition: Scientists dismiss honey warning

27 January 2016

Research warning Australian honeys are the most contaminated in the world has been debunked by local scientists, with one bee expert in particular labelling it an "exaggeration". Dr Shona Blair, of the University of Technology Sydney, who is a micro... more

Tobacco: Tragic Terrie’s shock anti-smoking ads go to air

27 January 2016

Quit Tasmania is making no apology for a confronting ad campaign that urges smokers to ditch cigarettes once and for all. The Terrie’s Tip campaign, launched last night, tells the story of United States smoker Terrie Hall, who died at 53 from numero... more

Nutrition: Kids packing hidden calories at school

25 January 2016

Parents set to pack the first of the year’s 200 school lunches per child this week are being warned to be on guard for seemingly healthy snacks that are high in fat and sugar. The traps lie in schoolyard staples such as cheese and biscuits, packaged... more

Research: Genomes cancer first

22 January 2016

The first cancer patients have been recruited to the main phase of Britain’s ground breaking 100,000 Genomes Project which is helping scientists investigate the genetic roots of disease. They will join other patients with rare inherited diseases who... more

Screening: Gene tests ‘false flags’

22 January 2016

Women with a family history of breast cancer have been warned against relying on do it yourself genetic screening. A new study shows that many such tests raise “false red flags”. Commercial genetics companies can now test for up to 18 genes linked ... more

Alcohol: Cancer message

21 January 2016

Drinkers are most worried about alcohol warnings that focus on the risk of bowel cancer, according to a WA study. Researchers road-tested a series of cancer warnings on more than 2000 drinkers, finding that the one that most resonated was about an i... more

Nutrition: Sweet & Sour

21 January 2016

Australian honeys are the most contaminated in the world with natural poisons linked to chronic disease including cancer, according to international researchers. Pregnant and breastfeeding women in particular should be wary, experts say, with unborn... more

Skin: Sunscreen not halting melanoma

21 January 2016

A Townsville skin specialist has warned sun-seekers that sunscreen was not a reliable way of preventing melanoma, with two-out-of-three Aussies likely to develop some type of skin cancer by age 75. Dr Greg Canning of Hermit Park Clinic and Skin Canc... more

Screening: New ruling on prostate test

20 January 2016

Nearly 20 years after the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test was introduced in Australia, health professionals have finally agreed on recommendations for its use, ending fierce debate between doctors and health groups. The new guidelines rec... more

Skin: Skin cancer green light

20 January 2016

A green tea ointment has been developed to treat skin cancer. Netherlands researchers are testing the cream in a six-week study with 42 people who have basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. Patients will be given the green tea ... more

Screening: Cancer tests balancing act for ageing women

19 January 2016

Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at 40 or 50 is the issue they will all face: when to stop. It’s an increasingly complex balancing act as older women are living even longer. The risk of breast cancer rises with age. Bu... more

Obesity: Obese teens get drastic stomach ops to lose bulge

18 January 2016

Up to 100 NSW teenagers a year are having major surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs, in a desperate bid to lose weight. Medical experts are calling for the procedure to become part of routine treatment for those who are morbidly obese or su... more

Research: Cancer ‘brake’ found

18 January 2016

A “handbrake” for one of the deadliest forms of blood cancer has been discovered by Melbourne scientists. Pre-clinical trials achieved “complete elimination” of acute myeloid leukaemia. The breakthrough, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of ... more

Screening: Concerns over smokers’ lung cancer screening

18 January 2016

Lung cancer screening tests aimed at smokers with few symptoms of the disease may be causing more harm than good, as experts try to assess the merits of a co-ordinated screening program in Australia, doctors warn. Some Australian radiology clinics a... more

Skin: Young men warned to ban their tans

18 January 2016

Young men who are increasingly body conscious have taken over from young women as lovers of a deep tan despite the risk of skin cancer. A study of the Cancer Institute of NSW’s “Dark Side of Tanning” mass media campaign showed its cancer warnings di... more

Tobacco: E-cigs no aid to quit

18 January 2016

E-cigarettes do not help smokers to quit tobacco, a major study has concluded. Researchers found that those who use “vaping” gadgets are in fact 28 per cent less likely to give up traditional cigarettes. The study, led by the University of Californ... more

Research: WA trial to find silent cancers

14 January 2016

Hundreds of WA women are taking part in a trial of radioactive seeds that guide surgeons to “silent” breast cancers. Doctors believe the seeds — rice grain-sized pellets — could more accurately pinpoint small cancers that surgeons cannot feel, compa... more

Nutrition: ‘Healthy’ smoothies worse than Big Mac

13 January 2016

Health experts are dismayed that summer smoothies marketed as ‘‘98 per cent fat free’’ and ‘‘with an abundance of nutrition’’ contain more kilojoules than a Big Mac, and are urging consumers to steer clear. ‘‘Food outlets use phrases like 97 per cen... more

Research: Unhealthy shrug off grave risk

12 January 2016

People are reluctant to change lifestyle habits they know could be carcinogenic, new research has found. Of 2010 people asked whether they would change their lifestyles to reduce their risk of cancer, just 20 per cent of the 585 smokers said they wo... more

Skin: Backyard tan man feels new law’s heat

12 January 2016

An accused backyard solarium operator faces fines of up to $10,000 after becoming the first person to face court under laws banning commercial use of tanning beds. He is the first person to be charged with the offence in SA since the State Governmen... more

Alcohol: Why higher booze tax is good for you

11 January 2016

Cheap alcohol might be good for our pockets, but increasing the cost could reduce harm to our health says a new study. A price increase could reduce an individual’s consumption by as many as 11.5 standard drinks a week for low-income wine consumers.... more

