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More needs to be done in preventing dangerous skin infections in Aboriginal children in the remote far north - new study

Addressing the social determinants of health is ultimately needed for skin infection rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to be similar to their non-Aboriginal peers, according to the authors of a narrative review published in the MJA.


Reclaiming ancestral wisdom through Birthing on Country in Australia – a special edition of Women and Birth journal

For more than 60,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have lived and birthed on the country of their ancestors. In the last decade in Australia, much discussion has taken place nationally on reclaiming Birthing on Country for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. In a special edition of Women and Birth, the journal of the Australian College of Midwives, nine papers provide a snapshot of some of the innovative work that is changing the experiences for Indigenous Australian families.


Australian research findings may change how oxygen is used in ICUs worldwide

A world-first trial by researchers at Monash University could change how oxygen is administered to millions of people in intensive care units across the world. The trial found ICU patients are being given unnecessary levels of oxygen that make no difference to their recovery, and in some specific groups less oxygen may actually improve recovery and survival rates.


Early postnatal transfer of premmies risks severe brain injury, say researchers

Transferring extremely premature babies from non-tertiary neonatal care unit to a tertiary level unit in the first 48 hours after birth is associated with an increased risk of severe brain injury, finds a study published in The BMJ.


TPCH leads a global trial of breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug

The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre is leading the worldwide trial of a breakthrough drug that could allow patients to live decades longer, by turning the acutely fatal disease into a manageable condition.


Tiger snakebite deaths reveal problems with antivenom dosing

With snake season having begun early for Queensland a new paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia brings into focus ongoing controversy surrounding the treatment for snakebite.


For the first time walking patterns identify specific types of dementia

Pioneering research has revealed that analysing how a person walks may be a key clinical tool in helping to accurately identify the specific type of dementia a patient has - Alzheimer's disease or Lewy body dementia.


QUT researchers use AI to sharpen the focus of eye testing

QUT researchers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning techniques to develop a more accurate and detailed method for analysing images of the back of the eye to help clinicians better detect and track eye diseases, such as glaucoma and aged-related macular degeneration.


Plain water is better than hand sanitiser for influenza A

Simple handwashing, even without soap, is more effective than using many hand disinfectants for killing influenza A virus (IAV) in typical clinical situations, new data show.


A new study suggests nurses’ performance is affected by social media addiction

Addiction to social networking sites is affecting nurses’ performance and their ability to concentrate on their work, according to a new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The research suggests addiction to social networking sites is “becoming commonplace” among nurses and this risks damaging patient care.