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What’s the difference between COPD and asthma?

Because asthma and COPD have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two conditions. Respiratory Physician Professor Peter Bremner says airway narrowing occurs in both diseases and sometimes people with COPD also have asthma. “The inflammatory process leading to airway narrowing differs between asthma and COPD,” Professor Bremner says. “Furthermore, in emphysema, there is destruction of the lung tissue.”…

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Restoring flow to bring rapid relief

From the age of about 40, men will start to develop changes associated with an enlarging prostate and may suffer from symptoms such as frequent urination, difficulty starting and a weak urine flow, urgency and incomplete bladder emptying. An enlarged prostate, known as a benign prostatic hyperplasia (or BPH), is a condition in which the prostate changes shape and size and narrows, blocking…

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Creative Care

The Pastoral Services team at St John of God Murdoch Hospital is helping patients experience the benefits of colouring in for relaxation and meditation. Pastoral Practitioner Natalie Kay says colouring in can be beneficial for adults, especially for its de-stressing power. “We look for all possible ways to benefit patients when providing spiritual care and emotional support,” Natalie says. “Colouring in can…

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Hydration message needs diluting

Keeping hydrated is an accepted part of being healthy for many of us, but recent research suggests that drinking excessive amounts of fluid when exercising might not be so beneficial for our health. Professor Emergency Medicine Ian Rogers from St John of God Murdoch Hospital says the message to ‘drink, drink, drink’ is a relatively new one and just a generation ago,…

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Help contain antibiotic resistance – how you can do your part

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were first introduced in the 1940s but with misuse and overuse over time, their effectiveness in killing bacteria has diminished. Antibiotic resistance is now a global public health issue and we can all play a part in slowing it down for future generations. Infectious Diseases Physician Desmond Chih explains antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria…

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Septic shock treatment examined

St John of God Murdoch Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is participating in a global trial which aims to discover if patients with septic shock recover better with or without a low dosage of steroids. Approximately one quarter of people who suffer septic shock that is not rapidly reversed will die. Principal Investigator Dr Adrian Regli says administering hydrocortisone is standard practice for…

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Stitches in waiting room ease patients’ anxiety

Patients waiting for surgery at St John of God Murdoch Hospital are enjoying the skills of three talented weavers who are interpreting an artwork by Perth artist Elizabeth Marruffo in a waiting room at the hospital. Karen Vernard, Connie Ward and Toni Potulski have been hard at work recreating The Pomegranate Seed since last July, which was painted especially for…