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Teenagers trending toward e-cigarettes

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-12-2014

Researchers in the US say they're surprised at how many 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year. More US teenagers are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government's annual drug Read More...


Teenagers trending toward e-cigarettes
 
 

Fruit fights depression, study finds

AAP | Date of Posting: 17-12-2014

A study of 6,000 Australian women found those who ate fruit were less likely to have depression. Eating at least two pieces of fruit a day can lower your risk of depression, a study suggests. "We found that women who ate at least two servi Read More...


Fruit fights depression, study finds
 
 

Aussies to test potential Hep B cure

AAP | Date of Posting: 16-12-2014

Melbourne researchers will trial a potential cure for hepatitis B on 50 patients from Australia and New Zealand. Fifty people with hepatitis B in Australia and New Zealand will go on a groundbreaking trial of drugs that could cure the viral diseas Read More...


Aussies to test potential Hep B cure
 
 

Young at heart 'have longer lives': study

AAP | Date of Posting: 16-12-2014

Feel young at heart? This could mean you live longer, according to a new study, which has also found links between self-perceived age and cardiovascular health. Feeling young at heart can help you live longer, a study suggests. On the other han Read More...


Young at heart 'have longer lives': study
 
 

Experts call for food packaging crackdown

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-12-2014

Health experts are calling for stricter regulations on packaged foods after finding many contain misleading fruit and vegetable claims. Beware that fruit roll-up and approach that can of soup with caution. Australian researchers have found pack Read More...


Experts call for food packaging crackdown
 
 

Drunks clogging up hospital system

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-12-2014

Emergency clinicians say they are sick of drunks who take up emergency beds, threaten staff and compromise patient care. Emergency doctors have had enough of drunks clogging up their hospital beds, threatening staff and compromising the care of ot Read More...


Drunks clogging up hospital system
 
 

Deadly milk warning: Vic health dept

AAP | Date of Posting: 11-12-2014

A Victorian child has reportedly died after drinking raw milk sold in health food shops for cosmetic purposes, prompting a health warning. MELBOURNE, AAP - Victoria's health department has issued a warning about drinking raw milk after several Read More...


Deadly milk warning: Vic health dept
 
 

Long Vic ambulance waiting times

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-12-2014

Ambulance waiting times in Victoria are worse than predicted with 28 per cent of code-one life and death cases waiting more than 15 minutes last year. Victorian ambulance waiting times are far worse than predicted, the paramedics union says. 87 Read More...


Long Vic ambulance waiting times
 
 

Enzyme in brain drives craving for sugar

AAP | Date of Posting: 09-12-2014

Scientists have discovered an enzyme in the brain that seems to drive sugar cravings, which could lead to new anti-obesity drugs. A protein responsible for the brain's sweet tooth could point the way to new drugs that prevent obesity. Scien Read More...


Enzyme in brain drives craving for sugar
 
 

Breast cancer vaccine trial 'encouraging'

AAP | Last Updated: 08-12-2014

An experimental breast cancer vaccine has proven to be promising in a pilot trial, with doctors planning a larger study. An experimental breast cancer vaccine has been shown to slow progression of the disease in human patients. Of 14 women with Read More...


Breast cancer vaccine trial 'encouraging'
 
 

Obesity clips up to 8 years off your life

AAP | Date of Posting: 05-12-2014

A study says obesity can take years off a person's life, with the biggest area of concern those who become obese while young. Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as much as 19 years Read More...


Obesity clips up to 8 years off your life
 
 

Training midwives to tackle domestic violence

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 04-12-2014

New research could pave the way for Australian midwives to receive training to address domestic violence in pregnancy. Statistics show 30 per cent of domestic violence incidents occur when women are pregnant, while domestic violence is also a prim Read More...


Midwifery researcher Dr Kathleen Baird
 
 

Research points to patient safety in nurse numbers

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 03-12-2014

International research shows nurse staffing levels contribute to a seven-fold difference in patient mortality rates between hospitals. Patient safety researcher Dr Linda Aiken, a keynote speaker at today’s Queensland Nurses’ Union&rsqu Read More...


