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Cancer cost: Young man with lymphoma needs $800,000 for another shot at life

Julia Medew Joey Lynch thinks he is an unlikely character for a cancer story.

Sex for surgical training claims should be investigated, lawyer says

Julia Medew Historical reports of sexual harassment and corruption in training overseen by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons should be investigated with perpetrators held to account, a leading lawyer...

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Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 'ignored sexual harassment complaints'


Julia Medew Complaints that female trainees were being sexually harassed by senior surgeons corruptly wielding power over their careers have been ignored by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for seven...

The enduring 'Angelina effect' on breast cancer awareness and gene testing

FILE  MARCH 24:  Angelia Jolie has announced today in an article she wrote for The New York Times that she has had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after having a preventative double mastectomy. LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08:  Angelina Jolie attends a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's

Julia Medew If there was ever any doubt about the magnitude of Angelina Jolie's fame, there should be no mistaking her power now.

Genetic testing may help tailor antidepressants to individual needs

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Julia Medew Genetic tests are being used to tailor antidepressants to people's individual ability to metabolise the drugs, improving their response, research suggests.

Patients waiting for days on emergency trolleys to get into hospital: study

Julia Medew Some Australian hospitals are so full that patients are waiting longer than two days on trolleys to be admitted for further treatment such as surgery, a study conducted last month has revealed.

Thousands of men abandoning controversial prostate cancer screening tests

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Julia Medew Thousands of men are abandoning a controversial screening test for prostate cancer, causing diagnoses to plummet in Australia. 

Bacterial skin infections from tattoos on the rise, doctors say

Julia Medew Thinking about getting a tattoo? You might want to read this first.

More than 100 desperate patients miss out on organ donations due to family veto

Julia Medew Up to 150 Australians are missing out on potentially life-saving organ donations because people's loved ones override their wish to donate their organs when they die.

First female libido drug approved in US could be on its way to Australia

The first drug approved in the US to treat low sex drive in women could be coming to Australia.

Julia Medew, Health Editor The company behind the world's first drug approved to treat low sexual desire in women is hoping to bring the "pink pill" to Australia.

One drink a day increases a woman's risk of breast cancer: study

One glass of wine a day is enough to increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, according to new research.

Julia Medew Health Editor One alcoholic drink a day is enough to increase a woman's risk of breast cancer, according to new research that challenges Australia's current drinking guidelines.

Appetite-suppressing power of hot chilli could lead to a new weight loss drug

Scientists are investigating how chillies may help to discourage overeating.

Julia Medew, Health Editor The appetite-suppressing power of hot chilli is being studied by Australian researchers who hope it will lead to a weight loss drug.

Secret data on hospital waiting times shows public health system is in 'crisis'

Nurses and midwives in the ACT are working longer hours on average than almost all of their interstate colleagues, according to a national report.

Julia Medew A "hidden crisis" in Victoria's public hospital system means some people are waiting more than a year to see a specialist doctor before they can even be considered for surgery and other treatments,...

Mouthguard failure for hockey player prompts warning from Australian dentists

Christina Johnson suffered traumatic facial injuries when she was hit by a hockey stick during a game. She was wearing a boil and bite mouthguard.

Julia Medew Health Editor Playing sport with a cheap mouthguard purchased at a pharmacy or supermarket?

Australia's $3b hangover: Alcohol and drugs causing 11.5m 'sick days'

A new study has found that the more alcohol and drugs an employee consumes, the more time they are likely to take off work.

Julia Medew, Health Editor Hangovers are causing 11.5 million "sick days" a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests.

'Elderly mothers' faring better than you might expect: top IVF doctor

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Julia Medew They are called elderly primiparae. Women who fall pregnant for the first time over the age of 35. Or in Rhondalynn Korolak's case, an extremely elderly primipara, given her first-born...

GPs do not understand medical abbreviations used by hospital doctors: Medical Journal of Australia study


Julia Medew Ever wondered what all the acronyms on your medical documents actually mean? Well, it turns out your GP probably struggles with them too.

Coroner: death of toddler Leroy Scott from bacterial infection could have been prevented

Julia Medew It started like so many minor childhood illnesses. Leroy Scott, a healthy and robust 15-month-old boy, was clingy and quieter than usual, and he didn't want to eat. 

Fears for health of baby on Nauru

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Julia Medew Health Editor A Nepalese asylum seeker being held on Nauru with her five-month-old baby is struggling to breastfeed and says she has not been given everything she needs to safely feed her baby formula, an...

Surgeon accused of bullying 'no longer works for Monash Health'

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Julia Medew Health Editor A senior neurosurgeon accused of intimidating junior staff and throwing surgical instruments while working at Melbourne's largest public hospital network has cut ties with her employer.