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Warrior image poses mental problems: ADF

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-10-2014

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs says while the nation's soldiers are undoubtedly warriors, the term comes with traditional baggage. The vice chief of the Australian Defence Force says viewing the nation's soldiers as "warriors" poses pro Read More...


Warrior image poses mental problems: ADF
 
 

Don't panic over Ebola scare, says AMA

AAP | Date of Posting: 10-10-2014

The Australian Medical Association says there is no need to over-react about a Cairns nurse's Ebola scare. There's no need to panic or over-react due to the latest Ebola scare, the Australian Medical Association says. Cairns nurse Sue-E Read More...


Don't panic over Ebola scare, says AMA
 
 

First artificial hand with a sense of feel

AAP | Date of Posting: 09-10-2014

Two men have told US researchers that implanted electrodes in their artificial hands have allowed them to feel certain objects. Scientists are moving closer to an artificial hand that can feel. Implanted electrodes have allowed some amputees to Read More...


First artificial hand with a sense of feel
 
 

New Auckland mental health unit for mothers and babies

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 09-10-2014

Nurses will provide specialised care and treatment for up to 50 women a year at Auckland City Hospital’s new mental health mother and baby unit. The recently opened ward, located in the child and family unit at Starship Children’s Hosp Read More...


Mental health care for mothers and babies
 
 

NSW dementia sufferers set to double

AAP | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

Western Sydney and coastal regions will be the areas in NSW most heavily impacted by dementia: study growth rates, new dementia prevalence rates show. The number of elderly people in NSW with dementia will more than double over the next 40 years, Read More...


Dementia Sufferer
 
 

People with dementia remember emotion

AAP | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

People with dementia remember the feelings associated with an event for a longer time, a study says, feeling the emotion after the memory has vanished. Although people with Alzheimer's disease forget things quickly, they can remember the feeli Read More...


People with dementia remember emotion
 
 

Smart wearable body sensors for patient self-assessment and monitoring

NCAH | Last Updated: 09-10-2014

Innovations in mobile and electronic healthcare are revolutionizing the involvement of both doctors and patients in the modern healthcare system by extending the capabilities of physiological monitoring devices [1,2]. Expansion of health information Read More...


Smart wearable body sensor
 
 

NSW emergency to flood under GP co-payment

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

About 500,000 extra people will go to emergency departments to avoid a GP co-payment, with an added cost of $80 million, NSW opposition claims. Emergency departments in NSW will be flooded with an extra half a million people a year if the federal Read More...


NSW emergency to flood under GP co-payment
 
 

Coffee drinking 'is in your genes'

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

A large study has found genetic links that may explain why a given amount of coffee or caffeine has different effects on different people. People's coffee-drinking habits are linked to their genes, scientists say. A large-scale study, which Read More...


Coffee drinking 'is in your genes'
 
 

Woman with womb transplant marvels at baby

AAP | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

A Swedish woman who gave birth after a womb transplant has brushed off the stresses of caring for a newborn as she marvels at her miracle baby. The parents of the first baby born to a woman who had a womb transplant say they hope they can be an in Read More...


Woman with womb transplant marvels at baby
 
 

Physiotherapists tackle obesity

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 08-10-2014

Physiotherapists are playing a pivotal role in working to trim the nation’s expanding waistlines. As experts in physical activity, weight management, heart disease and diabetes prevention, physiotherapists are increasingly treating patients Read More...


Australia's biggest killer
 
 

Older people with depression more likely to fall

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 08-10-2014

Allied health professionals and nurses should treat depressive symptoms in older people with a combination of physical exercise and psychosocial therapies, according to new research. The message comes after Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) Read More...


Dr Kim Delbaere
 
 

Dietitians respond to celebrity chef attack

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 07-10-2014

It may focus on fresh fruit and vegetables but the Paleo diet fails to serve up all the nutrients our bodies need, as recommended in the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADGs). Instead, the Paleo diet dishes up a high protein, high fat, low Read More...


The revised Australian Dietary Guidelines
 
 

Men give health the cold shoulder: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

A Movember Foundation study finds men still have a way to go in taking their health and wellbeing seriously. Gather round gents and lean in lads, here's some advice: stop giving your health and wellbeing the cold shoulder. A study by the Mo Read More...


