NPS Medicinewise - What's new http://www.nps.org.au en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines http://www.nps.org.au/__data/assets/image/0011/167159/RSSlogo.png What's new — NPS Medicinewise http://www.nps.org.au Rheumatic fever rates high among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease are rare in affluent societies yet high rates persist among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, especially those living in rural or remote settings. Estimates for rheumatic heart disease in Australian children range from less than one per 1000 population in low- risk children, to 33 per 1000 in parts of the Northern Territory. Maori and Pacific Islanders and immigrants from developing countries are also likely to be at elevated risk. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Rheumatic-fever-rates-high-among-Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islanders http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Rheumatic-fever-rates-high-among-Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islanders April edition of Australian Prescriber out now The latest issue of Australia's free, national, independent journal of drugs and therapeutics, Australian Prescriber, is now available. Some of the highlights of the April issue include: Prescribing for people with acute rheumatic fever, Managing hepatitis C in general practice, Managing the drug treatment of rheumatoid arthritis Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/April-edition-of-Australian-Prescriber-out-now http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/April-edition-of-Australian-Prescriber-out-now Reducing Hepatitis C in Australia Australia has the potential to eradicate hepatitis C in the next 10–15 years, according to Associate Professor Simone Strasser, gastroenterologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Writing in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber, Professor Strasser says that the new oral antiviral treatments for hepatitis C are so effective and well tolerated that 95% of patients will be cured with a short course of treatment Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Reducing-Hepatitis-C-in-Australia http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Reducing-Hepatitis-C-in-Australia Early treatment key to success in rheumatoid arthritis The cause of rheumatoid arthritis might still be unknown, but an understanding of its pathological processes has advanced greatly in the last 20 years. In the April issue of Australian Prescriber, Dr Tom Wilsdon, clinical pharmacology registrar at Flinders Medical Centre, and Professor Catherine Hill from the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide write that these advances have markedly changed the way the disease is managed and as a result have improved outcomes for patients. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Early-treatment-key-to-success-in-rheumatoid-arthritis http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/Early-treatment-key-to-success-in-rheumatoid-arthritis Cutting through the complexity: new program on COPD from NPS MedicineWise NPS MedicineWise is launching a new educational program on COPD for health professionals. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/cutting-through-the-complexity-new-program-on-copd-from-nps-medicinewise http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/cutting-through-the-complexity-new-program-on-copd-from-nps-medicinewise COPD affecting 1.45 million Australians: but what is it? COPD is a lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. It is a progressive disease that affects around 1.45 million Australians. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/copd-affecting-1.45-million-australians-but-what-is-it http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/copd-affecting-1.45-million-australians-but-what-is-it Connect - Summer 2017 In this issue: CEO Update │Choosing Wisely Australia│Members Day 2017│Codeine changes│COPD medicines and inhalers Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/connect/2017/connect-summer-2017 http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/connect/2017/connect-summer-2017 Look locally before buying overseas prescription medicines online - it could save your life and your wallet NPS MedicineWise is urging Australians to explore all local options with their specialist or healthcare professional before buying medicines online that have not yet been approved in Australia. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/look-locally-before-buying-overseas-prescription-medicines-online http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/look-locally-before-buying-overseas-prescription-medicines-online Where to start with osteoporosis: GP survey results We surveyed Australian general practitioners about their management of osteporosis after participating in an NPS educational visit on this topic. Read the results of the survey here. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/evaluation/gp-survey-results/where-to-start-with-osteoporosis-gp-survey-results http://www.nps.org.au/about-us/what-we-do/evaluation/gp-survey-results/where-to-start-with-osteoporosis-gp-survey-results Will your medicines survive the Sydney heatwave? With temperatures in Sydney expected to reach the high 30’s this weekend, it’s important to think about how to look after your medicines. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/will-your-medicines-survive-the-sydney-heatwave http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/will-your-medicines-survive-the-sydney-heatwave COPD: navigating inhaled medicines management How to manage a stepwise approach to COPD management: Case study for GPs, pharmacists or nurses Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/case-studies/copd-inhaled-medicines http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/cpd/activities/case-studies/copd-inhaled-medicines COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Find reliable independent health and treatment information about COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals. Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease Professional development for COPD Find free continuing professional development (CPD) activities for Australian health professionals on COPD management. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:00:13 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/professional-development http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/professional-development Research summary for COPD A summary of key research on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from around the world. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:53:59 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/research-summary-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/research-summary-for-copd Clinical resources and tools for COPD Links to Australian and international guidelines, resources and tools to help you manage COPD. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:50:59 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/clinical-resources-and-tools-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-health-professionals/clinical-resources-and-tools-for-copd How to care for your inhaler Looking after your inhaler ensures it will work correctly and provide you with the right dose of your medicine. Find out how. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:19:52 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-care-for-your-inhaler http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-care-for-your-inhaler How to use your inhaler correctly Using your inhaler correctly is important. Find out about common inhaler mistakes and when to check your technique. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:17:16 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-use-your-inhaler-correctly http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd/how-to-use-your-inhaler-correctly Inhaler devices COPD medicines are usually taken with an inhaler device. There are lots of different kinds of inhalers – find out more about them and how to use and care for them. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:04:54 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/inhalers-for-copd How to look after yourself when you have COPD There are many ways to keep yourself as well as possible with COPD. Find out how to help prevent exacerbations and stay out of hospital. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:50:39 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/looking-after-yourself http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/looking-after-yourself Medicines for COPD COPD medicines include bronchodilators which widen airways in the lungs to make breathing easier, and inhaled corticosteroids which reduce inflammation and swelling. Find out more about COPD medicines. Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:42:32 +1100 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/medicines-for-copd http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/respiratory-problems/chronic-airways-and-breathing-problems/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/for-individuals/medicines-and-treatments/medicines-for-copd