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Things to know in medical imaging

Things to know in medical imaging | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Medical imaging such as X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans can help with diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of many medical conditions, from basic bone fractures to breast cancer. But the two main things you should consider before undertaking these procedures are the risks involved from the exposure to radiation, and what it’s going to cost you.


Radiation is measured in sieverts (Sv) and accounts for both the amount absorbed and the sensitivity of different body parts to radiation. A millisievert (mSv) is one-thousandth of a sievert. To put this in perspective, radiation leakage at the Fukushima nuclear power station after Japan’s tsunami in 2011 was up to 400mSv/h (Sieverts per hour) between reactor buildings and 0.6mSv/h at the main gate.

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Australia to let marijuana to develop locally for medical trials

Australia to let marijuana to develop locally for medical trials | Medical Services | Scoop.it

PERTH: Australia is altering its drug laws to allow for the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, removing a major hurdle to the establishment of clinical trials of the drug.


Draft amendments to the Narcotics Drugs Act are being finalised to allow for the controlled cultivation of marijuana, giving patients access to "a safe, legal and sustainable supply of locally produced products for the first time," Health Minister Sussan Ley said in a statement. "This government is incredibly sympathetic to the suffering of those Australians with debilitating illnesses and we want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available," Ley added.


The government plans to create a licensing scheme to ensure that the cultivation of marijuana meets Australia's international obligations and to manage the supply of the drug from farm to pharmacy.

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Labs make new dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

Labs make new dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them | Medical Services | Scoop.it

XLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB, these are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death.


For instance, AB-FUBINACA was responsible for a spate of recent poisonings at Wesleyan University. And MAB-CHMINACA was associated with more than 100 hospitalizations in Baton Rouge. Neither of these drugs was known to the scientific community until late last year.


These drugs are synthetic cannabinoids – several of the hundreds that have been identified as new “designer drugs” in the past five years. More than 150 were reported in 2013 alone, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). And police, doctors, scientists, and lawmakers are all struggling to identify these new drugs as they hit the streets.

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Doctor's 'unsatisfactory' performance cited in stillborn birth

Doctor's 'unsatisfactory' performance cited in stillborn birth | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A West Australian general practice obstetrician has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional performance after the birth of a stillborn child at Rockingham General Hospital last year.


Ross Douglas Jose was taken to the State Administrative Tribunal by the Medical Board of Australia. The patient was first-time mother Mickalia Joy Young, 23, whose baby was due on November 2 last year.


The report from the tribunal covered the week leading up to November 6, when an emergency caesarean was undertaken.

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Australia's medical regulation system: Still dysfunctional and broken

Australia's medical regulation system: Still dysfunctional and broken | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Australians have always been vehemently associated with and have upheld freedom across all spheres of daily life. Injustices are opposed, frowned upon and even publicly resisted. 


However, there appear to be many gaps in the law and many injustices still prevail today — unlike in many other developed countries. Medicine and Health Care, including their regulation and management are in that category.


In Cairns, a private members’ motion in the lower house of Parliament in October 2010, brought to light the discretionary recommendation of non re-registration of a UK-trained cardiologist in regional Queensland by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

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Medical experts asks for end of "abortion tourism"

Medical experts asks for end of "abortion tourism" | Medical Services | Scoop.it

MEDICAL experts have called for abortion laws to be standardised across Australia to stop "abortion tourism" and allow women to access the best medical care no matter where they live.


Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, two Queensland experts state abortion laws have fallen behind medical advancements. James Cook University professor Carole de Costa and University of Queensland professor Heather Douglas said the country's "patchwork" abortion laws were creating barriers for women.


"Medicare-funded diagnosis of foetal abnormality is now routinely offered to all pregnant Australian women - with the implication that a woman may choose to terminate the pregnancy if a serious abnormality is detected," they wrote.

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Medical staff and students protests against child detention

Medical staff and students protests against child detention | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Hundreds of medical staff and students across the country have used their lunch breaks to protest against the policy of keeping children in detention.


A protest outside Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital was one of several around the nation, targeting the practice of keeping asylum-seeker children in detention centres.


Protesters waved signs and banners which read "detention harms children" and signed a petition.


Paediatrician David Isaacs said detention had harmful lifelong effects on children's mental and physical health.


"We are no longer accepting children being in detention," he said. 

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Medicare claims worth millions ordered to be repaid: report

Medicare claims worth millions ordered to be repaid: report | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The public health watchdog has ordered health practitioners to repay millions of dollars in Medicare benefits this year, with more cases of alleged misuse referred to it for investigation.


The Professional Services Review Agency investigates suspected abuses of Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

The agency's annual report, tabled on Monday, said it ordered $4.18 million in Medicare benefits to be repaid, almost doubling last financial year's $2.32 million in repayments. 


