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'Time is life' for trauma patients – new research shows whole body scans reduce time spent in emergency departments

Long wait times for scans in emergency departments are common in hospitals around the world, leading to lengthy queues and ramping issues with paramedics often having to care for critically ill patients in the interim. Now a new study by a University of South Australia medical imaging student may have found a partial solution: imaging trauma patients with whole body CT (WBCT) scans which are much faster and more accurate than conventional radiology procedures.


Early breakthrough in blood cancer vaccination

Queensland researchers have developed a cancer vaccine for blood cancers and solid malignancies, providing a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. Following the successful outcome of their preclinical studies the vaccine is now ready to move to human trials.


Journals and me: a long-term relationship

Having access to current editions and back catalogues of medical journals is critical for effective literature review, ongoing education and professional development, and is a mainstay of medical research. Through CKN, Queensland Health maintains one of the most comprehensive online medical libraries in Australia, and includes subscriptions to popular and widely used journals, such as Australian Medical Journal, The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and JAMA, as well as journals of relevance to Queensland Health’s comprehensive Coronavirus pandemic response.

CKN spoke with Dr David Pincus, consultant paediatrician and Honorary Adjunct Professor at Bond University, who reflected on how life with journals has changed over the past 40 years.


Water injections to relieve back pain in labour no longer 'midwifery voodoo'

Sterile water injections provide effective pain relief for women with labour back pain, according to University of Queensland-led research published in The Lancet journal EClinicalMedicine.


"miniMAGIC" - New guidelines rate appropriateness of IV devices for sick children

Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service clinicians, in collaboration with Griffith University and the University of Michigan, have created the world’s first paediatric appropriateness guidelines for intravenous catheters.


Blood cancer discovery raises new treatment hopes for leukaemia sufferers

New QIMR Berghofer research has identified how an early genetic change in blood and bone marrow cells paves the way for the development of some blood cancers. The discovery provides a new target for treatment of the blood cancers myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). MDS is often a precursor cancer to AML, a highly aggressive form of leukaemia.


Indigenous ICU patients suffer higher mortality rates in the long term

Rigorous follow-up of Indigenous patients recovering from critical illness, particularly those who have discharged themselves from hospital, is essential, a new Medical Journal of Australia paper says.


Risks of preterm births fall under new Australian initiative

The rate of potentially fatal preterm births in Western Australian hospitals can be safely reduced by up to 20% when a coordinated series of interventions is applied to pregnant women, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.


Australian-first model for midwives helps improve maternal and childhood vaccination rates

An Australian-first antenatal vaccine communication model for midwives showed promise for increasing uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines, according to a pilot study. The research, led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and published in Vaccine, found the intervention was feasible, acceptable and improved midwives' vaccine discussions with expectant mothers.


Drug-resistant Candida auris fungus found in Melbourne hospital

Australia's first possible case of locally transmitted Candida auris – an emergent, multidrug-resistant yeast – was identified with two cases in one Melbourne hospital ward in 2018, and may be the first instance of transmission of C. auris in Australia, prompting warnings of the importance of greater awareness and research investment into this pathogen.