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Study casts doubt on new whooping cough vaccine

The limited effectiveness of the current pertussis vaccine might explain the resurgence in whooping cough in babies, new research has found. A study of 40,000 children in Queensland has shown children vaccinated against whooping cough with the current vaccine were ...

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Measles outbreak concerns disease experts

Infectious disease experts have warned that some Australian communities may be missing out on immunisations following an outbreak of measles in NSW. The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) has also called on health professionals to be aware of ...

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Ovarian cancer study to look at lifestyle

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research is poised to embark on Australia’s first study of lifestyle factors that could improve the survival rates of women with ovarian cancer. More than 1000 newly diagnosed Australian women will participate in the five-year ...

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Low-risk people benefit from heart drugs

People at low risk of a heart attack could still benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, researchers say. Half of all heart attacks occur in patients with a low cardiovascular risk, and a large study has shown the risk of these ...

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Be it noted, keep records

Scott Trueman discusses the crucial importance of nursing documentation in legal proceedings. Nursing documentation or “nursing notes” have several functions not least of which are to record faithfully and actually what occurred at the relevant time. Such documentation is highly ...

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Early detection for Parkinson’s

Australian researchers are leading the development of a 20-minute test to identify the early stages of dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients. The test to be administered by health professionals will be able to accurately diagnose pre-clinical dementia in the about ...

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Infant co-sleeping sparks debate

A Victorian coroner’s recommendation that health authorities should warn all parents against the dangers of co-sleeping with their baby risks some mothers rejecting all health messages, says a leading midwifery researcher. Following an inquiry into the SIDS related deaths of ...

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