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"The superstitions of today are the scientific facts of tomorrow."
John Balderstone


Rehabilitation for chronic lower back pain - Cochrane

Lower back pain is a highly prevalent health condition and responsible for considerable suffering both in Australia and around the world. Recent research shows LBP causes more years lived with disability than any other health condition. This Cochrane systematic review reveals that "multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation interventions were more effective than usual care (moderate quality evidence) and physical treatments (low quality evidence) in decreasing pain and disability in people with chronic low back pain.

Source: BMJ 2015 Online first 18 Feb.


Vegetarian diet and risk of colorectal cancers

This study evaluated the influence of vegetarian diets on the incidence of colorectal cancers concluding that overall vegetarian diets were associated with a lower incidence. Pescovegetarians in particular were found to have a much lower risk compared with non-vegetarians; authors suggest if such associations are causal, they may be important for primary prevention of colorectal cancers.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Online first 9 March 2015


Efficacy of homeopathy vs placebo (NHMRC)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its assessment of the evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy - a complementary and alternative medicine that is commonly used in Australia and around the world. NHMRC concludes that "homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are chronic, serious, or could become serious. People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness."

Source: Evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy for treating health conditions / NHMRC Information Paper. March 2015


Emergency operations & Friday 13th - the evidence

Authors suggest that more than 40% of medical staff are convinced that lunar phases can affect human behaviour. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that myths are transferable to real-life surgery. Aortic aneurysms and gastrointestinal perforations have been featured.

Source: World Journal of Surgery 2011: 35(9) 1945-194


eBook spotlight

Robbins and Cotran pathologic basis of disease / edited by Vinay Kumar, Abdul K. Abbas, Jon C. Aster. 9th ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2015 (also available in print format)
An essential text that delivers the latest pathology knowledge in a readable, interesting manner, ensuring optimal understanding of current science and clinical content. High-quality photographs and full-color illustrations highlight new information in molecular biology, disease classifications, new drugs and drug therapies.

Print book

Myles textbook for midwives / edited by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor. 16th ed. Saunders Elsevier, 2014.
The latest edition of this seminal textbook has been extensively revised and restructured to ensure that it reflects current midwifery practice, with an increased focus on topics that are fundamental to midwifery practice today.


Journal spotlight

These links provide access to the current issue:


Colorectal Disease

European Heart Journal

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of Cardiac Surgery

The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Journal of Medical Ethics


Neuropsychological rehabilitation



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Journals received in print-only format this week:

Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica, Vol. 94, no. 3, March 2015

Ethics & medicine, Vol. 31, no. 1, Spring 2015

Journal of sexual medicine, Vol. 12, no. 2, February 2015

Nature, Vol. 517, no. 7532, 19 February 2015

Sexual medicine reviews, Vol. 3, no. 1, January 2015


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