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Plain packaged cigarettes to benefit legs

Patients that suffer from debilitating leg ulcers will benefit from the federal government’s tobacco plain packaging laws that came into effect on Saturday, according to the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA). At any one time, there is over 300,000 Australians ...

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Griffith in cancer breakthrough

Australian researchers have made further advances in treating cervical disease that may greatly improve survival rates. By Antonia Maiolo Painful surgical procedures to treat cervical cancer could soon be a thing of the past as researchers from Griffith University have ...

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Signs of ageing linked to heart problems

Receding hairlines, earlobe creases, puffy eyes – all these signs of physical ageing are also associated with risk of heart attack, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that the presence of visible signs of ...

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Preterm babies in blood transfusion study

By reducing the possibility of adverse inflammatory responses to the blood, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found a way of improving the quality of blood transfusions for preterm babies. The study, performed by researchers from the university’s Robinson ...

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Tackling a ticklish topic

A leading continence nurse is heading to Asia to help advance treatment for the disabling condition. Incontinence is often a tough topic to talk about but one of Australia’s leading nurses in this field has been talking about it for ...

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Researchers chew over edible vaccines

Patients may soon no longer need to fear needles and injections as a study continues to explore the possibilities of edible vaccines. The study, run by researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), Ondek and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, ...

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National push to stop repeat heart attacks

The George Institute for Global Health and the Heart Foundation are calling for reforms in healthcare to try to reduce the number of repeat heart attacks. By Aileen Macalintal. They have presented a five-point plan, part of which is to ...

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Dear diary, I survived…

A diary kept by hospital staff, family and friends could help intensive-care patients prevent psychological complications. “Being admitted to ICU can be a time of significant psychological and physical stress for patients and their families,” said Bev Ewens, a PhD ...

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Meal breaks: On call but unpaid in brief

Three nurses from Wynnum Hospital, Brisbane, are the subject of a dispute over interrupted meal breaks. Currently before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, the matter was lodged on behalf of the nurses by the Queensland Nurses’ Union (QNU). “They get ...

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New drug to stop progression of eye disease

Researchers from Flinders University, in partnership with collaborators in Melbourne, believe they have developed a new drug that may stop or even reverse the progression of eye disease. Led by Professor Keryn Williams of Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and ...

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