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Allergic asthma sufferers offered hope through use of a new cancer drug

A potential new treatment for asthma works by targeting the cause of the disease, rather than just masking its symptoms. Preclinical findings show how a drug, currently well tolerated in clinical trials for cancer, is able to ‘switch off’ and reverse the uncontrolled inflammation responsible for driving and exacerbating asthma.

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Antibiotic resistance still poses substantial risk despite fall in antibiotic use, report finds

The most comprehensive report produced on Australian antimicrobial use and resistance trends has found that antimicrobial use in the community is falling, but they continue to be overprescribed, while some dangerous bacteria are growing increasingly resistant to common antibiotics.

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Australian study will change the way stroke is treated around the world

A team of Melbourne researchers have found the time to treat ischemic stroke patients can be doubled. One in five people suffer stroke in their sleep and this will be life changing for them.

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Multiple myeloma survivability on the rise

A cure for multiple myeloma – a malignancy of plasma cells originating from the bone marrow – is on the cards if breakthroughs continue to come at the rate of the past decade, according to researchers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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