Health News and Evidence

NPS MedicineWise makes it easier for you to stay up to date with the latest health news and evidence. Our articles provide independent evidence-based information about medicines, medical devices and current health topics.

NPS Health News and Evidence provides you with all the latest relevant information to help inform best practice. To ensure we provide the most appropriate advice, we:

  • review the latest evidence from peer-reviewed journals, systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • consult national and international guidelines
  • work with national health authorities and professional bodies 
  • seek advice from clinical experts.

Health News and Evidence articles will help you

  • Stay up to date with the latest evidence about medicines, medical devices and current health topics.
  • Review the evidence around a current health topic.
  • Employ practice points based on best clinical practice advice.

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Latest issue

Sugar: to blame for diabetes?

An increasing volume of journal articles and media stories are highlighting the potential role of sugar as a major contributor to ill-health, from CVD to diabetes. The WHO and NHMRC have both reviewed the evidence. How strong is the case against sugar?

Reducing paracetamol misuse

Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used over-the-counter medicines, however, misuse and accidental overdose in adults and children are of increasing concern. Patient knowledge gaps are a contributing factor and therefore, patient education about the safe use of paracetamol is a key component in preventing accidental overdose.

New therapies for hepatitis C

New direct acting anti-viral drugs are proving to be more effective, than current interferon- and ribavirin-based treatments, with less complicated and shortened treatment regimens, and similar adverse effects. This offers the potential to manage hepatitis C treatment in primary care.

Vaccination recommendations for the 2015 influenza season

Winter is approaching, and so is the flu season. Find out what’s new for influenza vaccines in 2015.