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27
Feb

Hand hygiene compliance among paramedics “remarkably low”

Paramedics’ compliance with WHO hand hygiene guidelines seems to be “remarkably low,” according to a new observational study of ambulance staff practice in Australia and three other countries. And over-reliance on gloves suggests paramedics may be more aware of their own infection risk rather than that of their patients, says the researchers. 

27
Feb

Long working hours linked to heightened depression risk in women, with implications for health workers

Women working more than 55 hours per week are at a heightened risk of depression, and weekend work has been linked to heightened risk among both sexes, according to new research published in the BMJ's Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

26
Feb

E-cigarette “vaping” liquids are a poisoning risk for children

Australian children are at increasing risk of poisoning from unregulated e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine, according to new research from Australian Poisons Information Centres.

23
Feb

Treating insomnia improves back pain

Chronic low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 540 million people at any one time. More than 59% of sufferers also experience insomnia. A new analysis from the University of Sydney shows treatment for insomnia can help to reduce back pain, further enforcing the complex link between sleep and pain.

22
Feb

'Cellular barcoding' reveals how breast cancer spreads

A cutting-edge technique called cellular barcoding has been used to tag, track and pinpoint cells responsible for the spread of breast cancer from the main tumour into the blood and other organs. The technique also revealed how chemotherapy temporarily shrinks the number of harmful cells, rather than eliminating them, explaining how the cancer could eventually relapse.

22
Feb

Blindfolds improve leadership in paediatric resuscitation training

Doctors have found that paediatric team leaders improve more during resuscitation training if they wear a blindfold. The research team's findings demonstrate a promising tool for improving training and outcomes in paediatric resuscitation.

21
Feb

What makes women abandon their dreams of becoming surgeons?

Women make up just 11% of consultant surgeons, yet 60% of medical students are female. New research by Gold Coast Health general surgeon Dr Rhea Liang now provides insights into why so many women walk away from their surgical training.

21
Feb

One-third of pregnant women do not believe cannabis is harmful to their baby

While it is widely known that the use of alcohol and tobacco are detrimental to a baby’s development, a new literature review conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that pregnant women are far less likely to perceive cannabis use to be harmful in spite of recent evidence to the contrary.

14
Feb

Evidence-based guidance on flood-related bacteria and diseases

Floodwater can harbour dangerous soil-borne bacteria and disease organisms that pose serious health risks to the general public, as well as emergency services and health workers in affected regions. In the wake of recent flooding in North and North West Queensland there has been one death and several people have been hospitalised as a result of infection from environmental bacteria, in particular melioidosis.

29
Jan

Delaying a newborn's first bath helps boost breastfeeding rates

Delaying the bathing of newborns for at least 12 hours after birth is associated with significant improvements in exclusive breastfeeding while in hospital and with mothers being more likely to have feeding plans on discharge that include human milk (exclusively or in addition to formula).

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