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'Call to arms' for CM industry
Vitamin companies need to unite in the
battle to force legal changes to protect
new products and intellectual property,
according to Swisse Wellness Commercial
Director George Livery.
Mr Livery said the complementary
medicine industry needed
protection similar to that of the
Speaking at the Complementary
Healthcare Council annual conference in
Sydney, Mr Livery said, 'The science meets
the commerce where we need to invest
more and more in science and research
yet we are denied even the most basic
of IP protections afforded to every other
class of goods.
'The industry needs data protection and
'It won't be data exclusivity as per the
pharma model, but it may at least provide
the chance for those who invest in science
and research to at least make a return on
investment and that would stimulate an
avalanche of innovation via science and
research, which could generate globally
attractive products commercialised out
Mr Livery said the complementary
medicine industry was a major employer.
'If we say the Industry is worth about
$2billion, the economic flow-on effects
just in industry terms is probably
another $4billion circulating through the
economy because we exist,' he said.
'Across complementary manufacturing
and processing we are talking about
5000 direct jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs.'
In a wide-ranging address to the
complementary medicine industry's key
players, Mr Livery pointed out:
• The industry continues invests at
least $20m a year in more and better
research on the complete product
range and innovation without
adequate IP protection
• More competition in the industry
meant more consumers were well
served in being educated about the
benefits of self care, preventative health
and taking control of their health
• More people were interested in
• Industry critics constantly lied to
consumers about there being no
evidence about CMs and their benefits
• Doctors needed more formal training
in CMs as part of becoming true
Mr Livery encouraged all CM companies to
band together to work for the betterment
of the industry.
'If there is ever a time for us all to work
together and get these new policy settings
that time is now,' he said.
Pre-diabetes and dementia
Australians on the cusp of developing type 2
diabetes are at increased risk of accelerated
loss of brain performance if their blood sugar
levels deteriorate, according to Australian-first
research presented at a major diabetes
conference in Sydney.
The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study found
older Australians who developed diabetes
experienced a decline in brain function
that was greater than that expected for
By contrast, the two year study found that
maintaining stable blood sugar levels reduces
the loss of grey and white brain matter
considered responsible for a decline in brain
The study leader, Professor Katherine Samaras
from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research
and St Vincent's Hospital, told the Australian
Diabetes Society/Australian Diabetes
Educators Annual Scientific Meeting that
'developing diabetes was associated with an
accelerated loss of brain function, above what
is seen with usual age-related change'.
'We know diabetes is associated with
increased risk of dementia and that keeping
good glucose levels may help reduce that
risk. What is novel in our work is that we
have shown for the first time that people
who develop diabetes also show accelerated
brain changes over a short time period,'
Professor Samaras said.
The research compared neuropsychological
testing and brain MRI scans from
880 Australians aged between 70
and 90 years. At the start of the study
346 participants had pre-diabetes and 106
had type 2 diabetes.
Midwife care bene ts
Maternity care that involves a midwife
as the main care provider leads to better
outcomes for most women, according
to a systematic review published in
The Cochrane Library.
Researchers found that women who
received continued care throughout
pregnancy and birth from a small
group of midwives were less likely to
give birth pre-term and required fewer
interventions during labour and birth
than when their care was shared between
different obstetricians, GPs and midwives.
In many countries, including the UK
and Australia, midwives act as the
main providers of care for women
throughout pregnancy, labour and birth.
In midwife-led care, there is an emphasis
on normality, continuity of care and being
cared for by a known, trusted midwife
Midwife-led continuity of care is provided
in a multi-disciplinary network of
consultation and referral with other care
providers. This contrasts with medical-led
models of care, where an obstetrician or
family physician is primarily responsible
for care, and with shared-care, where
responsibility is shared between
different healthcare professionals.
There has been some debate about
whether the midwife-led model of care is
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