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Wound infection: whats all the fuss about?

Bonnie Fraser | Last Updated: 31-10-2014

Wound infection is a serious complication of wound healing. Infection may be localised, spread into surrounding tissues and bone, or manifest systemically as sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Infection not only delays healing but patient recovery Read More...


Wound infection - what’s all the fuss about?
 
 

Liver Disease Update

Mary Kershaw | Last Updated: 31-10-2014

Liver disease is more prevalent in Australia than is generally recognised, and the financial, social and personal costs are dramatic. More than six million Australians, or over a quarter of the population, are now affected by liver disease, accord Read More...


Liver Disease Update
 
 

Taking leisure more seriously

Clare Wilding | Last Updated: 31-10-2014

Leisure, also known as recreation or play, is an important category of doing that can significantly and positively affect people’s health and wellbeing. There is a growing body of research that illustrates the benefits of engaging in leisure. F Read More...


Taking leisure more seriously
 
 

Hundreds of nurses and midwives keen to combat Ebola

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 30-10-2014

Hundreds of Australian nurses and midwives want to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus sweeping West Africa. An Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) survey has revealed more than 350 nurses and midwives, out of 1375 respond Read More...


Ebola in West Africa. Pic: Australian Red Cross
 
 

Labor pledges to legislate nurse to patient ratios

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 30-10-2014

Victoria could become the first state in Australia to enshrine nurse to patient ratios in legislation. Opposition leader Daniel Andrews has pledged to legislate safe patient ratios if Labor wins the November 29 state election. Nurse to patient Read More...


ANMF Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick
 
 

Vic Labor to secure nurse-patient ratios

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-10-2014

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says Labor will make Victoria the first state to have legislated nurse- and midwife-to-patient ratios in hospitals. Nurse-to-patient ratios will be legislated in an Australian first if Labor wins the Victorian elec Read More...


Vic Labor to secure nurse-patient ratios
 
 

QLD hospital staff fear low morale

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-10-2014

Staff at a major Queensland hospital are so concerned about constant management changes they've voted to bring their concerns up with the health minister. Patient care at a major Queensland hospital could be affected by low morale over lay-off Read More...


QLD hospital staff fear low morale
 
 

NZ patient had chemo after wrong diagnosis

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-10-2014

A patient in New Zealand was given several unnecessary doses of chemotherapy after doctors misdiagnosed her with breast cancer. A doctor's incorrect diagnosis of a biopsy meant a New Zealand patient had to go through several doses of chemother Read More...


NZ patient had chemo after wrong diagnosis
 
 

Nurses say tougher penalties are not the answer

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 29-10-2014

The Queensland Nurses’ Union says the state government’s new double penalty laws will do little to deter violent offenders who are often not competent to stand trial. The government has doubled the maximum sentence to 14 years in priso Read More...


New ad campaign against violence
 
 

Prostate cancer risk less for Lotharios

AAP | Last Updated: 29-10-2014

A new study has found that men who sleep with multiple women are 28 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than their one-partner counterparts. Sleeping with numerous women protects a man from prostate cancer, a study has found. Rese Read More...


 
 

Blood test hope to predict Alzheimer's

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-10-2014

Melbourne researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose early onset Alzheimer's disease. A blood test that can detect Alzheimer's disease years before symptoms appear has been developed by Victorian researchers. This blood test co Read More...


Blood test hope to predict Alzheimer's
 
 

Genes that cause violent crimes identified

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-10-2014

Researchers have linked violent crimes to two genes, one which affects feelings, mood and behaviour, and the other, impulsivity. Two genes have been identified that may be partly responsible for extremely violent crimes. Scientists who studied Read More...


Genes that cause violent crimes identified
 
 

'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-10-2014

An 'ambulance drone' prototype, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims in precious life-saving minutes, has been unveiled in Holland. A Dutch-based student has unveiled a prototype of an "ambulance drone", a fl Read More...


'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled
 
 

NZ flight grounded over norovirus fears

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-10-2014

A plane was forced to delay disembarking after fears that unwell passengers on an Air New Zealand flight could be infected with norovirus. An Air New Zealand flight was forced to stay on the tarmac at Christchurch Airport amid fears some passenger Read More...


NZ flight grounded over norovirus fears
 
 

Pharmacists launch advertising campaign

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 28-10-2014

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has launched an advertising campaign to showcase the role of pharmacists as primary health care providers in the community. The consumer campaign features television commercials, in-store materials and an Ask Y Read More...


Pharmacy Guild campaign
 
 

Nurses let books do the talking

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 28-10-2014

Nurses at the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) will soon be using two new talking books to overcome language barriers with another culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community. The RDNS, which provides health care to people from mor Read More...


RDNS' Rosemarie Draper works on a talking book
 
 

C-sections raise autism risk

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-10-2014

Academics warn the increasingly popular Caesarean section deliveries heighten the risk of developing autism by 23 per cent. Babies born through Caesarean section are more likely to develop autism, a new study says. Academics warn the increasing Read More...


C-sections raise autism risk
 
 

QLD Health detects deadly software fault

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-10-2014

The Queensland Premier says he's "comforted" by the early detection of a glitch in a medication software that had the potential to kill patients. A medication software problem in Queensland's public hospitals had the potential to Read More...


QLD Health detects deadly software fault
 
 

Timing affects medication

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-10-2014

Timing is an important but often ignored factor in drug effectiveness, scientists say. A body-clock "atlas" mapping the 24-hour activity patterns of thousands of genes has been created by scientists. The five-year-project is expected Read More...


Timing affects medication
 
 

Eye test could identify Alzheimer's

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-10-2014

High-definition images of the eye could be the key to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are investigating whether a simple eye test could be used to identify the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. A three-year Read More...


Eye test for Dementia
 
 

Dead heart transplant 'huge breakthrough'

AAP | Last Updated: 27-10-2014

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


Dead heart transplant 'huge breakthrough'
 
 

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
 
 

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
 

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