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Chronic Kidney Disease 2014

State of the Nation - Chronic Kidney Disease 2014 report presents the latest statistics and recommendations in kidney health across Australia. Around 1.7 million Australians aged 18 years and over have clinical evidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD). However as CKD typically has no symptoms, less than 10% of the people with CKD are aware they have the condition. Report also states that people with CKD are up to 20 times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than they are to receive dialysis.

The Library has a wide range of kidney disease resources available



Diabetes management starts at diagnosis

Findings from a general practice study shows that the education of patients newly diagnosed with diabetes is critical for future management.

Study showed that patients, who had no educational intervention, didn't improve on their understanding of their illness even though they had lots of interactions with doctors and healthcare professionals over the 3 years. The study also showed that it is the impact of diabetes on day-to-day life, and not the future impact of the disease, which causes the most psychological distress for patients.

Source: TC Skinner, K Khunti, ME Carey et al. (2014) Stability and predictive utility, over 3 years, of the illness beliefs of individuals recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetic medicine Early release (20 May 2014)

The Library has a wide range of diabetes resources available


Mindfulness for depression and anxiety?

This is the first meta-analysis of RCTs of Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBI) where all studies included only participants who were diagnosed with a current episode of a depressive or anxiety disorder. Effects of MBIs on primary symptom severity were found for people with a current depressive disorder and it is recommended by authors that MBIs might be considered as an intervention for this population. More research however is required to investigate the possibility that MBIs might be of value in treating anxiety disorders.

Source: Strauss C, Cavanagh K, Oliver A, Pettman D (2014) Mindfulness-Based Interventions for People Diagnosed with a Current Episode of an Anxiety or Depressive Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials. PLoS ONE 9(4): e96110


Epilepsy – Nature Outlook special issue

"Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects 50 million people worldwide. For many patients, medication helps reduce seizure frequency; for drug-resistant epilepsy, treatments include diet therapy and neurosurgery. Although discussed and feared for millennia, progress towards understanding epilepsy has been slow - even with help from modern genetic and neurological analysis. Stigmatization of people with epilepsy continues in certain parts of the world and though lack of funding limits epilepsy research, new ways to treat and manage seizures are on the horizon." Mike May

Source: Epilepsy- Nature 511 SI (10 July 2014)


New books on display @ Austin

A manual of neonatal intensive care / Janet M Rennie, Giles S Kendall. 5th edition. CRC Press, 2013.

Mentoring doctors: how to design and implement a junior doctor mentoring program / Dianne Salvador, Rachel Collings. Salvador and Collings, 2014.

Saving babies? : the consequences of newborn genetic screening / Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder. University of Chicago Press, 2013


New books on display can be reserved by contacting the library.

Mentoring Doctors

Print journals received and currently on display

Note:  the links below provide access to the tables of contents, not necessarily the full text.  Full text may be retrieved from the A-Z Journal list (outside of Austin Health you will need your Library barcode no. and PIN)

American heart journal.  Vol. 167, no. 6, June 2014

American journal of cardiology.  Vol. 114.  Vol. 2, 15 July 2014

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine.  Vol. 189, no. 11, 1 June 2014

Anaesthesia and intensive care.  Vol. 42, no. 4, July 2014; Vol. 41, suppl., July 2014 (History supplement)

Australian & New Zealand journal of psychiatry.  Vol. 48, no. 7, July 2014

Best practice & research. Clinical haematology.  Vol. 27, no. 1, March 2014 (Acute promyelocytic leukemia)

BMJ.  Vol. 348, no. 7964, 28 June 2014

British journal of psychiatry.  Vol. 205, no. 1, July 2014

Computerized medical imaging and graphics.  Vol. 38, no. 5, July 2014

Current problems in diagnostic radiology.  Vol. 43, no. 4, July/August 2014

Diabetes & metabolism.  Vol. 40, no. 3, June 2014

Gait & posture.  Vol. 40, no. 2, June 2014

Gastroenterology.  Vol. 146, no. 7, June 2014

Infection control & hospital epidemiology.  Vol. 35, no. 7, July 2014

Journal of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery.  Vol. 67, no. 7, July 2014

Journal of spinal cord medicine.  Vol. 37, no. 3, May 2014

Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  Vol. 63, no. 23, 17 June 2014; Vol. 63, no. 24, 24 June 2014; Vol. 63, no. 25, 1 July 2014; Vol. 63, no. 25b, 1 July 2014 (2013 Cardiovascular Prevention Guidelines)

Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.  Vol. 148, no. 1, July 2014

Lancet.  Vol. 384, no. 9937, 5 July 2014

Nature.  Vol. 511, no. 7507, 3 July 2014

New England journal of medicine.  Vol. 371, no. 3, 17 July 2014

Respiratory medicine.  Vol. 108, no. 6, June 2014; Vol. 108, no. 7, July 2014

Sleep medicine reviews.  Vol. 18, no. 4, August 2014


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