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High risk of type 2 diabetes for nurses working intermittent night shifts, leading unhealthy lifestyles

Nurses who work intermittent night shifts and lead an unhealthy lifestyle face an especially high risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The findings from the study are based on two long-term health studies on female nurses - Nurses’ Health Study (1988-2012) and Nurses’ Health Study II (1991-2013).

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Breastmilk & babies’ saliva shape oral microbiome, says QUT and UQ researchers

Newborn breastfed babies’ saliva combines with breastmilk to release antibacterial compounds that help to shape the bacterial communities (microbiota) in babies’ mouths, biomedical scientists have found.

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Peer-led mentoring programs offer part of the solution for bullying and harassment

Peer-led mentoring programs can help interns transition from university to the hospital environment but don’t address the underlying structural problems producing bullying, harassment, and mental health stigma.

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When it comes to heart attack risk, hypertension, smoking and diabetes impact women more than men

Hypertension, smoking and diabetes increase heart attack risk in both sexes, but new research published in BMJ shows they have more impact in women than in men.

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Postnatal depression much more likely for women who give birth to boys

A study into postnatal depression (PND), found the odds of developing this condition increased by 79% when mothers had baby boys compared to baby girls.

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New blood test may help detect early-stage lung cancer when surgery is still possible

Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is often fatal because most cases are not diagnosed until they are so advanced that surgical intervention is no longer possible. To improve outcomes researchers are developing a blood test to detect lung cancer earlier in the disease, when a surgical cure is still possible.

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Caesarean section births rise rapidly to more than 20% worldwide

New research published in The Lancet has shown that rates of caesarean section births worldwide have nearly doubled to 21% between 2000 and 2015, with often life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.

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New blood clot clinical care standard targets one of the biggest killers in Australia

Preventable blood clots kill four times more people that road accidents, with venous thromboembolism (VTE) – in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism) – putting 30,000 Australian lives at risk each year. This month a new nationally agreed standard of care has been released, aiming to reduce the death toll.

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New research suggests men place less value on care-oriented careers like nursing

Men assign less importance to care-oriented careers than women do, possibly because men internalise different values compared to women, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

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Is Alzheimer's caused by herpes?

Herpes is the “gift that keeps on giving”. But could it also be taking our memories? Decades of research show a striking correlation between Alzheimer's disease risk and infection with Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV1) in people carrying a specific gene. Now, newly-available epidemiological data provide a causal link between HSV1 infection and senile dementia.

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