Blood test to detect deadly heart inflammation could be available within a year

Blood test to detect deadly heart inflammation could be available within a year

A £50 blood test that diagnoses a potentially deadly heart muscle inflammation could be available within a year, scientists have said. The researchers said this test would help identify those with myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle that can often be fatal – and get them early lifesaving treatment. The test is based on … Read more

Prostate cancer doctors call for changes to screening guidelines over fears about undetected cases

Prostate cancer doctors call for changes to screening guidelines over fears about undetected cases

There are urgent calls to overhaul the way general practitioners test for prostate cancer, amid concerns too many men are dying unnecessarily.  Key points: Prostate is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Australia Routine screening is not recommended for most men because of the risks of overdiagnosis However, some doctors believe guidelines are … Read more

GPs join forces to ease patients’ fears, explain Medicare rebate following rising cost of appointments

GPs join forces to ease patients’ fears, explain Medicare rebate following rising cost of appointments

It appeared on page four of a newspaper in regional New South Wales; an open letter from doctors and staff to the community of Bathurst, seeking to explain their position and why they may have to consider raising fees for some patients. Key points: GPs and staff have penned an open letter to their community … Read more

Victoria and NSW expand urgent care services to ease the pressure on emergency departments

Victoria and NSW expand urgent care services to ease the pressure on emergency departments

The Victorian and New South Wales governments have announced joint funding for new urgent care services in both states to take the pressure off hospital emergency departments. Key points: Victoria and NSW will establish 50 urgent care services in partnership with GPs Patients will not be charged and people without a Medicare card will be … Read more

Inflation Is Everywhere—Even in TV Commercials

Inflation Is Everywhere—Even in TV Commercials

As consumers worry about rising inflation and high gasoline prices, advertisers have found a new approach to sell everything from wireless plans to Cajun chicken. Walmart earlier this year pulled the plug on ads that were set to promote items such as fresh food and clothing after it concluded that inflation was first and foremost … Read more

COVID support payments must be balanced with debt, Victorian business lobby says

COVID support payments must be balanced with debt, Victorian business lobby says

Victoria’s peak business group is urging the federal government not to continue COVID support payments a day longer than necessary. Key points: The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the support payments would be justified if they prevent a widespread COVID outbreak Nurses hope the payments will help contain transmission and relieve the overwhelmed hospital … Read more

Gap CEO Sonia Syngal Is Stepping Down

Gap CEO Sonia Syngal Is Stepping Down

Gap replaced chief executive Sonia Syngal after a little more than two years on the job, making her the latest leader who has been unable to help the casual clothing company regain its status among American shoppers. The apparel retailer said Monday its executive chairman Bob Martin, a former Walmart executive, would serve as interim … Read more

Meet the GPS artists running and cycling one creative canvas at a time

Meet the GPS artists running and cycling one creative canvas at a time

Belinda Smith often begins her runs with a “round piece of anatomy”. “It might be an eye, or maybe a butthole,” she says. Because most of her animals are drawn as outlines, she begins and ends her run in the same spot on the map. “So it makes sense for the start/finish to be a … Read more

Screening of patients’ genomes for GPs to assess disease risk ‘is feasible’

Screening of patients’ genomes for GPs to assess disease risk ‘is feasible’

I t could be “feasible” for GPs to screen patients’ genomes – DNA blueprint – in order to assess the risk of conditions like cancer and heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers say tests can spot genetic changes that may have important implications for health, allowing preventative measures or counselling to be made available. … Read more

Stocks End Higher, Lifted by Retailer Results

Stocks End Higher, Lifted by Retailer Results

U.S. stocks rose Thursday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched a fifth consecutive day higher after strong results from retailers lifted sentiment across the market. Heartening reports from Macy’s , Dollar General and Dollar Tree helped counter a gloomier view of retailers last week, when results from Walmart and Target  raised concerns that rising costs … Read more