Men give health the cold shoulder: study
 
 

Nurse first Ebola victim outside Africa

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has become the first person to contract the disease outside Africa. A Spanish nurse who treated two Ebola victims at a Madrid hospital has contracted the virus herself in the first Read More...


Nurse first Ebola victim outside Africa
 
 

Slip Slop Slap message is paying off

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-10-2014

Skin cancer rates are falling in Australia but millions of people are still at risk of developing the deadly disease. The `Slip Slop Slap' message has helped Australia become the first country in the world to experience a reduction in skin can Read More...


Slip Slop Slap message is paying off
 
 

Anti-dengue mozzies released in Rio

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-10-2014

Brazil has begun releasing mosquitoes immunised against dengue fever in a bid to cut the number of people who contract the illness. Ten thousand mosquitoes immunised against dengue fever have been released in Brazil as part of an innovative attemp Read More...


Anti-dengue mozzies released in Rio
 
 

Alcohol may reduce sperm quality: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-10-2014

The more alcohol men consume, the weaker the quality of their sperm, a study has found. Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man's sperm, new research suggests. And the more alcohol consumed, the weak Read More...


Alcohol may reduce sperm quality: study
 
 

Whooping cough explained

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-10-2014

Despite a long-standing immunisation program, whooping cough remains highly prevalent in Australia. WHAT IS WHOOPING COUGH? Pertussis, known more commonly as whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that causes a long coughing illness. Although Read More...


Whooping cough explained
 
 

Being neurotic linked to Alzheimer's

AAP | Date of Posting: 03-10-2014

A 38-year study has found that neurotic women have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in later life, researchers say. Anxious, jealous, moody or distressed middle aged women may be putting themselves at risk of developing Alzheime Read More...


Being neurotic linked to Alzheimer's
 
 

Kids get new hands made with 3D printer

AAP | Last Updated: 03-10-2014

A US surgeon has met the need for prosthetic hands in children by creating them on a 3D printer for about $20. When trauma surgeon Albert Chi gave a talk last year about advanced prosthetics and was asked what was easy, available and affordable, h Read More...


Kids get new hands made with 3D printer
 
 

Combined cancer treatment hailed

AAP | Date of Posting: 02-10-2014

Combining immunotherapy and radiotherapy helps the immune system hunt down and destroy cancer cells not killed by the initial radiotherapy, a study says. Treating cancers with immunotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time could stop them becomin Read More...


Combined cancer treatment hailed
 
 

Long-acting insulin safer, more effective

AAP | Date of Posting: 02-10-2014

Researchers say long-acting insulin significantly improves haemoglobin A1C levels, a measure of effective blood sugar control. Long-acting insulin is safer and more effective than intermediate-acting insulin for patients with Type 1 diabetes, acco Read More...


Long-acting insulin safer, more effective
 
 

Birth methods 'affect disease risk'

AAP | Date of Posting: 02-10-2014

A documentary examines the link between diseases linked to the immune system, such as Type 1 diabetes and asthma, and modern birth methods. A major documentary film being shown around the world examines how modern birth practices could be making o Read More...


Birth methods 'affect disease risk'
 
 

New maternity postgraduate program focuses on wellness

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 01-10-2014

Griffith University will launch its new suite of postgraduate programs on primary maternity care next year. In an Australian first, the university will offer a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Primary Maternity Care in line wit Read More...


Dr Mary Sidebotham
 
 

Mental health nursing safety in the spotlight

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 01-10-2014

An innovative new model of conflict and containment being rolled out at many psychiatric wards in the United Kingdom will take centre stage at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses’ (ACMHN) conference next week. Len Bowers, Professo Read More...


Professor Len Bowers
 
 

Weight factor behind diabetes in pregnancy

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-10-2014

Researchers say the strongest individual risk factor in women who develop gestational diabetes is being overweight or obese before pregnancy. Nearly half of all cases of diabetes during pregnancy can be prevented if young women eat well, exercise Read More...


