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Guns and Health: 5 Pressing Questions for Healthcare Professionals

Guns and Health: 5 Pressing Questions for Healthcare Professionals
John Watson

The recent attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 people lost their lives and dozens more sustained serious injuries, was greeted with shock, but also with an unsettling familiarity. Gun violence has inarguably become firmly entrenched in all corners of this country. Towns like Aurora, Newtown, and Columbine are now shorthand for the collective anguish that follows mass shootings, while large cities like Chicago deal with an equally insidious but less media-attended epidemic of daily firearm violence.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has officially started in Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE 
Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has officially started in Queensland today, signalling the beginning of a new era in disability services and huge opportunity for new workers to join the sector.

“I am excited to welcome the start of the NDIS rollout in Queensland today, following the early launch of the scheme in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island in January this year,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

Queensland health budget puts patients first

MEDIA RELEASE 
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Queensland health budget puts patients first 

Queensland’s multi-billion dollar health budget will jump 7.7 per cent to meet growing demands for health services across the state. Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the health budget would increase to $15.274 billion in 2016-17, ensuring world-class health services for Queenslanders.

Mr Dick said the bulk of the new budget, totalling $12.

Five Point Plan for Flu Season

Media Release 
Minister for Health and 
Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Cameron Dick
Five Point Plan for Flu Season

The Palaszczuk Government is preparing Queensland’s public hospitals for a tough flu season with a five point plan to drive efficiencies, keep emergency departments moving and get ambulances back on the road.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today unveiled the government’s five point plan to prepare the health system for the challenges of the flu season.

Digoxin for Heart Failure Fell Sharply in a Decade, May Be Given More Selectively














Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: Another Problem Antibiotics Can't Fix?

Maternal and Neonatal Consequences of Treated and Untreated Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy: A Prospective Cohort Study With an Embedded Randomised Controlled Trial

Kazemier BM, Koningstein FN, Schneeberger C, et al
Lancet Infect Dis. 2015;15:1324-1333
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy

Antibiotics are frequently prescribed even when they are not indicated. A common area of antibiotic misuse is the treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB). ASB is typically harmless, but treating ASB can increase rates of antibiotic resistance.

Antipsychotics Overprescribed in Intellectually Disabled? Liam Davenport

Antipsychotics Overprescribed in Intellectually Disabled? Liam Davenport

A substantial proportion of individuals with intellectual disabilities are prescribed antipsychotics in the absence of a diagnosis of severe mental illness ― a finding that raises concerns that these drugs are being used to control behavior in this patient population. 

In a study of more than 30,000 people with intellectual disabilities, more than 60% had received a prescription for antipsychotic drugs, of whom more than 70% had no record of severe mental illness.

Starting a Group Medical Practice? William Buck

Starting a Group 

    Medical Practice? 

  • Are you looking at starting or joining a group medical practice? 
  • Want legal advice before entering into a partnership agreement?  
  • Confused about finance options? 
  • Unsure of the kind of risks associated? 
  • Want to know how to recruit the best employees for your practice? 
  • Interested in practice management and IT software solutions? 

DATE:     Monday 31 August 2015

The Impacts of Stress on Your Business

The Impacts of Stress on Your Business 

The team here atRebecca Ward Consultingoften discusses the limbic system with our clients: the flight or flight response and how this relates to the messages you send to other people (body language) but also the messages you send to your body. From an A&P (anatomy and physiology) perspective when we are scared or nervous we have a rush of adrenaline and an increase of blood to our legs, this is the limbic system’s way of saying “get ready to run!

Too Many Patients With Migraine Receiving Opioids, Barbiturates

Washington, DC — Inappropriate prescribing of opioids and barbiturates for the treatment of migraine is common, a new study suggests. The study is the first to examine recent statistics on opioid and barbiturate-containing medication use in patients presenting to a headache center, said Mina T. Minen, MD, MPH, director of Headache Services and assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
"We found it surprising that despite guidelines stating that these medications are not recommended as first-line treatments for primary headache disorders, [they] are still in use by a substantial number of patients," Dr Minen told 

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

Surgery Cheaper Than Antibiotics for Appendicitis

"Laparoscopic appendectomy carries lower costs per quality of life-year in unselected patient populations," said Vincent Chong, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Chong presented the finding here at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress.
Although appendectomy remains the gold standard for treating acute appendicitis, antibiotics have been used since 1945, Dr Chong said. Antibiotics can be used successfully when surgery is not possible, such as in remote locations or when the patient is frail.
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