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"If you have the data, you can always re-create the story. But without the story or insight, the data is at best a meaningless pile of 1s and 0s."

Kara Sprague - McKinsey


Pain in cancer patients - special issue

Pain is one of the most feared aspects of cancer, having a major adverse impact on quality of life for patients during treatment and for long-term cancer survivors. The aim of this special issue is to enhance the clinical understanding of cancer pain and its treatment, providing practical approaches to pain management.

Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014: 32(16)


Victoria’s new Mental Health Act 2014

Victoria's Mental Health Act 2014 commenced on 1 July 2014 and is now the law governing compulsory mental health treatment in Victoria. The Act is a key element to the government's mental health reform agenda and places individuals and carers at the centre of mental health treatment and care.

Source: Note no direct link to legislation is available - From the Victorian Law Today link, select "Act" then search "Mental Health Act 2014".


Mortality from asthma and COPD in Australia

This report provides information about mortality due to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Australia; examining trends over time, seasonal variation, international comparison and variation by age, sex, remoteness, Indigenous status, country of birth and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Source: AIHW, August 2014


Identifying high-risk medication: a systematic literature review

A recent systematic review of the literature on medication errors (augmented by analyses of Danish patient complaints, patient compensation, and reported medication errors datasets) reports that the authors found 7 drugs or classes of medication accounted for almost half (47%) of the serious errors: Methotrexate, Warfarin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, digoxin, opioids, acetylic salicylic acid and beta-blockers. Authors suggest that focusing efforts on the 7 drugs/drug classes "can potentially reduce hospitalizations, extended hospitalizations, disability, life-threatening conditions, and death by almost 50%".

Source: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2014: 70(6);637-45


Phentermine & topiramate for weight maintenance – Australian experience

Austin Health study based on patients who attended the Austin Health Weight Control Clinic between Jan 2010-July 2012. The objective of the study was to investigate "the safety, tolerability and efficacy of combination phentermine and topiramate therapy for maintenance of weight loss" in patients that had achieved their target weight.

Source: Medical Journal of Australia 2014: 201(4) 224-226

Toxic Fat

New books on display @ Austin

How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine / Trisha Greenhalgh. 5th edition. Wiley BMJ Books, 2014.

The molecular basis of cancer / edited by John Mendelsohn. [et al.]. 4th edition. Elsevier/Saunders, 2015.

National Kidney Foundation's primer on kidney diseases / edited by Scott J. Gilbert, Daniel E. Weiner. 6th edition. Elsevier/Saunders, 2014.


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


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 Austin Health you will need your Library barcode no. and PIN)

American journal of medicine. Vol. 127, no. 7, July 2014

American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. Vol 190, no., 1 July; Vol. 190, no. 2, 15 July 2014

Annals of emergency medicine. Vol. 64, no. 2, August 2014

Best practice & research: clinical endocrinology & metabolism. Vol. 28, no. 4, August 2014 (Nodular goitre)

BMJ.  Vol. 349, no. 7967, 19 July; Vol. 349, no. 7970, 9 August 2014

Endocrine reviews.  Vol. 35, no. 4, August 2014

Infection control & hospital epidemiology.  Vol. 35, no. 8; Vol. 35, suppl. 1, August 2014 (Cystic fibrosis foundation guideline)

Journal of parenteral & enteral nutrition. Vol. 38, no. 6, August 2014

Journal of pediatrics.  Vol. 165, no. 2, August 2014

Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.  Vol. 148, no. 2, August 2014

Lancet.  Vol. 384, no. 9941, 2 August; Vol. 384, no. 9942, 9 August; Vol. 384, no. 9943, 16 August 2014

Lancet oncology.  Vol. 15, no. 9, August 2014

Nature.  Vol. 512, no. 7512, 7 August 2014

New England journal of medicine. Vol. 371, no 8, 21 August 2014

Nursing times.  Vol. 110, no. 32/33, 6-19 August 2014

Physical therapy.  Vol. 94, no. 8, August 2014

PM & R. Vol 6, no. 7, July 2014

Seminars in oncology. Vol. 41, no. 3; Vol. 41, no. 3 suppl 4, June 2014 (Recurrent glioblastoma)


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