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US town scraps bid to ban tobacco sales

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-11-2014

A bid to ban tobacco sales in a US town has been reversed. Health officials in a US town have voted to withdraw a proposal that would have made it the first in the country to ban all tobacco sales. Westminster's board of health voted 2-1 at Read More...


US town scraps bid to ban tobacco sales
 
 

Bullying, dysfunction at Royal Adelaide

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-11-2014

Patient care is being compromised by "unprecedented dysfunction" between doctors at Royal Adelaide Hospital, a report warns. Doctors are engaging in a childish and dangerous culture of bullying and infighting - putting patients at risk - Read More...


Bullying, dysfunction at Royal Adelaide
 
 

SA mental health special service rejected

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-11-2014

Calls for a specialised Borderline Personality Disorder service in South Australia appear unlikely to win government backing. South Australia's Labor government has rejected calls to fund a specialised Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) ser Read More...


SA mental health special service rejected
 
 

Obesity costs hit $US2 trillion: report

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-11-2014

Obesity is costing 2.8 per cent of the global gross domestic product, or $US2 trillion, according to a McKinsey Global Institute report. A new report shows the global cost of obesity has risen to $US2 trillion ($A2.2 trillion) annually - nearly as Read More...


Obesity costs hit $US2 trillion: report
 
 

Video games help Parkinson's: researchers

AAP | Date of Posting: 21-11-2014

Game consoles like Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect have been found to aid symptoms of degenerative brain conditions. Computer consoles can help improve the lives of people with the neurological disease Parkinson's, researchers have found. Scie Read More...


Video games help Parkinson's: researchers
 
 

Effects of 7 days on the 80:10:10 low-fat vegan diet

NCAH | Date of Posting: 20-11-2014

The primary goal of health care should be to decrease all-cause morbidity and mortality. In industrialized societies including those in the United States and Europe, the chief causes of death and disability are noninfectious chronic diseases: atheros Read More...


Effects of 7 days on the 80:10:10 low-fat vegan di
 
 

Oxygen may harm heart attack patients

AAP | Date of Posting: 20-11-2014

Giving oxygen to heart attack victims may cause additional damage to the heart, Ambulance Victoria says. Giving oxygen to heart attack victims may do more harm than good, a study suggests. Ambulance Victoria treated 440 patients - half of whom Read More...


Oxygen may harm heart attack patients
 
 

Vic skin cancer warning for men

AAP | Date of Posting: 20-11-2014

New data shows Victorian men over 45 suffer melanoma at twice the rate of women in the same age group. Slip, slop, slap - and go to the doctor is Cancer Council Victoria's warning to men over 45. The latest data shows Victorian men over 45 Read More...


Vic skin cancer warning for men
 
 

New laser helps slow macular degeneration

AAP | Date of Posting: 20-11-2014

A new Australian made laser treatment can slow macular degeneration, which affects one in seven Australians aged over 50. An Adelaide-made laser could improve the lives of thousands of Australians with early macular degeneration - an untreatable, Read More...


New laser helps slow macular degeneration
 
 

Qld now Australia's fattest state

AAP | Date of Posting: 20-11-2014

More than two-thirds of adults and a quarter of children in Queensland are overweight or obese, a new report says. Queenslanders are the fattest Australians. The Health of Queenslanders Report, released on Wednesday, shows two-thirds of the sta Read More...


Qld now Australia's fattest state
 
 

Nurses crucial in transition to palliative care

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 19-11-2014

Patients often turn to nurses for emotional support when transitioning from life-prolonging care to palliative care, according to the results of a new Australian study. University of Queensland researchers found nurses are pivotal in decisions abo Read More...


UQ researcher Dr Alex Broom
 
 

Nutrition experts shine spotlight on research

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 19-11-2014

Eating to reduce cancer risk and the latest evidence on nutritional management for cancer patients will be some of the hot topics at next week’s Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) national conference in Tasmania. More than 300 delegates, i Read More...


Dr Kiran Ahuja
 
 

Mental Health Assessments using a Bio-Psycho-Social-Cultural Model

Glynis Thorp | Date of Posting: 19-11-2014

A patient’s mental health can be evaluated in two dimensions: 1) The absence of mental illness, and 2) The presence of a well-adjusted individual who is able to participate in society. A holistic assessment of a patient must consider a ran Read More...


