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  1. Boosters or previous COVID-19 infection are needed to prevent symptomatic Omicron

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jun 2022 at 0700 AEST | 0900 NZST

    New England Journal of Medicine

    Two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine has a negligible effect on the risk of symptomatic Omicron but previous infections and booster doses change this, according to international research. Read more about Boosters or previous COVID-19 infection are needed to prevent symptomatic Omicron

    InternationalWeill Cornell Medicine, Qatar
  2. Home injuries up during COVID-19 lockdowns

    Publicly released: Thu 16 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    There was, however, a big decrease in injuries outside the home, such as those occurring at schools, sporting areas, and shopping centres, they say. ... As people aged, the main injuries were caused by Read more about Home injuries up during COVID-19 lockdowns

    AustraliaAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  3. Older Australians need more financial support amid pandemic

    Publicly released: Wed 15 Jun 2022 at 1127 AEST | 1327 NZST

    Lead researcher, UniSA’s Dr Braam Lowies, says the report indicates older working Australians are at risk of financial insecurity and need to improve their financial capabilities before they retire. Read more about Older Australians need more financial support amid pandemic

    Australia; SAUniversity of South Australia
  4. At least one in 500 children estimated to have caught COVID-19 in pandemic's first year

    Publicly released: Mon 13 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    21% and 0. 42% early in 2021, according to research published today by the Medical Journal of Australia. ... was useful and could be used for tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in the future. Read more about At least one in 500 children estimated to have caught COVID-19 in pandemic's first year

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WAThe University of Sydney|Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)...
  5. Investing 1% of the world's GDP in a green recovery could reduce global emissions 8.5% by 2030

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jun 2022 at 1011 AEST | 1211 NZST

    Frontiers in Climate

    To recover economically, many governments worldwide have invested in recovery plans to stimulate the economy and support employment. ... to investigate the possible effects of a targeted economic recovery Read more about Investing 1% of the world's GDP in a green recovery could reduce global emissions 8.5% by 2030

    InternationalPBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
  6. COVID-19 during pregnancy could impact baby’s development later on

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jun 2022 at 0945 AEST | 1145 NZST

    JAMA Network Open

    Early evidence has found that babies born to mothers that had a COVID-19 infection while pregnant in 2020 were more likely to receive a neurodevelopmental diagnosis in the first year ... Most of these Read more about COVID-19 during pregnancy could impact baby’s development later on

    InternationalMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA; Mass General Brigham, USA
  7. The pandemic’s impact on lung cancer diagnoses for Māori

    Publicly released: Fri 10 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    New Zealand Medical Journal

    New Zealand has largely avoided the substantial impacts on cancer services witnessed in other countries, and there has been little evidence that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted access to Read more about The pandemic’s impact on lung cancer diagnoses for Māori

    New ZealandUniversity of Otago|Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency; Counties-Manukau District Health Board; Southern District Health Board; Auckland District Health Board; Northland District Health Board
  8. Fewer than 1-in-2 frontline healthcare workers say they had formal PPE training when COVID-19 hit

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 1615 AEST | 1815 NZST

    PLOS ONE

    One in five healthcare workers received no training on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when COVID-19 hit and less than one in two received formal training in the ... The participants also Read more about Fewer than 1-in-2 frontline healthcare workers say they had formal PPE training when COVID-19 hit

    Australia; NSW; VICMonash University|The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society
  9. Probiotics didn’t reduce uni test stress, but lockdown had an unexpected effect

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 1121 AEST | 1321 NZST

    PLOS One

    They found no difference between the probiotic and a placebo, but highlight that overall student stress levels actually went down right before exams. ... The team says NZ’s COVID-19 lockdown went from Read more about Probiotics didn’t reduce uni test stress, but lockdown had an unexpected effect

    New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
  10. Hidden casualty of Russia’s war: global phosphorus security

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 0901 AEST | 1101 NZST

    Amid worsening global disruptions to food and fertiliser supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, one of the world’s essential resources is under threat. ... from households, retail Read more about Hidden casualty of Russia’s war: global phosphorus security

