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Episode 23

Relief is on hand for Australia's emphysema sufferers with the discovery of a new test which provides early detection of severe coughing attacks and breathlessness. And have you ever wondered why people purchase organic food? Visions catches up with the people behind a new University survey which examined the purchase intentions of customers who buy organic products.

More information

Blood Test for Emphysema:
One thousand patients with emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD) are admitted to hospital every day when their condition suddenly worsens, leading to severe breathlessness and coughing. These exacerbations are largely caused by infection, however COPD patients often experience harmless breathlessness, and not all true infectious exacerbations require hospitlization. Researchers from the Univeristy of Melbourne and clinicians from the Royal Melbourne hospital have discovered a blood marker for early detection of these attacks.

For more information about the research, please go to: http://www.pharmacology.unimelb.edu.au/research/LungDisease.html and http://www.mh.org.au/royal_melbourne_hospital/www/353/1001127/displayarticle/1001669.html.

More details about the launch can be found at http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/articleid_4936.html.

Organic Food Purchase Intentions:
An extended interview with Dr Angela Paladino can be found at http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/articleid_4913.html.

For more details about the report go to: http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/articleid_4931.html.

Credits

Blood Test for Emphysema:
Produced by Rebecca Scott
Edited by Rob Cross
Camera by Clive Banfield
With special thanks to Professor Lou Irving (Head of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital) and Professor Gary Anderson (Head of the Lung Research Group, Department of Pharmacology and Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne).

Organic Food Purchase Intentions:
Produced by David Scott
Edited by Rob Cross
Camera by Clive Banfield
With special thanks to Samantha Smith, Dr Angela Paladino (Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne), Uwe Wullfen (Organic Elements) and the Queen Victoria Market.