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Vic elective surgery list slashed

Date of Posting: 18-08-2014

Victoria's elective surgery waiting list has been cut to a four-year low. The Victorian government says the Department of Health's preliminary figures show the number of people waiting for elective surgery has dropped by 11,000 despite a r Read More...


 
 

Diet pill effective, but hard to tolerate

Date of Posting: 18-08-2014

A combination diet pill to help obese people lose weight has been found to be effective but hard to tolerate, researchers say. A combination diet pill, which may soon become available in Australia, helps obese people shed the kilos and maintain th Read More...


Diet pill effective, but hard to tolerate
 
 

Chikungunya test vaccine shows promise

Date of Posting: 15-08-2014

A test vaccine for the joint disease chikungunya shows promise, its makers say, after its first human trials yielded positive results. A candidate vaccine against the joint disease chikungunya, endemic to Africa and South Asia but moving north and Read More...


Stop Chikungunya
 
 

Overhaul blood pressure treatment: experts

Date of Posting: 15-08-2014

Overhauling blood pressure treatment could potentially save many lives and reduce the burden of chronic disease on the health system, experts say. A group of international researchers - including those from the George Institute in Sydney - analyse Read More...


Blood Pressure testing
 
 

Immune cell find brings cancer cure closer

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

Researchers have identified a protein that is vital for boosting the body's natural killers cells, which are the first line of defense against cancer. An immune cell discovery by Melbourne researchers has brought scientists one step closer i Read More...


Cancer Cell Illustration
 
 

Disastrous GP Co payment

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

Implementing the federal government's $7 GP co-payment proposal would be disastrous for indigenous healthcare, the Australian Medical Association president says. Associate Professor Brian Owler has been touring the Northern Territory since Mon Read More...


 
 

200 living patients told they're dead

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

A Melbourne hospital has mistakenly sent out death notices to the GPs of 200 living patients. A Melbourne hospital has erroneously sent out death notices for hundreds of its living patients. More than 200 patients were mistakenly killed off whe Read More...


200 living patients told they're dead
 
 

Bush dwellers' high risk of heart disease

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

Australians living in rural and regional areas are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease than those in the city. Bush dwellers are 26 per cent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those living in major cities, research Read More...


Bush dwellers' high risk of heart disease
 
 

Pensioners still "lose out" on safety net

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

The government says pensioners and other concession card holders won't have to make more than 10 co-payments but figures say they only visit eight times. Pensioners and other concession card holders may not benefit from a capped number of GP c Read More...


Pensioners still "lose out" on safety net
 
 

Use of probiotics in the treatment of severe acute pancreatitis

Date of Posting: 14-08-2014

Necrotic tissue infection can worsen the prognosis of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), and probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in reducing the infection rate in animal experiments and primary clinical trials. However, the results of multicent Read More...


Use of probiotics in the treatment of severe acute
 
 

Quiet nursing key to patient recovery

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

Getting a good night’s sleep could soon be a part of the recovery process for patients at Canberra Hospital. Nurses will work to reduce their noise levels and provide tailored individual clinical care, instead of routine care such as vital s Read More...


Canberra Hospital
 
 

Clotting drug may aid hip patients

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

Giving hip or knee replacement patients a clotting drug may reduce the need for a blood transfusion during surgery, experts say. Patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery could benefit from taking a clotting drug before their operation, Read More...


Clotting drug may aid hip patients
 
 

Psychology leader develops app for headaches

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

A team of Australian researchers are developing a unique app that could assist in the treatment of headaches. Australian psychology expert Professor Paul Martin, an international authority on the treatment of headache pain, is leading the research Read More...


Psychology expert Professor Paul Martin
 
 

Salt injection 'kills cancer cells'

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

Scientists have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to die by carrying sodium and chloride ions into the cells. Scientists have created a technique which can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by injecting them with salt. Researcher Read More...


Salt injection 'kills cancer cells'
 
 

213 Australian Government funded placements available from 1 October to 31 December 2014

Date of Posting: 13-08-2014

Following the success of the NAHRLS program and the importance of reaching the greatest area of need, we are doing things a little differently this financial year. The NAHRLS Team have reopened our locum requests applications for the second quarte Read More...


213 Australian Government funded placements available
 
 

Pharmacist survey aims to shape profession

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Pharmacists are being asked to participate in a major survey designed to shape the future of the pharmacy profession. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched the survey to gauge pharmacists’ opinions as it works to positio Read More...


Pharmacists consider their future
 
 

Doctors urged to spot rheumatic fever

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Indigenous people are at increased risk of contracting acute rheumatic fever, which is preventable but leads to deadly heart disease if undetected. When Kenya McAdam's joints started hurting when she was 15, she thought it was due to a recent Read More...


Doctors urged to spot rheumatic fever
 
 

Support for Noarlunga Hospital nurses

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Nurses working at an Adelaide hospital have been offered counselling and support after a patient was charged with the murder of another patient. South Australia Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old Woodcroft man with murder after the dea Read More...


Noarlunga Hospital
 
 

Healthy ways of coping with night work

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Quiet surroundings and dark curtains are important in getting a good day's sleep for those who work night shifts, a psychologist says. Night workers who have trouble sleeping after their shifts shouldn't rely on sleeping pills, a German ps Read More...