Research: Popular chromium pills ‘cause cancer’

11 January 2016

Australian scientists say they have conclusive proof that one of the world’s most popular dietary supplements is converted by the body into a cancer-causing chemical. A 10-year study led by the universities of Sydney and NSW has shown that living ce... more

Research: Sugar link to breast cancer

11 January 2016

Sugar – it’s being blamed for all manner of ills from tooth decay to diabetes. Now it is being blamed as a culprit behind breast cancer. The high amounts of dietary sugar in the typical Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and also th... more

Public Health: Government hits back as backlash

08 January 2016

Medical groups and the Australian Medical Association are claiming patients face hundreds of dollars in up front costs, as the fallout grows from the government’s pre-Christmas announcement it would cut payments to pathology and imaging services. Bu... more

Research: Hybrid soundwave a ‘game changer’

08 January 2016

Melbourne researchers say they have created the first new class of soundwave in more than a half century, in a breakthrough that could revolutionise vaccinations, stem cell therapies and cancer treatments. RMIT University acoustic experts have combi... more

Screening: Benefits of cancer tests ‘overstated’

08 January 2016

Debate about whether healthy people should be screened for cancer has been reignited after a study found it does not saves lives. Writing in the British Medical Journal, US researchers said screening for prostate and breast cancers did not save live... more

Skin: Dark side of suntan

08 January 2016

The healthy glow many Australians still seek during summer has been likened by a leading dermatologist to an acute injury. The president of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, Dr Chris Baker, said what some refer to as a luxurious suntan is ... more

Tobacco: Stage set for smoking

08 January 2016

Theatre producers would more easily obtain smoking exemptions for characters required to light up on stage under a push by the State Government to streamline a system that currently has a three-month waiting period and requires the approval of the Go... more

Physical Activity: Brisk walk may be best

07 January 2016

Exercise could be the best medicine for many men with prostate cancer if the disease is caught early. Doctors believe walking, cycling, swimming and other regular physical activity may have the power to keep the disease in check. This would mean fe... more

Screening: Pap smear cost fear

07 January 2016

Health Minister Sussan Ley has slammed claims the removal of bulk-billing incentive payments for pathology services will leave women paying $30 for a pap smear. Pathologists have warned of potentially fatal consequences if women are forced to pay $3... more

Skin: Women risk cancer for sake of tan

07 January 2016

A desire for the perfect summer glow is increasing the risk of melanoma among young Queensland women. Research by Cancer Council Queensland shows young women are more at risk of developing melanoma than young men, with 140 new diagnosed cases among ... more

Tobacco: Smoking age rise to save children

05 January 2016

Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson admits raising the age of smoking from 18 to 21 or 25 will not stop underage smokers but could save the lives of thousands of children and grandchildren. The State Government is considering raising the lega... more

Research: Sugar boosts tumour growth

04 January 2016

Excess sugar in our diets could increase the risk of breast cancer, according to scientists. A study suggests the Western diet of fizzy drinks, biscuits and sugar in our tea could be making tumours grow more quickly. Mice fed a diet rich in sugar –... more

Research: Pregnancy protein’s cancer link

31 December 2015

A protein that helps new mothers produce milk has a more sinister role in breast cancer, helping the disease spread to the lungs, according to a study published today. Researchers at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have shown that the ... more

Skin: Total eclipse for tanning beds

31 December 2015

Hundreds of young WA women are likely to avoid disfiguring and potentially deadly skin cancers because of a ban on tanning beds that starts tomorrow. Regulations to ban commercial sun beds make WA the last State to outlaw the machines. Cancer Counc... more

Tobacco: Quit cigs and get a pay rise

31 December 2015

Smokers could earn the equivalent of an $11,000 pay rise and an extra four weeks leave in the coming year, according to health experts. The catch is that they have to quit the habit. Cancer Council WA says a person smoking a $25 packet of cigarette... more

Tobacco: US research suggests e-cigarettes no safer than the real thing

31 December 2015

E-cigarettes may be no safer than smoking tobacco, doctors have warned. Tests on whether the devices are linked to cancer have produced “alarming” results, with experts saying more research is urgently needed. The findings appear to contradict repe... more

Nutrition: Choosing products labelled as healthy is food for thought

30 December 2015

Scientists have found that if a food is labelled as a healthy option we tend to eat more of it. As a result we end up consuming more calories overall. The study was carried out by scientists at the University of Texas. “The findings suggest that t... more

Nutrition: Big plates an obese entrée

28 December 2015

The size of the average dinner plate has grown from 18cm to 20cm in the 1960s to 28cm to 30cm today. Experts say it is causing people to eat more and contributing to the obesity crisis, with 52.5 per cent of the NSW adult population now battling a w... more

Research: Visionary pill to give closer look at cancer

28 December 2015

Scientists have developed a new type of “video pill” - a swallowable camera that could detect throat and gut cancers more effectively. Tiny sensing system cameras swallowed by patients have been used in recent years rather than endoscopes as a less ... more

Tobacco: Strict laws to stop smoking a fizzer

28 December 2015

Tough regulations that ban smoking at beaches, playgrounds and other public areas have proved all but pointless after figures revealed almost no one had been caught since they were introduced five years ago. The WA Government strengthened smoking re... more

Public Health: Scan scam in cancer treatment

27 December 2015

Women with breast cancer are being denied a Medicare rebate for expensive MRI scans which are paid out for football injuries, headaches and back pain. The rebate – rejected recently by the Government’s Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) – co... more

