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  • Grim success in trauma medicine

    07 Mar 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell Last year nearly 5,500 American troops were wounded in action in Afghanistan - almost six times the number wounded in 2008. But fewer than 7.9 per cent of the...

  • Returning the blessings of an immortal life

    21 Mar 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell Every now and then you hear a story that gladdens your heart, and this is one.  Last May (http://ausmed.ama.com.au/node/684 ) I wrote about Rebecca...

  • Dear Editor

    29 Mar 2011
    The news item ‘Health Ministers acknowledge big problems with AHPRA and National Registration’ (March 2011, p4) was no surprise. A problem which a minority of medical...

  • New ways to tackle obesity

    17 Apr 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell American entrepreneurship sees the growing epidemic of obesity as an opportunity not to be missed.  But so far there have been more successes than...

  • Lessons from the US

    01 May 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell A recent article in Health Affairs looks at the issues involved in converting small, independent primary care practices in the US into patient-centred medical...

  • Conflict – a blight on 1.5 billion people

    01 May 2011
    By Prof Stephen Leeder ANZAC Day: glories of heroism, mateship and victory, won at such terrible cost, provoke us to be deeply grateful for the peace we enjoy and to celebrate...

  • Obesity as a socially infectious disease

    15 May 2011
    By Dr Lesley RussellIn 2007, scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler pored through 32 years of data collected as part of the multigenerational Framingham Heart Study in...

  • As the ski season approaches ...

    05 Jun 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell Severe head trauma is the most frequent cause of death and severe disability in skiers and snowboarders, and accounts for about 15 per cent of all skiing- and...

  • Tackling America’s HIV/AIDS epidemic

    19 Jun 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell Every year, about 56,000 Americans become infected with HIV/AIDS and more than one million people are living with HIV.  So it’s shocking to hear that a...

  • Tackling the danger zones

    03 Jul 2011
    By Dr Lesley Russell Being in hospital at night or over the weekend can be hazardous to your health.  A raft of studies shows higher rates of death, complications and medical...

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