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Amy Corderoy Women are being 'upsold' invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery might be unnecessary, experts say.
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.
Kate Stanton Two regions in New South Wales, the north coast and Blue Mountains, have the lowest percentage of girls who are fully vaccinated against the human papillomavirus in Australia, a new study has found.
Bettina Arndt Women are being conned into having unnecessary vaginal surgery partly because of the lack of informed debate.
Esther Han Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.
Kate Aubusson The impossibly high CPR survival rate for patients on our favourite medico shows may be affecting how patients and their families make treatment decisions, a US study suggests.
Sarah Knapton Cancer cells have been programmed back to normal by scientists in a breakthrough which could lead to new treatments and even reverse tumour growth.
Amy Corderoy People haemorrhaging blood after a sexual assault or suicide attempt are no longer receiving the most serious "emergency" ambulance response and may face long waits for emergency care, a document obtained by Fairfax Media reveals.
Henry Belot Demand for medical evacuation service expected to be high from oil and gas and banking companies.
Katie Burgess While a much-touted cultural review of the ACT Ambulance Service promised reform, months on some union members have reported a slide in the other direction.
Deborah Snow An injured 89-year-old woman threatened with eviction from Prince of Wales Hospital last weekend has died.
Amy Corderoy Australian women with very early stage 'breast cancers' are being given potentially unnecessary invasive treatment that may not decrease their risk of dying from the disease, a groundbreaking international study indicates.
Amy Corderoy Smokers should be encouraged to try e-cigarettes to help them quit, according to a review from Britain's top public health body that is the latest salvo in the increasingly politicised debate over e-cigarettes.
Sarah Whyte Australian Hearing Services has been targeted by the Department of Finance since last year for a possible sell-off.
Julia Medew It used to be a rite of passage. In the 1980s, one in four teenagers smoked cigarettes weekly and many went on to get hooked.
Robert Gebelhoff Just one year ago, Facebook feeds were awash with videos and photos of people pouring buckets of cold water on their heads in the name of medical research.
Harriet Alexander Doctors face an ethical dilemma when it comes to treating asylum seekers in detention centres.
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.
Julia Medew 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.
Kirsten Lawson "You're not yourself when you're on ice, you're like your evil twin," says a former user, who has turned his life around after several suicide attempts.
Katie Burgess Lisa Robey fondly remembers Sue Gane dancing at her sister's wedding. Four months later, she was dead.
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, Health Minister Jill Hennessy says.
Ross Peake A Canberra woman whose daughter was bitten by a tick is leading a new push to disease recognised.
Julia Medew Health Editor Victorian paramedics attended about 45 patients a day because of alcohol in 2013-14, compared to an average of four people daily for crystal methamphetamine, the drug also known as ice.