Research: Killing cancer cells with tiny green robots

27 December 2015

Australian and German researchers may have come up with an alternative to the costly idea of using nanotechnology to deliver chemotherapy - genetically modified algae called diatoms. Most algae is squishy, but single-cell diatoms have a hard skeleto... more

Skin: West Aussies the least sun smart

27 December 2015

West Aussies are the least sun-safe in the country, according to a national survey. Research by Canstar found 53 per cent of people in WA often spent time in the sun without sunscreen or a hat, compared to 49 per cent nationally. It also showed 33 ... more

Skin: South Aussies are the smartest under the sun

24 December 2015

South Australians are the most sunsmart people in the nation, a survey shows. But as thousands slip, slop and slap at beaches and swimming pools on a hot Christmas Eve today, it’s also been revealed older South Aussies regret not protecting themselv... more

Tobacco: Smokes law ‘phased in’

24 December 2015

No Tasmanian smoker would be forced to go “cold turkey” under any new laws raising the legal smoking age, Health Minister Michael Ferguson says, and retailers would not face any greater compliance burdens under a reformed regime. Mr Ferguson said an... more

Tobacco: Smoking age no go: Dean

23 December 2015

Tasmanian Upper House anti-tobacco campaigner Ivan Dean has hit out at the State Government’s proposal to consider raising the legal smoking age to 21 or 25, describing the plan as impractical and unworkable. The Member for Windermere, who presented... more

Physical activity: Slim but unfit will live longer than ‘fat but fit’, study finds

22 December 2015

If you are overweight, a study suggests that even doing lots of exercise will not prevent an early death. Researchers say it is far more important to be slim, even if you are unfit. For years experts have believed it is possible to be “fat but fit”... more

Public Health: AMA, insurers dig in over health issue

22 December 2015

The doctors’ lobby has warned the government not to allow health funds to price insurance based on factors such as age and lifestyle, while attacking ‘‘junk’’ policies that don’t cover common procedures. Government budgets are under severe strain an... more

Research: Lucky discovery closes old wounds

22 December 2015

Scientific serendipity has led to an Australian discovery that promises to accelerate the healing of wounds. Researchers at Adelaide’s Centre for Cancer Biology studying a protein linked to the spread of cancer found inhibiting it made wounds heal f... more

Tobacco: Jail riot sparked by smoke ban rumour

22 December 2015

Victoria’s largest prison riot was sparked by rumours of a smoking ban and anger the canteen had run out of tobacco, a report has found. The riot at the Metropolitan Remand Centre at Ravenhall prompted a security upgrade at the jail, including repla... more

Research: Ravages of cancer hard to shake

21 December 2015

Children who survive cancer are being left with lifelong health problems almost as debilitating as the disease they conquered, so $4.5 million is being spent on research to discover less invasive treatments. About 1500 Australian children a year are... more

Tobacco: Push to ban smokes until 21

21 December 2015

The State Government is considering raising the legal smoking age in Tasmania to 21 or 25, under a plan to improve the woeful health statistics. The proposal, which would be an Australian-first, is among a number of preventative measures floated in ... more

Tobacco: Tobacco giant falls

21 December 2015

An attempt by tobacco giant Philip Morris to challenge Australia’s plain-packaging laws has been thrown out by an international tribunal. The Permanent Court of Arbitration yesterday rejected the case, agreeing with Australia’s argument it had no ju... more

Treatment: $1b drugs plan to get ‘cure’ for hep C

21 December 2015

The federal government plans to “cure” hepatitis C in Australia with a $1 billion investment in breakthrough drugs. The government will announce today the listing of multiple new hep C drugs on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme designed to treat 90... more

Treatment: Herpes cures skin cancer

21 December 2015

A new skin cancer jab made from the herpes cold sore virus has been approved for use in the UK. Called T-VEC it “teaches” the body’s own immune system to attack malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Some patients given the injectio... more

Research: Ovarian screening to save lives

18 December 2015

Some 200 Australian women a year would be saved if routine screening was introduced for ovarian cancer, one of the biggest medical trials in history suggests. The study, headed by University of NSW Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs, has found that one if f... more

Research: Blood test for cancer

16 December 2015

A blood test for cancer that could remove the need for expensive biopsy surgery is being trialled in hospitals in Sydney. Researchers claim within five years the disease could be treated by washing the cancer cells from the blood using a method simi... more

Research: Deadly Aussie skin cancer

16 December 2015

Melbourne scientists have discovered an Australian version of a deadly type of skin cancer, paving the way for innovative treatments for the fast-growing disease. Doctors have known for several years a virus is behind most cases of Merkel-cell carci... more

Research: Prostate op best option

16 December 2015

Prostate cancer patients are more likely to survive if they undergo surgery rather than radiation, a study found. The research, which has been published in the peer-reviewed journal European Urology, constituted the “most robust” analysis to date co... more

Research: Smart attack fights against liver cancer

14 December 2015

Perth researchers are using their patented molecular technology to develop drugs to combat a predicted global tsunami of liver cancer. The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has won a $530,000 Federal Government grant to ramp up its work us... more

Skin: Sunscreen makers cop a blast

14 December 2015

Sunscreen makers have been slapped down after tests for SPF50+ products found they failed to give promised protection. Laboratory checks commissioned by consumer group Choice showed four out of six popular brands did not match the stated sun protect... more

Skin cancer: Prevention better than cure

11 December 2015

Increasing investment in skin cancer prevention by 16 cents per person could save 140,000 lives, according to research being presented at the International Conference on UV & Skin Cancer in Melbourne today. Skin cancer remains one of the most exp... more

