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Contaminated machines used in cardiac surgery cause infection in patients

15 February, 2017

Melbourne researchers have used cutting-edge genomics technology to show a strain of a bacteria can be transmitted to patients from machines commonly used to regulate body temperature during cardiac surgery.

3 companies to receive seed funds to develop medical devices for children

15 February, 2017

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced seed grants to three companies developing medical devices for children.

Moderate-to-late premature babies face higher rates of developmental problems

11 February, 2017

Moderate-to-late premature babies face much higher rates of developmental and behavioural delays than previously thought, an Australian-first longitudinal study by the Royal Women’s Hospital has found.

Vale Basil Hetzel AC — a giant of public health

09 February, 2017

The Public Health Association of Australia joins with the broader community in farewelling Basil Hetzel AC, an international giant in public health, who died on 4 February.

Gates Foundation $36.9 million international grant to fight typhoid

08 February, 2017

Typhoid fever, a bacterial infection that causes high fever and other disabling symptoms, remains a serious global problem in the developing world: it kills almost a quarter of a million people annually and infects about 21 million.

'We can. I can' tackle oral cancer

07 February, 2017

Three Australians are diagnosed with oral cancer every day.

Breath test for stomach and oesophageal cancers

06 February, 2017

A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in a large patient trial presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017.

Closing the gap on eye health in Australia

31 January, 2017

The National Eye Health Survey Report has been released by the federal government. It involved completing a series of eye tests on around 5000 Australian across 30 geographical areas.

Clue to how cancer cells spread

31 January, 2017

In a second human case, a Yale-led research team has found that a melanoma cell and a white blood cell can fuse to form a hybrid with the ability to metastasize. The finding provides further insight into how melanoma and other cancers spread from solid tumours with implications for future treatment.

Cancer treatment delivered on a silver plate(let)

26 January, 2017

Platelets can be used to deliver anticancer treatment to the site of a surgically removed tumour, reports a paper published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Body cooling vs active fever prevention for children after in-hospital cardiac arrest

25 January, 2017

Emergency body cooling does not improve survival or functional outcomes in children who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest any more than normal temperature control, according to a multicentre study led by the University of Michigan and University of Utah.

Cervical cancer subtypes identified

24 January, 2017 by Christopher Vellano

An in-depth genomic and molecular analysis of cervical cancer, reported in Nature this week, reveals potential new therapeutic targets for the disease, which remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths globally.

UV light can aid hospitals' fight to wipe out drug-resistant superbugs

18 January, 2017

A new tool — a type of ultraviolet light called UVC — could aid hospitals in the ongoing battle to keep drug-resistant bacteria from lingering in patient rooms and causing new infections.

Knowledge banks could improve cancer care

17 January, 2017

Using large patient databases for healthcare decision-making in cancer could improve quality of life and decrease healthcare costs, according to a paper published online this week in Nature Genetics.

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