Health

Platypus venom could treat type 2 diabetes, Adelaide researchers find

The team found both the platypus and echidna produce a long-lasting form of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1).

GLP-1 is normally secreted in the gut of both humans and animals, stimulating the release of insulin to lower blood glucose levels.

But GLP-1 typically degrades within minutes.

Lead researcher Frank Grutzner said his team was surprised to find the hormone was produced not only in the platypus' gut, but also in its venom.

Queensland's prostate cancer sufferers to try new 'body GPS' technology

Patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will start undergoing treatment within days now that the new computer program, Calypso, has gone online.

Queensland's prostate cancer sufferers to try new 'body GPS' technology

Patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital will start undergoing treatment within days now that the new computer program, Calypso, has gone online.

A voice to help Ostomates continues to call for help

An Ostomate is a person who has undergone a surgical procedure to create an opening in the body called a stoma, used to discharge waste. 

Janet Yaki, an Ostomate herself, registered the PNG Stoma Association in 2011 to be a voice and vehicle of Ostomates in the country.

Their theme this year is “Many stories, One Voice!”

But to this day, Yaki is the only Ostomate pushing the association forward.

“It is still very hard for Ostomates to find the courage to come out because of the stigma that surrounds them,” she said.

Doctors call for sweet drink levy to tackle obesity in Australia

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges, representing bodies including the Royal Australian College of GPs, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, has developed a six-point obesity action plan to tackle what it calls the most pressing public health issue.

Professor Nick Talley, head of the Committee of the Presidents of Medical Colleges, said urgent definitive action was needed.

"We need leadership, not just telling people to lose weight," he said.

PM calls on health workers to step up

He said health workers have enough training and knowledge but their commitment to work is very poor.

O’Neill added that only a few were working in challenging long hours to try and fill in the gap and serve our people especially in remote areas.

He also called on the medical board to review their structures and allow the government to bring in overseas doctors who are willing to serve the rural people.

“This is not to undermine the qualifications of our health workers but to try and bring health services to our remote areas,” he said.

Family planning key to addressing high mortality rate

Statistics from the National Health Department, revealed this week by Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, stated that our maternal mortality is 733 deaths per 100,000 live births.

PNG’s infant mortality is also too high at 45 per thousand live births. 

Kase said family planning reduces the risk of pregnancy-related death by 32 percent.

Kase said when women have access to family planning, infant mortality is reduced by approximately 30 percent.

“We also know that the education of women can reduce poverty and improve health and education outcomes for their families.

Catholic Church talks on collapse in partnership with State

President of the CBC, Bishop Arnold Orowae said the historical relationship between the Catholic Church and the State has great potential for good.

“But this relationship is poorly understood today and lies in tatters and needs repair without delay.

 “The Catholic communities call on Catholic men and women and others of good will, who hold power and distribute services, to carry out their responsibilities with honesty, fairness, and justice, while also exercising a preferential option for the poor,” said Orowae.

Partner and Lifestyle Choices Impact Obesity

By middle age, choices made by couples — including those linked to diet and exercise — have a much greater impact than the lifestyle each shared with siblings and parents growing up, say researchers.

PNG oral cancer rate soars

The Secretary of the National Department of Health (NDoH) Pascoe Kase said: “according to 2008 statistics, PNG tops the table for the Asia and Oceania region with 32.3 cases per 100,000 people.

“This translated to 504 mouth cancer deaths.

“Cancer is a frightening diagnosis, but treatable. The best thing you can do for you and your family is to know the early warning signs and seek medical advice if you are concerned.”

Kase said the only way to safeguard one is to abstain from some bad habits.