Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

Nicole Lee, Curtin University To demonstrate the failure of the war on drugs, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann came out this week about her own drug use: Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA [ecstasy] at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same. When asked … Continue reading Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

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What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY

Obesity is a condition that is associated with excessive levels of body fat, obesity is considered a major health problem in Western Countries. Between 2014 and 2015 a staggering 63.4% of the population was overweight. This is an increase of 19% from 1995. In the same period, there was about 22,700 hospital separation involving one or more weight loss procedure, seven of eight of these … Continue reading What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY

There’s no such thing as a safe tan. Here’s what’s happening underneath your summer glow

H. Peter Soyer, The University of Queensland and Katie Lee, The University of Queensland There’s a lot to be said for sunshine – both good and bad. It’s our main source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and muscle health. Populations with higher levels of sun exposure also have better blood pressure and mood levels, and fewer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. … Continue reading There’s no such thing as a safe tan. Here’s what’s happening underneath your summer glow

Science or Snake Oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

Nural Cokcetin, University of Technology Sydney and Shona Blair, University of Technology Sydney Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds. Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin tone, reduce hair loss and even prevent … Continue reading Science or Snake Oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

It’s despair, not depression, that’s responsible for Indigenous suicide

Tim Carey, Flinders University This article was written with Rob McPhee, Deputy CEO of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service and co-chair of the Commonwealth-funded Kimberley Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Working Group. Last year, 165 Indigenous Australians died as a result of suicide. Despite continued efforts to improve suicide prevention programs, there has been no no appreciable reduction in the suicide rate in ten years. While suicide … Continue reading It’s despair, not depression, that’s responsible for Indigenous suicide

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Case study|Post -Operative care| Septoplasty

ISOBAR Hand Over I, Patients name is Kelly, she is 49 years old, has a history of difficulty breathing which affects her sleep. S, Patient has just come back from the theatre with a nasal bolster which has moderate sanguineous discharge, she has just gone through a septoplasty with a right ethmoidectomy and is needing post-operative care. O, Patient’s vital signs are: T-36.4 digress, HR-68bpm, … Continue reading Case study|Post -Operative care| Septoplasty