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Plaster protectors

December 11, 2019

This resource is a little different to the usual guideline or website that is commonly discussed in this newsletter.
This is a product that was recommended by a number of patients and has the potential to really improve the quality of someone’s life.
Quite simply it’s a waterproof protector that goes over …

Medical termination not an option in the country

Around one in six Australian women have had an abortion by their mid-30s. These women come from all age groups and demographics: some are mothers already, while others are child-free; some are partnered, others are single.
Abortion was removed from the New South Wales Crimes Act in October and is now …

SCCs more deadly in the immunosuppressed

Not only are immunosuppressed people at increased risk of developing skin cancer, new research shows the skin cancer they get is more likely to be aggressive and multifocal.
According to the retrospective study of a cohort of almost 800 patients who had been treated for cutaneous SCC of the head and …

‘Safety signals’ may help slow down anxiety

December 10, 2019

A novel form of treatment has been identified for one of the most common mental health issues globally, anxiety.
Roughly one in three people will suffer from the condition at some point in their lives, experiencing irrational fear brought on by stressors ranging from spiders to public speaking.
Current treatment options are …

Western Australia looks set to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Here’s what’s likely to happen from next week

Western Australia is on the brink of becoming the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying, with its upper house last night passing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 (WA).
A total of 55 amendments to the initial version of the bill were passed. The bill will return to …

Human BPA levels may have been underestimated

Exposure to common industrial chemical and endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to a range of health impacts, from reproductive disorders to heart disease. Although widespread, the level of exposure of most people to BPA was thought to be low enough that the potential for harm was minimal, …

Reversing antibiotic resistance? Here’s how Sweden is doing it

December 04, 2019

The antibiotic resistance threat is real. In the years to come, we will no longer be able to treat and cure many infections we once could.
We’ve had no new classes of antibiotics in decades, and the development pipeline is largely dry. Each time we use antibiotics, the bacteria in our …

Researchers find clue to preventing addiction relapse

It takes a supreme effort of will to overcome an addiction, but even more so to avoid relapse. The effect of relapse can hugely effect quality of life or even prove fatal.
To help give recovering addicts a fighting chance, researchers at University of Washington have been studying whether changing the …

Concussion recovery not clear cut for children

Most children will recover fully from concussion, but one in ten has persistent symptoms.
University of Queensland researchers have just completed a study between these symptoms and long-term disability risk, and the results are striking.
Poor sleep post-concussion in particular was linked to reduced brain function and decreased grey matter, with fatigue …

Guidelines for treating SCCs and BCCs

The latest updated version of the clinical practice guidelines for keratinocyte cancer are now available and worth checking out, especially if you do a lot of skin work.
Keratinocyte cancer is the new way to talk about non-melanoma skin cancer and basically refers to basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
The …

Discussing MDMA

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this.
This week, Newscorp Australia released The Ripple Effect, a series of articles and accompanying videos about party drugs, aimed at parents of young …

Simple blood test a mortality predictor

Low lymphocyte levels can used as an indicator of an increased risk of mortality, US researchers say.
Lymphopaenia, readily measured through the common full blood count, has been shown to be associated with an increased likelihood of death from conditions such as heart disease, cancer and respiratory infections, according to a …