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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
 
 

Cleaning chemical used to fight cancer

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-11-2014

A chemical similar to those used in soap powder and detergent is offering hope in the battle against cancer. Australian researchers have shown how a chemical similar to those used in cleaning products may benefit breast cancer patients. Bisphos Read More...


Cleaning chemical used to fight cancer
 
 

Aust men cross 80-year mark for first time

AAP | Date of Posting: 07-11-2014

The life expectancy of Australian men is longer than ever before, but they still lag behind women, statistics show. Australian men are living longer, with life expectancy for males crossing the 80-year mark for the first time. But they still ha Read More...


Aust men cross 80-year mark for first time
 
 

Soaring pollen levels to boost hay fever

AAP | Date of Posting: 06-11-2014

Researchers are predicting higher levels of carbon dioxide will boost pollen production to the detriment of hay fever sufferers in coming decades. Hay fever sufferers could reach new heights of misery over the next century as pollen levels soar, t Read More...


Soaring pollen levels to boost hay fever
 
 

Colon cancer 'could surge among young'

AAP | Date of Posting: 06-11-2014

A projected rise in young colon cancer sufferers is based on unhealthy eating and other lifestyle factors. Colon cancer among people under 34 may nearly double over the next 15 years, raising new concerns about how to fight one of the most common Read More...


Colon cancer 'could surge among young'
 
 

Survey reveals missed patient care concerns nurses

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 05-11-2014

A new study shows New Zealand nurses are concerned about missed patient care. The Eastern Institute of Technology survey of nurses working in hospitals, aged care and the nation’s primary health care sector found nurses hold concerns about m Read More...


Dr Clare Harvey
 
 

Paramedics push for national registration

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 05-11-2014

Paramedics Australasia is continuing to lobby for the paramedic profession to included in the national registration and accreditation scheme. Fourteen health professions, including nurses and midwives, occupational therapists, Chinese medicine pra Read More...


National registration for paramedics
 
 

Red meat heart harm path revealed

AAP | Date of Posting: 05-11-2014

A new study has illustrated drawbacks to eating red meat, with new research pointing to the build up of hard fat on the walls of arteries. Red meat can harm the heart because of the way one of its nutrients is broken down by gut bacteria, research Read More...


Red meat heart harm path revealed
 
 

Height linked to dementia death risk

AAP | Date of Posting: 05-11-2014

Men under 1.68m in height are 50 per cent more likely to suffer death from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia than those taller than 1.78m. Being short increases a person's chances of dying from dementia, new research has shown. Men Read More...


Height linked to dementia death risk
 
 

Mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure found

AAP | Date of Posting: 05-11-2014

Scientists say they have found the genetic mechanism for spontaneous curing infected patients of HIV, holding out new hope for AIDS sufferers. French scientists have unveiled the genetic mechanism by which they believe two men were spontaneously c Read More...


Mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure found
 
 

Paramedics pledge to campaign against government

Karen Keast | Date of Posting: 04-11-2014

Victorian paramedics have vowed to actively campaign against the state government in the lead up to this month’s election. Ambulance Employees Association Victoria (AEAV) and the Coalition have failed to come to an agreement over wages and c Read More...


Paramedics' dispute continues
 
 

How to make the most out of your income

NCAH | Last Updated: 03-11-2014

In this three-part series, we explore how 50-year-old pathologist assistant Georgie and her husband Nate can make the most of their income and how financial advice might be able to improve their circumst­ances as they approach retirement. Toda Read More...


How to make the most out of your income
 
 

Rural health programme reaches significant milestone

NCAH | Date of Posting: 03-11-2014

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
 
 

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
 

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