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New DNA technology advances epilepsy treatment

Advances in DNA sequencing are having a major impact on the understanding and diagnosis of epilepsy. Leading up to today’s Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness, geneticist Professor Jozef Gecz said advances in DNA sequencing have been a huge leap forward ...

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Keep using the tablets

Being connected to a doctor or nurse via a mobile device is a boon, especially for those who want to live away from cities. By Gary Denman Pull words: Bluetooth-enabled ECG devices connected to a tablet device for example, can ...

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New nursing lab teaches home-care skills

A university has made a mock-up of a patient's residence for healthcare students. By Aileen Macalintal With health services increasingly providing recovery and long-term support for people at home, a new Immersive Domestic Nursing Laboratory at the University of Ballarat ...

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Don’t forget the care in healthcare

Scientific advancements have revolutionised healthcare in Australia; people are living longer than ever before and treatment that once required hours of hands-on intervention can now be administered at the touch of button. The benefits of an efficient healthcare system are ...

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Free app helps prostate patients

Treatment assistance for men with advanced prostate cancer is now available via an iPhone app. Simply called “adt”, which stands for androgen deprivation therapy, the free app is described as the first of its kind. It provides patients with automated ...

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Treating invisible battle wounds

A new online course launched by the federal government will give nurses greater understanding of the common mental health issues faced by Australia's 325,000 war veterans, widows and widowers. The issue of mental health disorders amongst Australian Defence Force personnel, ...

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Spreading healthcare around the nation

Nurses are the very important 'glue' that holds together the delivery of services using telehealth. By David Allen With rapid growth in the use of technology and communication systems including the internet, the application of that to healthcare is inevitable. ...

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Distance no longer a barrier

Elderly people and their carers are finding it much easier to use telehealth consultations, especially in remote areas. By Lara Caughey Technology Three Queensland aged care services are a driving force behind the introduction of telehealth into rural communities, helping ...

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Turning the pagers: mobiles catch on

Communications has moved on and more hospitals are moving to systems where staff can use their own mobile device to stay in touch at work. Nurses might be using a wider range of mobile devices at work in the future, ...

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ANF supports anti-smoking campaign

Aiming to reduce the rate of smoking among pregnant women and indigenous Australians, the government’s new anti-smoking campaign has been welcomed by the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF). The campaign will run for four weeks with television, radio and print ads ...

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