A record-breaking increase in organ donation registration has seen more lives saved via transplants and placed Australia in the top 15 for organ donation.
Don't hold your nose and close your mouth when you sneeze, doctors warn, or you might rupture the back of your throat, like one young man...
Clinical trials conducted four years ago are having long-lasting effects, showing huge promise for a cure.
What have you been doing to raise awareness of infection prevention and the International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) in your workplace? ACIPC want to see your most innovative and eye-catching infection prevention educational display. The winner will receive a mini iPad to use in your service for auditing or educational purposes.
Wounds provide an ideal environment for bacterial growth and are readily colonised by microorganisms of indigenous, human origin and in many cases by environmental contaminants. Bacteria attach to a coating known as the extracellular matrix, a mesh of proteins that encompasses the cells of the wound bed. Once attached, bacteria proliferate to form micro-colonies, secreting a thick polysaccharide layer that protects against environmental challenges such as the host immune system or antimicrobial treatments. Micro-colonies eventually develop into a biofilm, which is a dynamic microbial community comprised of diverse bacterial species.
When complications arise in the delivery room that lead to traumatic childbirth, clinicians providing care may feel upset and experience secondary traumatic stress. A new study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that feelings of blame and guilt dominate when midwives and obstetricians struggle to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic childbirth, but such events also made them think more about the meaning of life and helped them become better midwives and doctors.
According to Trent Yarwood from the The University of Queensland, superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story. The bugs raising alarm are called KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase) or CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae).
The world's leading researchers gathered in London recently to discuss the future of the hospital. We've brought you our favourite presentations from the conference.
A paper published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association led by researchers from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, reveals that women with one child are 60% less likely to develop uterine cancer, compared with women with no children, and even lower for women with more than one child.
The NPS MedicineWise short film competition #SaveTheScript run in conjunction with Tropfest was held in Sydney last night, with the winners announced. Participants were briefed to make a 45-second film about the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the winning film by OneWay Pictures entitled The Pick Up is an amusing and sexy take on a serious situation.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is calling for the introduction of an oral health scheme focused on disadvantaged older Australians.
The University of Adelaide has conducted one of the largest population health studies in rural Australia, highlighting an issue with bone and joint problems.
The performance of Queensland public hospitals in reducing surgical waiting lists and treating patients on time will soon be audited and reported by the independent Health Ombudsman.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has announced its award recipients for 2014.