Patient safety researcher Dr Linda Aiken
 
 

Children less likely to die of infection

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-12-2014

Aussie and Kiwi kids are more likely to get a severe infection or blood poisoning than a decade ago, but the risk of dying is lower, a study has found. Severe infections and blood poisoning may be more common in Aussie and Kiwi kids, but the risk Read More...


Children less likely to die of infection
 
 

Public 'dismiss cancer signs'

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-12-2014

A UK study has found that although more than half its respondents had cancer symptoms, only two per cent thought cancer might be the cause. People may be risking their lives by dismissing cancer warning signs as less serious symptoms, a study has Read More...


Public 'dismiss cancer signs'
 
 

Wine could be as harmful as vodka

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-12-2014

Liver disease now accounts for 500 per cent more deaths among working age people in the UK than in the 1970s, according to a UK health official. Drinking a large glass of wine is as potentially harmful as downing three shots of vodka, a UK senior Read More...


Wine could be as harmful as vodka
 
 

HIV drug 'can slow prostate cancer spread'

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-12-2014

Early studies have demonstrated the HIV drug maraviroc can dramatically curb the lethal spread of prostate cancer in mice with the disease. A drug used to treat HIV infection can slow the deadly spread of prostate cancer, new research suggests. Read More...


HIV drug 'can slow prostate cancer spread'
 
 

Home DNA kit goes on sale in UK

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-12-2014

For STG125, Britons can now purchase a home DNA kit to get information about their health, ancestry and family traits. A personal DNA testing kit that gives users an insight into their genetic make up has gone on sale in the UK. The 23andMe Per Read More...


Home DNA kit goes on sale in UK
 
 

Boost to Victorian paramedics and nurses

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 02-12-2014

Victorian paramedics are on the threshold of a new era with the incoming Labor government promising to resolve their bitter long-running industrial relations dispute. Premier-elect Daniel Andrews has pledged to end the paramedics’ pay disput Read More...


Victorian premier-elect Daniel Andrews
 
 

Physiotherapy referrals key to improving care in the bush

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 02-12-2014

Empowering physiotherapists to refer direct to medical specialists with a Medicare rebate will bolster patient care in regional and remote areas, according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). APA president Marcus Dripps said state a Read More...


APA president Marcus Dripps
 
 

Waikato topples hospital fall rates

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 02-12-2014

Orange non-slip socks, sensor mats and Invisa-Beams are working to reduce falls at Waikato District Health Board (DHB). The measures are part of a range of initiatives credited for reducing falls by 41 per cent at the DHB in the past four years. Read More...


Waikato nurse Michelle Doust uses the Invisa-Beam
 
 

Rural health programme reaches significant milestone

NCAH | Last Updated: 02-12-2014

The Government funded Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) celebrated its 3000th placement at an event in Parliament House last night. Since 2011, NAHRLS has been placing nurses, midwives and allied health professio Read More...


Rural health programme reaches significant milesto
 
 

Managing potentially violent situations in remote settings

Glynis Thorp | Last Updated: 01-12-2014

A collaborative survey of 600 professionals funded by the Australian Governments Department of Health and Ageing suggests that doctors, nurses, teachers and police in rural and remote areas feel vulnerable to violence in the workplace. Working unso Read More...


Managing potentially violent situations in remote
 
 

Successful move for sick kids in Brisbane

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-12-2014

Staff and patients from two Brisbane children's hospitals are now under one roof, as the Royal and Mater merge in the new Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. The difficult job of moving dozens of sick children across Brisbane has wrapped up Read More...


Successful move for sick kids in Brisbane
 
 

New bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-12-2014

Dutch officials have detected a new case of bird flu at a poultry farm in the country's west. Dutch authorities have reported a new outbreak of bird flu on a western poultry farm. "Avian influenza has been detected on a poultry farm at Read More...


New bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands
 
 

Ireland ready to follow Australia's plain cigarette packaging

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-12-2014

Ireland is ready to follow Australia's introduction of similar plain packaging for cigarettes. Ten years since setting a trend with its workplace smoking ban, Ireland is pushing ahead to be the first EU state with plain packaging for cigarette Read More...


Ireland ready to follow Australia's plain cigarett
 
 

Death toll from Ebola jumps

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-12-2014

The latest figures from the World Health Organisation show more than 16,000 people have been infected with the Ebola virus and almost 7000 have died. More than 16,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly 7000 have died, according to the Read More...


