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25
Jan

Emergency caesareans put first time mothers at higher risk of developing postnatal depression

A new study has revealed first-time mothers who give birth via unplanned caesarean section are 15% more likely to experience postnatal depression, prompting calls for more mental health support for women whose babies are delivered via emergency caesarean section.

23
Jan

Overcrowding, an emergency for EDs

Overcrowding is a global concern for emergency departments (EDs) around the world. ED volume continues to grow at a steady pace, and as a result, hospitals are faced with increased adverse patient outcomes, higher mortality rates, longer lengths of stay and increased readmissions.

23
Jan

Rotavirus vaccine associated with a decline in type 1 diabetes, according to Australian researchers

A vaccine that protects infants from a severe gastroenteritis-causing virus may provide an unexpected bonus; helping to prevent type 1 diabetes. The rotavirus vaccine became a routine immunisation for Australian babies in 2007, and unlike some other countries, it’s had widespread uptake. Now a new Australian study published online in JAMA Pediatrics, may have uncovered an added benefit to the childhood vaccination.

22
Jan

Everything you need to know to get through your internship (relatively) intact

The Junior Doctor Survival Guide is a companion to the new students, interns and residents beginning their journeys as clinicians. Written by residents, for interns and residents, the Junior Doctor Survival Guide is a thorough summary of everything you need to know to get through your internship and residency (relatively) intact.

21
Jan

A high intake of dietary fibre reduces the risk of non-communicable diseases

People who eat higher levels of dietary fibre and whole grains have lower rates of non-communicable diseases according to nearly 40 years of observational studies and clinical trials published in The Lancet

17
Jan

Enhanced qualitative research reporting method may improve patient care

Patients could benefit from improved nursing care and outcomes thanks to new guidance that helps draw out meaningful findings from qualitative studies, according to new UK research.

16
Jan

Proactive ward rounding by expert nurses can cut ICU admissions by 40%

Introducing dedicated expert nurses to proactively monitor patients at increased risk of “clinical deterioration” can help cut intensive care transfers by up to 40%, according to a new US study.

16
Jan

Clinicians urged to do more to promote exercise in diabetes patients

Clinicians need to do more to help people with type 2 diabetes stick to exercise regimes that can help them control blood glucose and improve heart health, according to a group of European experts. A position paper from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology highlights the benefits of physical activity for people with the condition. But the researchers make it clear that simply advising patients with type 2 diabetes to do more exercise is not enough. Instead, clinicians should help formulate tailored exercise plans and do more to motivate and encourage people to keep going, the researchers said.

20
Dec

Higher risk of death for patients leaving hospital over Christmas / New Year

Reduced staffing and lack of follow-up care could mean the festive season is a more vulnerable time for patients discharged from hospital. Patients sent home from hospital during the Christmas / New Year period are less likely to have a follow-up appointment, and have a higher risk of readmission or death within 30 days, finds a Canadian study published in The BMJ.

20
Dec

How breast cancer avoids immune system detection

Recent breakthroughs in immunotherapy are making a huge difference in treating some forms of cancer, especially metastatic cancer. But breast cancer has proven a tricky foe for this new therapy, and an interdisciplinary team of Florida State University researchers is now a little bit closer to figuring out why.

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