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Mental illness raises risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, says new Australian research

New research by Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia has revealed that women with severe mental illness have a greater chance of developing a serious medical complication during pregnancy.

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Featured apps from IBM Micromedex

CKN provides clinicians with a range of apps from highly-regarded clinical information resources available on the site. Featured this month are apps from IBM® Micromedex®, providing Queensland Health clinicians with content covering drug references, interactions, IV compatibility, paediatrics and neonatology.. 

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More colorectal cancer cases are being diagnosed in younger patients

The incidence of colorectal cancer in adults younger than 50 years of age has increased in the USA since 1970. A new study published early online in the American Cancer Society’s journal CANCER, found that the proportion of adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer under age 50 in the United States has continued to increase over the past decade, and younger adults are diagnosed with more advanced disease.

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Genetics account for over 50% of the risk of developing motor neurone disease - new study

Irish researchers have found that one in 347 men and one in 436 women can be expected to develop motor neurone disease during their lifetime, and that genetics account for about 52% of the risk of developing the disease. 

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Research into an old vaccine brings new surprises

New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.

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Gut microbes protect against neurologic damage from viral infections

Gut microbes produce compounds that prime immune cells to destroy harmful viruses in the brain and nervous system, according to a new study. The findings suggest that having healthy and diverse microbiota is essential for quickly clearing viruses in the nervous system to prevent paralysis and other risks associated with diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

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No link between flu vaccine in pregnancy and later health problems in children

Getting the flu shot while pregnant is safe for both mothers and babies and saves lives, a finding that researchers hope will help tackle vaccination concerns.

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Queensland’s Allied Health departments are leading the way in knowledge translation with AH-TRIP (Allied Health-Translating Research into Practice)

A challenge often faced by clinicians is how to best address complex clinical problems within the health care setting. These problems may look simple at face value, for example, improving mobility amongst older inpatients, but they are often complex, including several components and requiring multiple groups or teams to change their behaviours.

Things that go bump in the night - the new “normal” for baby movements

Every pregnant woman knows that just as they are settling down for the evening, their babies kick into party mode. Now a University of Auckland-led study shows it is entirely normal in late pregnancy for babies to be more active in the evening and bedtime, and that babies’ movements tend to keep getting stronger even as they come to term. 

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Nurse-led education effective in teaching drug safety skills to arthritis patients

Self-care guidance from nurses can equip patients with the skills and knowledge they need to manage the risks associated with taking disease-modifying drugs for inflammatory arthritis, according to a landmark study.

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