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Vaping causes harm and addiction in 'new generation' of users, major report warns

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The growing use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, in Australia poses a "serious public health risk" and threatens to introduce a new generation to smoking. That's according to the authors of a major new government report into the health effects of e-cigarettes, which found vaping can be harmful, particularly for non-smokers and...

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Clinical trials to begin on two new COVID-19 vaccines developed by Melbourne researchers

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Clinical trials are set to begin on two new COVID-19 vaccines being developed in Melbourne that researchers say may improve immunity to the The two vaccines were created by researchers at the Doherty Institute and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS). The trials will assess the effectiveness of the vaccines as a fourth dose...

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COVID pills, a holy grail vaccine and 'immune fitness': Why there's a virus 'recalibration' coming

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Kerry Chant probably summed it up best: "All of us just want COVID to be gone." The NSW Chief Health Officer was speaking at a press conference earlier this month and said while the idea of the virus vanishing was not possible, 2022 would be a year of "recalibration". All states and territories in Australia are now li...

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COVID-19 rapid antigen self-tests that are approved in Australia

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The TGA has approved the following COVID-19 self-tests (home use tests) for supply in Australia from 1 November 2021. Please refer to the instructions on how to use each test (that are provided in the table below) for further information on what sample types the test can be used with (e.g. nasal swab or saliva). The TGA's performanc...

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'Feel good' brain messenger can be willfully controlled, new study reveals

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From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain's "feel good" chemical related to reward and pleasure. A ubiquitous neurotransmitter that carries signals between brain cells, dopamine...

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Experimental drug shows potential against Alzheimer's disease

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Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed an experimental drug that reversed key symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice. The drug works by reinvigorating a cellular cleaning mechanism that gets rid of unwanted proteins by digesting and recycling them. The study was published online today in the journal Cell. "Dis...

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Brendan Murphy says CSL will reach a million COVID vaccines a week soon

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The head of the Health Department has outlined some of the reasons why Australia's local production of the AstraZeneca vaccine has not hit its original goal of a million doses a week. Key points: CSL made around 830,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first week of local production Batch release and manufacturing work fl...

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses have better efficacy when given 12 weeks apart, study finds

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Waiting three months between the first and second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine results in high efficacy, backing current recommendations from Australian authorities, new research shows. Key points: Australia's regulator recommends a 12-week gap between AstraZeneca doses Research in The Lancet shows the first of the two ja...

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The first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine have arrived. What happens next?

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Australia has doubled its coronavirus vaccine stocks after hundreds of thousands of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were flown into Sydney on Sunday. The federal government says it hopes the new vaccine will be going into people's arms from Monday, March 8. What happened on Sunday? Three hundred thousand doses of the Oxford-Ast...

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'Gamechanger' drug for treating obesity cuts body weight by 20 percent

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One third (35%) of people who took a new drug for treating obesity lost more than one-fifth (greater than or equal to 20%) of their total body weight, according to a major global study involving UCL researchers. The findings from the large-scale international trial, published today in the New England Journal for Medicine, are being hailed as a...

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