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Phage therapy .. a new frontier in healthcare
Hannah Devlin, Guardian UK Science Correspondent, reports that two US patients have recovered from intractable infections after being treated with a pioneering phage therapy involving genetically engineered bacteria-killing viruses.A 26-year-old man with cystic fibrosis, was approaching death after suffering a chronic lung infection.  After being given the phage therapy, his infection cleared allowing him to receive a lung transplant and resume an active life.And, a 56-year-old man with severe arthritis, showed a remarkable recovery from a skin infection that was taking hold of his body and which had proved untreatable with conventional drugs.  For more information see:  https://www.inkl.com/news/phage-
26 June 2022 by Trevor Rowe

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Vaxinia: an experimental cancer-killing virus
An experimental cancer-killing virus (Vaxinia) has been administered to a human patient for the first time, with hopes the testing will ultimately reveal evidence of a new means of successfully fighting cancer tumors in humans.  Co-developers of the oncolytic virus drug are the City of Hope cancer care and research center in Los Angeles and Australia-based biotech company Imugene.  The trial is for two years.Previous research has shown the drug can harness an animal immune system to hunt and destroy cancer cells.  Another monocolytic virus drug T-VEC (Talimogene laherparepvec) is used to treat melanoma in humans.Article:  https://www.sciencealert.com/first-patient-in
12 June 2022 by Trevor Rowe

Healthcare

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17 May 2022 by Trevor Rowe

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Know your healthcare rights
The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights that consumers, or someone they care for, can expect when receiving healthcare.  Healthcare rights cover:  access, safety, respect, partnership, information, privacy and the right to give feedback or make a complaint. These rights apply to all people in all places where healthcare is provided in Australia. This includes public and private hospitals, day procedure services, general practice and other community health services. The Charter's 1st Edition was endorsed by health ministers in 2008. The Second Edition, launched in 2019, is a great tool for all healthcare consumers.    
2 May 2022 by Trevor Rowe

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Type 2 Diabetes is reversible
Type 2 Diabetes is a silent pandemic.  Millions have the disease and many do not know they have it. It disproportionately affects Indigenous Australians. The total annual cost for Australians with the disease is $6 billion. Enough GPs think there is no cure and simply prescribe medications but there is evidence that body fat reduction reverses the Disease.  Dr Michael Mosley advocates rapid weight loss.  Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung advocates intermittent fasting.  Low carb eating and regular exercise are part of the solution.  In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service accepts that Type 2 Diabetes is reversible. 
21 March 2022 by Trevor Rowe

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Better tracking of Iatrogenesis
Iatrogenesis is harm or death resulting from medical treatment.  A 2016 John Hopkins University study found the annual number of latrogenic deaths in the US to be 250,000. Later studies  claimed up to 440,000 deaths: This is staggering when deaths due to respiratory disease were 150,000 per year.Some 90 countries use the World Health Organisation's ICD (International Classification of Diseases) as the basis mortality statistics, which determine medical research funding and public health programs. But, there is a problem.  To date the ICD has not included medical treatment or medical errors.  Changing the ICD may just transform healthcare. 
6 March 2022 by Trevor Rowe