Older women still most at risk of dying from asthma
We are urging middle-aged and older women with asthma to take action to manage their condition as new ABS data shows that women aged over 55 continue to be most at risk of dying from asthma.
In total, 419 asthma-related deaths were recorded in Australia in 2014, comprising 277 females and 142 males. The overall figure was up slightly from 389 deaths in 2013, probably in line with the ageing population.
Dr Jonathan Burdon AM, our Chairman, said the toll is still a concern, especially for older women with asthma. "Middle-aged women were twice as likely to die from asthma than men, with those over 75 almost three times more likely to die than men of the same age."
ASCIA updates infant feeding advice and Guidelines for allergy prevention in infants
ASCIA has updated its versions of the infant feeding advice and guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Intended for patients, consumers and carers both documents aim to provide families in Australia and New Zealand with a summary of evidence based information on infant feeding.
Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma (CRE) to host new webinar
The Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is hosting a webinar on Stratified Medicines in Severe Asthma on 8 April. Hosted by Professor Liam Heaney from the Queens University Belfast, the webinar will focus on recent advances and highlight major gaps in knowledge and strategies needed to improve the management of severe asthma.
Recent reports have highlighted expiry date discrepancies on EpiPen adrenaline autoinjector devices and packaging. The TGA has issued a notification on its website urging users to check the expiry date on the actual EpiPen device.
Several Lung Foundation Australia research awards covering COPD, lung cancer and idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) are closing soon. The research awards are an excellent opportunity for universities, graduates, PhD students and health professionals interested in pursuing research in lung disease.
Entries and nominations are now open for the 2016 National Medicinewise Awards, the only awards to recognise contributions to quality use of medicines, medical tests and health technologies. Several award categories are offered and will be presented by NPS Medicinewise at the National Medicines Symposium, Canberra from 19-20 May.