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Get CKN journals without even visiting CKN. Just install LibKey Nomad

We’re excited to launch LibKey Nomad, an innovative tool making it easier for Queensland clinicians to access CKN’s journal articles. LibKey Nomad is an easily-installed browser extension for your work computer (approved by Queensland Health) or home computer, that automatically gives you access to CKN journal resources without having to visit the CKN website - connecting you to CKN content no matter where you start your research.


BMJ study finds risk of serious blood clots up to six months after COVID-19 infection

A new study published by The BMJ finds an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis up to three months after COVID-19 infection, pulmonary embolism up to six months, and a bleeding event up to two months. The findings also show a higher risk of events in patients with comorbidities, patients with more severe COVID-19, and during the first pandemic wave compared with the second and third waves.


Study finds new patterns of antibiotic resistance spread in hospitals

Bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics. A group of bacterial species called Enterobacterales that are able to fend off a type of antibiotic called carbapenems are a particular problem. Related infections are difficult to treat and often fatal, and can spread between patients within hospital settings, creating outbreaks that can be hard to contain. New research provides insight into how these antibiotic resistant infections can spread throughout hospitals otherwise undetected – through gene transfer between bacteria.


Australian study finds rural background or rural training key to retention of country doctors

Medical graduates from a rural background or those who spend an extended time in a rural clinical placement are more likely to become country doctors, according to new research by several Australian universities.


University of Sydney study sheds light on psychological therapies for chronic low back pain

The best treatment for chronic low back pain doesn't just focus on the physical but rather combines traditional physiotherapy treatments with those that focus on the mind, according to new research from the University of Sydney.


QIMR Berghofer study finds genetic link between melanoma and autoimmune conditions

A new study has found an intriguing link between the genetic risks for melanoma and autoimmune diseases, opening the door for potential new treatments.


Shift work linked to poorer working memory and slower mental processing speed

Shift work is linked to poorer working memory and slower mental processing speed, according to a pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published online in BMJ’s Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The research also showed that shift work is associated with lower levels of alertness and visual focus, and the ability to control impulses and situational response, potentially heightening the risk of workplace injuries and errors.


New to CKN: Browse your favourite medical journals with BrowZine

CKN is excited to announce the launch of BrowZine, making it even easier to find and read your favourite health journals. BrowZine (pronounced brow-zeen) is an intuitive and user friendly desktop and mobile app that allows you to browse, read and monitor CKN’s collection of e-journals, all in one simple interface. 


UQ study shows endometriosis and ovarian cancer are genetically tied

University of Queensland researchers have demonstrated a genetic link between endometriosis and ovarian cancer subtypes enabling them to identify potential drug targets for therapy and increasing the understanding of both diseases.


Home-grown approach to journal clubs helps clinicians translate evidence into practice

One of CKN’s primary aims is to support the work of Queensland researchers by providing access to high quality medical and health journals. Information literacy and critical evaluation skills are necessary for expanding our body of knowledge aimed at improving patient care. Journal clubs offer clinicians an opportunity to not only hone their research skills, but also keep abreast of the latest evidence and incorporate it into their practice. Journal clubs are not new, and have historically had mixed results. However a home-grown approach from a team at the Gold Coast HHS, TREAT Journal Clubs, offers to increase their effectiveness through an innovative process-driven format.