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Preconception care: it's never too early

NCAH | Last Updated: 24-10-2014

Healthy lifestyles during pregnancy are known to be associated with improved pregnancy outcomes for both mothers and offspring. As such, much attention has been placed on designing effective prenatal care guidance, and considerable research has been Read More...


Preconception care: it's never too early
 
 

The dementia health threat haunting Australians

NCAH | Date of Posting: 24-10-2014

Dementia is not a single disease, it is a blanket term for a range of neurological disorders which impair brain function, including speech, memory, perception and personality. While the symptoms and severity of dementia varies depending on the cause, Read More...


The dementia health threat haunting Australians
 
 

Dead heart transplant 'huge breakthrough'

AAP | Date of Posting: 24-10-2014

Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes into heart failure patients. SYDNEY, AAP - In a world first, Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted "dead" hearts into patients Read More...


Dead heart transplant 'huge breakthrough'
 
 

The Art of Listening as Affirmation

Ellen Rosenfeld | Last Updated: 22-10-2014

As a public health researcher I worked for a time in an acute inpatient ward of a large mental health facility. In this ward some of the staff had worked with particular consumers over many years, knowing their capacities and difficulties well. A kee Read More...


The Art of Listening as Affirmation
 
 

High risk medicines a bitter pill

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 22-10-2014

New Zealand health professionals are being urged to be more vigilant with how high risk medicines are prescribed, dispensed, supplied, stored, administered and taken. The Health Quality & Safety Commission is shining the spotlight on internati Read More...


Photo: Health Quality & Safety Commission NZ
 
 

Vaccinations could be given in skin cream

AAP | Date of Posting: 22-10-2014

There could soon be an alternative to the classic vaccination injection, according to German scientists. Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunsch Read More...


Vaccinations could be given in skin cream
 
 

Thin melanomas still dangerous: Qld study

AAP | Date of Posting: 22-10-2014

Thin melanomas are killing more Australians than thick ones, demonstrating that prevention is the only reliable defence against the skin cancer. Thin melanomas kill more people than thick ones, showing that prevention is the only reliable defence Read More...


Thin melanomas still dangerous: Qld study
 
 

Exercise lowers breast cancer risk

AAP | Date of Posting: 22-10-2014

Studies have shown that frequent, endurance-oriented exercise is particularly beneficial in reducing breast cancer risk. Women who exercise vigorously for 30 to 60 minutes daily are less likely to develop breast cancer than those who aren't so Read More...


Exercise lowers breast cancer risk
 
 

Bondi accident led to spinal breakthrough

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

A Bulgarian man paralysed in 2010 is walking again with the help of a frame as a result of research linked to a tragic accident at Bondi a decade ago. A freak accident at Bondi beach more than a decade ago has led to a medical breakthrough that co Read More...


Bondi accident led to spinal breakthrough
 
 

Another health chief gone in Brisbane

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

The executive director of Queensland's largest hospital is the latest health chief to depart from Brisbane's metro north health service. The executive director of Queensland's largest hospital has abruptly left the job, sparking questi Read More...


Another health chief gone in Brisbane
 
 

3D printer saves cancer patient's leg

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

Doctors have used a 3D printer to build a Melbourne man a new heel bone and save him from losing his leg to cancer. Doctors have used a 3D printer to help save a Victorian man from losing his leg to cancer. After Len Chandler, 71, was diagnosed Read More...


3D printer saves cancer patient's leg
 
 

Illness hits late-life hearing, study says

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

Common childhood illnesses such as tonsillitis and ear infections can cause hearing loss later in life, according to results from a UK study. Common childhood illnesses such as tonsillitis and ear infections can cause hearing loss later in life, a Read More...


Illness hits late-life hearing, study says
 
 

Nursing in the war of Ebola

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

Libby Bowell was walking to the supermarket when a woman collapsed in front of her. As a nurse of 30 years, normally Libby would stop and render assistance. But, in Liberia at the moment, these are far from normal circumstances. “As a Read More...


