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Researchers plot acute-care assessment system

A research team has received more than $770,000 from the Federal Department of Social Services to develop and test a new assessment system for acute hospital care. Professor Len Gray, director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, is ...

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Larger fatal burden for Indigenous people

A report released today found that in 2010, Indigenous Australians lost about 100,000 years of life to premature mortality. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report also held the fatal burden for Indigenous Australians was 2.6 times that for non-Indigenous Australians. Injuries and ...

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Aussies courting chronic disease

About two-thirds of Australians have health issues caused by risk factors that are "modifiable", such as exercise, diet and smoking, a new report shows. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, which was released on Wednesday, uses data from ...

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Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings. And, critically, the socioeconomic status of mothers appear to have little impact on breastfeeding results, according to a paper published by The Lancet medical journal on Wednesday. ...

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NHMRC: no evidence homeopathy works

There is no evidence that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions, a review has found. The National Health and Medical Research Council found the body of evidence doesn't support the case that homeopathy works better than placebo, or causes ...

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Release child detainees: nurse leaders

Nurse groups have labelled the Australian Human Rights Commission’s landmark Forgotten Children report, the clearest evidence yet that the Australian government must rethink its policies regarding the detention of children in immigration facilities. In the wake of the report – ...

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Fathers at risk for postnatal depression

New fathers are at an increased risk of experiencing psychological distress in the postnatal period, a discussion paper released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) states. Deputy director (research) at AIFS, Dr Daryl Higgins, said about 10 per cent of Australian fathers report ...

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