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Update Sussan Ley will stand aside as health minister amid a string of scandals surrounding her use of taxpayer-funded trips to the Gold Coast, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday 9 January 2017. Turnbull says he's asked the secretary of his department to investigate Ley's travel claims. She will stand aside without ministerial pay until…
01.08 / 23:43
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People who live near busy roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away, according to researchers in Canada. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived within 50 metres of high-traffic roads had a 7.0 per cent higher chance of developing…
01.05 / 00:24
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Aussies are the happiest they have been this century, but young and single house hunters are finding it hard to crack a smile. Average life satisfaction reached a score of 76.7 out of 100 on the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index this year — the highest level since records began in 2000 — with those aged …
01.02 / 15:00
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Cancer patients are at the greatest risk of a "worrying drop" in blood donor numbers over the festive season as millions of Australians use their spare time for Christmas shopping. Nearly 5,000 blood donations are needed between Christmas and New Year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to treating cancer patients,…
12.28 / 14:49
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Tumour DNA in the bloodstream can be used to predict the survival chances of patients with pancreatic cancer, research suggests. The "liquid biopsy" could help doctors work out the best treatment strategies for patients with advanced forms of the disease, scientists believe. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers because it is so often diagnosed …
12.28 / 14:48
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Pregnancy leads to structural changes in the brain that persist for at least two years, according to a small study of first-time mums. The changes, reported in medical journal Nature Neuroscience, result in a reduction of grey matter in areas of the brain responsible for social cognition, that is: thoughts, feelings and intents towards other…
12.28 / 14:08
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Britain is the first country to formally licence an in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment designed to create babies from three people. In a long-awaited decision, Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the final go-ahead for the treatment known as mitochondrial transfer, which doctors say could help prevent incurable inherited diseases. Britain's parliament last year…
12.15 / 22:43
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A world-first trial to administer drugs directly to the brain of epilepsy patients through a pump drilled into the skull has begun in Australia. This direct form of administration means the patient's whole body isn't flooded with the anti-seizure drugs, normally taken orally as a tablet, and will hopefully mean fewer side-effects. The trial is…
12.15 / 22:42
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Some viruses do make men sicker than women, according to a new UK study. Fatality rates of infectious diseases are often higher in men than women, in fact previous research has found men infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) are 1.5 times more likely to die than infected women. Also, men infected with the Human Papilloma…
12.15 / 00:53
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A woman who suffered a bone marrow disease when she was a child has given birth using frozen ovarian tissue which had been removed years earlier. Moaza Al Matrooshi, 24, is thought to be the first person in the world have a baby after having the ovary removed and cryopreserved before she entered puberty. Al…
12.15 / 00:53
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It’s a staple of stir-fries and adds flavour to drinks, but a study has found ginger might also help people undergoing chemotherapy go about their daily lives. La Trobe University’s Dr Wolfgang Marx presented the trial's findings at this month’s Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting in Queensland. Marx, who conducted the research …
12.13 / 08:36
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Lone athletes are more prone to depression than team competitors, say psychologists. German scientists investigating burn-out and depression in sport studied a cross-section of 162 elite and 199 junior athletes. They found that sport-specific stress combined with insufficient time for recovery was associated with symptoms of depression. Athletes in individual sports such as tennis and…
12.12 / 22:32
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A simple saliva test could save lives by helping to predict flare-ups of chronic lung disease, scientists believe. Identifying inflammation biomarkers in saliva is expected to lead to fewer people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) being hospitalised or even killed by their condition. COPD is an umbrella term for a group of lung diseases…
12.09 / 02:35
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A worrying report on obesity rates in Australia shows a widening gap between country and city towns. An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report has found adults living in regional Australia are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese. Its release comes just weeks after data showed Australia's wealthiest postcodes were the…
12.09 / 02:34
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Australian doctors have found a way to make one of the most common medical procedures in the world, inserting drips or intravenous lines, safer, less painful and more cost effective. Doctors put more than 10 million IV lines in the arms of Australians every year and many of them – 29-40 per cent – fall …
12.08 / 00:44
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Australian men who spend countless hours on the couch watching the cricket over summer could be jeopardising their fertility. A new study, published in the journal Reproduction, has found exercising between three to four times a week can improve a man's sperm count. In fact, German and Iranian researchers found that moderate yet "continuous" and…
12.06 / 23:53
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Victoria is poised to become the first state in Australia to legalise euthanasia. Premier Daniel Andrews' language on the issue has strengthened in recent weeks, saying the government would provide "a way forward". "If you're going to do your job properly you have to listen to people, and you have to learn from your own…
12.06 / 23:13
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The psychedelic drug in "magic mushrooms" can quickly and effectively help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients, an effect that might last for months, two small studies show. The work released is preliminary and experts say more definitive research must be done on the effects of the substance, called psilocybin. But the record so…
12.06 / 00:04
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What is thunderstorm asthma? Pollen grains absorb moisture during a thunderstorm and then burst into hundreds of tiny allergenic fragments which are small enough to penetrate deep into the airways. During a severe asthma attack muscles around the airways contract and block the flow of air. Inflammation and mucus also blocks the airways from within.…
12.06 / 00:03
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Eating a handful of nuts everyday will help prevent premature death as well as stave off a wide variety of diseases, a new study has found. In fact the healthy habit can cut people's risk of coronary heart disease by nearly 30 per cent, their risk of cancer by 15 per cent and their risk…
12.05 / 21:42
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