Major breakthrough in predicting heart attack and stroke

Researchers in Western Australia are using bone scans to predict a person's likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke.

Major breakthrough in predicting heart attack and stroke

Researchers in Western Australia are using bone scans to predict a person's likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke.

Researchers at Edith Cowan University discovered a routine scan of the spine picked up calcium in a major artery in the abdomen.

The presence of calcium in an artery can lead to cardio vascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

"That was sort of my Ah-ha moment," ECU Associate Professor Josh Lewis told 9News.

"There's where I went okay, we can actually let people know, let the GPs know, let the patients know and really make a difference."

Endocrinologist Professor Richard Prince has labelled the discovery a major step forward in screening.

9News has been told the health discovery is so new there are not enough trained experts to assess the scans, which is time-consuming and expensive.

Researchers are attempting to alleviate that problem by developing a software that scans the scans.

"Once the computer is trained to do that task, then typically we'd be expecting it do to it at the rate of 100 if not 1000 times a second," ECU Professor David Suter told 9News.

The new scan could be available to patients in about five years.

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Labor wants to see JobSeeker economic impact modelling

Labor is asking to see the modelling for the JobSeeker payments and its economic impact when it ends in September.

Labor wants to see JobSeeker economic impact modelling

Federal Labor is calling on the Morrison government to release modelling of the economic impact of reducing the JobSeeker payment back to $40 per day.

The JobSeeker payment – formally called Newstart – was doubled to $1100 per fortnight in response to an anticipated spike in the unemployment rate in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the government has flagged this increase will only be for six months.

Labor's spokeswoman for families and social services Linda Burney wants to see the modelling for the impact of reducing this coronavirus supplement.

She said last week the Department of Social Services estimated some 1.7 million Australians will require unemployment support by September.

"Yet the prime minister has been insistent that he will 'snapback' the JobSeeker payment back to $40 per day for millions of Australians on September 24," Ms Burney said in a statement today.

She said this is the equivalent of ripping almost $1 billion a fortnight from household budgets.

"This sudden stop will have a significant impact on the Australian economy," she said.

"The government needs to be honest about whether the nation is now edging closer to another economic cliff in the form of the prime minister's promised JobSeeker snapback."

The government had been adamant in not increasing the dole payment before the pandemic set in, despite widespread calls for an increase including Labor, the Greens, business, economists and the Reserve Bank.

Newstart, as it was, had not been increased in some 25 years, aside from twice yearly indexation against inflation.

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