Mental wellbeing

How to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing

Life is an opportunity to experience joy, love and create. We’re also liable to suffer along the way, and the global pandemic has presented many challenges to emotional and mental health. Here’s what the latest research shows you can do to overcome depression, anxiety and other psychological problems. When 5472 Danish citizens were asked to…

Blueberries

Blueberries: the brain food you should be eating

Blueberries are healthy, sweet, a little tart and make a great snack. But these little purple berries are a legitimate super food with a great deal of nutritional scientific research backing them up. We have probably all heard that berries of all types are good antioxidants. This is very true. Blueberries in particular are particularly…

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Chemists’ Own® Launch Chesty Mucus Relief Forte

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APP2021 attendees to hear from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer

Kos Sclavos AM, APP2021 Convenor and former Guild National President, today announced that attendees at APP2021 will have the opportunity to hear directly from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer (CHO), Dr. Jeannette Young. APP2021, a COVID Safe event, is Australia’s largest pharmacy conference and trade show. There’s just over seven weeks until the industry reconnects in…

Kindness

Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good – according to science

Everybody can appreciate acts of kindness. But when it comes to explaining why we do them, people often take one of two extreme positions. Some think kindness is something completely selfless that we do out of love and care, while others believe it is just a tool that we cunningly use to become more popular and…

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MGC Pharma delivers first batch order to Swiss PharmaCan, notches record sales quarter

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Varonis 2021 Healthcare Data Risk Report

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Healthcare

Targeted texts and peer support: how smarter health care can cut costs and help Australians with chronic conditions

Australia has a health problem. Our health system works well for acute conditions that require short-term treatment such as fractures, pneumonia and appendicitis. But almost 40% of us have at least one long-term (chronic) physical health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, a respiratory condition, or kidney disease. Chronic health conditions need to be managed over time. However,…

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Exopharm’s great LEAP forward gets an all-clear cheers from Finland’s Red Cross service

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Digital currency

Top 5 fintech predictions that will redefine the landscape of financial markets in 2021

There would be no wrong in saying that digitization faced an immense push during the pandemic year, especially in the fintech industry. Keeping in mind that rapid pace of increment, fintech advancements will lead us towards an unpredictable future according to numerous leaders of financial infrastructures.  What can we expect from fintech in upcoming years?…

Technology

Futurist Steve Sammartino on the 5 tech trends shaping the future of work

This past year forced incredible change on businesses in a short time, with organisations needing to adapt and pivot quickly to keep pace. This forced adaptation accelerated many current trends – some by three to five years, according to a global McKinsey executive study – while simultaneously causing new ones to emerge. In a recent nbn webinar ‘Digital Transformation in a…

Mindfulness

Can you make your brain work harder for you?

It has taken the chaos of two kids under three, chronically egg-stained clothes, zero personal space and returning to work to appreciate Eckhart Tolle’s message of mindful presence. That is, that by appreciating and accepting this moment for what it is, rather than existing in the past or future, we stop being dragged about by…

Fungi

5 ways fungi could change the world, from cleaning water to breaking down plastics

Fungi — a scientific goldmine? Well, that’s what a review published today in the journal Trends in Biotechnology indicates. You may think mushrooms are a long chalk from the caped crusaders of sustainability. But think again. Many of us have heard of fungi’s role in creating more sustainable leather substitutes. Amadou vegan leather crafted from fungal-fruiting bodies has been…

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Vic government rolls out $50,000 grants for SMEs to adopt or develop innovative tech

Victorian businesses can now apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding from the state government to put towards innovative tech projects.  Launched this month, the Technology Adoption and Innovation Program will see the government award $5 million in matched grants to businesses across the state.  Businesses will be required to contribute at least $20,000…

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Chemists’ Own Cold & Flu Range

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Why we shouldn’t be afraid of nightmares

Our understanding of the cause and treatment of nightmares has totally changed how psychologists treat PTSD. At the height of the pandemic, a strange phenomenon occurred – people started having weird dreams. The effect seems to have been most pronounced in those particularly affected by the virus and in countries with strict lockdown measures. Concerns about lockdowns, loved…

Mushrooms

The risks and rewards of our growing love of mushroom foraging

On a mushroom enthusiasts’ page on social media, a would-be forager posts an image of a mushroom they’ve recently unearthed, now sitting on a chopping board. “ID please?” reads the caption above. Underneath the image are a variety of responses: “Looks like Macrolepiota dolichaula.” “Bloody tasty,” comes one reply. “The vomiter,” someone else pitches in. “White gills, green spores.”…