    Australia; International; NSWUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  11. Unvaccinated children mount COVID-19 immune response, but vaccination may be key to strengthening immunity

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 0800 AEST | 1000 NZST

    Immunity

    ward off future infections, a study led by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) has found. ... Study senior author and University of Melbourne Professor Katherine Read more about Unvaccinated children mount COVID-19 immune response, but vaccination may be key to strengthening immunity

    Australia; International; VICThe Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  12. Post-COVID-19 condition rarer in children during Omicron era

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 0100 AEST | 0300 NZST

    JAMA Pediatrics

    The team looked at Danish pediatric records to compare the rates of MIS-C in children under 18 with rates from earlier in the pandemic. ... Among 583,617 children who were infected during the study period, Read more about Post-COVID-19 condition rarer in children during Omicron era

    InternationalAarhus University Hospital, Denmark
  13. The Australian death rate in 2020 was the lowest on record

    Publicly released: Thu 9 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    The updated data includes causes of death and region-specific data, including the first data on COVID-19 deaths in the country. ... Local media outlets can use the information to produce stories on Read more about The Australian death rate in 2020 was the lowest on record

    Australia; NSW; VIC; QLD; SA; WA; TAS; NT; ACTAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
  14. Suicide rates might be lower in women who use hormonal contraception

    Publicly released: Tue 7 Jun 2022 at 0805 AEST | 1005 NZST

    European Congress of Psychiatry

    Many women using hormonal contraception report mood changes, and the team set out to verify previous reports of higher suicide rates among hormonal contraceptive users. ... The findings are being Read more about Suicide rates might be lower in women who use hormonal contraception

    InternationalUniversity of Helsinki, Finland
  15. Red pandas face a fractured future

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jun 2022 at 0931 AEST | 1131 NZST

    Landscape Ecology

    meaning daughter, and “Ninaammaa” which means Queen of the Sky in local dialect. ... This trade-off can lead to an increased risk of mortality and population decline in the long run. Read more about Red pandas face a fractured future

    International; QLDThe University of Queensland
  16. GI cancer detection rates higher during lockdown, but fewer cancers found

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    August – 28 September 2020) and the corresponding periods in 2019. ... Despite the higher cancer detection rate and the similar quality indicator values, 55 fewer cases of cancer were detected than Read more about GI cancer detection rates higher during lockdown, but fewer cancers found

    Australia; VICMonash Health
  17. Flu vax rates for Victorian healthcare workers dropped in 2021

    Publicly released: Mon 6 Jun 2022 at 0001 AEST | 0201 NZST

    Medical Journal of Australia

    The authors say the provision of planning and support to achieve very high influenza vaccination uptake this year is critical. ... 1% in 2020 to 18. 3% in 2021. ”Lim and colleagues said there may be Read more about Flu vax rates for Victorian healthcare workers dropped in 2021

    Australia; VICThe Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity...
  18. Doing CPR with a face mask works

    Publicly released: Sat 4 Jun 2022 at 0801 AEST | 1001 NZST

    Euroanaesthesia 2022

    The researchers also used an app to measure the volume of air breathed into the Resusci Anne and Resusci Baby manikins. ... 28. 9%/15. 9% (Resusci Anne/Resusci Baby) of the breaths were below optimal in Read more about Doing CPR with a face mask works

    InternationalMasaryk University, Czech Republic
  19. COVID-19 kidney injury twice as common as diagnosed

    Publicly released: Fri 3 Jun 2022 at 0830 AEST | 1030 NZST

    PLOS Medicine

    Doctors look at the amount of urine a patient passes and the level of a compound called creatinine in the blood, which rises when the kidneys aren’t working well,” she ... Curating and cleaning the Read more about COVID-19 kidney injury twice as common as diagnosed

    Australia; VIC; QLDThe University of Queensland|Monash University
  20. Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for UN World Food Safety Day

    Publicly released: Thu 2 Jun 2022 at 1630 AEST | 1830 NZST

    This year’s theme, Safer Food – Better Health, stresses that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. ... Participants were Read more about Australia’s Food Safety Report Card released for UN World Food Safety Day

    AustraliaFood Safety Information Council

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