The Department of Human Services also referred 40 per cent more suspected cases of inappropriate practice to the agency this financial year - 62 requests, up from 44 requests last year.


The number of claims investigated that involved items that help patients manage chronic disease had "accelerated" in the past year, the report said. 
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Sirtex prepared for bid action while flagging robust growth

Sirtex prepared for bid action while flagging robust growth | Medical Services | Scoop.it

Buoyant growth has prompted liver cancer specialist Sirtex to be prepared for any unwanted takeover offer as it also prepares to give investors more details of its expanding research profile amid sustained strong expansion.


With much of the corporate sector mired in low growth, medical services continues to offer stellar out performance prospects, with medical devices outfit Sirtex flagging growth of around 20 per cent for the year ahead.


The maker of a treatment for liver cancer, Sirtex said dose sales topped a record 1000 in the month of September, with full-year sales to grow "at least in-line with historic trends, which over the last five years has shown a compound annual growth rate ... of 19.7 per cent".


In the year to June, dose sales rose 19.8 per cent to 10,252, which the company is now signalling will top 12,300 units this financial year. Revenue last financial year rose a strong 36.1 per cent, benefiting as well from the decline in the Australian dollar.

 This year Sirtex released research results that fell short of some investor expectations, resulting in a halving of its share price from more than $40 to well below $20 for a time. The price has since recovered, trading on Tuesday at $34.59, up 15¢.


The explanation of the research results at industry conferences is helping to build sales momentum, which is a "gradual process", the chief executive, Gilman Wong, said at a shareholder meeting on Tuesday.


The company has flagged its entry to both the Chinese and Japanese markets, although it will take time to fulfill the various regulatory requirements.

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"Say No to Domestic Violence"

"Say No to Domestic Violence" | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The residents of Sunshine Coast, visitors, community groups, support services, police and Sunshine Coast council will come together for a Walk against Domestic Violence at Lake Kawana this Sunday.


Council's Community Programs Portfolio Cr Jenny Mckay said domestic violence impacted all across sections of society and encouraged people to come along and show their support at the walk.

"Domestic violence is a serious issue in our local community. Not only does it have an immediate impact on those directly affected, its devastating effects extend to support services, police and medical services," Cr McKay said.

 

"The Walk against Domestic Violence is a positive step towards raising awareness of this issue in our community and the services that are available to seek help.

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I think this will going to be a great walk to aware many people against Domestic Violence. 

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Studies to conduct on effect of shiftwork on unborn babies

Studies to conduct on effect of shiftwork on unborn babies | Medical Services | Scoop.it

THE impact of shift work during pregnancy will be investigated by University of Adelaide researchers, as part of a $41 million commitment to medical research in South Australia. The study is one of 836 projects nationwide to attracting funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.


Dr Tamara Varcoe, from the University of Adelaide, is a chief investigator on the lab-based study into the effect of shift work on a developing foetus. She said there were 370,000 women of reproductive age — between 20 and 44 years old — working shifts in industries such as hospitality and health care, but not enough research to tell them, doctors and clinicians about the impact.


“Epidemiological studies ... found that there’s a slight increased risk of things like being born early, or the baby being born small,”  Dr Varcoe said.

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Smartphone might cure cancer while you sleep

Smartphone might cure cancer while you sleep | Medical Services | Scoop.it

If you were able to help find a cure for cancer without lifting a finger, it would be a no-brainer, right? Well now you can, thanks to a new Android app created by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and Vodafone Foundation Australia, which funds health and well-being projects that use mobile technology.


Two years in the making and with the help of Melbourne app developer b2cloud, DreamLab harnesses unused capacity in your smartphone while you're sleeping to crunch medical data for cancer research.


The researchers are hoping to get 100,000 users signed up in the first year, which would allow them to process data around 3000 times faster than they currently are, and complete their first phase of research into four cancers: breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic.

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Sydney University is helping an ASX-listed company to take a serious look at country's medical cannabis market

Sydney University is helping an ASX-listed company to take a serious look at country's medical cannabis market | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The medical cannabis industry is getting down to business as the Australian government and numerous states back plans to let seriously ill patients use marijuana as a treatment.


On 17 October, the Turnbull government revealed plans to legalise growing cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes, while Victorian premier Daniel Andrews also announced last month that his state would legalise the drug for medical use in 2017, including children with severe epilepsy.


NSW premier Mike Baird is planning trials for next year, and a parliamentary committee is due to report shortly on how they will be conducted.

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Scarlet fever making a comeback

Scarlet fever making a comeback | Medical Services | Scoop.it

An international study led by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers has tracked the re-emergence of a childhood disease which had largely disappeared over the past 100 years.


