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"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Albert Einstein


Long working hours & risk of stroke

"Our findings show that individuals who work 55 hours or more per week have a 1·3-times higher risk of incident stroke than those working standard hours.Furthermore, the association did not vary between men and women or by geographical region, and was independent of the method of stroke ascertainment, suggesting that the finding is robust. Long working hours were also associated with incident coronary heart disease, but this association was weaker than that for stroke."

Source: Lancet Online first, 19 August 2015

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Work stress as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

"This review of evidence from over 600,000 men and women from 27 cohort studies in Europe, the USA and Japan suggests that work stressors, such as job strain and long working hours, are associated with a moderately elevated risk of incident coronary heart disease and stroke."

Source: Current cardiology reports Sept 2015;17(9):630

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Cognitive behavioural therapy for chronic insomnia

"Insomnia is a prevalent condition, with 5-15% of adults meeting formal diagnostic criteria for insomnia and 1/3 reporting dissatisfaction with sleep." In this systematic review, Melbourne hospital based authors found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) an effective drug free treatment, with improved sleep outcomes for patients with non-comorbid chronic insomnia.

Source: Annals of internal medicine 2015; 163(3):191-204


Music as a postoperative recovery aid

The authors compared any form of music in the perioperative setting with either standard care or non-drug interventions. The effects of music on postoperative outcome measures including pain, analgesia requirements, anxiety or length of stay, were assessed. This systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that "sufficient research has been done to show that music should be available to all patients undergoing operative procedures".

Source: Lancet 2015 Article in press

(Due to a technical issue, this link directs you to the online journal - once open, browse Articles in press using the title "Music as an aid for postoperative recovery in adults..." for full text access)


Chronic diseases – AIHW

Data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) indicate that 1 in 5 Australians suffers more than one chronic disease. These comorbidities can potentially impact the individual's quality of life and have broader social and economic effects. AIHW has compiled a selection of information graphics capturing the prevalence of chronic disease including: cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions, oral health and respiratory diseases.

Source: AIHW 2015

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Preterm birth, maternal CVD & smoking

"Based on a large retrospective cohort of women, this study provides robust evidence indicating that the association of preterm birth and future risk of maternal CVD is independent of maternal smoking and hypertensive disorder during pregnancy. This underscores the importance of smoking cessation in reducing CVD and suggests that a history of preterm delivery (especially if severe, indicated or recurrent) can identify a sizeable number of women susceptible to early onset of CVD and premature death in the years following pregnancy."

Source: BMC pregnancy and childbirth 2015; 15(144)


eBooks spotlight

Middleton's allergy: principles and practice / N. Franklin Adkinson Jr - 8th ed, Elsevier Saunders, 2014.
Focusing on human immunology and biology, while also reporting on scientific experimentation and advancement, this text provides comprehensive coverage of state-of-the-art basic science as well as authoritative guidance on the practical aspects of day-to-day diagnosis and management.

Point-of-care ultrasound / Nilam J. Soni, Robert Arntfield, Pierre Kory .Elsevier Saunders, 2015.
Point-of-care ultrasound has been shown to make procedures safer, expedite diagnoses, and raise confidence in clinical decision making.This book is intended for providers of any healthcare discipline interested in learning about the principles and diverse applications of point-of-care ultrasound.

New books on display

Emergency : real stories from Australia's emergency department doctors / edited by Simon Judkins. Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2015.

Paediatric handbook / [by the staff of the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia] ; edited by Amanda Gwee, Romi Rimer, Michael Marks. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.


Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

American journal of clinical nutrition

British journal of haematology

CA - a cancer journal for clinicians


Clinical nephrology


Evidence-based medicine


Journal of clinical oncology

Journal of psychiatric & mental health nursing

Physical therapy

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 in the A-Z Journal List, please use our online document delivery form.


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