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An Australian-led trial, published in JAMA , has made a promising breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance, finding that meropenem is successful at reducing the number of deaths from a deadly superbug. Co-author of the study and Director at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical…

Patients can be reassured about vaccine safety on the basis of two large studies that have directly tested claims about the potential harms of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and pertussis vaccines. The first study, published in the journal Pediatrics this month, found no association between HPV vaccination…

A study has proven that the Australia-wide strategy to limit the time people spend in emergency departments (EDs) is helping to reduce chronic overcrowding. Lead author of the study and senior research fellow at UNSW, Dr Roberto Forero, said the impact of the Four‐Hour Rule/National Emergency Access…

A leading cardiologist has railed against ageism in prescribing, after a study in the BMJ cast doubt on the value of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people aged over 74. Associate Professor David Colquhoun, a clinical cardiologist and academic at the University of Queensland,…

Reducing the number of unnecessary colonoscopies undertaken in Australia is the aim of a nationally agreed standard on care for patients. The standard, launched in Brisbane by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, argues many people are unnecessarily having colonoscopies. Almost…

Leading gastroenterologists have warned against a new direct-to-consumer test that promises to reveal the good and bad bacteria in a person’s gut, despite high-profile endorsements of the technology. Cervical cancer vaccine pioneer, Professor Ian Frazer, is director of the start-up company Microba,…

Alcohol marketing strategies are being scrutinised again as new research highlights the misleading health claims being placed on alcohol products. Lead researcher Ms Julia Stafford, Executive Officer of Curtin University’s McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth, told doctorportal that there…

International research has uncovered major inconsistencies in the way intravenous catheters are used, prompting calls to improve training and standards. The Australian led study showed that 10% of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) were painful to the patient or otherwise symptomatic of phlebitis,…

A new era of targeted treatments for metastatic cancer may be around the corner, an expert says, as new research shows some primary breast tumours stop their own spread by harnessing the body’s innate immune system. Research published in Nature Cell Biology this week found that in both mice and humans,…

Falls prevention begins at 40, experts say, as new research challenges the assumption that falls are a problem of old age only. Researchers studied the prevalence of self-reported falls among more than 19,000 men and women aged 40-64 in Australia, Ireland, Great Britain and the Netherlands, using longitudinal…