Australian research has confirmed substantial under treatment of patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease. The new research shows that up to 70% of patients who are at a high risk of a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years aren’t receiving the care required to prevent these conditions. Findings also show that 50% of older patients who have had a heart attack or stroke aren’t receiving the care or treatments they need to prevent a second attack.
Today, at the ‘Council on Health Research for Development’ (COHRED) and ‘The New Partnership for Africa's Development’ (NEPAD) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and The George Institute for International Health release the report "Registering New Drugs: the African Context". The report issues new recommendations to strengthen regulatory authorisation processes in Africa for drugs against neglected diseases.
According to national guidelines, the best care for acute lower back pain is simple: stay active, avoid bed rest and take regular simple analgesics such as paracetamol. However new research has found that only 20% of patients receive this simple treatment approach. Instead many are referred for unnecessary imaging and prescribed more complex medicines such as ibuprofen.
New research shows that more than 70% of processed meats, cheeses and sauces contain unacceptably high levels of salt in Australia. Many other food products also had high levels of salt. These findings have been released by The George Institute to coincide with World Salt Awareness Week (1-7 February).
Key findings of the second G-FINDER report, an annual survey of investment into neglected disease R&D, were launched today in New Delhi, India. These show global funding for neglected disease R&D ground to a standstill in 2008.
Researchers at The George Institute have discovered that high consumption of coffee and tea is associated with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead author, Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, The George Institute, says that people who consumed on average three to four cups of coffee a day had one-quarter lower risk of developing diabetes compared to non-coffee drinkers.
New beef burger from Hungry Jack’s contains alarming levels of salt. The new Hungry Jack’s Double Angry Angus Burger contains 5.6g of salt - nearly one and a half times the recommended daily amount for adults.
Australia’s largest study of young drivers has revealed the significant impact of self-harm on young driver road safety. Of the 20,000 young drivers enrolled in the study, 4% reported self-harm. Researchers at The George Institute showed that self-harm behaviour was associated with a significantly increased risk of car crash compared to other young drivers in the study who did not engage in self-harm.
The new China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention will focus on research and treatment for the control of conditions such as stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes. The Center is hosted by The George Institute, China in partnership with Peking University Health Science Center.