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The key to tackling addiction

Support, not punishment, is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses, study suggests. As many as 10 to 20 per cent of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems, but the key to ...

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Nature’s way

Native plants may hold the key to healing wounds. Common plants such as marigold could hold the key to dealing with chronic wounds, which affect almost half a million Australians and cost around $2.6 billion to the health system annually. ...

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The body’s building blocks

Stephen Ratcliffe on the important link between nutrition and wound care and healing. For many clients and their carers, the link between nutrition and wound care is not easily understood. But in the context of food as the building block ...

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Caesarean myth dispelled by study

Research suggests rise in caesareans is largely driven by medical advice not choice. The popular belief that caesareans are on the rise because women are ‘too posh to push’ is incorrect, a new study shows. University of Queensland researchers surveyed ...

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Cancer rates up, deaths down

An ageing population and improved screening sees rise in new cases of cancer detected. The rate of new cancers diagnosed in Australia has surged over the past quarter-century, just as advances in detection and treatment have put cancer deaths into ...

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Below the belt

Too often men’s health issues are ignored. For some it is a case of not seeing that there is a problem. Others are told it might be a problem but don’t listen. And then there are some who while knowing ...

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Highlighting the problem

A new material will make it possible to check wounds without changing the dressing: if an infection arises, the material changes its colour. Whether a small cut with a knife, a surgical wound or a major injury caused by a ...

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Identifying those at risk

Malnutrition is a growing issue in the rehabilitation setting, writes Michelle Miller, Elisabeth Isenring and Angela Vivanti. High rates of nutritional risk have long been documented in acute care settings and, more recently, across rehabilitation settings. People are commonly admitted ...

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Call for bowel cancer screening funding

End of program would result in unnecessary deaths, experts say. A screening program which has prompted thousands of Australians to get early treatment for their bowel cancer is facing an uncertain future, with its funding due to run out. The ...

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Gap in care jeopardising recovery

Urgent action is needed to treat depression in cancer patients. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and the Australian Nursing Federation are concerned that systematic failures are leading to a lack of depression diagnosis for women with breast cancer. ...

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