Monoclonal antibodies useful for fight against COVID variants

A monoclonal antibody 'cocktail' could prove a game changer for COVID-19 prevention after a trial found it reduced the risk of coronavirus transmission by 81 per cent.


Key to helping the immune system respond best to a COVID jab

Exercise can help boost the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations and reduce the risk of side-effects, researchers say.

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Best treatment for bedtime performance anxiety

The therapy experts say this is safer and more effective for treating insomnia than medications.


Is it okay to take out-of-date medication?

Out-of-date medicines and pills can probably be found lingering at the back of cabinets and drawers in many households. But can medication that’s passed its…


Blood pressure medication helps even the frailest seniors live longer

Taking prescription blood pressure medication helped all elderly patients live longer, large study finds.


Why is my poo green?

It’s happened to many of us at some point in our lives: we finish our bowel movement, look down in the bowl and have a moment of panic when we see an unusual colour.


Common questions for pharmacists

From how to get a good night’s sleep to drinking alcohol while on antibiotics, five pharmacists tell us about their most asked questions.


New principles for medication management

Researchers from Monash University have led an international collaboration in the development of consensus principles for medication management in frail older people.


Foods that don’t mix with medicine

Food can affect how medication gets absorbed into the body and how fast it is metabolised. These interactions can render a prescription ineffective, or increase the risk of dangerous side effects.


Find out if you’re a ‘risky drinker’

More and more older Australians are pushing the boundaries in their alcohol consumption and failing to understand the impact on medications, research shows.


Study urges caution on probiotics

Some patients may be put at serious risk by the bacteria in probiotics, according to a new study that links blood poisoning to active ingredients in the supplement.


Cheaper medicines for 500,000

New PBS listings set to save some patients more than $100,000.

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