Health in brief: Trauma experts meet at Liverpool Hospital

Trauma experts' meet

Liverpool Hospital hosted the 2014 International Trauma Conference last Friday.

At the conference, some of the world's leading trauma experts shared their first-hand insights on how to manage medical emergencies, including the Asiana Airline crash in San Francisco, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the evacuation of troops from the Middle East.

The experts came from Germany, the Philippines, Canada, South Africa and the USA.

Liverpool Hospitals's director of trauma services Dr Scott D'Amours said it was an honour to host the conference.

"It began as a local South Western Area Network (SWAN) meeting on trauma patient care and has evolved into a cutting edge multi-disciplinary and interactive trauma conference," he said.

Check liver health

As part of Hepatitis Awareness Week, the South Western Sydney Local Health District is encouraging residents to look after their body's largest and hardest working organ — the liver.

Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dr Miriam Levy said most people know what their heart and lungs do but many do not know what sort of role their liver plays.

"The liver performs more than 500 functions every day, including clearing the blood of waste products and storing essential vitamins, minerals and iron," she said.

"Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, caused when it is damaged by viruses, alcohol, drugs and other toxins or when the immune system breaks down.

"During Hepatitis Awareness Week we are asking people to consider their liver health and visit their GP and discuss whether they should be checked forinfection."

Details: loveyourliver.com.au.

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