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Antipsychotics best for quick ED sedation

Severely agitated emergency department patients are best sedated with a combination of antipsychotic drugs, a study has found. Droperidol or olanzapine in combination with midazolam is fast and effective in sedating aggressive patients and they are less likely to require ...

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Benign brain tumours may cause greater stress

A new study has revealed that patients with benign brain tumours can experience greater distress than those with malignant tumours before radiation therapy. Dr Maria Kangas, lead researcher, said that many people assume that a benign tumour would cause less ...

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Call to consolidate rare surgeries

Complex surgery for rare cancers should be consolidated into specialised units to improve survival rates, says the NSW peak cancer control agency. Data from the Cancer Institute NSW has demonstrated an association between hospitals conducting very small numbers of procedures ...

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Drip replacement ‘unnecessary’

The routine replacement of IV drips every three days in hospital wards is costly and clinically unnecessary, new data has found. Research published in The Lancet last month has the potential to save the Australian economy millions of dollars each year ...

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Use of ketamine questioned

A commonly used cancer drug may do more harm than good, researchers at Flinders University have found. The team in the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) discovered that the drug, which has been used for decades to treat cancer-related ...

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Specialist nurses clue to dementia diagnosis

The key to identifying patients predisposed to dementia could be held by district nurses visiting the elderly, says a senior researcher with the Royal District Nursing Service. A new Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) trial, now under way in Melbourne, ...

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Spotlight on autism in adulthood

A lack of adult-specific diagnostic tools for autism risks them becoming “the hidden face” of the disorder, says a researcher. Flinders University PhD candidate Clare Holmes is embarking on a 4-year study to develop new tools to improve diagnosis and ...

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Call to consolidate rare surgeries

Complex surgery for rare cancers should be consolidated into specialised units to improve survival rates, the NSW peak cancer control agency has said. Data from the Cancer Institute NSW has demonstrated an association between hospitals conducting very small numbers of ...

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Hospital exercise key to recovery

Exposing intensive care patients to light exercise may reduce hospitalisation and improve long-term patient recovery. Researchers at Monash University will begin trialling early exercise programs in 12 Intensive Care Units in Australia and New Zealand for patients who are mechanically ...

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