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Kangaroo meat fails basic hygiene tests

Amy Corderoy 4:00 AM   Kangaroo harvesters have been discovered not adhering to the most basic of hygiene standards, documents obtained under freedom of information show.

Gay couple win the right to use a family surrogate

Andrew Brough (left) and Simon Curtis and Andrew’s sister-in-law, Lani Rowell, who will carry a baby for them this year.

Julia Medew 12:15 AM   For the past four years, Andrew Brough and Simon Curtis' quest to have a baby has been a costly global mission.

Heart health research reveals seat of problem

London's buses were good for conductors, bad for drivers.

Daisy Dumas 12:15 AM   Put simply, albeit rather alarmingly, every hour spent sitting in front of the television takes 22 minutes from your life. And, no matter how much you exercise, the jury is still out on whether its effects counter those sedentary moments spent watching TV or, say, eating, driving, and, as many of us do for 40-plus hours each week, working at a desk.  

Doctors warn about alternative treatments after death of Wellness Warrior Jess Ainscough

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

Amy Corderoy 12:01 PM   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.

Young cricket fans soaking up booze advertising

Geoff Marsh with former opening partner David Boon.

Julia Medew   Children watching cricket games on TV are being exposed to thousands of alcohol promotions over many hours because of a loophole in the television broadcasting code, an audit has found.

Smoking while pregnant increases risk of cancer for daughters

A study found about one in 10 ACT women smoked during pregnancy.

Henry Belot   Women who smoke cigarettes while pregnant are putting their daughters at risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer, according to new research from the Australian National University.

WHO recommends Australians cut sugar intake

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Henry Belot   New guidelines published by the World Health Organisation recommend Australians reduce their daily intake of sugar to 10 per cent of their total energy intake.

Children swamp emergency departments

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Julia Medew   Young children and people aged in their 20s are visiting Victorian public emergency departments in greater numbers than the elderly, a surprising new study that calls for more resources to better match demand has found.

To help battle 'small penis anxiety', study determines 'normal' range for size

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Nicky Phillips   Forget all the images you've seen in adult films and the 'lifelike' drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide as to what constitutes an average penis size - and hopefully it will put some men at ease.

Hip replacement patients fight medical giants in multi-million dollar class action

Joseph Pereira outside Sydney Supreme Court fighting against Johnson and Johnson who manufactured the fault hip replacement that he received.

Paul Bibby   Hip replacement surgery was supposed to give Sydney bus driver Joseph Pereira greater mobility, less pain and a better quality of life.

Doctor's plain speaking wins chief's backing

Sonia Fullerton, a doctor at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, has been instrumental in starting the "Hello my name is..." campaign.

Julia Medew   Dr Sonia Fullerton did something radical recently. Instead of writing up a patient's notes in medical jargon to send to other health professionals caring for that person, she decided to write the letter to the patient in layman's terms and then forward copies to their other carers to keep them in the loop.

The kids are not ok

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Clare Kermond and Timna Jacks   Parents who think their drinking doesn't impact on their children are probably fooling themselves. According to experts, every family, regardless of social class, should take a long hard look at their drinking habits.

Two children being tested for Ebola cleared of the disease

Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Julia Medew   Two children are being tested for Ebola at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Pancreatic cancer mapping will refine treatment

Researchers Andrew Biankin and Sean Grimmond have pioneered gene sequencing for cancer treatment.

Nicky Phillips   Tumours are a lot like earthquakes. No two are the same, and just as quakes occur mostly along fault lines, scientists have discovered that tumours also have unstable regions hidden inside their genomes.

New pre-conception test checks potential parents for 145 genetic disorders

Julie Cini, spinal muscular atrophy disease carrier whose twin daughter died of the disease at one year old.

Nicky Phillips and Amy Corderoy   Julie Cini had never heard of spinal muscular atrophy before her daughter Montanna was born, limp and floppy from the mostly fatal muscle wasting disease.

Victorian hospitals running out of money

Julia Medew   Funding for Victoria's 87 public hospitals is so tight that the Alfred, Royal Melbourne and Mercy hospitals literally ran out of cash last financial year, the state's Auditor General has revealed.

Smoking 'worse than previously thought': two thirds expected to die early

A new study has sounded a deadly warning on the dangers of smoking.

Henry Belot   Two thirds of Australian smokers will be killed by their habit unless they are able to quit, according to a new study from the Australian National University.

Health authorities review case for fluoride in water

Queensland's water boards "continue to struggle with the quality and timeliness of their financial statement preparation", according to the Auditor-General.

Julia Medew   Australian health authorities are reviewing the case for fluoride in drinking water amid concerns scientific evidence supporting the benefits and risks to people's health may have shifted in recent years.

The heart attack trigger you never knew

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.

Eating peanuts early could prevent allergy, study shows

A study has found that feeding foods containing peanuts to babies may help prevent allergies.

A study has found that, contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies, echoing some of the findings of Australian research.

Hospitals battling to cover funding shortfalls, warns AMA NSW

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Amy Corderoy   Hospitals are being forced to cover up severe funding shortfalls in NSW by raising hundreds of millions of dollars in external revenue, the state's doctors say.

Sydney childcare centre TB: nine show signs

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Amy Corderoy   Nine people are showing signs they were infected with tuberculosis bacteria after a staff member at a Sydney childcare centre developed the disease, tests indicate.

Growing numbers of obese pregnant women pose risks

18/04/13 WEST 46602 SADW -  Pregnant (32 weeks) mother to be Julie- Ann Elliot from Tarneit will be one of the first mothers to give birth in a Victoria first clinic that deals with obese women at Sunshine Hospital. Photo by Michael Copp

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter   Careful planning can reduce the risks to mothers and babies of obese mothers giving birth, experts say.

Ill wind: is the frozen berry Hep A link a taste of an unpalatable future?

Berries safe or unsafe?

Gina Mccoll   Unforseeable outlier or epic public safety fail? That's the question on many consumers' nervous lips in the wake of last week's hepatitis A outbreak among people believed to have eaten brands of Patties Foods frozen raspberries grown and packed in China.

Burdens of younger onset dementia cases to fall heavily on families

Kevin and Maree Dunne at their Cooma home.

Tim Barlass   The first sign is when Julianne Moore playing Alice, a linguistics lecturer, is addressing an audience of academics.

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

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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 says.

Hospital errors killing hundreds of thousands

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Julia Medew   Hospitals in developed countries are accidentally killing hundreds of thousands of patients every year, a world-leading patient safety expert says.

Frozen berries: 'quality' statement angers local producers

Patties Foods has recalled four products including one-kilogram packs of Nanna's Frozen Mixed Berries.

Esther Han   The frozen berries maker embroiled in the national hepatitis A outbreak has been telling customers it does not always use Australian fruit because of "quality" concerns, outraging local growers.

More teens glued to screen

Teenagers spending too much time on electronic devices is raising concerns about inactivity and obesity. Sienna Withington and Daniel Marks using their devices.

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter   Teenagers are spending more time on electronic devices including phones, tablets and laptops, raising concerns about fitness and obesity.