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28
Mar

New review into inflammatory bowel disease during pregnancy offers hope to expectant mothers

Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who wish to have children have an excellent chance of a successful pregnancy if the pregnancy is planned, if conception occurs when IBD is in remission, and if there is pre-conception counselling.

27
Mar

Increased Q fever vaccination needed for rural residents

Q fever awareness and vaccine access needs to increase for all people living in rural and regional areas, as a new Australian study finds people who are not in recognised high-risk groups are still at increased risk of catching the highly infectious disease. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found rural residents in Australia were highly likely to be exposed to the bacterial infection, even if they were not working with animals.

26
Mar

Results of a new trial suggest oral antibiotics should be considered for patients with bone and joint infections

Prolonged antibiotic therapy for joint infections and osteomyelitis has substantial costs in terms of dollars, time and the potential development of antibiotic resistance. Standard duration of intravenous antibiotic therapy is six weeks for osteomyelitis and between two and six weeks for septic arthritis. Recently, a randomised, unblinded non-inferiority trial was conducted in the UK comparing intravenous to oral antibiotic therapy for bone and joint infections, most often following surgical debridement.

26
Mar

New advances in managing glaucoma: the “sneak thief of sight”

The MJA has published two articles on advances in glaucoma management and the importance of collaborative care in improving patients’ quality of life.

20
Mar

Featured apps - BMJ Best Practice, MIMS, and Micromedex

CKN provides clinicians with a range of apps from highly-regarded clinical information resources available on the site. Featured this month are BMJ Best Practice’s app with decision support information for patient diagnosis and treatment, and drug information apps from MIMS and Micromedex.

15
Mar

20% of pancreatic cancer linked to smoking: another reason to quit

Thousands of cases of pancreatic cancer could be avoided in the coming decades if current smokers could kick the habit, prompting one expert to call for a renewed commitment to making tobacco control and smoking cessation “public health priority number one”.

7
Mar

Challenges accessing patient records a driver of unnecessary healthcare

Specialists and hospital staff cite challenges in accessing patient information from other clinicians as a common reason for requesting unnecessary medical tests, treatments or procedures, according to a new report from Choosing Wisely Australia.

28
Feb

Townsville flooding - "The health response has been quite remarkable"

Recent flooding in North and North West Queensland has focused attention on the dangerous soil-borne bacteria and disease organisms that floodwaters harbour, posing serious health risks in affected regions. Indeed there has been two confirmed deaths and several people admitted to hospital as a result of melioidosis in the wake of flooding. CKN spoke with Townsville’s Public Health Unit acting director, Dr Julie Mudd, about the health effects that recent flooding have had on the region, and how her team in Townsville have responded to the crisis.

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.

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