Libby Bowell in Liberia. Image: Victor Lacken/IFRC
 
 

Drink rise lifts death rates: Study

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

A jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcohol consumption, Public Health England says. A startling jump in the number of people dying of liver disease has been triggered by an increase in alcoho Read More...


Drink rise lifts death rates: Study
 
 

Viagra 'could treat heart disease'

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

Viagra's active ingredient improved the heart performance of patients in trials while having no adverse effect on blood pressure. Viagra could provide a treatment for heart disease as well as problems in the bedroom, a study suggests. In tr Read More...


Viagra 'could treat heart disease'
 
 

Measles outbreak on Jetstar flight

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-10-2014

Three people who travelled with Jetstar from Indonesia to Brisbane last week have contracted measles. Passengers who flew from Indonesia to Brisbane last Wednesday are being urged to contact their GP if they feel unwell after three people on the f Read More...


Measles outbreak on Jetstar flight
 
 

Working intestine grown in lab

AAP | Date of Posting: 20-10-2014

Scientists have created the first functioning human intestine from stem cells in the laboratory, paving the way for new gut disorder treatments. Functioning human intestine has been grown from stem cells in the laboratory, paving the way to new tr Read More...


Working intestine grown in lab
 
 

Bionic leg helps jockey ride again

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

A bionic leg has helped a British teenage jockey who was paralysed in a car crash to walk and ride again. A teenage jockey paralysed in a car crash has amazed doctors by walking and riding again - thanks to a pioneering bionic leg. Katie Watson Read More...


Bionic leg helps jockey ride again
 
 

New test for patients in vegetative state

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Recent brain scan studies have revealed that some patients classified as vegetative are able to carry out conscious tasks. A fingerprint of consciousness has been found in the brains of patients who appear to be in a vegetative state, but remain a Read More...


New test for patients in vegetative state
 
 

Mental Health Inside a Police Cell

Camille Dowling | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Healthcare professionals working in a custodial environment are typically exposed to a confronting set of symptoms and conditions, not limited to: anxiety, panic attacks, hearing voices, low or depressed mood, crying, screaming, delusions and paranoi Read More...


Mental Health Inside a Police Cell
 
 

Triage: Time is Critical

Glynis Thorp | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Triage is a well-embedded process in contemporary hospital settings.  However, historically, administrative clerks conducted the processing of visitors to emergency departments and patients were subsequently seen in the order in which they arriv Read More...


Triage: Time is Critical
 
 

Pharmacists rate high in customer satisfaction

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 17-10-2014

Pharmacists have received top marks in yet another public poll - this time for customer satisfaction. The Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards reveal Australia’s big-name chain pharmacies have received satisfaction ratings ranging from 85 Read More...


PSA president Grant Kardachi
 
 

Vic elective surgery rates at record high

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Despite hospitals failing to reach key waiting period benchmarks, a record 170,190 elective surgery patients have been treated in Victorian hospitals. A record number of elective surgery patients have passed through Victoria's hospitals, despi Read More...


Vic elective surgery rates at record high
 
 

Doctors treat man addicted to Google Glass

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

A US man who wore the Google Glass headset for up to 18 hours a day has been diagnosed as having internet addiction disorder, his doctors report. An American man has been admitted into the US Navy's substance abuse program after showing signs Read More...


Doctors treat man addicted to Google Glass
 
 

Forget slow weight loss advice: Aust study

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-10-2014

Dieters should forget the advice about losing weight slowly rather than shedding the kilos rapidly, according to Victorian researchers. Dieters should ignore advice that shedding the kilos slowly is better than rapid weight loss, a new study sugge Read More...


Forget slow weight loss advice: Aust study
 
 

Experiences of person centred care patients' perceptions

NCAH | Last Updated: 16-10-2014

Patient care models have been implemented and documented worldwide. Many studies have focused on features that hinder and facilitate the shift to such models, including the implementation process, staff involvement, resistance to new models and cultu Read More...


Experiences of person-centred care - patientsí per
 
 

Pharmacists applaud immunisation move

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 16-10-2014

Victorian pharmacists have welcomed a move that could enable them to deliver immunisations to adults as early as next year. The Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into Community Pharmacy in Victoria h Read More...