Mental Health Assessments
 
 

Australians urged to curb antibiotic use

AAP | Date of Posting: 19-11-2014

The misuse and overuse of antibiotics can put you at risk due to antibiotic resistance. WHY WE MUST STOP OVER USING ANTIBIOTICS: * Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is increasing the problem of antibiotic resistance. * The more antibiotics are Read More...


Australians urged to curb antibiotic use
 
 

Brain training works in groups only: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 19-11-2014

Brain training can boost memory and thinking skills but not when done alone at home, a study has found. SYDNEY, AAP - Computer-based "brain training" is useful for older adults, but only if it's conducted in a group setting, research Read More...


Brain training works in groups only: study
 
 

Seize the Day-Laughter in Oncology

Ellen Rosenfeld | Date of Posting: 18-11-2014

I was interviewed for a research position coordinating a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in the oncology department of a leading metropolitan hospital. During the job interview the Chief Investigators, one of whom headed up the department, wanted t Read More...


Seize the Day-Laughter in Oncology
 
 

Aussie health professionals sign up for Ebola response

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 18-11-2014

More than a thousand health professionals have applied to join the Australian Government’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Health care provider Aspen Medical, which is coordinating the provision of a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Un Read More...


The Ebola frontline. Image: Red Cross.
 
 

Smoking banned in NSW national parks

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-11-2014

Smoking is to be banned in all 860 national parks in NSW, Environment Minister Rob Stokes has announced. Smoking is to be banned in NSW national parks, the state government has announced. Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the ban would lesse Read More...


Smoking banned in NSW national parks
 
 

8 dead in Portugal Legionnaire outbreak

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-11-2014

The death toll in a Legionnaire's disease outbreak in Portugal has climbed to eight, officials have announced. The death toll has climbed to eight in a Legionnaire's disease outbreak in Portugal which the World Health Organisation has call Read More...


8 dead in Portugal Legionnaire outbreak
 
 

Fewer Aussie teens getting suntans

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-11-2014

Fewer Australian teenagers are willing to bake themselves in the hot sun for the sake of a tan compared to 10 years ago, a Cancer Council survey has found. Getting a sun tan isn't as cool as it used it be among young Australians. Only 38 pe Read More...


Fewer Aussie teens getting suntans
 
 

Doctors seeing more mental health problems

AAP | Last Updated: 14-11-2014

The number of visits to doctors by Australians seeking help with mental health problems is on the rise, according to a report. The number of Australians seeking help from GPs for mental health problems is on the rise, with depression and anxiety t Read More...


Doctors seeing more mental health problems
 
 

Health groups call for govt action on coal

AAP | Date of Posting: 14-11-2014

The Australian government is paying little attention to the health effects of the nation's reliance on coal, health organisations and unions warn. Australia's reliance on coal is making the population sick, health organisations and unions Read More...


Health groups call for govt action on coal
 
 

Jobs forecast in nursing, midwifery and allied health

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 14-11-2014

A review of New Zealand’s health workforce points to job opportunities for midwives in rural areas, nurses in advanced practice areas and demand for sonographers and MRI technicians. The Health Workforce New Zealand report, Health of the Hea Read More...


A New Zealand student nurse
 
 

Diabetes myths contribute to bullying

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-11-2014

Almost 50 per cent of those with type 1 diabetes have been bullied, with misunderstandings about the disease contributing to the problem.  Writes Leah McLennan. If you think type 1 diabetes is brought on by guzzling too much sugar, think ag Read More...


 
 

Nurses urge world leaders to help West Africa

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 13-11-2014

Liberian health workers have resorted to using plastic bags at times to protect themselves against the deadly Ebola virus. Speaking via video link as part of the Queensland Nurses’ Union’s (QNU) international G20 nursing conference in Read More...


Ebola in West Africa. Pic: Australian Red Cross
 
 

Gene mutation linked to lower cholesterol

AAP | Date of Posting: 13-11-2014

A discovery linking mutations in a single gene to lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of heart disease offers new directions for treatment drugs. Rare mutations in a single gene are linked to lower cholesterol levels and can cut the risk of heart Read More...


