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It's taking too long to treat rural Aussies who have a stroke

A Monash Health study investigating inequalities in acute stroke care found Australians in rural areas are not receiving the same timely care as those in cities. Rural Australians will be treated for stroke in an average of just over three hours. This compares with two hours and 20 minutes for their city cousins. 


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Concussion recovery not so clear cut for children, say UQ researchers

Sleep problems, fatigue and attention difficulties in the weeks after a child's concussion injury could be a sign of reduced brain function and decreased grey matter.


Dodgy treatment: it's not us, it's them, say the experts. So who is to be believed?

Patients might not be getting the best advice about which treatments do or don't work, according to a recent Australian study. The researchers found professional societies are more likely to call out other health professionals for providing low-value treatments rather than look in their own backyards.


Burn units need to cater to Indigenous kids

Aboriginal health workers in burn units, and greater cultural competence in clinicians and health services, are urgently needed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander burns patients who have the highest burn injury rates of all Australians.


QUT researchers develop clever drugs in fight against staph infections

Eradicating deadly staph using a new breed of antibiotics has revealed promising results in research released by QUT, helping to overcome one of the biggest modern medical challenges.


Time to stop commercial distortion of healthcare evidence and practice, experts urge

It's time to stop the endemic financial entanglement with industry that is distorting the production and use of healthcare evidence, causing harm to individuals and waste for health systems, argue an influential group of Australian and international experts in The BMJ. Too many tests, diagnoses, pills and procedures are wasting resources that could be better spent meeting genuine need. 


How much sunshine causes melanoma? It's in your genes

Queensland researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have shown that 22 different genes help to determine how much sun exposure a person needs to receive before developing melanoma. For people at high genetic risk, sun exposure in childhood is a strong contributing factor while people at low genetic risk develop melanoma only after a lifetime of exposure to sunlight.


In-hospital diabetes screening needs more support

Blood glucose and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) screening alone does not improve diabetes case detection and care for patients admitted to hospital from emergency departments (EDs), according to research published this month by the Medical Journal of Australia.


Improvement needed for care of children with acute gastro

Treatment for children with acute gastroenteritis follows clinical practice guidelines 90% of the time but drops to around 50% adherence for best practice diagnosis and ongoing management of the condition, according to new Australian research.