Breakthrough HIV drug gives hope to medical researchers

Thomas Maugh LOS ANGELES: The announcement that a daily pill containing two anti-HIV drugs could reduce the risk of infection by more than 70 per cent in gay men stirred great excitement in the AIDS-prevention...

HIV rate rising but other infections less common

Kate Benson HEALTH AUSTRALIA has reported its highest number of new HIV infections in almost 20 years, but cases of infectious syphilis, gonorrhoea and hepatitis have dropped, leading experts to conclude the safe sex...

One in five gay men in US has HIV

WASHINGTON: One in five sexually active homosexual men in the US has HIV, and almost half of those who carry the virus do not know they are infected, a study has found.

Aussies are bigger boozers than the Brits, but Belarus tops the list

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Sarah Berry Australian culture is marinated in alcohol, but where do we sit in the worldwide list of biggest boozers?

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Rising rates

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: World Health Organisation


Nina Larson Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.

World of people just dying to indulge

WHO: Smoking and other lifestyle-related diseases are the killers.

Julia Medew Lifestyle-related diseases stemming from tobacco, alcohol and obesity, have taken over infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria to become the greatest killer of people worldwide.

Expert says boys must be offered cancer jab

Amy Corderoy HEALTH THE immunisation program that protects girls against the virus linked to cervical cancer should immediately be extended to boys to prevent other cancers, a leading epidemiologist says.

Haemophiliac left out in the cold

Mark Metherell HEALTH CORRESPONDENT FOR 37 years haemophilia patient Peter Mathews has had a type of hepatitis which doctors had thought to be fairly benign. Now he knows very differently.

Chlamydia test funds withdrawn

Kate Hagan The federal government will not maintain funding for a national network to monitor testing and diagnoses of chlamydia despite reported infections having quadrupled in the past 10 years.

Body work

Massage: what's best for you?


Rachel Browne Shiatsu or Swedish, remedial or reflexology - what you need and why.

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Children found to have lead poisoning

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Julia Medew HUNDREDS of Victorians suffered lead poisoning last year, including home renovators and children exposed to lead-based paint.