Leading medical researchers from Australia’s George Institute for Global Health are surprised by recent statements made by a Western Australian Member of Parliament, Hon. Carol Anne Martin MLA, who is calling for the removal of the alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley towns of Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. The George Institute considers these statements a disappointing response to the positive community impacts of the alcohol restriction.
A new study by The George Institute has found Tai Chi to have positive health benefits for musculoskeletal pain. The results of the first comprehensive analysis of Tai Chi suggest that it produces positive effects for improving pain and disability among arthritis sufferers.
A new study that examined the effects of stretching has found that stretching does not reduce the overall risk of injury, but does reduce soreness and risk of injury to muscles, tendons and ligaments. The main purpose of ‘The Stretching Study’ was to determine whether stretching reduces the risk of injury and prevents soreness in people who participate recreationally in physical activity.
A new global study has found that lifestyle risk factors such as alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are important risk factors for bowel cancer. Researchers have shown that people who consume the largest quantities of alcohol (equivalent to > 7 drinks per week) have 60% greater risk of developing the cancer, compared with non-drinkers.
A new study has found that families in China face considerable economic hardship following stroke, and it is not uncommon for health care costs to push families below the poverty line. The large study shows over 70% of stroke survivors in China experience a catastrophic impact on their financial situation due to loss of income and cost of health care.
A new study has shown low-cost, effective treatments for the prevention of cardiovascular disease are rarely administered in rural India, where stroke and heart attack are the leading causes of death. The study was undertaken in a rural region of southern India where one-third of deaths are due to cardiovascular disease and there is limited use of low-cost evidence-based therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease.
The current practice of intensively lowering blood glucose in critically ill patients increases the risk of death by 10%. Results of the largest trial of intensive glucose lowering in critically ill patients published today in The New England Journal of Medicine indicate that international clinical guidelines need urgent review.
Health aid contributes 60% of funding to the Solomon Islands. The Islands have considerable health concerns including a double burden of both infectious and chronic diseases. This, coupled with damages from natural disasters, political instability and tensions between ethnic groups means most Islands in the Pacific, rely heavily on donations and externally funded programs. According to Australian research conducted in the Solomon Islands, simple cooperation between agencies and local governments is the key to good health care aid.
A new analysis from the largest study of type 2 diabetes treatments has shown that while atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat) is relatively common in patients with type 2 diabetes and substantially increases risk of death, these patients can be better protected against death by intensive blood pressure lowering treatment. The findings are published today in the European Heart Journal.