CheckUp medical column for April 15

A weekly round-up of news affecting your health.



Drinkers with coeliac disease can now comfortably imbibe a beer.

CSIRO scientists say they’ve developed the world’s first WHO-approved “gluten-free” barley which German brewery Radeberger has used to produce a gluten-free beer.

The Pionier beer is the first product to use Kebari barley, developed by CSIRO using conventional breeding to reduce the gluten levels to 10,000 times less than regular barley.

The scientists also are working on a hull-less version of Kebari to be used in foods like breakfast cereals, soup, pasta and flatbreads.

They say that will help increase the fibre intake of people with coeliac disease.


If you’re an elderly patient with heart failure and you want to jump higher and faster, take up Greek dancing.

A study, published in the European journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, included 40 Greek patients with chronic heart failure who were randomly assigned to a rehab program based on traditional Greek dancing or to their usual sedentary lifestyle.

After three months, the dancers could jump higher and faster and had stronger legs and could walk further.

“Attendance at the dancing sessions was more than 90 per cent which suggests that this type of cardiac rehabilitation could attract more patients than the usual programs,” the researchers said.

They measured the jumping ability through a Myotest-Pro dynamoter.

“In case patients were hard of hearing, both an audible alarm and visible signal from the researcher were used to tell patients when to start each jump,” they said.


Australians can protect Indian children, as well as themselves, by getting their flu vaccination through Discount Drug Stores.

Until May 27, the chain will donate $2 from each shot to the vaccination and education of impoverished children in India.

A partnership with FreeToBe will see children in the charity organisation’s Kolkata home, and within the community, vaccinated against serious conditions such as hepatitis B, typhoid and tetanus.


Sexually active older Australians are being sought for a university study relating to the group’s low use of condoms.

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the over-50 age group, with more contracting chlamydia and gonorrhoea, says QUT researcher Natalie Bowring.

She wants to interview heterosexual people aged 50 or over, who have been sexually active within the past 12 months on their beliefs and attitudes towards condoms to better understand the barriers and motivators of unprotected sex.

“Using a condom could prevent sexually transmitted infections but this age group tends to see condoms in terms of contraception rather than a form of protection,” she said.

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Infertile women are more likely to have “dense breasts”, known to increase the risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests.

Infertile women who had undergone hormonal fertility treatment had even higher amounts of dense tissue, said the Karolinska Institutet researchers in Sweden.

The study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research, involved 43,313 women aged between 40 and 69 years who had mammograms between 2010 and 2013.

It found that infertile women, especially those who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) might represent a group with an increased breast cancer risk.

“While we believe it is important to continue monitoring these women, the observed difference in breast tissue volume is relatively small and has only been linked to a modest increase in breast cancer risk in previous studies,” the researchers said.