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December 2010

Wednesday 1 December, 2010


Breakthrough in lung cancer research

Wednesday 22 December 2010
Australian and international researchers have announced a potential breakthrough in lung cancer research - linking it to a genetic mutation for which blocking drugs already exist.

How to avoid overindulging this Christmas season

Wednesday 22 December 2010
Ah, Christmas! The time of plum pudding, mince pies, roast meat, cold ham, chocolate ... all washed down with a few glasses of wine. But overeating and drinking one-too-many sherries can leave you feeling far from festive. Here's the good news, it is avoidable, check out our tips to find out how.

Fruit and veg - do they prevent cancer?

Friday 17 December 2010
The amount of information out there about diet is overwhelming, and often contradictory. Check out the latest blog entry and join the discussion around whether fruit and veggies can help prevent cancer.

SunSmart calls on festivals to join the fight against skin cancer

Tuesday 14 December 2010
SunSmart is urging all festivals to join the fight against skin cancer by ensuring the provision of adequate sunscreen for festival-goers this summer after receiving a spate of complaints about the confiscation of sunscreen.

Health bodies call for crackdown on alcoholic energy drink manufacturers

Monday 13 December 2010
A coalition of health organisations has called on the State and Federal Health and Consumer Affairs Departments to follow the US example and push manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks to withdraw their products from sale.

Going to the dark side

Friday 10 December 2010
From the dark side of cake to the dark side of tanning, may the force be with you this summer as we find out why there's nothing healthy about a tan and new research shows sunscreen as the lightsaber against melanoma.

Government subsidises nicotine patches, giving smokers support they need to quit

Thursday 9 December 2010
Australia's three million smokers will have more reason to quit, after the federal government today committed to funding nicotine patches on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Win the Golden Ticket!

Thursday 9 December 2010
SunSmart is joining up with Golden Plains this summer to offer sun savvy music fans two free tickets to the epic music festival that takes place on 12-14 March 2011.

An aspirin a day

Wednesday 8 December 2010
The media is abuzz today with stories about aspirin cutting cancer risk. We look behind the headlines to ask: does an aspirin a day, really keep the doctor away?

87% of Australians support traffic light labelling on front of food packs

Thursday 2 December 2010
A leading coalition of health groups, the Obesity Policy Coalition, has appealed to the Food Labelling Review panel to prioritise public health when it presents its final report to the Food Standards Ministerial Council tomorrow.

Dark Side of Tanning campaign conveys deadly message to young Victorians this summer

Thursday 2 December 2010
With summer approaching, SunSmart is launching a graphic melanoma awareness campaign targeting young people and urging all Victorians to be better prepared for the outdoors this season.

Coping with cancer over Christmas

Wednesday 1 December 2010
Celebrating Christmas can be difficult for people who have experienced a major change or loss in their life. Feelings of loneliness, isolation and sadness are common and Christmas traditions can be painful reminders of how different life has become.