Healthy ways of coping with night work
 
 

Australian nurses in Ebola response

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Australian nurses are on the frontline in the health response to the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa. As the death toll from the virus continues to climb, Australian Red Cross aid worker and nurse Amanda McClelland is on the ground in Sierra L Read More...


Ebola epidemic. Credit: IFRC
 
 

Swine flu cases rising in Australia

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

Nearly 21,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in Australia so far this year, double the number of cases at this time last year. There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases of flu this year. Nearly 21,000 cases of influenza have been Read More...


Swine flu cases rising in Australia
 
 

First DNA based colon cancer test approved

Date of Posting: 12-08-2014

The US health regulator has approved the first DNA-based test for colon cancer, which has proven to be more accurate than traditional tests. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patie Read More...


First DNA-based colon cancer test approved
 
 

Cancer survivors face challenges

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

When GP Elysia Thornton-Benko suspected something wasn't quite right with her body she did everything she tells her patients not to - ignored the symptoms and carried on. "In typical doctor fashion I didn't take my own advice," s Read More...


 
 

London, no ordinary challenge for paramedics

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

It’s one of the world’s most famous cities with landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The Shard. It’s also home to one of the busiest ambulance services in the world - and it wants our paramedics, writes Kar Read More...


Former Brisbane paramedic Frances Hobbs in London
 
 

Ebola vaccine may be ready for 2015: UN

Date of Posting: 11-08-2014

Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. "We are targeting September for the Read More...


 
 

Toddlers lacking iron: study

Date of Posting: 08-08-2014

Many Australian toddlers are not eating enough meat and it may be compromising their iron levels, a study has shown. Experts have linked this to an overconsumption of formula and cow's milk. University of Technology Queensland researchers i Read More...


 
 

Tasmanian nurses and midwives plan industrial action

Date of Posting: 08-08-2014

Tasmania’s nurses and midwives will remove goodwill in their planned industrial action as the state government considers introducing a public sector wage freeze. The move comes after the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (A Read More...


ANMF Tasmanian branch secretary Neroli Ellis
 
 

Melbourne test picks up autism in infants

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

A quick screening test developed by Melbourne researchers is helping detect autism in 12-month-old bubs with 81 per cent accuracy. In 2006, researchers from La Trobe University developed a test consisting of five early signs or "markers" Read More...


 
 

New gene tied to major breast cancer risk

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

It's long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk of breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine times more likely to Read More...


 
 

New camera technology for Victorian ambulances

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

Innovative reversing camera technology is being rolled out in new ambulances across Victoria. The technology, designed to provide paramedics driving ambulances with a clearer view of the rear cabin, is already installed in about 50 new ambulances Read More...


A new view at Ambulance Victoria
 
 

Concern over salt levels in cheese

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

Cheese is unnecessarily loaded with salt, campaigners have said after new research found the majority of cheese sold in Britain has a high salt content. Researchers found halloumi and imported blue cheese have the highest amount of salt, while cot Read More...


 
 

Ebola death toll nears 1000

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak has hit 932, as international health experts meet to discuss whether to declare the situation a crisis. LAGOS, AFP - The death toll of the Ebola epidemic has neared 1000 as fears that the disease is now takin Read More...


Ebola death toll nears 1000
 
 

More graduate nursing training places needed

Date of Posting: 07-08-2014

The New Zealand government’s move to fund an extra 200 places in the nurse entry to practice program will still leave hundreds of trained nurses without work, according to nurses. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is calling for the Read More...


Student nurse Alex Kondou
 
 

Proteins linked to oesophageal cancer

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

A study has identified four proteins associated with the onset of oesophageal cancer, the precursor to developing a blood test for early detection and better treatment of a particularly lethal disease. The findings - by doctors at Allegheny Health Read More...


Oesophageal cancer
 
 

Some fats 'reduce diabetes risk'

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Not all saturated fats increase the chances of developing diabetes - and some actually protect against the disease, a study has shown. The kind of saturated fat found in dairy products such as yoghurt is likely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, say Read More...


 
 

Daily aspirin can ward off cancer

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Healthy people should be encouraged to take a daily dose of aspirin to ward off cancer, according to the leader of a new study highlighting the drug's benefits. The research shows that long-term use of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of Read More...


 
 

Stroke care centralisation hailed

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Centralising stroke services can save the lives of patients and reduce the number of days people spend in hospital, a new study suggests. Having specialist centres in fewer hospitals means patients have access to stroke experts 24 hours a day, sev Read More...


Stroke Patient
 
 

Alzheimer's drug reverses damage

Date of Posting: 06-08-2014

Researching a new drug compound on mice, Yale School of Medicine researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer's on learning and memory, the school says. Yale School of Medicine psychiatry professor Paul Lombroso and others studied Read More...


 
 

HIV drugs may help MS: study

Date of Posting: 05-08-2014

LONDON, AFP - Drugs used to treat HIV could potentially be used to treat multiple sclerosis in the future, experts have said after new research showed that people with the virus have a lower risk of developing MS. Researchers led by Australia' Read More...


 
 

Suspected meningococcal death in Qld

Date of Posting: 04-08-2014

Health authorities say the death of a person from suspected meningococcal disease in Queensland's southeast isn't cause for widespread alarm. The disease is the suspected cause of death of a patient who was being treated at a hospital in W Read More...


Meningococcal Disease
 

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