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Mylan's New Generic EpiPen Is Still Too Expensive

Pharmaceutical company Mylan has announced plans to launch its first generic EpiPen. But at a cost of $US300 ($397) — which is half of the branded product’s list price — it’s still a heap of money for this critically important medicine.


How Playing The Bagpipes Can Kill You

Bagpipes and other wind instruments produce beautiful music, but they can also be prime breeding grounds for moulds and fungi. Players then regularly breathe in those creatures, and can develop inflamed lungs as a result — or even a fatal lung disease.


Why Apple's Move Towards Health Is So Exciting

Apple’s slow creep towards becoming a health company just made a little progress with the acquisition of Gliimpse, a personal health data startup. It’s unclear what Apple plans to do with the company, but I have a free idea for Tim Cook: Let me control my health records on an iPhone. It could save my life.


KFC Gave Away Sunscreen That Makes You Smell Like Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken — or KFC as it likes to be called now — has given away tubes of sunscreen that makes you smell like you’ve slathered yourself in the Colonel’s secret 11 herbs and spices. That’s a good thing, right?


What A Day's Worth Of Kilojoules Looks Like In US Fast Food

If you find yourself eating at fast food restaurants every day, you’re not doing your body any favours. The recommended caloric intake for the average adult is around 2000 calories (8368kj), while the average fast food combo often delivers more than that — in a single meal.


10 Fad Diets, Debunked

What should you cut out of your diet to be more healthy? Everything. According to the most popular diet books on the market, there’s barely a food on Earth that’s safe to eat. But what is the actual benefit of these diets? Here’s what science has to say.


Virtual Reality Training Is Helping Paraplegics Move Again

Eight people who have spent years paralysed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics, including a virtual reality system.

Over 12 months the patients used a brain-controlled exoskeleton, virtual-reality environments and training on non-invasive brain controlled virtual avatar bodies, with all showing improvement — and one woman able to move her legs voluntarily for the first time in 13 years.


Someone Invented A Stun Gun That Monitors Heart Rates To Avoid Cardiac Arrest

Although far less lethal than guns, conducted electrical weapons (AKA stun guns) still pose the risk of cardiac arrest occurring after someone has been incapacitated. To help minimise the risk of that happening, researchers have successfully customised a stun gun to also monitor the target’s heart rate at the same time.


Here's A Video Game Designed To Help With Heart Rehabilitation

Prevention programs are a key part of cardiac rehabilitation, however few people attend. So cardiac researchers from the University of Sydney have created a new game to prevent heart attacks among people who have suffered a cardiac event.

MyHeartMate is aimed at helping you make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health such as increasing physical activity, improving diet, quitting smoking and reducing stress. It also helps you manage medications while keeping track of your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.


Australian Vaccination Rates Are At An All-Time High After 'No Jab No Pay'

As a result of the federal government’s ‘No Jab No Pay’ legislation, almost 6000 children — whose parents were previously vaccination objectors — have been vaccinated. As a result, vaccination rates in Australia are at an all-time high, with one and five-year-old vaccination rates at 93%.


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