Australians putting stress on the wrong cancer risks
A Cancer Council NSW research survey of over 3,000 people in NSW has found that most survey respondents were able to recite well-known risk factors for cancers such as smoking, sunburn and family history however were still confused about what did cause cancer. Read more
Respondents listed factors such as chemicals in foods, pollution and stress, for which there is generally not a strong evidence link, ahead of confirmed risks like drinking and obesity.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease second leading cause of death in Australia
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are now the second leading causes of death in Australia behind heart disease, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday. Read more
Statistics show Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia accounted for about 11,000 deaths in 2013 while colon cancer, blood cancers, prostate, breast, pancreatic and skin cancers are among Australia’s 20 leading causes of death.
Health groups concerned over launch of sugar-reduced Coca-Cola Life
The $10 million launch of Coca-Cola Life in Australia has worried health experts who say the reduction from 16 teaspoons of sugar (in the 600ml classic Coca Cola) to 10 teaspoons makes little difference in terms of health impacts. Read more
The new drink, which is only the fourth drink to be launched in the trademark’s 128-year history, uses a plant extract, stevia, as a sugar substitute.