Weight factor behind diabetes in pregnancy
 
 

Smoking during pregnancy affects fertility

AAP | Date of Posting: 01-10-2014

Researchers say women who smoke during pregnancy may be jeopardising the future fertility of their sons. LONDON, PAA - Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could damage the future fertility of their sons, new research has found. Experts used mice Read More...


Smoking during pregnancy affects fertility
 
 

Psychological treatment reduces problem gambling

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 30-09-2014

An average of four to five sessions of psychological treatment for problem gamblers can improve gambling severity along with levels of depression and anxiety, according to new research. Dr Jemima Petch, head of research at Relationships Australia, Read More...


Psychologist Dr Jemima Petch
 
 

Vaccine recalled over rust contamination

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-09-2014

Australia's drug regulator has ordered the recall of a meningococcal vaccine after rust was found in some vials. A meningococcal vaccine has been recalled in Australia over concerns about rust found in some doses. The vaccine Meningitec was Read More...


Vaccine recalled over rust contamination
 
 

Ambulance Victoria CEO resigns

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-09-2014

Ambulance Victoria's chief executive Greg Sassella is resigning from his job of 12 years to spend more time with his family. Ambulance Victoria chief executive Greg Sassella has resigned. Mr Sassella, who oversaw the merger of the Metropoli Read More...


Ambulance Victoria CEO resigns
 
 

Smaller pay rise for Queensland nurses and midwives

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 30-09-2014

More than 33,000 Queensland public sector nurses and midwives will receive a 2.2 per cent pay rise from April next year, less than the three previous years’ pay rises at 3 per cent. The April 1 pay rise comes alongside a $500 productivity bo Read More...


QNU secretary Beth Mohle
 
 

Antibiotics at early age ups obesity risk

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-09-2014

The risk of obesity in children rises if they are given antibiotics before the age of two, a US study says. Kids treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics before age two face a higher risk of childhood obesity, a US study says. The research publi Read More...


Antibiotics at early age ups obesity risk
 
 

Girls lack iron due to energy drinks

AAP | Date of Posting: 30-09-2014

A British food industry body says teenage girls are showing increasing iron deficiency because of high-caffeine energy drinks. Rising levels of iron deficiency among teenage girls may be linked to an increase in the amount of high-caffeine energy Read More...


Girls lack iron due to energy drinks
 
 

Woman fined for pretending to be a registered nurse

Karen Keast | Last Updated: 30-09-2014

A Queensland woman has been fined $7000 for pretending to be a registered nurse and nurse practitioner for three years. Sherri Cather, 64, of Alexandra Hills pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court on September 18 to using titles suc Read More...


Nurse pleads guilty
 
 

Mosquito-borne illness hits The Americas

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-09-2014

Chikunganya, a disease which emerged in Africa is sweeping through South America, causing devastating illness, although only few fatalities. SANTO DOMINGO, AP - An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americ Read More...


Mosquito-borne illness hits The Americas
 
 

Cervical cancer check 'delays' revealed

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-09-2014

Young woman are delaying seeing doctors when they have symptoms of cervical cancer, according a UK study. Young women with cervical cancer "frequently" delay seeking help from their doctors, experts have said. When women notice sympto Read More...


Cervical cancer check 'delays' revealed
 
 

Severe malaria risk in the genes: study

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-09-2014

A large international study has identified five genes that play a role in whether people develop severe malaria or not. Five genes that play a role in either protecting or making people more susceptible to severe malaria could be used to identify Read More...


Severe malaria risk in the genes: study
 
 

Green light for critical blood drug

AAP | Date of Posting: 29-09-2014

A drug to battle a rare killer blood disease will be immediately available through the PBS after nearly two years of negotiation gridlock. Australians battling a killer blood disease will be granted immediate access to life-saving and prolonging t Read More...


Green light for critical blood drug
 
 

Breast cancer drug extends life: study

AAP | Last Updated: 29-09-2014

A study has shown that a new drug has extended the lives of some patients with advanced breast cancer by almost 16 months. A drug developed by Swiss giant Roche to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer has been shown to extend patients' li Read More...


Breast cancer drug extends life: study
 

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