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Omicron: understanding the level of severity will take days to weeks — WHO

29 November, 2021

The new Omicron COVID-19 variant has been declared to be "of concern" by the World Health Organization but understanding the level of severity will take days to weeks.

Anaphylaxis: ED visits up by 51%, new care standard released

24 November, 2021

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has released the first national standard of care for patients with anaphylaxis.

Treating pregnancy gingivitis could reduce preterm birth risk by 50%

19 November, 2021

A study by the University of Sydney has found that treating gingivitis during pregnancy reduced the risk of a baby being born preterm by around 50%. The same treatment increased the birth weight in babies born with low birth weight by around 100 grams.

HIV patient's immune system may have cured her of infection

17 November, 2021

A woman diagnosed with HIV-1 infection in 2013 may have achieved a natural sterilisation cure without stem cell transplant.

Diabetic foot ulcer formulation could also kill COVID-19 virus indoors

12 November, 2021

An Australian physicist and fellow researchers have made an unexpected discovery while experimenting to find an effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, which are notoriously resistant to antibiotics.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead trials COVID-19 e-Gate

10 November, 2021

The Children's Hospital at Westmead has trialled an Australian-first COVID-19 e-Gate integrated entry screening system developed by the University of Sydney and Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

Vascular disease: five genes that may affect millions of women

09 November, 2021

Scientists from Australia, the US and Europe have identified key genes responsible for fibromuscular dysplasia — or FMD — a vascular disease that affects the arteries and can cause heart attack, kidney complications, stroke and aneurysm.

Vaccinating under-12s: risks and benefits merit careful consideration

05 November, 2021

Any decision to vaccinate all children under 12 years of age against COVID-19 must be done with due caution, considering in detail the risks and benefits, a recent review by international paediatric vaccine experts has warned.

Macquarie research addresses keyhole heart surgery limitations

02 November, 2021

Interventional cardiologist Professor Martin Ng has led a research program to significantly improve the transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) treatment.

Booster shots to start in November; home-use tests to be available soon

28 October, 2021

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years and older.

Genetic risk test predicts alcohol-related cirrhosis

26 October, 2021

Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) is responsible for approximately 300,000 deaths each year.

Australians urged to check bone density

22 October, 2021

A new report calls for earlier investigation and treatment to capture all adults with risk factors for poor bone health, and adults post-fracture.

Encephalitis Information Week begins

18 October, 2021

Encephalitis Society has launched the inaugural Australian Encephalitis Information Week to support organisations to help disseminate resources on the devastating brain inflammation.

What has COVID-19 taught us about infection prevention and control?

18 October, 2021 by Amy Sarcevic

There is nothing like a one-in-100-year pandemic to expose cracks in an infection prevention and control (IPC) strategy.

Postmenopausal trial finds no difference between placebo and laser treatment

18 October, 2021

Fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers — commonly associated with facial skin — are also promoted as an effective way to treat painful vaginal symptoms that can happen after menopause.

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