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Eye fractures plummet following lockout measures: study

March 21, 2018

St Vincent’s Hospital had 41 fewer patients presenting with fractured eye sockets in two years after the controversial lockout laws came into effect than the two years before, a new analysis of their long-term impact has found.
The number of cases of orbital fracture relating to violence at the hospital dropped …

Are the most effective antidepressants the least used?

Do antidepressants really work to treat depression? A new, six year meta-analysis amalgamating hundreds of the best performed clinical trials has demonstrated that antidepressants are better than placebo. (link is external) The study, published in the Lancet, showed modest effects, positively affecting about 60 percent of people treated. Drugs varied …

Diet and depression link is not all in the mind

New evidence of a biological link between diet and depression has come from the first study to analyse associations between diet, body mass index, inflammatory markers and mental health in adolescents.
The association between overweight/obesity and depression is known, but this new research, led by Professor Wendy Oddy from the Menzies …

Sting finds predatory journals welcome fake editor to board

March 14, 2018

In a sting operation to test the vetting standards of legitimate journals vs suspected “predatory” journals, researchers concocted a cover letter with a picture of a made-up, unqualified scientist asking for an editorial position and sent it to 360 journals.
None of the 120 journals with the highest level of standards …

Breast cancer’s spread routes mapped

Breast cancer spreads to other organs in the body according to certain specific patterns. This has been shown by a team of researchers from Karolinska Institutet and KTH in Sweden and the University of Helsinki in Finland who have mapped breast cancer’s spread routes in patients by studying the cancer …

Depression, burn out, trauma, exhaustion: inside the minds of doctors

We like to believe doctors are all-powerful and omniscient. When we visit one, it is naturally concerns about our own health that are uppermost in our minds.
Yet rarely do we stop to consider the psychological toll a doctor’s work takes on them. In my work as a psychologist specialising in …

Study finds no relationship between hormonal birth control and depression

March 07, 2018

A new study carried out by the researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center proved that hormonal birth control and depression are in no way related to each other, relieving patients concerns.
Women face several options when it comes to birth control, so potential side effects often factor into …

France to ban mobile phones in schools from September 2018

Pupils, teachers and parents seem less than convinced by measure prohibiting use in primary, junior and middle schools.
The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools.
Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get …

Cervical cancer could be eliminated in Australia within 40 years

Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in Australia within the next four decades, medical experts say, after new data revealed infection rates had plummeted to just 1 per cent in young women.
Research published by the International Papillomavirus Society, lead by doctors in Melbourne, showed a dramatic decline in the rate …

Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

February 28, 2018

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.
This study looked specifically at the …

Complex inhalers prevent patients from taking medicine

Respiratory disease patients with arthritis could struggle to manage their conditions because their inhalers are too fiddly for them to use, University of Bath research has found.
Medical professionals should check that patients with respiratory diseases and rheumatoid arthritis can use their inhalers properly to reduce the risk of them being …

‘I might be quadriplegic, but I’m your doctor’

When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he’s Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals. Dr Palipana tells his story in his own words.
I didn’t grow …

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