Researchers at The Alfred have debunked the commonly-held belief that alcohol in moderation is good for the heart, finding that as little as one drink per day can put people at risk of an irregular heartbeat.
Trauma specialists at The Alfred are urging people to avoid excessive drinking and get home safely this party season after new figures revealed one in four pedestrians seriously injured by cars were intoxicated.
Bill McKean remembers little of what took place on Monday night. He recalls a shortness of breath, the paramedics arriving at his home, and the moments in hospital before being put to sleep. He was again in the grip of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ only, this time, it was far worse.
There have been no Victorian patients identified with the bacterial infection, known as Mycobacterium chimaera, since an international alert for regular testing of heater/cooler units was issued earlier this year.