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When it comes to heart attack risk, hypertension, smoking and diabetes impact women more than men

Hypertension, smoking and diabetes increase heart attack risk in both sexes, but new research published in BMJ shows they have more impact in women than in men.


Postnatal depression much more likely for women who give birth to boys

A study into postnatal depression (PND), found the odds of developing this condition increased by 79% when mothers had baby boys compared to baby girls.


New blood test may help detect early-stage lung cancer when surgery is still possible

Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is often fatal because most cases are not diagnosed until they are so advanced that surgical intervention is no longer possible. To improve outcomes researchers are developing a blood test to detect lung cancer earlier in the disease, when a surgical cure is still possible.


Caesarean section births rise rapidly to more than 20% worldwide

New research published in The Lancet has shown that rates of caesarean section births worldwide have nearly doubled to 21% between 2000 and 2015, with often life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.


New blood clot clinical care standard targets one of the biggest killers in Australia

Preventable blood clots kill four times more people that road accidents, with venous thromboembolism (VTE) – in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) – putting 30,000 Australian lives at risk each year. This month a new nationally agreed standard of care has been released, aiming to reduce the death toll.


New research suggests men place less value on care-oriented careers like nursing

Men assign less importance to care-oriented careers than women do, possibly because men internalise different values compared to women, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.


Is Alzheimer's caused by herpes?

Herpes is the “gift that keeps on giving”. But could it also be taking our memories? Decades of research show a striking correlation between Alzheimer's disease risk and infection with Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV1) in people carrying a specific gene. Now, newly-available epidemiological data provide a causal link between HSV1 infection and senile dementia.


Pre-eclampsia could triple the risk of some forms of dementia later in life

Women who suffer pre-eclampsia during pregnancy have a higher risk of dementia in later life, a new study suggests. Pre-eclampsia is associated with an increased risk of later dementia, particularly vascular dementia, caused by reduced blood supply to the brain due to diseased blood vessels, finds a large cohort study published by The BMJ.


Nurses “eyeballing” patients in ED is better than triage

Simply eyeballing a patient may be more effective than using a formal structured assessment (algorithm) to prioritise those who are the sickest and therefore most in need of urgent medical attention, finds research published online in “Emergency Medicine Journal”.


New test rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant superbugs

The availability of antimicrobials to treat infections is at the heart of modern healthcare. It enables health professionals to safely deliver interventions, such as surgery and chemotherapy, and allows patients to live longer and healthier lives. However antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is developing faster than new antimicrobials can be developed or discovered. Now researchers from the University of California Berkeley have created a simple and inexpensive new test that can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in only a couple of minutes, an innovation which could help doctors prescribe a specific antibiotic for each infection, limiting the spread of antibiotic resistant organisms.