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GPs shouldn’t provide ongoing mental health support: RANZCP

PATIENTS with mental health concerns should not rely on GPs for frequent ongoing support, according to psychiatrists.

Lifetime ban for nursing home rapist

A NSW nurse has been banned for life from healthcare work after he sexually assaulted an elderly nursing home resident who was unable to move or speak.

Pertussis vax effectiveness reduced by mutations

MUTATIONS in the bacterium that causes whooping cough may have reduced the effectiveness of the acellular pertussis vaccine, according to a new Australian study.

Qld doctors' contract dispute breakthrough

Qld doctors' contract dispute breakthrough

QUEENSLAND doctors are on the verge of agreeing to move onto individual contracts, ending one of the longest and most bitter industrial disputes during the Newman government so far.

$7 million on the line: beating Dutton’s axe

$7 million on the line: beating Dutton’s axe

THE Medicare Local behind a $7 million super clinic on the NSW south coast is confident it will not lose funding after the government suspended three super clinic projects last week.

Grannies stay sharper through babysitting

A LITTLE extra time spent looking after grandchildren could help older women stay mentally sharp, according to Melbourne researchers.

Teens turn away from alcohol

THE percentage of Australian teenagers spurning alcohol has almost doubled in the last decade, with half now saying they are non-drinkers.

$1b spent annually on diabetic kidney disease

DIABETIC kidney disease now costs the Australian healthcare system almost $1 billion annually, with end-stage rates soaring, a report shows.

Complementary meds breach TGA regulations

NEARLY 70% of listed complementary medicines (CAMs) investigated by the TGA were in breach of regulatory requirements, according to the first review of its kind.

Paracetamol has no role in influenza treatment: NZ study

DESPITE its reputation as an effective fever-reducing agent, paracetamol had no significant effect on temperature, symptoms or illness duration in patients with influenza, a study found.

Paracetamol has no role in influenza treatment: NZ study

DESPITE its reputation as an effective fever-reducing agent, paracetamol had no significant effect on temperature, symptoms or illness duration in patients with influenza, a study found.

Ringtones improve med adherence

ELECTRONIC reminders substantially improve medication adherence in people with poor asthma control.

Smoking higher in people with asthma

Smoking higher in people with asthma

SMOKING rates are slightly higher among people with asthma than in the general population, research suggests.

Anaemia in kidney patients linked to cytomegalovirus

Anaemia in kidney patients linked to cytomegalovirus

THE common infection cytomegalovirus (CMV) may play a key role in development of anaemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Fibroid number, location impacts on pregnancy outcomes

Fibroid number, location impacts on pregnancy outcomes

THE number and location of fibroids have a differential impact on pregnancy outcomes, research suggests.

Triclosan promotes Staphylococcus aureus colonisation

Triclosan promotes Staphylococcus aureus colonisation

THE antimicrobial triclosan, now ubiquitous in soaps and toothpastes as well as being embedded in some medical equipment and kitchen benches, actually promotes the colonisation of Staphylococcus aureus, experiments show.

Elderly vulnerable to contaminated deli meats: study

Elderly vulnerable to contaminated deli meats: study

A SNAPSHOT of 10 years’ data on listeriosis in Australia suggests ready-to-eat foods are a common source of the food-borne disease, although incidence has not risen over time.

Increased AF risk with NSAID use in elderly patients

Increased AF risk with NSAID use in elderly patients

NSAID use is associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the elderly, with the highest risk occurring shortly after starting treatment, a study suggests.

Pharmacist vax trial misleading: patients

Pharmacist vax trial misleading: patients

PATIENTS recruited to a pharmacist influenza vaccination trial in Queensland have complained of being misled after initially arranging for their immunisations to be administered by nurse practitioners.

Sleep earlier and stay safe! Night owls take more risks

Sleep earlier and stay safe! Night owls take more risks

NIGHT owls are more likely to be risk-takers and not in long-term relationships, research suggests.

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