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"We're moving to this integration of biomedicine, information technology, wireless and mobile now - an era of digital medicine. Even my stethoscope is now digital. And of course, there's an app for that."

Daniel Kraft


Spinal cord injury & exercise

"There are anecdotal reports of adverse events (AEs) associated with exercise in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and consequent concern by people with SCI and their providers about potential risks of exercise." A systematic review of studies undertaken between 1970-2011 has established "there is no evidence to suggest that cardiovascular exercise done according to guidelines and established safety precautions is harmful."

Source: The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2014; 37(6)


Orthopaedic app for best practice

A new app has been developed to direct the treatment of common orthopaedic problems including rotator cuff tears, distal radius fractures and knee osteoarthritis treatments. Based on substantial reviews by an expert panel of orthopaedic leaders established by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the information in the app provides the user with recommended evidence-based treatment options. The app is free and further modules are in development.

Source: AAOS appropriate use criteria app, 2014


Robotic walker – new invention for stroke rehabilitation

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions require physical therapy to regain their motor functions and a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has invented a robotic walker to assist patients and physiotherapists during rehabilitation sessions. Using body sensors for gait information and a force sensor to detect user intent, the robotic walker allows the patient to practice walking on the ground instead of on a treadmill.

Source: NUS news, 21 November 2014


Ebola visualisation tool

"Researchers around the world are understandably working in haste to come up with a treatment for the Ebola infection. To help with that goal, a team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University just unveiled a free online tool that helps to visualise Ebola gene mutations and how they affect the virus's protein structure, as well as epitopes, binding sites on the surface of the proteins."

Source: Medgadget, 25 November 2014


Bacteria on mobiles and iPads – infection control

Personal mobile devices including smartphones, iPads and tablet computers are increasingly being used in hospitals at the point-of-care. In a recent study 64% of inpatient-use devices were contaminated with MRSA . Other resistant pathogens including VRE and pseudomonas were also found highlighting the need for healthcare personnel to be aware of the infection control risks when using these devices.

Source: PLoS One, 2014; 9(10)


Guidelines for taking clinical images on personal devices

What constitutes appropriate use when taking and transmitting clinical images on personal mobile devices? The Australian Medical Association has released a guide for doctors and medical students outlining the key ethical and legal issues when using images in the clinical care setting.

The guide defines what a clinical image is and addresses the issues of consent, storage, transmission, security, access and privacy of the patient's medical record.

Source: Clinical images and the use of personal mobile devices, AMA-MIIAA 2014


Christmas hours in the Library

From Monday 1st December - Friday 9th January the Library will not be staffed between 5pm-6pm.
Staff will be available 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Over the Christmas period the Library will not be staffed from Wednesday 24th December - Friday 3rd January inclusive.


New updates - Cochrane Library


Top-ranked medical journals + links

Compiled from SJR (SCImago Journal Ranking). Links provide access to the TOCs (tables of contents).

Ca - A cancer journal for clinicians

Annual review of immunology

Nature reviews genetics

Acta crystallographica section D: biological crystallography

Physiological reviews

Nature reviews cancer

Cancer cell

Nature reviews immunology

Annual review of pathology: mechanisms of disease

Genome research

Looking for the latest journal issues?
All our journal titles with electronic access are available via the A-Z Journal List
(outside the Austin Health network use your Library barcode no. & PIN for access)

If you require an article from a journal that is not on the A-Z Journal List, please use our online document delivery form.

Journals received in print-only format this week:
Nature. Vol. 515, no. 7526, 13 November 2014.


New books

Lewis's medical-surgical nursing : assessment and management of clinical problems / edited by Di Brown, Helen Edwards ... [et al.] 4th edition, Mosby Elsevier 2015.

"Using the nursing process as a framework for practice, the fourth edition has been extensively revised to reflect the rapidly changing nature of nursing practice and the increasing focus on key nursing care priorities".


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