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The problem with mindfulness

June 12, 2019

Mindfulness, it seems everybody’s doing it. You might have even tried it yourself – or have a regular practice. Thanks to the help of an app on your phone that speaks to you in dulcet tones, you are reminded to “let go” and to “observe your breath”. From the public …

Electronic inhaler monitoring reduces hospitalisations in patients with COPD

For patients with COPD, inhaled medications are a critically important part of their care. For medical professionals however it’s nearly impossible to assess how a patient is using these medications based on self-reporting. This is the dilemma that Cleveland Clinic researchers attempted to address in a study of the effects …

New vulnerability found in major human viruses

Picornaviruses, including rhinoviruses such as the common cold and enteroviruses such as meningitis, have thus far been untreatable with antiviral agents. That may soon be about to change.
Researchers at the University of Leuven, Belgium and the University of Helsinki have found a compound that stabilised a model picornavirus, preventing it …

How to get the nutrients you need without eating as much red meat

If you’re a red meat-eater, there’s a good chance you’re eating more of it than you should. At last count, Australians ate an average of 81 grams of red meat per day.
The planetary health diet was developed by researchers to meet the nutritional needs of people around the world, while …

Quality improvement in aged care

If you look after patients in an aged care facility you should really have a look at this resource.
It’s from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and it basically gives you all you need to know about the most recent initiative to ensure high standard of care in these facilities.
From …

Anorexia and cancer risk

You’d think having anorexia nervosa was bad enough. But among all the negative effects it can have on your body, could it also increase your risk of cancer? Or does the condition perversely mimic the caloric restriction and fasting that have been demonstrated to benefit the prevention of some malignancies …

Creative writing benefits healthcare professionals

June 05, 2019

It’s no secret that doctors suffer some of the highest rates of burnout of any profession, and most are aware of the practical advice for avoiding burnout even if they’re unable to implement it. Some Australian doctors, however, have found a ‘novel’ way to avoid burnout which can also bring …

Had pre-eclampsia in pregnancy? These 5 things will lower your risk of heart disease

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition triggered by pregnancy that starts with an increase in blood pressure and the detection of protein in the woman’s urine.
While most cases are mild, if left untreated, women with pre-eclampsia can develop dangerously high blood pressure which damages vital organs – including the brain, liver …

Stem cell patch may help repair damage caused by heart attacks

Lab tests of new ‘heart patches’ have recently shown their ability to quickly mimic the heart tissue of animals following a heart attack. Once fully tested, the patches may give millions suffering from heart failure worldwide hope for recovery.
Heart failure due to damage caused by a heart attack can be …

Help for women with vulval issues

Female patients who present with vulval pain or itch have usually put up with symptoms for some time before coming to the doctor.
When it comes to this area of the female anatomy there is still a lot of ignorance and embarrassment in the world outside our surgeries. And while it …

Are you burnt out at work? Ask yourself these 4 questions

It’s normal to feel stressed at work from time to time. But for some people, the stress becomes all-consuming, leading to exhaustion, cynicism and hatred towards your job. This is known as burnout.
Burnout used to be classified as a problem related to life management, but last week the World Health …

Improving vaccination rates in pregnancy

Increasingly, pregnant women are heeding the warnings about the dangers of pertussis and getting vaccinated but the same does not appear to be happening with influenza protection.
According to an Australian retrospective analysis, pertussis vaccination of pregnant women in Victoria increased from 38% in 2015 to 82% two years later. However, …