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Early postnatal transfer of premmies risks severe brain injury, say researchers

Transferring extremely premature babies from non-tertiary neonatal care unit to a tertiary level unit in the first 48 hours after birth is associated with an increased risk of severe brain injury, finds a study published in The BMJ.


TPCH leads a global trial of breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug

The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre is leading the worldwide trial of a breakthrough drug that could allow patients to live decades longer, by turning the acutely fatal disease into a manageable condition.


Tiger snakebite deaths reveal problems with antivenom dosing

With snake season having begun early for Queensland a new paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia brings into focus ongoing controversy surrounding the treatment for snakebite.


For the first time walking patterns identify specific types of dementia

Pioneering research has revealed that analysing how a person walks may be a key clinical tool in helping to accurately identify the specific type of dementia a patient has - Alzheimer's disease or Lewy body dementia.


QUT researchers use AI to sharpen the focus of eye testing

QUT researchers have applied artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning techniques to develop a more accurate and detailed method for analysing images of the back of the eye to help clinicians better detect and track eye diseases, such as glaucoma and aged-related macular degeneration.


Plain water is better than hand sanitiser for influenza A

Simple handwashing, even without soap, is more effective than using many hand disinfectants for killing influenza A virus (IAV) in typical clinical situations, new data show.


A new study suggests nurses’ performance is affected by social media addiction

Addiction to social networking sites is affecting nurses’ performance and their ability to concentrate on their work, according to a new study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The research suggests addiction to social networking sites is “becoming commonplace” among nurses and this risks damaging patient care.


Daily coffee doesn’t affect cancer risk, according to new research from QIMR

Researchers from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have found that drinking coffee does not change a person’s risk of being diagnosed with, or dying from, cancer, in a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology


Could long, high dose courses of antibiotics be the answer to common infections or lead to more AMR problems?

Many women suffer from urinary tract infection (UTI) symptoms for years, but standard tests don't often provide a diagnosis and standard treatments don't help. But recent research into the detection of infections suggest that some tests are out of date and that treatment recommendations could be leading to increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problems. 

Low nurse and support staffing tied to higher inpatient mortality

Low nursing assistant staffing is just as much of a risk to the lives of patients as inadequate registered nurse levels, US researchers have found. As well as reinforcing previous findings about the association between registered nurse staffing and patient mortality, the researchers also found a link between death rates and nursing support levels.