Research: Cancer fight accelerates thanks to $2 million grant

11 December 2015

A leading Adelaide medical research centre is to set up a Cancer Discovery Accelerator facility using new, cutting edge technologies following a $2 million grant. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation has awarded funding to the Centre for Cancer ... more

Research: Scan heads off cancer

11 December 2015

A new scanning test could help doctors pinpoint dangerous cancers before they spread around the body. The technique uses magnetic resonance imaging to map regions of oxygen deprivation in tumours – a sign that cancer is growing aggressively. It also ... more

Occupational Cancer Risk: Firie wins cancer claim

11 December 2015

A Northern Territory firefighting veteran has been awarded worker’s compensation for his bladder cancer linked to his exposure to toxic smoke. Less than 24 hours earlier Jock McLeod revealed his workers’ compensation claim for cancer contracted on th... more

Research: Cancer survivors focus on life’s silver linings

10 December 2015

Cancer can be good for you, survivors say, with many believing their diagnosis made them improve their lives. The Cancer Council Queensland’s 1000 Survivor Study found almost 44 per cent of people with cancer who had completed treatment said their d... more

Research: ACRF funds $2m cancer centre for new research

10 December 2015

The Australian Cancer Research Foundation will provide a $2 million grant to the Australian National University for a new cancer centre. The grant, announced in Sydney overnight on Wednesday, will establish the Australian Cancer Research Foundation ... more

Public health: Fat and unfit but fewer smoke or drink

09 December 2015

The good news is that Australians are smoking and drinking less than we used to. The bad news is that we remain stubbornly overweight as a nation, and we still eat terribly and don’t exercise quite enough. Those are among the findings of the Bureau ... more

Research: Drug hope for cancer

09 December 2015

Melbourne researchers have doubled survival times for advanced blood cancer in pre-clinical models through a combination of medications that shut down the “construction workers” of the cells. By giving a commonly used cancer drug with a new type of ... more

Public Health: Apricot seed ban

08 December 2015

The sale of raw apricot kernels, which can cause cyanide poisoning, is now banned in Australia and New Zealand. Some kernels are promoted as an alternative therapy for cancer treatment, but Cancer Council Australia warns they are not only ineffectiv... more

Research: Revolutionary plan for genetic goldmine

07 December 2015

Thousands of Australian kids suffering from rare genetic diseases would be diagnosed at birth under an ambitious new project. The Garvan Institute’s 100K Genomes Project would also save parents thousands of dollars in failed tests and make the $25 b... more

Skin: Little rays of hope in skin cancer fight

07 December 2015

Skin cancer is killing 500 people a year and costing the state’s economy $536 million even though 95 per cent of it is preventable. Meanwhile, senior citizens are risking their health by thinking they are too old to prevent skin cancer. Those are t... more

Alcohol: Cancer risk increase for big drinkers

04 December 2015

Enjoying a few drinks at Christmas parties is one thing, but experts are warning that long-term heavy drinking increases the risk of some cancers up to seven times. A landmark Australian study has estimated the risk of specific cancers associated wi... more

Tobacco: E-smoking with kids on the car banned

02 December 2015

Driving while smoking an e-cigarette in the presence of a child is now illegal across NSW. Laws that came into effect yesterday ban smoking while in a car with a child under 16 and displaying and advertising e-cigarettes and accessories in stores. ... more

Physical activity: Screen time parents’ biggest worry

02 December 2015

Worried parents have nominated excessive screen time as their biggest health fear for children, higher than drug use, asthma and cancer. The poll of 2000 adults by the Royal Children’s Hospital also found parents were six times more likely to be con... more

Treatment: Prostate problems: road less travelled just as effective

02 December 2015

Because urologists make the diagnosis, they are the gatekeepers of treatment and because they are surgeons, they are more likely to recommend surgery for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, says Sandra Turner, associate professor of radiation oncolog... more

Nutrition: Cereal offenders

01 December 2015

Junk food giants are exploiting advertising loopholes so they can categorise foods such as Coco Pops as healthy, obesity experts warn. A report to be released today into the self-regulation of the food and advertising industries claims sneaky tactic... more

Research: Appendix proves more than gut feeling

01 December 2015

A study has bolstered research claims that the tiny organ becomes a safe house for crucial gut bacteria when the body is weakened by infection or chemotherapy. The team harnessed breakthroughs in genomics to pinpoint the cells that help transform th... more

Research: Bold breakthrough

01 December 2015

A breast cancer breakthrough offers hope of early detection, prevention and treatment for thousands of Australian women diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease. An international team, including University of Adelaide researchers, has tracked en... more

Environment: Asbestos victims hit next wave

30 November 2015

New research shows a growing proportion of mesothelioma cases involve people exposed to the deadly building material in the home rather than the workplace. The so-called “third wave’’ trend will intensify over coming decades as more people who breat... more

Nutrition: Carr crashes sugary foods

30 November 2015

Former NSW premier Bob Carr has called for manufacturers of sugar-laden foods to be put “on notice” to change their recipes or face government regulation, branding them corporate peddlers guilty of child abuse. Labelling them money hungry corporatio... more

Nutrition: White veges cut stomach cancer risk

30 November 2015

Eating white vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower and onions reduces the chance of contracting stomach cancer. Beer, spirits, salt and preserved food raise the risk of developing the disease, according to a study by Chinese scientists. Scientis... more

Research: Medical team a big step closer to cancer vaccine

30 November 2015

A potential cancer vaccine has been successfully trialled in animals relies on DNA sequencing to map genetic information. It is now possible to sequence the DNA of cancer cells and identify the exact mutations, which are different for every patient.... more

