New RSV Vaccine: A Breakthrough for Respiratory Health

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a significant health concern, particularly for older adults who face higher risks of severe symptoms and complications. The recent development and release of the RSVPreF3 OA vaccine by GSK marks a pivotal advancement in the fight against this pervasive virus. This article explores the importance of the new vaccine, its […]

Revolutionising Asthma Treatment: The Role of Biological Agents and Advanced Diagnostic Tests

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Asthma, a common lung condition affecting both children and adults, is characterised by narrowed and inflamed airways obstructed by excess mucus. In 2020–21, approximately 2.7 million Australians, making up 11% of the population, were reported to have asthma. [1] However, the positive news is that these conditions are manageable with medication. Since the early 2000s, […]

Empowering Lives: Advanced Care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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The battle against Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is intensifying in Australia, with an estimated 100,000 Australians currently living with this condition. As IBD cases rise, the quest for innovative treatment and improved access to specialized care becomes more crucial than ever. IBD at a Glance: Symptoms and Statistics Rising Prevalence: With cases on the upswing, […]

New Anticoagulants – No More Blood Tests?

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Anticoagulants are medications that are prescribed to prevent blood clots from forming in blood vessels of the heart. When a blood clot forms in a blood vessel like a large vein in the leg (this is called a deep vein thrombosis), it can block the blood flow, causing swelling and pain. Blood clots can also […]

Valve disease treatment options

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Up until around five years ago if you suffered a heart condition called aortic stenosis (where one of the heart valves does not open properly and blood flow is reduced), or a related problem called ‘regurgitation’ (where a heart valve ‘leaks’), your only option was open heart surgery, a procedure referred to as SAVR or […]

World’s Smallest Pacemaker About A Tenth The Size Of Predecessors

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US medical manufacturing company Medtronic has created what is the world’s smallest pacemaker – the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS). It addresses two main issues with traditional pacemakers, which are… 1) The need to create a ‘surgical pocket’ under the skin size of a 50-cent coin but roughly three times at thick. This component must […]

Causes Of Chronic Cough In Adults

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Coughing itself is a reflex stimulated by ‘afferent’ nerves in the airways which carry a message of airway irritation or restriction to the brain stem, which in turn sends a message to muscle tissue to contract to create a cough via the ‘efferent’ nerves. The afferent nerves are sensitive to a range of both chemical […]

Is Gluten Bad For Me?

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A couple of scientific studies have come out recently indicating that perhaps following a gluten free diet for general health reasons may not be the way to go. The number of people following a gluten free diet has risen dramatically over the past few years, as a number of popular dietary approaches have recommended cutting […]