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Positivity improves illness outcomes

Having a positive attitude can improve outcomes for those living with chronic illness, a research review has found. Researchers at Curtin University have studied the power of positive and negative thoughts on people living with cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ...

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Codeine-free pain relief is better: expert

Australia's top pain medicine body is urging patients to start considering alternative pain relief to codeine before the ban on over-the-counter sales of the drug early next year. Dr Chris Hayes, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), says anti-inflammatory ...

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Australian breakthrough for peanut allergy

Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of deadly peanut allergies in children. A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute resulted in two-thirds of the children being treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment being ...

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Emergency doctors being bullied, harassed

Emergency department doctors are being exposed to "distressingly" high levels of bullying and harassment within Australian hospitals. The finding is the result of a membership survey conducted by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) aimed at identifying unacceptable behaviour ...

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People not immune to flu striking twice

With a NSW Health report confirming that 2017 is already its worst year for flu, people are being warned that due to different strains circulating the country there's a chance they could get a second dose of flu. The NSW Health ...

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Serco passes Perth hospital standard test

The standard of non-clinical services at Perth's Fiona Stanley Hospital have been given a pass mark, more than two years after Serco was stripped of its contract to sterilise surgical equipment after a contamination scandal. Surgical equipment was returned in ...

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Hope for spine injuries in new research

To the US where research has seen treatment of mice with spinal injuries and stroke recover some motor skills... A cocktail of therapeutic molecules could help restore fine movement skills after a spinal injury or stroke, research suggests. Scientists used ...

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Melbourne invention saves lives and limbs

Life and limb could be saved with a device invented by a team of Melbourne medical experts. Three Monash University clinicians developed the "bidirectional cannula" to prevent heart surgery patients from losing oxygen to their legs, a serious complication that ...

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Hearing loss expected to soar in Australia

The number of Australians affected by hearing loss is expected to soar within the next 50 years at great cost to the economy. Hearing Care Industry Australia has launched a report, developed by Deloitte Access Economics, on the social and economic ...

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