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Aisha Dow reports on health for The Age and is a former city reporter.

Can this 'silver bullet' help halt Australia’s spiraling drugs crisis?
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Can this 'silver bullet' help halt Australia’s spiraling drugs crisis?

Call for powerful overdose-reversing drug to be distributed for free at Australian pharmacies, emergency departments, homeless shelters and prisons.

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Doctors can’t 'stand in the way' of euthanasia patients
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Doctors can’t 'stand in the way' of euthanasia patients

As Victoria’s new assisted dying laws get closer, fresh details are emerging about how hospitals will respond.

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'Antibiotics don’t cure colds': Calls for prescription crackdown

'Antibiotics don’t cure colds': Calls for prescription crackdown

In one case a woman in a care home was found to have taken antibiotics for more than a decade, after she caught a chest infection while owning a parrot.

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Judge says hospital can give pregnant teenager a blood transfusion
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Judge says hospital can give pregnant teenager a blood transfusion

Pregnant Melbourne schoolgirl loses bid to refuse a potentially life-saving blood transfusion despite saying it went against her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.

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Surgery for this 'silent killer' is like Russian roulette for cancer
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Surgery for this 'silent killer' is like Russian roulette for cancer

People who are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer will most likely die if they don’t undergo surgery. But surgery may also make things worse.

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'Missing testicles' in baby boys pose cancer and fertility threat

'Missing testicles' in baby boys pose cancer and fertility threat

Study warns that delaying surgery to fix an undescended testes - a common condition affecting 1 in 100 baby boys - can lead to health problems later in life.

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Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month

Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month

One dangerous combination is prescription painkillers, sleeping tablets and alcohol.

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Australian parents flock to US clinics to choose baby’s gender
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Australian parents flock to US clinics to choose baby’s gender

The practice is banned in Australia, but that doesn’t stop couples spending big to get their desired son or daughter.

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Thousands could be at risk of 'silent killer' heaters

Thousands could be at risk of 'silent killer' heaters

More than 3000 public housing properties are still installed with a potentially deadly type of heater that fatally poisoned a Greensborough grandmother.

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'We need to know the sex. If it’s a girl we are going to terminate it'

'We need to know the sex. If it’s a girl we are going to terminate it'

Questions raised over the ethics of early gender reveals following report revealing probable abortion of female fetuses in Australia.

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Children as young as eight feel the pressure for the 'perfect' body

Children as young as eight feel the pressure for the 'perfect' body

Australian primary school students vulnerable to poor body image as hormone levels rise before puberty, new research shows.

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