 
 

Leading dietitians recognised

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 12-11-2014

A Queensland dietitian working to help women eat their way to a healthy pregnancy is one of six of the nation’s leading dietitians recently awarded the Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) credential. Dr Susie de Jersey, a senio Read More...


AdvAPD Dr Susie de Jersey
 
 

TV test could detect eye disease

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-11-2014

Scientists are hoping a new method for diagnosing eye disease will allow doctors to spot glaucoma early enough to save a patient's sight. A new method of diagnosing eye disease has been developed by scientists using a technique that involved p Read More...


TV test could detect eye disease
 
 

Hershey Kiss protein forms boys' brains

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-11-2014

A protein named after the Hershey Kiss chocolate which stimulates a surge in testosterone is what causes male brains to develop differently from females. A surge in testosterone in newborns hours after birth is triggered by a Hershey's Kiss pr Read More...


Hershey Kiss protein forms boys' brains
 
 

Portugal has Legionnaire's outbreak

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-11-2014

The UN health agency has raised concerns about a "large outbreak" of Legionnaire's disease in Portugal. An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Portugal that has killed five people in less than a week constitutes a "major pu Read More...


Portugal has Legionnaire's outbreak
 
 

Falls reason for most hospital trips

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-11-2014

Falls, transport accidents, self-harm injuries and assault are the most common causes for young people to be admitted to hospital. Falls are the leading reason young people are admitted to hospital in Australia, with mishaps on skateboards, trampo Read More...


Falls reason for most hospital trips
 
 

Many juices 'more sugary than Coke'

AAP | Date of Posting: 12-11-2014

A British health group is warning parents against packing their children's lunchboxes with fruit juices, saying some contain more sugar than Coca-Cola. Well-meaning parents who would not dream of giving their children Coca-Cola might instead b Read More...


Many juices 'more sugary than Coke'
 
 

Health practitioner notifications on the rise

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 11-11-2014

The number of notifications made about nurses and midwives, optometrists, physiotherapists, psychologists, osteopaths and medical radiation practitioners has increased in 2013-14, according to new data from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulati Read More...


Report shows notifications increased
 
 

Nurses take Robin Hood tax to G20 summit

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 11-11-2014

Nurses and midwives are ramping up calls for the introduction of a ‘Robin Hood tax’ in Australia to fund a multi-billion-dollar safeguard for public health care services. The Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU) has joined forces with Read More...


The tax campaign
 
 

Measuring to meet NSQHS Standards

NCAH | Last Updated: 11-11-2014

Developing a framework for continuous improvement 25th & 26th February 2015, CQ Functions, Melbourne With the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards firmly established, many hospitals across Australia have now been throu Read More...


Measuring to meet NSQHS Standards
 
 

Hopes of a drug to halt prostate cancer

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-11-2014

Scientists have found a drug that stops the progression of prostate cancer in mice, offering the promise of a targeted treatment in human patients. A new treatment shows promise in halting the march of aggressive prostate cancer. Scientists hav Read More...


Hopes of a drug to halt prostate cancer
 
 

Cannabis shrinks brain

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-11-2014

Cannabis can increase the connectivity in the brain even as it shrinks the brain, but prolonged use has damaging effects, a study says. Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found. To som Read More...


Cannabis shrinks brain
 
 

Scientists solve 'Frankenstein' DNA puzzle

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-11-2014

Researchers have discovered how cancer cells accumulate extra copies of cancer-causing genes, stitching together DNA to form giant chromosomes. Australian scientists have solved the mystery of how huge, cancer-associated DNA molecules that occur i Read More...


Scientists solve 'Frankenstein' DNA puzzle
 
 

Hospital standards falling: Cairns nurses

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-11-2014

A union survey suggests hospital standards and staff morale in far north Queensland have plunged in the past two years. Cairns nurses and doctors say hospital standards have fallen drastically and staff morale is suffering. A union survey of 50 Read More...


Hospital standards falling: Cairns nurses
 
 

Close WA psychiatric hospital, doctors say

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-11-2014

The AMA has renewed its call to close WA's largest psychiatric facility, saying the living conditions of its patients have not kept up with the times. The Australian Medical Association has joined calls for Perth's Graylands Hospital to be Read More...


Close WA psychiatric hospital, doctors say
 

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