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Older men getting multiple skin cancers

Older men, particularly those from Australia’s sunshine state, account for the vast majority of non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed in Australia. Researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have for the first time measured the rates of keratinocyte cancers (non-melanoma) of ...

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Brushing up on aseptic technique in wound care

Health professionals hoping to learn more about aseptic technique in wound care now have access to a new consensus document by Wounds Australia. Chief executive Anne Buck said the publication will help clinicians provide evidence-based wound care and meet infection ...

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Does frailty pose a greater surgery risk?

How frail a person is, rather than their age, may be a better predictor of surgery complications and recovery, warn Australian anaesthetists. Risks from surgery, including death, continue to decline in Australia. But as the population ages ensuring quality of ...

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Hope for better liver disease treatments

Australian scientists have discovered a new cell in the liver of mice that works like a “watchman” to protect the organ from infection and potentially even scarring. The “important” discovery made at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell ...

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Egg-cellent way to prevent malnutrition

Malnutrition is a term used to describe an imbalance in nutrition, with a deficiency in energy, protein and other nutrients leading to unfavourable effects on body function, composition and clinical outcomes. Malnutrition is associated with a series of complications, including ...

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Government to subsidise Leukaemia drug

Life-changing medication for leukaemia and lymphoma patients will soon be within reach for more than 900 Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce on Monday that Ibrutinib – known as Imbruvica – will be listed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme ...

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Radiotherapy hope for prostate cancer

A targeted form of radiotherapy can cure prostate cancer in men whose disease was previously thought to be incurable, research suggests. A pioneering study has found that using a specialised type of radiotherapy that is highly targeted can stop the ...

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