Nursing Online – December 2010

Downloadable audio files are a great way for busy nurses and midwives who are short of time to explore topics of interest. This month Nursing Research Online presents a sample of the wide range of health-related information on the web that can be listened to while undertaking other activities.

National Health Medical Research Council
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research. The NHMRC provides a substantial range of podcasts on a variety of topics.

Austin Health
Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services and health professional education and research in the northeast of Melbourne. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation. Austin Health com­prises Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. The com­pany’s podcast series highlights current research activities.

Health Check
BBC World Service
The BBC World Service’s weekly round-up of global health stories and topical issues in medicine. Recent topics include the relationship between a woman’s fertility and her blood group, telemedicine, the eradication of polio, new hopes for people with Parkinson’s Disease and why the drug ketamine is so popular in Hong Kong.

Medical Matters
BBC Radio 4
The latest medical information and advice from Radio 4’s health programs. In Case Notes Dr Mark Porter takes an in-depth look at a different topic each week, speaking to doctors, patients and researchers about the latest treatments. In All in the Mind, psychologist, Claudia Hammond examines how we think and why we behave as we do.
Recent discussions include the question ‘Does paying people to be healthy work?’, an exploration of the issues of consent when giving a patient a blood transfusion and an investigation of good and bad fats and how they impact on our health, from trans fats associated with heart disease to the health benefits of fish oils.

NPR: Your Health Podcast
National Public Radio (USA)
The Health Desk brings you the latest in consumer health and medical news reporting. Recent topics include PTSD and veterans, and the right of disabled people to receive care at home.

ABC Radio National
A great deal of interesting information is available as audio files on the Radio National website. Recent topics include nurse home visiting programs in the US, underactive thyroid and associated risk for heart disease, and discussions of current health reforms.