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Cosentyx® (secukinumab) first interleukin-17A inhibitor PBS listed for non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA)

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Tea

New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea

Study results may lead to new blood pressure-lowering medications A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design…

Menopause

Why it’s so important celebrities are speaking up about menopause

They are helping to remove the stigma. Menopause – it’s something every woman goes through eventually, yet few of them talk about. Now, more and more celebrities are opening up about their experience with menopause in a bid to normalise it. Famous faces, including BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, former…

Comfort zone

How to break out of your comfort zone, according to a neuroscientist

You’re more prepared than you think. Alexis Fernandez loves the brain. This passion for its complexity became her life’s purpose: she returned to uni to study neuroscience, started the hit podcast Do You F***ing Mind? and helps people to align their physical and mindset training every day through tailored workouts and strategies. Be Bold is her first book. When we…

ACP Asthma Webinar

Pharmacists encouraged to attend webinar to help patients control asthma

Asthma affects one in nine people in Australia and in 2019, 421 deaths were caused by asthma – most of which are preventable.1 With up to 90% of people not using their inhalers in the correct way, it’s vital that pharmacists are up-to-date with the latest prescribing and asthma care information to support patients to…

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AbbVie Australia welcomes PBS listing for HUMIRA® (adalimumab) citrate-free formulation

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Telehealth

Globally, telehealth is big business. Here’s why money is now flowing into digitising mental health in Australia.

In Australia, government and peak mental healthcare bodies have invested $100 million toward accelerating investment in telehealth and digitised healthcare services. As wellness technology explodes in the US, Australia is looking scaling up its own investment, experts say. “By designing and delivering evidence-based care through technology, we can actually reach those people in a place…

Multi generations

“Essential to success”: Why business leaders must leverage cross generational collaboration

Today we are faced with unprecedented change and challenges like the global COVID pandemic, climate change, water shortages in regional Queensland and systemic cultural issues like gender equality and domestic violence in our society. These are not simple challenges, they are complex, and we must leverage cross generational collaboration to create a world that works. Research from Harvard Business…

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Analytica’s PeriCoach makes inroads in China, share price doubles

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Closing the gap: Why are big companies still getting away with not reporting their gender pay gaps?

Not all employers are reporting on their gender pay gaps. Indeed, some employers of significant numbers of Australians are failing to do so. New research on the gender pay gaps of nearly 5000 companies reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) shows that while the full-time wage disparity has fallen to 20.1% from 24.7% in…

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New adrenaline autoinjector for acute allergic anaphylaxis now TGA approved

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We don’t yet know how effective COVID vaccines are for people with immune deficiencies. But we know they’re safe — and worthwhile

The COVID vaccine rollout is underway in Australia, with people in phase 1b now eligible to be vaccinated. So far, we have two vaccines available in Australia: the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, approved for people aged 16 and older, and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, approved for those over 18. Evidence has shown both vaccines are safe and offer near-complete protection against severe COVID-19, hospitalisation…

Healthy ageing

‘Do not go gentle into that good night’: 7 ways to age successfully

Ageing is one of humanity’s greatest triumphs, yet the perception of ‘getting older’ sadly often remains one of great negativity. There is a choice for all of us: we can either accept that old age means to fade away, deteriorate and wither on the vine, or we can seize the opportunity to make the most…

Spinach

Load up on that spinach because leafy greens can make you walk faster??

Is there anything they can’t do?? We know leafy greens are great, but a new study has shown they offer tremendous support for one part of the body in particular. Just one cup of leafy green vegetables a day could boost muscle function, especially in your legs, according to a new study from Edith Cowan University. In data obtained from 3,759…

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Automation efficiencies

Recently, ITK had the opportunity to speak with Western Australian Pharmacist, Scott Braddock. We invited Scott to share a little insight into his automation journey and why this pathway has become a critical part of the pharmacy groups business model, moving forward, particularly during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Editor – How did your automation journey…

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Dimerix files patent, heralds promising new data in the use of DMX-200 as adjunct kidney treatment

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What Exactly Is Gaslighting? The Term, Explained

A psychologist breaks down the often misused word. Gaslighting might not be a new term, but it is one that has been thrown around a lot in recent times. Having said that, it’s not always used correctly, and with each incorrect use of the phrase comes the risk of trivialising the true meaning of the word and…

