CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes

Gaetan Burgio, Australian National University CRISPR gene editing technology is revolutionising medicine and biology. This technique allows scientists to edit DNA with more precision and greater ease than previous gene editing technology. But a new study has called into question the precision of the technique. The hope for gene editing is that it will be able to cure and correct diseases. To date, many successes … Continue reading CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes

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

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The Ever Changing Role of Nurses in the Healthcare system

Nurses make up the largest health care profession in Australia, unlike other professions the proportion of nurses to population is consistent across Australia. The capacity of practice for nurses tends to vary depending on the location. The first section of the paper will discuss the ever-changing role a Nurse in the health care system, the focus will be put on the role of a Nurse … Continue reading The Ever Changing Role of Nurses in the Healthcare system

Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help

  Men also experience postnatal mental health and adjustment issues. from shutterstock.com Richard Fletcher, University of Newcastle; Jacqui Macdonald, Deakin University, and Louise Newman, University of Melbourne England’s National Health Service (NHS) this week announced it will offer mental health screening and treatment for new and expectant fathers whose partners are suffering from mental illness. The NHS described this as a “radical action to support … Continue reading Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help

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Explainer | What is Anthrax and why is it dangerous?

Anthrax Anthrax is an infection that is caused by the gram-positive bacteria called Bacillus Anthracis. Anthrax can either be cutaneous, gastrointestinal or inhalation. History Anthrax was known by the names wool sorters and rag-pickers disease in 1800. This was because workers used to contract the disease through bacterial spores present in wool or fabric fibres. Spores are small thick-walled in the dormant stage of some … Continue reading Explainer | What is Anthrax and why is it dangerous?

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The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law

Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or a tribe. Genocide was first recognised as a crime under international law in 1946. The United Nations in 1948 Codified Genocide as an independent crime. On the other hand, Ethnic cleansing according to UN definition is the “purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove … Continue reading The Human Condition | Massacre, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing and the Limits of International Law