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A seven-year international study has found aspirin is not beneficial in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease for those aged over 70. The ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly) trial found that daily low-dose aspirin (100mg) did not...
Guidelines for stroke management have been updated. The time window for thrombolysis has been extended to 9 hours if brain imaging shows it will be of benefit, according to updates to the Stroke Foundation’s Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management.1 And, in...
Local community pharmacists play a vital role in improving health outcomes for LGBTI people and people living with HIV. There has been greater recognition of the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians among an increasing...
Cocaine has a long history of use in the treatment of pain and inflammation – and in recent decades as a recreational drug. Cocaine is an extract of the leaves of the coca plant, which has been grown in...
Up to 42% of an active drug can be lost through common crushing activities, a study comparing devices and methods has found. Via a validated UV method, researchers from University of Queensland used a white, round and scored immediate release...
Pharmacists can provide advice to breastfeeding women on using medicines that are compatible with breastfeeding and on how to minimise infant exposure to medicines via breast milk. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Discuss with...
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer and melanoma in the world, but studies have found that non-cardio selective beta-blockers such as propranolol exhibit anti-tumour effects. Before the age of 70 years, at least 2 in 3 Australians...
A medication that promises to alleviate symptoms of severe asthma is now listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) under Section 100, giving patients access to the potentially life-saving treatment.   There are 2.5 million Australians (10% of the population)...
Air pollution is making us sick according to local and global research, including a study linking exposure to air pollution with subsequent acute cardiac events. The health impacts of bushfire smoke are mainly mediated by fine particulate matter, which affects...
Pharmacists play a vital role supporting patients with chronic pain. Around 1 in 5 Australians experience chronic pain; this rises to 1 in 3 for people over 65 years of age. The prevalence of self-reported chronic pain peaks at...