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Innovative home grown calculator improves the safety of aminoglycoside use

Infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria are becoming increasingly prevalent and constitute a serious threat to public health. They are difficult to treat and are frequently associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Now a Queensland-developed calculator for the use of bacteria-killing aminoglycoside antibiotics will help make it easier for clinicians throughout the state to safely prescribe and administer these powerful but high-risk drugs.


Water injections could be used to relieve labour pains

The effectiveness of using sterile water injections for labour contraction pain will be tested by an international collaboration of researchers, thanks to federal funding. The Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund has granted more than $300 thousand to the two-year project, run by Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The University of Queensland, Charles Darwin University and Sweden’s University of Skövde.


Mackay initiative helping to improve the health and wellbeing of patients on the autism spectrum

Arming people with the right information and resources can drastically improve health outcomes for autistic patients. The new Mackay Autism HealthPathway seeks to provide clinicians with a knowledge resource to do just that. This world-first initiative is helping to empower primary health care professionals in the region to improve and support the health and wellbeing, across the lifespan, of people on the Autism spectrum.


Are we closing the gap? Significant improvements in the burden of disease experienced by Indigenous Australians

There has been a decline in the rate of healthy years of life lost due to living with illness or injury and premature death for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The Australian Burden of Disease Study 2018: key findings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people shows that Indigenous Australians continue to experience higher rates of ‘disease burden’ than the Australian population as a whole, but the gap is narrowing.


First evidence of inflammatory micro clots in blood of people with Long COVID

New research indicates that an overload of various inflammatory molecules, literally "trapped" inside insoluble microscopic blood clots (micro clots), might be the cause of some of the lingering symptoms experienced by people enduring Long COVID.


Llama antibodies have significant potential as potent COVID-19 treatment

A unique type of tiny antibody produced by llamas could provide a new frontline treatment against COVID-19 that can be taken by patients as a simple nasal spray.


Questions you should be asking about COVID-19 booster shots

As countries and regions debate about deploying COVID vaccine booster shots, DynaMed's infectious diseases and immunology editors provide insight and answers to frequent questions.


Anaesthesia for knee replacement surgery has considerable carbon footprint

Anaesthesia for a single total knee replacement surgery has a carbon footprint equivalent to driving a car 67km, according to a study published in Anesthesiology, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


Australian research identifies likely cause of Alzheimer’s disease

New ground-breaking research led by Curtin University has discovered a likely cause of Alzheimer's disease, in a significant finding that offers potential new prevention and treatment opportunities for Australia's second-leading cause of death.


The importance of mental health care for clinicians during times of crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the physical and mental health of the global population in many ways. Clinicians have been uniquely affected by this crisis; overwork, inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and first-hand witness to the effects of a deadly pathogen have exacted a heavy toll. Close contact with patients with COVID-19 exacerbates these stressors further, as does the overall uncertainty of everyday life.