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Student nurses need strategies to cope with stress

Student nurses should be equipped with tools to deal with stress as a routine part of their training, according to the results of a new study. The research authors made the recommendation after discovering the pressure associated with nursing studies was an “important risk factor” in the mental health of students.


Dengue mosquito is Queensland’s biggest threat for spreading Zika virus

Researchers at QUT and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have found that the dengue fever mosquito common to north and central Queensland poses the greatest danger of spreading the Zika virus in Australia.


Researchers synthesise 'anti-tumour antibiotic' with potential as an effective cancer treatment

A major breakthrough could herald a new era in the design and production of new antibiotics and anticancer agents. After 20 years of research, scientists have cracked the chemical code of an incredibly complex 'anti-tumour antibiotic' known to be highly effective against cancer cells as well as drug-resistant bacteria, and have reproduced it synthetically in the lab for the first time.


A possible blood test for early-stage, presymptomatic Alzheimer's disease

A large team of South Korean researchers has developed a possible blood test to detect the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in patients who have yet to exhibit symptoms. 


Australian handwashing campaign reduces incidence of Staphylococcus aureus infection in hospitals, with nurses leading the way

The past decade has seen significant, sustained improvements in hand hygiene compliance among Australian healthcare workers, with reduced risks of potentially fatal healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus infection. And nurses have consistently led by example with the highest hygiene compliance, according to new research into the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI), published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases


Post-surgery pain medications fuelling global opioid crisis

Targets to eliminate pain after surgery have driven increases in the use of opioids and are a major cause of the opioid crisis in the US, Canada and other countries, according to a series of articles published in The Lancet, bringing together global evidence detailing the role of surgery in the opioid crisis. 


US nurses ‘live’ mapping opioid overdoses to inform practice

The US is currently in the grip of a well-publicised opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country. Now nurses in New York are using geospatial mapping of opioid overdoses to inform clinical practice at a local clinic level in “real time”. 


Stress from traumatic events linked to heart attacks

Stress-related disorders may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a large Swedish study, “Stress related disorders and risk of cardiovascular disease: population based, sibling controlled cohort study”published in The BMJ.


Testosterone may underlie rare blindness condition in women

A disease that causes chronic headaches and even blindness in women, and has puzzled researchers for more than 100 years, may be caused by excess androgens, particularly testosterone, that modulate secretion of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), UK researchers have discovered.


Doctors need to do better when talking to families about critically ill patients

The values and preferences of critically ill patients are often not addressed when doctors are discussing their care with family members, according to a study that suggests there's plenty of room for improvements in communication.