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FACT: Pregnancy can be detected by injecting a woman’s urine into a frog or toad

FACT: Mice droppings can be used as an ingredient in smelling salts.
Well, I never.

FACT: If a pregnant woman is scared by a wild dog, her child may be born with excess hair.
Hmmm that actually explains a few things.

FACT: Blowing tobacco smoke into the anus of a semi-conscious person will revive them.
Ah, not sure I want to know about that one to be honest.


Nurses and midwives are the superheroes of health care

Each year the healthcare community celebrates International Nurses on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale`s birthday. The day provides people working in the nursing profession, as well as those who have been cared for by nurses, the opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful work that nurses and midwives do.

Here at CKN we think Queensland’s 77,000+ nurses and midwives are truly the superheroes of healthcare. 


Clinician Profile – Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown: Wide Bay’s evidence warrior

Evidence-based practice is in the DNA of the Clinical Knowledge Network. Embracing this approach – the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best available evidence to deliver improved patient outcomes – is critical for every clinician in the state.

Today we speak with one of the champions of evidence-based practice, Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown (FRACP, FRCPA, FRSM), District Director of Clinical Training in the Wide Bay HHS.


New Australian study: High-flow oxygen therapy improves outcomes in infant bronchiolitis

High-flow oxygen therapy given by nasal cannula to infants with bronchiolitis - a treatment that adds heat, humidity and extra pressure to the oxygen - can cut odds of treatment failure by nearly half compared to standard-flow therapy, according to a new Australian study, A Randomized Trial of High-Flow Oxygen Therapy in Infants with Bronchiolitisavailable in CINAHL Complete on CKN


Featured article: Challenging the colonisation of birth: Koori women’s birthing knowledge and practice

The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination for social and cultural development. This fundamental right has been impeded worldwide through colonisation where many Indigenous peoples have had to adapt to ensure continuation of cultural knowledge and practice. Whilst loss of knowledge has occurred, the teaching of past stories and reviving of culture as a political statement has been implemented to address the imposition of colonial practices.


The most important button in a hospital room and why patients need to press it

Going to hospital for any reason can be daunting. It’s not a place most people want to spend a lot of time, and patients certainly don’t want to stay for longer than expected. Clinical Nurse Sarah Schnaak from The Prince Charles Hospital spoke about how patients can stay well in hospital, and being April No Falls month, the button she wants every patient to press to help them do so.


"Why did I miss the diagnosis? I just didn’t think of it." How to improve diagnosis decision making.

How using differential diagnosis tools like CKN’s Isabel can help reduce diagnostic errors.

In a classic paper, Dr. Georges Bordage asked a very simple question: “Why did I miss the diagnosis?” The answer is equally simple. “I just didn’t think of it.” 


Eating barbecued, high sugar and processed foods could harm a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant – new Australian study shows

Infertility is a growing global phenomenon, thought to affect about one in six people in developed countries. It is well known that obesity can lead to ovulation difficulties, and impede the chances of falling pregnant. Now researchers at Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of Medical Research have found that having a diet high in sugary, processed and charred, blackened foods may also have a greater impact on fertility and pregnancy than previously thought.


The interstitium is important and could impact future cancer treatments, but is it really a new organ?

The human body is incredibly complicated, and it’s no surprise that we haven’t discovered every mechanism that makes it run smoothly. Researchers are constantly finding new means by which our bodies work.


The genetic causes of stuttering are being investigated in a landmark international study

We all have times when we do not speak smoothly. We may add "um" or "you know" to what we say. Or, we may say a sound or word more than once. These disfluencies are normal if they happen every once in a while. When it happens a lot, it may be stuttering.