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Bandaging key to wound care

Researchers are making great improvements in treatment of hard-to-heal wounds, a problem that costs the nation up to $3bn a year. Amie Larter reports Patients experiencing inflamed, weeping sores that are either reoccurring or fail to heal are typically suffering ...

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ACE to help health professionals confront

By 2030, cases of incontinence are expected to rise to 6.5 million Australians—with women being more likely to be incontinent than men. In light of this, the Continence Foundation of Australia developed the Australian Continence Exchange, a confidential online chat ...

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Duty of care expanded

Nursing staff have to be aware that a patient's sexual partners must be considered in ongoing treatment. A recent court decision in NSW highlights that health professionals, including nursing and administrative staff, have a duty of care which can extend ...

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Making blood safer for babies

By reducing the possibility of adverse inflammatory responses to blood transfusions, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a way of improving the process for preterm babies. The study, performed by researchers from the university's Robinson Institute, looked at ...

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More emergency admissions for depressed older men

Older men suffering depression are at higher risk of hospitalisation for non-psychiatric conditions, according to a recent study. Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, findings from the study highlight the need for the introduction of strategies to identify and ...

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Call for more scholarships

The shortage of palliative care nurses is being felt across the nation, with Queensland and remote areas having the least staff. By Yvonne Luxford Nurses are the main carers for people who are dying and their “critical role” in caring ...

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Harnessing the power of touch

A range of complementary therapies including kinesiology, massage, reiki, therapeutic touch and reflexology are being offered to palliative care patients in Adelaide to promote comfort and relaxation. The simple relaxation techniques at the Repatriation General Hospital’s Complementary Care Centre may ...

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Plain packaged cigarettes to benefit legs

Patients that suffer from debilitating leg ulcers will benefit from the federal government’s tobacco plain packaging laws that came into effect on Saturday, according to the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA). At any one time, there is over 300,000 Australians ...

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Griffith in cancer breakthrough

Australian researchers have made further advances in treating cervical disease that may greatly improve survival rates. By Antonia Maiolo Painful surgical procedures to treat cervical cancer could soon be a thing of the past as researchers from Griffith University have ...

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Signs of ageing linked to heart problems

Receding hairlines, earlobe creases, puffy eyes – all these signs of physical ageing are also associated with risk of heart attack, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that the presence of visible signs of ...

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