Researchers at UQ’s Australian Infectious Diseases Centre have used genome sequencing techniques to investigate a rise in the incidence of scarlet fever-causing bacteria and an increasing resistance to antibiotics.


UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences researcher Professor Mark Walker said the disease had re-emerged in parts of Asia and the United Kingdom.

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Doctor urges health minister to go to Paris for climate talks and ‘health emergency’ matters

Doctor urges health minister to go to Paris for climate talks and ‘health emergency’ matters | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The "increasingly unmanageable" threat of climate change on children's health has prompted an open letter from doctors around Australia to the government, calling for Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to attend the United Nations Paris climate summit this December.


In the letter, from independent organisation Doctors for the Environment Australia, leading doctors warn of the "health emergency" climate change presents for children, who have the least capacity to act.   


"More bushfires, floods and storms have already had severe and ongoing psychological effects on Australian children," said the letter, which was released on Monday."Higher temperatures, which we are now seeing, have been linked to increases in premature births and hospital attendances for infectious diarrhoea, fever, asthma, dehydration and heat exhaustion."

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Doctors warn against US-style system as changes to health insurance signalled

Doctors warn against US-style system as changes to health insurance signalled | Medical Services | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government is paving the way for changes to “inefficient” regulation of health insurance in Australia, prompting doctors to warn against moving towards a US-style system where private funds play a much greater role in primary care services.


The health minister, Sussan Ley, said she would soon seek public feedback onprivate health insurance so the government could frame policies to “deliver the best value for consumers first and foremost.”


Ley signalled that the health department-led review could have a broad focus, although she sought to avoid buying into specific options, including whether the government was still aiming to eventually wind back Labor’s decision to save the budget billions of dollars by means testing the private health insurance rebate.

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Researcher says lockout laws led to fewer near-dead emergency patients

Researcher says lockout laws led to fewer near-dead emergency patients | Medical Services | Scoop.it

New research showing a significant decrease in the most life-threatening booze-induced injuries prove controversial liquor reforms work, its author says.


"It's massive... (for) the human being, the patients, the relatives and these are people who are really at risk of dying, let alone having severe broken legs, pelvises, brain injuries. It's massive, the cost saved to the system and the hospital as well."


Emergency department director Professor Gordian Fulde compared the 12 months before and after the laws were introduced and found a 25 per cent decrease in category 1 and category 2 admissions, covering immediately life-threatening and time-critical patients across the weekend.


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Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital puts boy’s cast on wrong leg

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital puts boy’s cast on wrong leg | Medical Services | Scoop.it

DOCTORS at Brisbane’s troubled Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have sent home a two-year-old boy with a cast on the wrong leg.


Young David was playing at his older sister’s birthday party last month when he jumped off a bed and fractured a bone in his foot.


His mother Kitty (who does not want her surname used) raced him to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for X-rays which showed a green stick fracture in his right foot, causing him severe pain.

Doctors treating the toddler told a distraught Kitty he required a plaster cast and asked her to roll him on to his stomach while they fitted it.


“David was calm enough at that time so the doctor rolled him on to his tummy and asked me to help keep him still,” Kitty said.

“I was trying to keep him calm so I wasn’t really paying attention to what the doctor was doing.’’


It wasn’t until David was discharged two hours later and strapped into his car seat that his parents realised the hospital’s error.

“My husband had just pulled in to the parking bay and we had strapped him in when I saw it,” Kitty said.


The family returned to the hospital, alerted doctors to the mistake and waited while they removed the cast and fitted another on the right foot.

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Home Doctor Service: "Hangover Cure"

Home Doctor Service: "Hangover Cure" | Medical Services | Scoop.it

A new service that sends doctors to people's homes to provide them with hangover cures, including IV drips and vitamin infusion have been slammed by the Drug and Alcohol groups.


The Hangover Clinic, which will be tested in Sydney next month, is planning to offer a quick fix to the lousy feelings that come after a big session of drinking alcohol.  However, drug and alcohol groups have said the service is unethical and simply encourages young people to drink irresponsibly.

 

The service’s most basic package will cost $140 and the company said their services include an IV drip, headache and nausea tablets and vitamin infusions.

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This cure can be of help when an intoxicated person feels very uncomfortable or if he is having health complications because of the alcohol.  

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Bullying and harassment at Canberra Hospital

Bullying and harassment at Canberra Hospital | Medical Services | Scoop.it

It was revealed after a training review that Canberra Hospital's Junior doctors face long running bullying, harassment, sexist treatment and management failures, leading to poor accountability and concerns about patient care.


The findings of this new report into the hospital's training programs include sexual harassment and prepositioning in the workplace, items being throw at staff, belittling of complaints, public humiliation and abusive phone calls, text message and emails.



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"It is a great relief for the junior doctors that this issue has been addressed because they can be protected and focus on their work and care for patients."

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