Research: Pigeons use eagle eye to see cancer

30 November 2015

Scientists put pigeons in little boxes with touch-sensitive monitors that showed slides of breast tissue. Then the scientists trained them to peck a blue rectangle when they saw benign tissue and a yellow one when the slide showed malignant tissue. ... more

Nutrition: Eating apricot kernels a fruity idea

27 November 2015

Raw apricot kernels – touted as a cure for cancer – will be banned from sale. Evidence presented to Food Standards Australia New Zealand last week said eating large quantities can lead to cyanide poisoning and the Australia and New Zealand Ministeri... more

Research: Gluten fear raises bowel test worries

27 November 2015

The ‘‘gluten-free’’ movement and fast ‘‘McDonald’s-style’’ medicine may be driving people to have unnecessary and invasive bowel investigations funded by Medicare, a leading doctor says. New data shows people living in wealthy areas of Melbourne and... more

Research: HRT highs and lows

27 November 2015

Hormone replacement therapy doubles a woman’s chance of breast cancer, but her risk returns to normal when treatment stops, encouraging new research has found. The use of HRT halved after a 2002 study linked it to breast cancer, and the number of br... more

Treatment: Cancer knockout

27 November 2015

Pairing chemo and immunotherapy can deliver a double-whammy punch that knocks out deadly drug resistant breast cancer, new research has shown. Scientists who tested the approach on mice found that animals remained cancer free even after they were gi... more

Research: Shock therapy to blow brain tumours away

25 November 2015

Scientists have taken shock therapy to a new level, with electric pulses that can kill the most lethal and untreatable brain tumours. In a proof-of-concept study, Virginia Tech researchers have found a way of zapping brain tumour cells from the insi... more

Support: Male breast cancer treated second rate

25 November 2015

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia's Annual Scientific Meeting in Hobart has been told that men diagnosed with breast cancer require more specialised care, treatment and support than they are presently getting. Just because the numbers are r... more

Treatment: Cancer drug approved

25 November 2015

US health regulators have expanded approval of a cancer drug to treat an advanced form of kidney cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said the injectable drug Opdivo was approved for patients with renal cell carcinoma who have previously tried c... more

Tobacco: Smoking by teenagers a dying habit

24 November 2015

The number of Australian teenagers who smoke has plummeted to its lowest rate in more than 30 years of surveys. Figures show only 5 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds were smokers last year, down from 7 per cent in the last surveys in 2011 and 2008. It... more

Tobacco: $40 a pack: ALP risks backlash from smokers

24 November 2015

Bill Shorten would push the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to $40 in five years in a $3.8 billion tax grab aimed at cutting smoking rates and funding Labor election promises. Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen and health spokeswoman Cathe... more

Treatment: Progress on pills to treat cancer

24 November 2015

In South Australia, UniSA’s Sansom Institute’s Centre of Excellence in Drug Discovery and Development has made promising progress into developing new treatments for several cancers. Led by Professor Shudong Wang – who holds a Principal Cancer Researc... more

Nutrition: Small fry in fruit puzzle

23 November 2015

Primary schoolchildren are struggling to name fruits and vegetables but can recall the junk food brands that sponsor high-profile sporting teams, fuelling concerns big advertising dollars are feeding the obesity epidemic. A new study found NSW prima... more

Research: Test’s beacon signals new prostate hope

23 November 2015

South Australian researchers say a new test will ‘revolutionise’ treatment for prostate cancer patients, offering hope for millions of Australian men living with the killer disease. In a state first, South Australian Health and Medical Research Inst... more

Support: Grants for students touched by cancer

23 November 2015

The Cancer Council has called on the state’s youth to apply for Seize the Day scholarships for 2016. Cancer Council chief Penny Egan said the grants, to help with post-secondary education and apprenticeship costs, were open to Tasmanians aged 16 to ... more

Treatment: Cancer cocktails give hope

23 November 2015

Radical melanoma treatments being trialled in Perth hospitals are giving hope to patients with severe skin cancer. The “cutting edge” treatments were eradicating melanomas at extraordinary rates, according to Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Resea... more

Research: Locals shun skin cancer trials

20 November 2015

Overseas skin cancer patients are being used in Australian radiotherapy trials because of a lack of local volunteers, a researcher says. Professor Gerald Fogarty is calling on more Australian doctors to refer patients on to the multiple trials inves... more

Research: Locals shun skin cancer trials

20 November 2015

Overseas skin cancer patients are being used in Australian radiotherapy trials because of a lack of local volunteers, a researcher says. Professor Gerald Fogarty is calling on more Australian doctors to refer patients on to the multiple trials inves... more

Public Health: Car park cancer slug

19 November 2015

Cancer patients are being slugged thousands of dollars and even cutting short their treatments to avoid parking fines in Victoria’s expensive hospital carparks. Two scathing reports have found parking places a huge burden on patients. Nurses have t... more

Research: Test finds ovarian cancer

19 November 2015

A test that spots one of the deadliest female cancers with unprecedented accuracy has been developed by scientists. Described as the Holy Grail of ovarian cancer research, it can detect the disease in the early, symptomless stages when it is easiest... more

Treatment: ‘Lightning bolt’ zaps for prostate’

19 November 2015

New technology for the treatment of prostate cancer will target only the site of the cancer, not the structures surrounding it, which include the erectile and urethral nerves. The technology is known as the ‘‘nanoknife’’. St Vincent’s Hospital urolo... more

