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National Stroke Week – new research

Stroke outcomes for Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in the NT
Survival after a stroke is lower for Indigenous patients than other stroke patients in Australia. This study investigates the "stroke recurrence and role of comorbidities in adverse stroke outcomes (recurrence and death) for Indigenous compared with other Australians."

Source: International journal of stroke, Early view 9 Sept 2015


Risk of stroke in patients with IBD
Researchers investigated whether the incidence of stroke increased in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Results from this systematic review and meta-analysis indicated that compared with non-IBD, the "patients with IBD experienced a modest increase in risk for development of stroke".

Source: Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, Articles in press Aug 2015

(Due to a technical issue, this link directs you to the online journal - once open, browse Articles in press using article title for full text)


Growing portion sizes & rising UK obesity

"Authors reviewed the evidence to establish by how much the amounts of food, alcohol or tobacco adults and children select or consume change in response to being presented with larger or smaller-sized (or differently shaped) portions or packages of these products, or of items of tableware (such as plates or glasses) used to consume them".

Source: Cochrane Systematic Review 14 Sept 2015

Portion control

Geographic inequity – healthy food & T2DM

New study re-emphasise that geographic inequities demonstrably manifest within cities and the related issues of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and food environment are ones that we ought to pay close attention to in the health sector. In Australia's largest city, "there is a clear spatial mismatch, in which many communities - where access to a car is not guaranteed and public transport options can be thin, where social and economic pressures weigh heavy, and where diet-related health challenges are considerable - have few opportunities to purchase fresh produce close to home".

Source: MJA 21 Sept 2015 203(6); 246-248


Understanding Australians’ smoking patterns

"This report presents baseline data for several tobacco indicators using various data sources and collections years. The baseline showed that some groups are at much higher risk of smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those living in remote or socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, and single parents with dependent children."

Source: AIHW Sept 2015


Leading risk factors for death

In a large international study, researchers analysed 79 risk factors for death across 188 countries between 1990 and 2013. Hypertension is the leading individual risk factor associated with death in Australia, followed by smoking and high BMI. Drug use is the fastest growing risk factor for increasing poor health in men; whereas diabetes-related illness (high fasting blood glucose) is increasing poor health in women.

Source: The Lancet Online first 26 Aug 2015

(Due to a technical issue, this link directs you to the online journal  - once open, browse Articles in press using article title for full text)


Australia’s welfare in 2015

This annual comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians covering a wide range of topics. This issue includes: understanding welfare; Australia's welfare spending and workforce; Child wellbeing; Young people; Working age; Growing older; Diversity and disadvantage in Australia; Indicators of Australia's welfare.

The following presentations are based on the in-brief report, include infographics and teaching notes:

Source: AHIW Australia's welfare 2015


eBooks spotlight

Current medical diagnosis and treatment 2016 / edited by Jim Shanahan, Harriet Lebowitz and Barbara Holton - 55th ed. - McGraw Hill Medical, 2016.
"Written by top clinicians, this trusted resource spans the fields of internal medicine, reviewing symptoms, signs, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment for more than 1,000 diseases and disorders."

Stroke : pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management / edited by Julie J. Mohr - 5th ed. - Elsevier/Saunders, 2011.

New books on display

100 cases in clinical medicine / P. John Rees, james Pattison, Christopher Kosky - 3rd ed. -- CRC Press-Taylor & Francis, 2014.

Acute pain management : a practical guide / Pamela E. Macintyre, Stephan A. Schug - 4th ed. - CRC Press-Taylor & Francis, 2015.
This book "provides health professionals with simple and practical information to help them manage patients with acute pain safely and effectively. The book also helps them to identify and manage acute pain in more complex patients, for whom effective treatment can be challenging."

Rheumatology secrets / Sterling G West - 3rd ed. - Elsevier Mosby, 2015.


Journals spotlight

These links provide access to the current table of contents:

Cancer nursing practice

Clinical and experimental hypertension


International journal of stroke

JAMA psychiatry

Journal of clinical neuroscience

Journal of clinical nursing

Journal of neuroimaging

Journal of smoking cessation

Nurse researcher


Tobacco control

Topics in stroke rehabilitation

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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