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Breastmilk and baby saliva potent mix, study finds

Australian researchers have discovered an underlying reason why breast is best. They found mixing unpasteurised breastmilk with certain compounds in the saliva of newborn infants had an antibacterial effect. The interaction was selectively antibacterial, capable of killing harmful entities such ...

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Face of opioid dependency changing

The number of people receiving treatment for dependence on painkillers codeine and oxycodone trebled between 2002 and 2011, a new study has found. Research from the University of New South Wales’ National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre NDARC also found that of ...

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Proponents rally to keep RNs in aged care

Union members, community groups, local government representatives and aged-care workers gathered outside NSW Parliament last week ahead of a debate on the future of registered nurses in NSW nursing homes. Prior to the scheduled parliamentary debate on a petition of ...

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Older men get less HIV testing

A new study has found men over 60 are less likely than younger men to get tested for HIV. In light of the finding, Dr Carole Khaw, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Medicine and Clinic 275 Infectious Diseases ...

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Unpaid carers worth $60.3 billion a year

If the care provided by family members and friends of people who are aged, chronically ill or have a disability were provided by paid carers, the estimated cost would total $60.3 billion this year alone. That's one finding of the Deloitte Access Economics ...

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Med Tech industry goes after more gender diversity

Gender diversity within the medical technology industry has come under the spotlight as a leading body in the field works to address the under-representation of women. The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), which represents companies in the industry, commissioned an ...

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Lecturer speaks up for RNs in aged care

A Charles Sturt University academic has told a Legislative Council committee about the value of registered nurses in residential aged care.  Last week, nursing lecturer Dr Maree Bernoth gave evidence to the inquiry into RNs in NSW nursing homes. She said: "I'm quite perplexed ...

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