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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. 


The latest edition of Don’t Rush to Crush is now in MIMS Online

The 4th edition of Don’t Rush to Crush is now available in MIMS Online


A repurposed coeliac disease drug shows promise treating a serious COVID-19 complication for kids

US scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have identified a promising drug candidate, first developed for coeliac disease, for the treatment of multi-inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), they report in Clinical Care Explorations. MIS-C is a rare but severe and potentially life-threatening condition that usually develops in children weeks to months after they have experienced a mild or even asymptomatic case of COVID-19. The new study shows a rapid improvement in children with MIS-C when treated with the drug.


Is it IBD or something else? Key characteristics offer clues

Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with features that often mimic each other, commonly present clinical challenges. But according to a new review key characteristics can help distinguish the most common, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), from other serious IMIDs such as coeliac disease, allowing for proper diagnosis and treatment.


How superbugs uses mirror images to create antibiotic resistance

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial infection that has become resistant to most of the antibiotics used to treat regular staph infections. US computer scientist Bruce Donald from Duke University, and collaborators at the University of Connecticut are working to develop new enzyme inhibitors to fight MRSA. In research published in PLOS Computational Biology, the team discovered how a single small mutation makes a big difference in drug efficacy.


5 hour + emergency care wait before admission linked to heightened death risk

Patients presenting to hospital emergency departments are at a higher risk of death, from any cause within the next 30 days, if it takes more than 5 hours to admit them, according to a British study published in the BMJ’s Emergency Medicine Journal. While the UK and Australia aim to keep ED wait times below 4 hours, this target is not always met.


Breaking bacterial antibiotic resistance may see the return of cheap, effective and available treatments

Australian and international researchers may have uncovered a key to making existing frontline antibiotics work again, against the deadly bacteria that cause pneumonia. The researchers found how to repurpose a molecule called PBT2 - originally developed as a potential treatment for disorders such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases - to break bacterial resistance to commonly used frontline antibiotics. This discovery may see the comeback of readily available and cheap antibiotics, such as penicillin and ampicillin, as effective weapons in the fight against the rapidly rising threat of antibiotic resistance.


Australian study set to guide the treatment of critically ill patients worldwide

New research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on intravenous fluids used in intensive care shows that commonly used saline is as effective at keeping people alive and their organs functioning as more expensive balanced solutions. The results not only provide doctors with greater certainty about the safety and benefits of saline solution, but also have broader implications for treatment availability and costs around the world.


BMJ Best Practice now including Case Reports

BMJ Best Practice has added a carefully curated selection of over 5,000 case reports integrated into BMJ Best Practice