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Are we getting the treatment of chronic diseases wrong?

Are we getting the treatment of chronic diseases wrong? | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
A global study that includes the University of Melbourne finds that our current approach to multimorbidity leaves patients and health systems out-of-pocket.
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There are many challenges facing hospitals and healthcare in the modern world we are living in. I've created this curation collection to save articles that help me understand what modern health in society is.  The articles here are general in nature and placed here to promote discussion. We advise that you talk with your health professional before changing any of your medication or treatment options.  Any of the online courses listed here may (or may not) be open for access or enrolment. Most are free to browse, some may charge a small fee if you wish to receive a certificate or record of learning.   Every effort is made to ensure that these links are up to date and be aware that some of these articles may be behind a 'paywall'. If you can’t get into an article, email me and I may be able to assist.  Views are my own.
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The power of peer support: How sharing lived experience of mental illness offers 'a different kind of hope' 

The power of peer support: How sharing lived experience of mental illness offers 'a different kind of hope'  | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Sharing stories of mental illness to support others in a similar situation is known in the mental health sector as "peer support". And for some people, it can create an important sense of hope.
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Bond academics tackle the pitfalls of trusting ‘Dr Google’ at Bond Research Week

Researchers from Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice are on a mission to stop medical misinformation from exploiting the sick and vulnerable. In an era of ‘fake news’, wellness-promoting celebrities and unprecedented access to information, Bond University medical researcher and founder of popular maternal website Not Just Mum Dr Amanda McCullough will join colleagues to teach workshop participants how to sort fact from fiction when consulting Dr Google.
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'Loneliness minister' proposed to tackle Australian social isolation

'Loneliness minister' proposed to tackle Australian social isolation | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Social isolation affects one in 10 Australians, while one in six experience periods of emotional loneliness.

It is not a trivial problem. The health impacts of chronic social isolation have the same implications for heart disease and stroke as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, a UK study found.

Loneliness is linked to increased mental health issues, increased risk of chronic health issues such as diabetes, and even early death. Lonely people are more likely to go to the doctor, creating a healthcare burden akin to obesity. As the Australian population gets older, rates of social isolation are expected to increase.
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How one doctor's dream funnelled $1.3 trillion away from tobacco companies

How one doctor's dream funnelled $1.3 trillion away from tobacco companies | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
For the first time Australians will be able to easily see whether their hard-earned money is flowing to tobacco companies.
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How 'Mad' Are You? tries to be sensitive about mental illness. So why does it make me squirm?

How 'Mad' Are You? tries to be sensitive about mental illness. So why does it make me squirm? | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
SBS’s reality show speaks frankly about mental illness. But where does its inspirational rhetoric leave those of us who don’t recover?
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The flu that transformed the 20th Century

The flu that transformed the 20th Century | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
The Spanish flu emerged as the world was recovering from years of global war. It was to have some surprising and far-reaching effects.
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How a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression

How a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe is pioneering a groundbreaking mental health programme with stunning results – and the rest of the world is taking note.
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New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
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Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children

Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics tries to guide doctors and dispel myths about growing up with gender identity questions.
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How Australia can fix the market for plasma and save millions

To save taxpayer money and treat Australian donors more fairly, a competitive market for plasma supply is necessary.
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Stigma around anxiety is far lower than you may think

Stigma around anxiety is far lower than you may think | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
New data from Beyond Blue shows people are far less judgmental about those experiencing common mental health issues.
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Doctors Need to Talk to Families About Guns and Dementia

Doctors Need to Talk to Families About Guns and Dementia | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
As the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia rises, health professionals grapple with how to talk to patients about gun safety at home.
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Supporting young men who are affected by suicide

Supporting young men who are affected by suicide | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
New research shows young men experience four different types of silence following the suicide of a close friend or peer. Dr Chris Bowden discusses his findings and what teachers, schools and others in the school community can do to better support their students.
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Advice From Health Care’s Power Users - The New York Times

Advice From Health Care’s Power Users - The New York Times | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
When you’re sick, the health care system can be scary and confusing. But in a recent survey, seriously ill Americans shared some hard-won wisdom.
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From peaceful coexistence to potential peril: the bacteria that live in and on us

Millions of bacteria live on our skin without making us sick. It's when they manage to get through that they can be dangerous – particularly if they're resistant to antibiotics.
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Please don't dismiss the PC inquiry into mental health as 'just another inquiry' by @afels1

The strength of the Productivity Commission inquiry is that it will use an economic rather than a purely health lens.
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How to make work menopause-friendly: don't think of it as a problem to be managed

Menopause at work is about creating a supportive environment for women, not managing menopause.
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Planning for death must happen long before the last few days of life

In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you'd like your symptoms managed.


Up to 60% of acute patients are admitted to hospital out-of-hours when frequently only junior doctors can care for them. A junior doctor can provide short-term management plans but is often poorly equipped for longer-term goals and to deliver empathetic and clear end-of-life care conversations.


During business hours, senior and more experienced doctors will review patients and provide better, longer-term management plans, which can include referral to specialist palliative care teams. These teams relieve the suffering of patients and their families by comprehensively assessing and treating physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms.

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Overdiagnosis 'epidemic' the target of new alliance of Australian medical professionals

Overdiagnosis 'epidemic' the target of new alliance of Australian medical professionals | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
An alliance of doctors, patients, researchers and public organisations is developing a plan to deal with what it describes as an unacceptable level of overdiagnosis in Australia.
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New blood test could spare cancer patients from needless chemotherapy after surgery

We have no reliable way of knowing which patients' cancer will return after surgery, so often chemotherapy is given to mop up any remaining cancer cells that may have gone undetected.
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'I'm 33 and have been living in aged care for eight years'

'I'm 33 and have been living in aged care for eight years' | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
I’m 33 and I live in a dementia ward, which is exactly as bad as you imagine.

But I’m not here because I have dementia. I’m here because it is the quietest (except when the residents are yelling), least perfume-saturated ward. I need my environment to be quiet and chemical free because I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) sometimes called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS).
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MayoClinic Employees on Twitter: "In June, a troll w/no relationship to Mayo Clinic tweeted a false, inflammatory message that led Twitter to suspend his account until he deleted the tweet (see bel...

It's a hoax. Please help us correct it.
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Another example of social media risk for organisations and individuals. However, while we should always be careful, we should not stop using this communication medium because of a few silly people.
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Overdiagnosis is harming patients and action is required, says chief medical officer

Overdiagnosis is harming patients and action is required, says chief medical officer | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Overdiagnosis is exposing healthy people to tests and treatments that are at best useless, and at worst triggers aggressive procedures with devastating side effects, experts warn.
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Woman feared she would die waiting for ectopic pregnancy treatment in regional WA hospital

Woman feared she would die waiting for ectopic pregnancy treatment in regional WA hospital | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
A woman with an ectopic pregnancy was told she would have to wait for the right medical equipment and staff at a regional WA hospital.
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“I felt trapped in this darkness”

“I felt trapped in this darkness” | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
As a cardiologist, Dr Geoff Toogood had spent decades saving other people’s lives. But he was in danger of losing his own.
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