Treatment: Mums’ chemo breakthrough

19 November 2015

It is safe for mums-to-be with breast cancer to have chemotherapy while they are pregnant rather than delay lifesaving treatment, a national cancer conference has heard. There is no evidence the chemotherapy damages the baby if it occurs after 12 we... more

Treatment: The additional cost of cancer

19 November 2015

Cancer patients are experiencing significant out-of-pocket costs for their treatment at the same time as losing income at work, research shows. Experts say many mistakenly believe our free public health system protects them if they get sick. More n... more

Tobacco: Smoking set for a new ban

18 November 2015

Smoking could be banned in Sydney’s main shopping precinct and potentially other CBD locations after results from a trial ban in Martin Place showed a massive reduction in the number of people puffing on ciggies. A year-long trial smoking ban began ... more

Tobacco: WA tobacco promotion lashed

18 November 2015

Health experts say a State Government report on crop opportunities in WA’s north has made a “cringe-worthy” blunder by promoting tobacco as a high potential export product. The report, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Food, says tob... more

Treatment: Prostate therapy ends sex life for 100,000 men

18 November 2015

Almost 100,000 Australian men are living with little or no sex life as a result of the side effects of treatment for prostate cancer. Cancer Council NSW says an additional 40,000 with the disease have erectile dysfunction. These men were either not... more

Treatment: Cancer patients to pay

17 November 2015

Cancer patients will be forced to fork out more for treatment if federal Parliament passes changes to the Medicare safety net, a Senate inquiry has heard. GenesisCare, Australia’s largest provider of radiation oncology services, says capping the saf... more

Prevention: Women turn to knife to cut risk of cancer

17 November 2015

The number of Queensland women undergoing preventative breast removal surgery has skyrocketed in the past 10 years. Figures show an 876 per cent increase in the decade since the 2005 financial year for breast surgeries on patients who do not have ca... more

Nutrition: Call for fast-food labels with kilojoule count

16 November 2015

Heart Foundation Victoria chief executive Diana Heggie says it’s time Victoria caught up with its neighbours to help customers make better choices. ‘‘Victorians are eating out more than ever but most people wouldn’t know that a basic combo meal at a... more

Nutrition: US measure seeks to kick sugar habit

16 November 2015

Health experts have been nudging Americans to kick the sugar habit for years, and now it’s official: for the first time the US Food and Drug Administration is recommending a daily cap on sugar. The goal is for Americans to limit added sugar to no mo... more

Tobacco: $60,000 in fines for lighting up in the car

16 November 2015

Smokers who have lit up behind the wheel with children in the car have been slapped with over $60,000 in fines this year in NSW. Faced with a $250 on-the spot fine for smoking with children under the age of 16 in a car, 243 drivers and passengers ha... more

Tobacco: Tobacco crime soars

16 November 2015

Illegal cigarettes and chop chop are flooding Melbourne’s streets, with almost 15 per cent of all tobacco consumed in Australia now sold on the black market. New figures reveal the Federal Government is missing out on $1.42 billion as smokers turn t... more

Treatment: Rare cancers focus of crossmatch drug trial

16 November 2015

A new program could revolutionise future treatment of Australian patients with rare cancers, which account for a third of all cancer deaths. The new program, due to start within four months, will have the tumours of individual patients being cross m... more

Research: New effort in cancer drug trials

13 November 2015

Queensland brain cancer sufferers will be part of a new ground breaking international effort to speed up life-saving medical discoveries. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s head of research strategy Michelle Stewart said the new approach, called GBM Agi... more

Skin: Fake tans shine on

13 November 2015

Thousands of Victorians are embracing sun-free fake tans on the eve of the first summer since commercial solariums were outlawed by the State Government. Cancer Council Victoria backs tanning products as a safer alternative to sun beds but warns a ta... more

Treatment: Hope in blood test

13 November 2015

Thousands of women with breast cancer could have their treatment transformed by a simple blood test developed by British scientists. The so-called liquid biopsy picks up dangerous changes to tumours and could allow women with advanced cancer to live... more

Research: Ovarian test gives hope

12 November 2015

A new test could detect ovarian cancer at an early stage for the first time. Scientists have developed a method for finding the disease – often diagnosed too late – before symptoms develop. It is hoped the test, which takes fluid from the womb, can... more

Research: DNA proposal clears way for patents on genetic matter

11 November 2015

A landmark High Court decision that private companies cannot own naturally occurring parts of the human body has been largely rejected by the government body in charge of issuing patents, say furious cancer groups. Paul Grogan, director of public po... more

Research: Meat the new cancer risk

11 November 2015

A new study has linked a meat-rich diet to kidney cancer. The World Health Organisation declared that bacon, ham and salami raised the risk of stomach and colon cancer, and red meat was probably bad too. Now, University of Texas scientists — perhap... more

Research: The roll model for greater activity

11 November 2015

Australian children have scored only a middle-of-the road grade in a study of how much exercise they get when travelling to and from school. The national study led by UniSA researchers reveals that only half of kids ride, scoot, walk or skateboard t... more

Tobacco: New laws to target smoking and drinking

11 November 2015

Smokers and drinkers will feel the government’s wrath under a wave of health crackdowns planned for Queensland. Under proposed legislation introduced to state parliament yesterday, smoking bans would be widened and pubs and clubs would have to serve... more

Research: Bitter pill, but exercise ‘is best help’ for cancer patients

10 November 2015

Cancer patients are turning to vitamin supplements instead of dramatically improving their chances of survival through exercise and losing weight, an expert has warned. Professor Robert Thomas, an oncologist from Cambridge University Hospital’s NHS ... more

