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The Reality of IVF is Hope, Hormones and Hype

May 12, 2016

In her fiercely resolute account of an IVF journey, author Julia Leigh describes the lure of the “titanium hook”. “I only need one and it could be the next one,” she writes in Avalanche.
In that one sentence, the accomplished novelist, screenwriter and director invokes the “avalanche” of expectation that befalls many women who …

Should the Govt Fund Pharmacists to Integrate into GP Clinics?

May 10, 2016

The integration of pharmacists into general practices could improve medication safety, but Australian research is needed first.
Despite a pharmacist group lobbying to integrate pharmacists into general practices, more evidence is needed to show it would result in improved health outcomes, according to the RACGP.

In its pre-budget submission, the Pharmaceutical Society …

Pregnant French Women to be Paid $460 to Stop Smoking

French hospitals are offering pregnant women up to $460 to quit smoking after a study showed that one in five fail to kick the habit while expecting.
Seventeen hospitals across the country are taking part in the 36-month trial to find out whether financial incentives can help more women give up nicotine.
Participants …

Breastfeeding is Good for Yet Another Reason

May 09, 2016

A mother’s breast milk supports immune responses in her newborn that help the infant’s gut become a healthy home to a mix of bacterial species, thanks in part to newly identified antibodies from the mother, according to a study by UC Berkeley researchers.
Scientists believe the gut is sterile and bacteria-free …

5 Signs Of High Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence predicts people’s ability to regulate themselves, manage other people, and achieve success. Research shows a link between emotional intelligence and career success. Not everyone is born with it, but unlike IQ, emotional intelligence can be acquired and improved with practice. So, how can we tell if someone’s got …

The OxyContin Story

May 06, 2016

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications.
Patients would no longer have to wake up in the middle of the night to take their pills, Purdue told doctors. One …

Medical Error Third Leading Cause of Death in US

May 04, 2016

Medical error is the third largest cause of death in the United States, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.
In 2013, at least 250,000 people died not from the illnesses or injuries that prompted them to seek hospital care but from preventable mistakes, according to the …

30% Of Prescriptions for Oral Antibiotics are Unnecessary, Spurring Drug Resistance

The war against antibiotic resistance still has far too many doctors playing the role of Benedict Arnold, a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)suggests.
Using the latest survey data culled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the researchers estimated the nationwide …

First Cancer Prevention Drug Set for PBS Listing

A drug to prevent, rather than treat, cancer is set to be listed on the PBS for the first time, following the positive recommendation of tamoxifen for breast cancer prevention.
Once listed, it is expected the drug will be available as a restricted benefit for women at moderately increased risk (1.5 …

Budget Monkey Magic: How Does Cutting Another $3 Billion Improve Healthcare Exactly?

A short summary of the key healthcare and GP budget measures that were brought down last night by the government with a few responses from around the sector. Warning, it’s not pretty.
Extending the rebate freeze for another two years until the mid 2020 will cut nearly $1 billion from healthcare spending …

Danish Researchers Behind Vaccine Breakthrough

April 27, 2016

A Danish research team from the University of Copenhagen has designed a simple technique that makes it possible to quickly and easily develop a new type of vaccines. The simple and effective technique will pave the way for effective vaccines against not only infectious diseases but also cancer and other …

Finally, Fitbit is Medically Useful: Once at Least

US doctors recently used pulse-rate information recorded by a Fitbit to decide how to treat a patient Having a heart attack.
Wrist activity trackers such as Fitbits have had a mixed reception by the medical profession, with some doctors claiming they have little clinical use.
But a recent case in a New Jersey …