Death toll from Ebola jumps
 
 

Proposal for a primary screening tool: 'Keep your waist circumference to less than half your height'

NCAH | Last Updated: 28-11-2014

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that central obesity, as opposed to total obesity assessed by body mass index (BMI), is associated with the most health risks and that the waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) is a simple proxy for this central f Read More...


Keep your waist circumference to less than half yo
 
 

Social support moderates stress effects on depression

NCAH | Date of Posting: 28-11-2014

This study examined the moderator effect of social support on the relationship between stress and depression of university students. A total of 632 undergraduate students completed the measures of perceived stress, perceived social support, and depre Read More...


Social support moderates stress effects on depress
 
 

Improving operating room safety

NCAH | Last Updated: 28-11-2014

Our journey towards improved operating room safety started in June 2005. At that time we applied for and obtained a $50,000 grant sponsored by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) with funding provided by Kimberly-Clark to introd Read More...


Improving operating room safety
 
 

Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-11-2014

Rats given doses of alcohol designed to simulate binge-drinking in humans and then treated with a new drug, navigated a maze as well as sober rats. Scientists have developed the ultimate hangover cure - a drug that reduces the harmful effects of b Read More...


Hangover 'cure' for binge-drinkers
 
 

Metals in kids' diets a concern: expert

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-11-2014

Australian kids may be consuming high levels of potentially dangerous metals, a WA study has found. Australian kids may be consuming high levels of potentially dangerous metals in their food, a study shows. Researchers analysed 253 common super Read More...


Metals in kids' diets a concern: expert
 
 

Novartis flu vax banned after deaths

AAP | Last Updated: 28-11-2014

Italy has banned a Novartis flu vaccine after three people who had received it died and a fourth was taken seriously ill. Italy has suspended the use of a flu vaccine made by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis amid fears it may have caused three Read More...


Novartis flu vax banned after deaths
 
 

Class of HIV drugs could prevent blindness

AAP | Date of Posting: 28-11-2014

A class of drugs developed to treat HIV could be useful in treating age-related macular degeneration, a disease that leads to progressive loss of vision. A class of 30-year-old HIV drugs could in future be used to prevent a common cause of incurab Read More...


Class of HIV drugs could prevent blindness
 
 

Hughes in good hands: doctors

AAP | Last Updated: 27-11-2014

Swift medical attention has given cricketer Phil Hughes the best possible chance for a positive outcome, a top emergency doctor says. The CPR and excellent hospital care given to cricketer Phillip Hughes has given him the best possible chance of r Read More...


Hughes in good hands: doctors
 
 

New year, new career for physiotherapy graduate

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

Bianca Ferreira can’t wait to get moving on her physiotherapy career. The 23-year-old, who will graduate from the University of Sydney this year with her Masters in Physiotherapy, is now applying for positions in a bid to kick-start her care Read More...


Physiotherapy graduate Bianca Ferreira
 
 

Device could detect diabetes in breath

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

A breath test is being designed to spot early signs of diabetes by detecting the smell of acetone, indicating the accumulation of ketones in the blood. A breathalyser device that can detect the "sweet smell" of diabetes in children is un Read More...


Device could detect diabetes in breath
 
 

Obesity tie to 500,000 cancer cases a year

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

In men, being overweight was blamed for 136,000 new cases, and in women, 345,000 cancer diagnoses, most of them of the colon, kidney and breast. Being overweight is now causing nearly half a million new cancer cases in adults every year, roughly 3 Read More...


Obesity tie to 500,000 cancer cases a year
 
 

NZ doctor awarded for baby brain studies

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

Alistair Gunn has been awarded the MacDiarmid Medal for his research into the use of brain cooling on babies who experience low oxygen at birth. An Auckland professor has been awarded a medal for using a cooling cap that induces mild hypothermia t Read More...


NZ doctor awarded for baby brain studies
 
 

Smartphone apps to detect blindness

AAP | Date of Posting: 27-11-2014

The Portable Eye Examination Kit consists of smartphone apps and an adapter which can be used anywhere in the world to test eyes easily. A smartphone device which healthcare workers can use to carry out eye examinations could help tackle blindness Read More...


Smartphone apps to detect blindness
 

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