Amy Corderoy

Amy Corderoy

Amy is Health Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. Before working at the Herald she worked as a freelance journalist and radio presenter, as well as writing for a number of publications for doctors. She also keeps a health blog at www.dailylife.com.au.

Alzheimer's disease: Scientists find how drugs could attack 'plaques' in the brain

Amy Corderoy Australian scientists have for the first time discovered how drugs could attack the abnormal "plaques" clustering in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, giving hope that new medicines...

Doctors lash out at Mental Health Commission push to shift funding from hospitals

Professor Allan Fels, chairman of the National Mental Health Commission, says savings can be found without jeopardising patient care.

Amy Corderoy Psychiatrists have lashed out at a plan to cut $1 billion from state and territory hospitals and move it into community and other care.

Leaked mental health review is scathing of system's shortcomings and calls for $1b funding shift to community care

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Amy Corderoy Australia's mental health system needs to be radically overhauled, says the National Mental Health Commission report.

Doctors fail to check patients' weight in one of world's fattest nations

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Amy Corderoy Doctors may feel uncomfortable discussing the issue of excess weight with patients or may not have the resources they need to do so, say the authors of new research, published in the Medical Journal...

Obesity Policy Coalition warns lunch box fruit drinks have more sugar than Coca-Cola

Fruit drinks can be just a sugar-laden as soft drinks, the Obesity Policy Coalition says.

Amy Corderoy The Obesity Policy Coalition is warning parents that with the school holidays ending, they should not assume products like juice are healthy just because of claims that they have "less sugar" or are...

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

The previous longest time recorded for sperm taken posthumously that produced a healthy baby was 30 hours.

Amy Corderoy Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Plan to increase TV alcohol ads slammed by health bodies

A bid to increase alcohol advertising during prime time television has been slammed by health bodies.

Amy Corderoy Health bodies have slammed plans by commercial television to change advertising rules to allow more alcohol ads in prime time and sporting events, and to make it harder for people to complain about...

The drugs don't work – medication for back pain is no better than placebo

Back pain has never been a health or research priority, despite the fact that 25 per cent of Australians suffer from it.

Amy Corderoy The secret to curing lower back pain is not to reach for the pain-killers.

Cancer death of 'Wellness Warrior' Jess Ainscough brings focus onto alternative treatments

Jessica Ainscough has died, aged 30, after a long battle with cancer.

Amy Corderoy A surgical oncologist has said Jessica Ainscough, a young woman who shunned conventional treatment for a rare form of cancer, was a victim of, and complicit in promoting, dangerous therapies.

'A wake-up call': Smoking to kill 1.8 million Australians, or two-thirds of smokers, study finds

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Amy Corderoy People who quit smoking before they hit 45 could be adding a full 10 years to their life expectancy, a massive study of people living in NSW has found.

Extreme anger could trigger a heart attack, researchers find

Extreme anger can trigger a heart attack as long as two hours after an outburst.

Amy Corderoy CALM DOWN. Those two words might not be easy to hear when you are full of rage, but they might just save your life.

'It really is a zombie idea': English health chief slams GP co-payment

Copayments are still on the table.

Amy Corderoy Charging people upfront fees for healthcare leads to higher costs and worse health outcomes yet is repeatedly brought back to life, the long-serving former head of England's National Health Service...

Peter Gotzsche, founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, visits Australia to talk about dangers of prescription drugs

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Amy Corderoy, Health editor Many of our most commonly used drugs, from painkillers to antidepressants, are dangerous and are killing us off in large numbers, according to a leading researcher visiting Australia next week.

'High risk' organs for elderly and unwell patients: new guidelines

It was important to have clear guidelines around transplants if ''higher risk'' organs are used.

Amy Corderoy More elderly or unwell people could be allowed access to "high risk" organs that would not be considered suitable for other people under draft organ donation guidelines.

Federal court finds homeopathic 'vaccines' for whooping cough misleading

Judgment: A federal court has found a company selling homeopathic

Amy Corderoy Homeopaths who claim to be able to prevent whooping cough, have been put on notice after the federal court found a company selling homeopathic "vaccines" was engaging in misleading and deceptive...

Another painful Christmas: the human face of the hospital waiting list in western Sydney

Painful wait: Maria Curcio has had three hernia operations cancelled in the past 13 months.

Amy Corderoy It's Christmas time in South Wentworthville, and Maria and Batista Curcio's house seems picture perfect. There is tinsel on the walls, and panettone and espresso on the table.

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British expecting women are told it's safer to give birth at home without a doctor

Home births are safer in some cases, British health authorities say.

Amy Corderoy Hundreds of thousands of British mums will be given the choice of having their second child at home - a move welcomed by Australian midwives but not doctors.

One in 10 surgery deaths due to flawed care or injury caused by treatment

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Amy Corderoy Audit finds more than one in 10 deaths during or after surgery involved flawed care or serious injury caused by the treatment.

Drug possession arrests double in past six years across NSW

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Amy Corderoy, Emma Partridge Increase in arrests for minor drug offences is extraordinary, harm reduction expert says.

Precedent cited in Philip Nitschke case overturned

Amy Corderoy A key finding that a doctor has a duty to help strangers who are not their patients has been overturned in the Supreme Court.