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Healthcare could see the biggest growth of any industry thanks to 250,000 new jobs over the next 5 years and massive government investment

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MGC Pharmaceuticals receives go-ahead for Phase III trial of COVID-19 treatment

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Coeliac myths busted: surprising foods that are and aren’t gluten-free

Did you know wheat glucose syrup is gluten-free? We spill the tea on the ingredients secretly harbouring gluten that you may not even know about. In honour of all the stoic gluten-free eaters out there who are avidly reading nutrition labels like it’s going out of style, we have decided to delve into the myths and folklore around specific ‘grey…

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Blooms The Chemist broadens CSR horizons to Africa

“With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic felt widespread across the globe, Blooms The Chemist in partnership with global charity The Butterfly Tree, has provided vital health and hygiene supplies to two Health Posts in Zambia; Mambova Health Post in Sekute Chiefdom, and Bunsanga Health Post in Nyawa Chiefdom improving the lives of the local community.  The donations include…

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Trent Twomey declared as Guild’s National President

The National Council of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has declared Professor Trent Twomey as the organisation’s next National President.Professor Twomey said he was greatly honoured to have been elected to the position of National President of the Guild. “This is truly an honour and I enthusiastically look forward to supporting our members and community…

Flexi hose

Unexpected risks – Flexi hoses

Imagine that you’ve closed your business at about 6 pm on a Friday. Unbeknownst to you, later that evening, water starts flowing from underneath one of the bathroom sinks. As no-one is there to see or stop this, it continues, with water inundating the entire building. By the time you’re aware of this on Monday…

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Recruiting for community pharmacy in 2021

COVID-19 has had enormous effects on the workforce and employment, and changed entire industries. However, there are some reassuring takeaways from 2020 for the community pharmacy job market. Firstly, community pharmacy was considered an essential service for Australian communities during the pandemic and played a significant role in response efforts throughout the year. Secondly, the…

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Important tips to improve and maintain brain health

If you had to choose between good physical health or good cognitive function, which would you choose?  It may surprise you to learn that more people fear losing their mind than their physical health.  For those of us who’ve had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a loved one slip away from Alzheimer’s disease, we understand…

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Chimeric a step closer to fulfil IPO pitch on its breakthrough cancer cell therapy

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Therapy

Why literally everyone can benefit from speaking with a psychologist

Counselling is for EVERYONE. There’s a line in Sex and the City where Carrie says to her friends: “I don’t need therapy, I have you guys.” But speaking with professional can benefit anyone, even when you think you don’t need it. Despite conversations about mental health emerging more frequently these days than perhaps they did 10 years ago,…

Child

What are breath-holding spells, the common phenomenon that causes children to faint?

It’s time to leave the playground but your 12-month-old daughter doesn’t want to. She gets angry, cries out loudly, breathing all the way out and then holds her breath. She turns blue around the mouth and faints. This is understandably very scary for any parent. But the good news is these episodes, called breath-holding spells,…

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The importance of the arts in the mental health battle

It was during the height of the coronavirus pandemic that I saw the real benefits of the arts. Engaging in some form of artistic activity helped many people in lockdown remain sane and mentally healthy. Deciding to do a bit of research on the connection between creativity, the arts and mental health, I discovered so…

Sleep

Aussies aim for wakeup call record as sleep deprivation takes its toll

World Sleep Day shines spotlight on effects of sleep deprivation 1 in 10 Australians are affected by sleep apnoea 80% of Australians are undiagnosed with potential life-threatening consequences A good night’s sleep supports immunity Affordable sleep tests bringing hope to millions Alarming statistics about the physical and mental impact of poor sleep on the health…

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My staff have been doing four-day work weeks for eight months. Here’s what I’ve learnt

What would your employees do if you suggested cutting their working hours down to just four normal length days, but said to them, “I’ll still pay you five”? Would they pinch themselves to check they weren’t dreaming? This is what happened last April at Inventium. Inventium’s chief executive Michelle Le Poidevin suggested to the team…

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PainChek’s ‘universal’ pain-detecting app approved in Europe, Australia

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Digital footprint

What is a digital footprint? How to protect yourself online, and keep your data from being used against you

Your digital footprint refers to all the personal data and information available about you online. Your active digital footprint includes your emails, social media posts, and other messages with your name attached. Your passive digital footprint is information you unintentionally leave behind, like your IP address. As the internet is deeply entwined in almost every…