Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 24th June, 2019.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----A much busier week with all sorts of announcements and so on. It was especially rich on the security and NBN fronts.-----https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-16/digital-health-record-to-change-care-in-canberra/11212790Digital Health Record to change the lives of those with a chronic illness in CanberraBy Elise Scott Posted Sun at 8:27am When Jen Sutherland winds up in the emergency department in debilitating pain, she is often forced to relay to the staff a decade of complicated medical history before she can be treated.Key points:The ACT plans to introduce a new single electronic system for patients$70 million has been set aside to build and implement the system over the next four ... This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - Category: Information Technology Authors: Source Type: blogs

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This article is a call to action for the scientific community to ensure that scientific evidence is guiding patient care, funding for treatment, and policy decisions that address the opioid epidemic.
Source: Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
Swatting a Fly Without Killing It May Cause It Pain for the Rest of Its Life, Study Finds — Gizmodo Barely missing a fatal slap at a bothersome fly might be a headache for both of you, according to new research from scientists at the University of Sydney. They say they’ve found evidence that insects are capable of feeling chronic pain after an injury, much like we do. What’s more, studying why... apple.news Treatment algorithms? CBT?
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pain Medicine Source Type: forums
Physicians are being murdered for not prescribing opioids I would argue that a large portion of what we are truly treating with chronic opioid therapy is psychological. www.kevinmd.com "Why is it that I as a double board certified pain physician have to consider whether or not I should have a firearm in my office to protect myself or my staff? Should I carry one at home in the event someone tries to find me or my children? It is easy to think, “Wow, this lady needs some Zoloft and a few... Kevin MD: Doctors being killed for not writing opioids...
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pain Medicine Source Type: forums
Condition:   Chronic Neck Pain Interventions:   Device: Active PBM;   Device: Active TENS;   Device: Placebo PBM;   Device: Placebo TENS Sponsors:   Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos;   Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
ConclusionTriadic communication can be advantageous in medical encounters; however, as differences exist depending on the individual medical setting, caution should be asserted in generalising findings.
Source: Irish Journal of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is a small palm tree native to the southeastern United States. Currently, saw palmetto is used as a dietary supplement for urinary symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), as well as for chronic pelvic pain, decreased sex drive, migraine, hair loss, and other conditions.According to a 2017 systematic review of 22 studies, saw palmetto was one of the most frequently used herbal supplement.
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 15 July 2019Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive GynecologyAuthor(s): Insiyyah Patanwala, Chensi Ouyang, Matthew Fisk, Georgine LamvuAbstractStudy ObjectiveTo compare the amount of opioids (tablets and morphine milligram equivalents-MME) prescribed by physicians and used by patients, after benign gynecologic surgery.DesignProspective Cohort StudySettingTertiary Center- Main Hospital Operating Room and Outpatient Surgery CenterPatientsWomen undergoing benign gynecologic surgeryInterventionsMajor and minor gynecologic surgeriesMeasurementsThe surgery groups were: 1) minor laparoscopy (Mino...
Source: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
AbstractAutoimmune bullous diseases are a group of chronic inflammatory disorders caused by autoantibodies targeted against structural proteins of the desmosomal and hemidesmosomal plaques in the skin and mucosa, leading to intra-epithelial or subepithelial blistering. The oral mucosa is frequently affected in these diseases, in particular, in mucous membrane pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, and paraneoplastic pemphigus. The clinical symptoms are heterogeneous and may present with erythema, blisters, erosions, and ulcers localized anywhere on the oral mucosa, and lead to severe complaints for the patients including pain, dy...
Source: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition that affects polio survivors decades after their initial infection. Despite its high prevalence, the aetiology of PPS remains elusive, mechanisms of progression are poorly understood and the condition is notoriously under-researched. While motor dysfunction is a hallmark feature of the condition, generalised fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased endurance, neuropsychological deficits, sensory symptoms and chronic pain are also often reported and have considerable quality of life implications in PPS. The non-motor aspects of PPS are particularly challenging to evaluate, ...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Medicare says it's moving toward covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain as a potential alternative to opioid painkillers that can become addictive
Source: ABC News: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news
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