NPS Medicinewise - What's new en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines What's new — NPS Medicinewise Focus on tests and treatments: do they always help? If your health professional asks you to wait and monitor symptoms instead of providing a script or referral for a test, procedure or treatment it may be in your best interest Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 High cholesterol: get the lowdown Raised total cholesterol, increases your chance of heart attack or stroke (cardiovascular disease) Find out what you can do about your cholesterol. Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Recommendations for managing heartburn and reflux Medicines to treat heartburn and reflux may be recommended if changes to your diet and lifestyle have not been enough to manage symptoms. But you may not need them long-tern Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Judging panel announced for the industry-first antibiotic resistance short film competition The judging panel for the antibiotic resistance short film competition at Tropfest, #savethescript, has been announced. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 HIgh-density lipoprotein (LDL) - what is it? High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a substance made up of fat (lipid) and protein. It carries cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood. Read more about high-density lipoprotein. Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 What we do NPS MedicineWise works with health professionals, consumers, Government and industry to improve the health of all Australians through Quality Use of Medicines. Read about our programs and work across Australia and internationally. Mon, 25 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Pledge to fight antibiotic resistance this cold and flu season The 'Winter is Coming' initiative urges people to make a renewed pledge to help fight antibiotic resistance this cold and flu season. Read more. Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 NPS MedicineWise presents: a creative challenge on antibiotic resistance Health professionals are encouraged to make a short film or community service announcement about antibiotic resistance for the #savethescript competition at Tropfest. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 Resistance fighter pledge A pledge to fight antibiotic resistance for doctors, GPs and other health professionals Tue, 19 May 2015 17:50:57 +1000 Know your numbers this World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2015 The theme of World Hypertension Day on 17 May 2015 is 'know your numbers'. Monitor and manage high blood pressure by checking your blood pressure. Fri, 15 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 Customer Insights Specialist (maternity leave cover) A Customer Insights Specialist, with experience in qualitative market research, is required to join our team in a client-side role. Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 2015 flu vaccine: navigating the choices Influenza (flu) vaccine formulations available this winter include a trivalent (three strain) vaccine and a quadrivalent (four strain) vaccine. Read more. Tue, 12 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 Low back pain — why imaging is commonly not recommended Low back pain: read Karen’s story to find out why X-rays are not commonly recommended for acute low back pain, what you can do, and what signs indicate you may need imaging Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Costs and reimbursements of MRI scans The cost of an MRI depends on several factors – such as if you are a private or public patient, your health insurance, where you have your MRI, and Medicare rebates. Find out more about the costs and reimbursements. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Medical imaging Medical imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scans, MRI and ultrasound provide a range of options. Find out more about these types of imaging (radiology), when they are used and their benefits and risks — including for children. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Know your imaging options Medical imaging tests include X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound. Read more about different methods of medical imaging. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 X-ray imaging What are X-rays and contrast X-rays; what questions to ask a doctor about the benefits and risks; and why they aren’t recommended for low back pain. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 When is an X-ray less useful? Find out when X-rays and contrast X-rays are less useful. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 Ultrasound Ultrasound (sonography) is a medical imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the body. Read more about ultrasound scans. Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 What are the risks with contrast media? Iodine-based contrast media are generally safe; however, occasionally people have side effects such as an allergic reaction Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000