PSA Victorian president Michelle Lynch
 
 

Cairns nurse calls for Ebola response

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

The Queensland nurse at the centre of the recent Ebola scare has urged other medical professionals to join the health frontline working to combat the deadly virus in West Africa. The call comes as three other nurses from across Australia prepare t Read More...


Ebola in West Africa. Australian Red Cross image.
 
 

GPs 'struggle to spot lung cancer'

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Family doctors need more help in recognising patients at a high risk of lung cancer, new research has found. One in three lung cancer sufferers die within 90 days of diagnosis, suggesting GPs are struggling to spot the early signs of the disease. Read More...


GPs 'struggle to spot lung cancer'
 
 

Calls for wider use of overdose antidote

AAP | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

Medical experts say the lifesaving drug naloxone must become widely available to reduce opioid overdoses. Health experts, researchers and practitioners are calling for a lifesaving antidote for victims of drug overdoses to be more widely used in r Read More...


Calls for wider use of overdose antidote
 
 

Call for Vic pharmacists to give flu jab

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Call for Victoria's government to allow pharmacists to give adult flu jabs in time for the 2015 influenza season. Victoria's community pharmacists could be providing adult flu jabs in time for the 2015 influenza season. The Victorian go Read More...


Call for Vic pharmacists to give flu jab
 
 

Toddler's family wants better ambo times

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

Ambulance Victoria says a call about a drowning child was mistakenly made a lower priority, as the family calls for improvements to response times. The family of a toddler who drowned in the bath wants faster ambulance response times, but Ambulanc Read More...


Toddler's family wants better ambo times
 
 

Vic needs heatwave plan: auditor-general

AAP | Last Updated: 15-10-2014

As the temperature heats up, Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle says the state urgently needs an emergency heatwave plan. More people died during Victoria's 2009 heatwave than the Black Saturday bushfires, but the state still does not have a Read More...


Vic needs heatwave plan: auditor-general
 
 

Meningococcal kills toddler in north Qld

AAP | Date of Posting: 15-10-2014

The death of a toddler from meningococcal disease in Townsville has prompted a warning to react quickly to symptoms of the deadly illness. Public health authorities say the death of a toddler in north Queensland from meningococcal disease highligh Read More...


Meningococcal kills toddler in north Qld
 
 

Physiotherapist paves the way in mental health

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

Seventeen years ago, Kevin Lau had a few reservations about working as a physiotherapist in the mental health field. Today, as the head of the physiotherapy department at a large psychiatric hospital in Western Australia, he wouldn’t have it Read More...


Physiotherapist Kevin Lau
 
 

Nurses voice concerns over Dying with Dignity Bill

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

The Australian Greens’ proposed voluntary euthanasia legislation has received a mixed response from nurses. Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is at odds with the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Exposure Draft Bill 2014 while the Read More...


PCNA president John Haberecht
 
 

Scientists reprogram skin cells to help find a cure fo Alzheimer's

NCAH | Date of Posting: 14-10-2014

Dr Lezanne Ooi, from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute based at UOW, is at the forefront of an exciting new branch of neuroscience that converts donated human cells back to their original pluripotent stem cell state so that they can Read More...


Dr Lezanne Ooi
 
 

Help ads aimed at NSW gambling addicts

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

A new NSW government campaign is urging problem gamblers to reach out for help - before it's too late. You don't have to hit rock-bottom before you seek help with a gambling problem. That's the message driving the latest NSW governm Read More...


Help ads aimed at NSW gambling addicts
 
 

Brave boy in haemophilia battle

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

Jayden Wong, 11, is proof that with proper treatment, people with haemophilia can maintain an active life. productive life Jayden Wong has been living with the blood clotting disorder haemophilia for 11 years. He is among the 5800 Australians l Read More...


Brave boy in haemophilia battle
 
 

Midwifery courses in Australia

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 13-10-2014

Interested in pursuing a career in midwifery? As a midwife, you’ll provide care to women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and during the postpartum period, as well as care for newborns through to six weeks of age. Midwifery is an in Read More...


Midwifery courses in Australia
 

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