Tobacco: Labor to get smokers to pay for Gonski

10 November 2015

Labor is planning to raise taxes on cigarettes if elected to pay for the so called Gonski education reforms, potentially pitting a slug on smokers against any Coalition plan to increase the GST rate or impose it on fresh food. The increase would pus... more

Tobacco: Smokers to be hit

10 November 2015

The price of cigarettes would continue to rise into the next decade under a policy being considered by Labor. Before the 2013 election the Labor government raised tobacco excise by 12.5 per cent a year over four years. The plan was estimated to rais... more

Treatment: $125m cure in the genes

10 November 2015

A gene-mapping revolution is set to transform the way Australians are treated for cancer, heart disease and a range of mystery childhood diseases. The Federal Government will provide $125 million – one of Australia’s largest-ever medical grants – to... more

Alcohol: Bottoms up – beer might just be good for you

09 November 2015

‘‘Moderate beer consumption can be considered as part of a healthy diet since it may protect against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis,’’ stated a group of scientists from Italy’s Institute of Food Sciences, led by Dr Carmela Spagnuolo, last yea... more

Nutrition: Bubs are bulging

09 November 2015

Children as young as 12 months old are being treated for obesity in Queensland. Those attending the state’s leading childhood obesity clinic are weighing more than ever before and the cases being treated are more extreme. They include a 16- month-o... more

Nutrition: Vegetable oil cooking ‘linked to cancer and brain disorders’

09 November 2015

Cooking with vegetable oils releases toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases, according to leading scientists, who are now recommending food be fried in olive oil, coconut oil, butter or even lard. The results of a series of experiments ... more

Public health: Radical reforms to health insurance

09 November 2015

Private health insurers would be allowed to cover GP visits and common tests such as X-rays under radical reforms being canvassed by the Turnbull government that would shift Australia towards a more United States-style health system. Health policy e... more

Research: Find could end need to transfusions

09 November 2015

London scientists have discovered an antibody that forces the body to keep producing blood in a development that could remove the need for transfusions and help fight diseases. Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine found that ... more

Research: Kids’ cancer cure nearer

09 November 2015

Australian scientists have identified a molecular mechanism that contributes to the development of neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer triggered by embryonic nerve cells. The Children’s Cancer Institute research team led by Michelle Haber and Glenn Ma... more

Research: Work good for cancer survivors

09 November 2015

Women recovering from breast cancer feel work is an important distraction from thinking about cancer all the time, says a new global study. A study of more than 500 breast cancer survivors employed during recovery found 89 per cent believed work gav... more

Tobacco: Health tax on smokers

09 November 2015

Smokers will pay more for health fund premiums under a proposal to overhaul the ailing private health industry. Health Minister Sussan Ley will ask voters to consider the proposal to stop the huge jump in families downgrading their cover. The optio... more

Research: Cancer hope in new test

05 November 2015

A simple blood test could give immediate feedback on the success of cancer treatments — and detect relapses in “cured” patients — thanks to a breakthrough by a Melbourne scientist. Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson, from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has pr... more

Risk: Limitations and implications

05 November 2015

For $495, one Australian company offers a genetic predisposition test which looks for DNA markers associated with 37 diseases and conditions, including lupus, heart disease, vitamin B12 metabolism and type 2 diabetes, and reports on whether you are a... more

Treatment: Cool cancer treatment saves hair

05 November 2015

Freezing a cancer patient’s scalp to save their hair during chemotherapy has proven so successful that it has become standard practice at a Melbourne private hospital. A trial of scalp cooling technology at Cabrini Hospital allowed eight out of 10 f... more

Treatment: Zap cancer harder, faster

05 November 2015

Giving prostate cancer patients fewer, more powerful doses of radiotherapy could halve the side effects, experts have found. Changing the way in which radiotherapy is delivered could also save health systems tens of millions of dollars, the scientis... more

Nutrition: Raising the steaks on cancer

03 November 2015

Eating just one steak a week increases the risk of bowel cancer by more than two-fifths, a major study has revealed. Scientists warn that four portions of red meat – less than a single 285 gram steak – could make you 42 per cent more likely to devel... more

Skin: Skin cancer GPs under the Medicare microscope

03 November 2015

Authorities are investigating whether GPs marketing themselves as skin cancer experts are misusing taxpayer funded Medicare rebates. For more than a decade, specialist dermatologists and plastic surgeons have raised concerns about rogue GPs in skin ... more

Nutrition: Ditch Dairy’s anti-milk pitch slammed as irresponsible

02 November 2015

An animal welfare campaign urging people to ‘‘ditch dairy’’ contradicts official nutrition guidelines and has been slammed for advocating an alternative diet that could be detrimental to children’s health. The Ditch Dairy campaign also questions the... more

Public health: Patients turned away due to Medibank rules

02 November 2015

Doctors and private hospitals have been refusing to carryout surgery on some Medibank members after hospitals signed up to the fund’s controversial contracts. The nation’s largest health fund is asking hospitals to sign contracts where it will refus... more

Research: Adding fizz to medicine

02 November 2015

A glass of Coke could be an unlikely new weapon against cancer. Tests have shown it boosts the amount of medicine absorbed into the blood when patients swallow cancer pills. Researchers at Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands discovered the dr... more

Research: Doctors hold back on cutting radiation

02 November 2015

Some Australian doctors are ignoring research that could halve the number of radiation treatments breast cancer patients have to endure. Research has shown the typical number of radiation treatments patients are subjected to — about 25 to 33 — can b... more

