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Education the silver bullet

Study shows information is a powerful weapon in combating depression among the elderly. Education is the key to reducing depression in older Australians, according to a new study from The Australian National University. Professor Helen Christensen and Dr Janine Walker ...

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Need for better evidence

A new evaluation warns to think twice before using silver dressing. Megan Stoyles reports. Despite the commercial hype, costly silver dressings should not be routinely used on wounds until there is better evidence to support their use, say UK researchers ...

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Leg ulcer prevention program that works in the home

Involving patients in their own care has been shown to improve wound management, writes Megan Stoyles. Victoria’s Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) has successfully trialled and implemented a leg ulcer prevention program for home-based clients, which is centred on client ...

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Most ovarian cancer diagnosed ‘promptly’

Study challenges anecdotal evidence of diagnostic delay in ovarian cancer. Concerns Australian women with ovarian cancer endure a "long and circuitous" path from their first GP visit to eventual diagnosis have been declared unfounded. A study taking in more than ...

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Taking control

Most people do beat breast cancer, says author of new book. Australia and the UK lead the world in improving the survivability of breast cancer, a leading expert and new author on the subject says. Professor John Boyages, a specialist ...

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No smoking zone

No smoking in rules in hospitals need to apply to the operating room as well, writes Annie May. Operating rooms throughout NSW could soon become a safer and healthier environment, with moves being made to reduce the exposure to surgical ...

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First line management of acute coronary syndromes

By Matt Luther FRCNA, Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department, Calvary Health Care ACT and Shane Lenson FRCNA, Senior Nurse Advisor, Royal College of Nursing, Australia. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a broad term used to cover any group of clinical symptoms ...

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Expanding waistlines, hospitals pinched

Rising levels of obesity in Australia is putting extra pressure on emergency doctors and other hospital staff. A review of patients arriving at a Melbourne hospital's emergency ward has found almost 60 per cent were overweight or obese, posing an ...

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Moving towards better health

Yoga may assist women with breast cancer lymphoedema, say researchers. South Australian researchers will investigate whether yoga can assist women living with lymphoedema after breast cancer treatment. They hope that yoga practice incorporating movement, breathing and meditation will reduce the ...

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Fracture patients unaware of other risks

A dedicated fracture liaison nurse may be the answer to improving osteoporosis treatment. Most patients with fragility fractures are unaware they are at risk of osteoporosis risk, a new study has found. The researchers were implementing and assessing ways to ...

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