Research: ‘Pit stop’ is best prostate defence

02 November 2015

Prostate cancer prevalence among Australian men doubled between 1998 and 2008 and more than 1800 men now are diagnosed annually in South Australia. Nationally, it is estimated that more than 120,000 men are now living with the disease, with numbers ... more

Tobacco: BAT moves from packaging to sue TGA on nicotine inhalers

02 November 2015

One of the largest tobacco companies in the world has sparked another legal battle with the Australian government, over its refusal to allow its electronic cigarette to be classified as a legal health product. British and American Tobacco has launch... more

Public health: Holes in the safety net

30 October 2015

Nearly 800,000 Australians with high medical bills will get back less from the Medicare safety net when they visit GPs and specialists under controversial changes. The changes will hit the chronically ill, pregnant women, cancer patients and anyone ... more

Research: Women’s pill helped men

30 October 2015

A gene-targeting pill for women may provide a highly effective treatment for up to a third of men with advanced prostate cancer. Olaparib, the first marketed drug to tackle inherited cancer mutations, was licensed last year for women with ovarian ca... more

Treatment: SA waits on green light for cannabis

30 October 2015

Medical marijuana will get the green light in South Australia if experts assessing an interstate trial find it has therapeutic benefits and is safe, State Parliament has heard. Health Minister Jack Snelling gave the strongest indication yet that the... more

Skin: Cancer body starts new tradie drive

29 October 2015

Cancer Council research shows many Australian workplaces are still neglecting their duty of care by failing to protect their employees from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Data from its latest national sun protection survey shows half of outdoor work... more

Nutrition: Australian red meat and sausages part of balanced diet, industry says

28 October 2015

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report that linked consuming red meat to cancer is a "blanket claim" that doesn't necessarily apply to Australian meat processors, says sausage maker Nick Kerr. "In the 20 years that I have been in this business, sa... more

Nutrition: Bacon and sausages can do harm

28 October 2015

A top Australian nutritionist has rejected reports that people should stop eating bacon completely. World Health Organisation research released yesterday showed processed meats such as bacon and sausages could cause colon cancer, and red meat was al... more

Nutrition: Snag cancer claims ‘taken out of context’

28 October 2015

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer this week classified processed meat as a group one carcinogen, with confirmed links primarily to colorectal cancer, while red meat warranted a group two classification because the evidence about i... more

Alcohol: Cut alcohol for month to say cheers to longevity

27 October 2015

Drinkers should take a month off alcohol to prevent serious illness in later life, an international study has warned. New British research shows how abstention can heal the liver and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Patients who gave up... more

Screening: Early detection crucial

27 October 2015

Almost half of all Australian women eligible for free mammograms are choosing not to participate in the screening service. This has prompted a reminder from the Cancer Council that minor inconvenience now can prevent traumatic treatment in the futur... more

Treatment: Massive ‘yes’ to medical cannabis

27 October 2015

Almost 90 per cent of South Australians believe marijuana should be made available for medicinal purposes, a survey has found. The survey of 644 Australians found 91 per cent – and 89 per cent of South Australians – believed medicinal use of marijua... more

Nutrition: Rasher diet choice

26 October 2015

Bacon, burgers and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, global health chiefs are to rule. The World Health Organisation is to list processed meat among the most cancer-causing substances, alongside arsenic and asbestos. Fresh red meat... more

Research: Dual fight beats cancer

26 October 2015

Victorian brain tumour patients who receive chemotherapy and radiation after surgery live significantly longer, a study has confirmed. Researchers say the first retrospective analysis of this treatment regimen, which became standard a decade ago and... more

Research: The Angelina Effect

26 October 2015

Actress Angelina Jolie prompted a doubling in the number of Australian women who had their breasts removed to protect against cancer when she went public about her surgery. The latest statistics to be released today show the “Angelina Jolie” effect ... more

Screening: Use kit or else

26 October 2015

Two-thirds of Victorian adults are throwing the free bowel cancer testing kits in the bin, despite 90 per cent of cases able to be successfully treated if found early The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, which since 2006 has been posting fre... more

Screening: Young alerted to breast cancer

26 October 2015

Young women should be alert to signs of breast cancer despite not being in the age group targeted by government-funded screening programs, experts say. The American Cancer Society made headlines last week when it decided to delay to 45 the age at wh... more

Skin: Cover up to avoid big burn, even in spring

26 October 2015

Medical authorities are warning people to be wary of sunburn as the weather heats up, with some cases requiring treatment in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Burns Unit. Director of research for the Australian Melanoma Research Foundation, Professor Bren... more

Research: Aspirin trial for cancer

23 October 2015

The world’s largest trial to see whether taking aspirin every day can stop cancer returning has been launched. The study will recruit 11,000 patients who recently had — or are having — treatment for bowel, breast, oesophagus, prostate or stomach can... more

Research: Post-chemo baby hope

23 October 2015

Women made infertile by chemotherapy could regain the ability to have babies. Scientists have discovered a way to bring ovaries back to life after they have been damaged by cancer treatment. The technique offers millions of cancer patients hope tha... more

Risk: No link fear, says expert

23 October 2015

Women who need IVF should not worry that their health is at increased risk after an overseas study found patients were a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer, a leading Adelaide fertility specialist says. Professor Kelton Tremellen, a gynaeco... more

Research: Slurp and scoff before you slip, slop, slap

22 October 2015

A ground breaking study has found that vitamin B3, as found in beer and Vegemite, can slash the risk of skin cancer by 23 per cent. A trial of more than 300 high-risk patients found that a high-dose vitamin B3 pill taken twice a day reduced the inci... more

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