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‘I hadn’t really worried it was cancer’
Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack
Alone At Health Clinic, Australian Treats Self For Heart Attack
White, brown, raw, honey: which type of sugar is best?
Study confirms low-carb and low-fat weight loss diets have same results
Dylan Butler ignored the signs of testicular cancer, his family warned
Flu vaccine updated to combat deadly 'Aussie Flu' strain
Woman loses 58kg after sign from her dead mum
2018-03-13 09:06:16 KATIE’S life was spiralling after the death of her mother. But a sign from beyond the grave helped the young nurse get her life back. Want to lose weight? Tired of trying out fad diets that never seem to work? Here's how to sheds those unwanted kilos the fad-free way. AFTER receiving a sign of support from beyond the grave, Katie Lynn made a decision that would save her life   Read More ...
‘I hadn’t really worried it was cancer’
2018-03-13 08:06:09 GEORGIA McLennan, who was suffering severe pains for more than three months before being diagnosed with cancer, said she always knew something was wrong. The 24-year-old from the Gold Coast in Queensland spent months going back and forth to doctors appointments before she was told the severe pain she’d been battling was cancer. “I didn’t even have my mum there because I hadn’t really worried it was cancer   Read More ...
Iran scolds NSW on 'immoral' treatment of mentally ill man
2018-03-13 01:09:15 The dispute has led to warnings “not to meddle with the internal affairs” of Iran, which itself has been severely criticised for human rights abuses. “We would like to request you ... refrain from interfering with our citizen’s rights, liberty and freedom,” a letter from the Iranian embassy to the tribunal said, calling for Patient A's unconditional release. In another letter, the embassy urged Premier Gladys Berejiklian to intervene to resolve the “very serious, sensitive, important and concerning issue” to afford their citizen a “Fair Go”   Read More ...
How many people will be diagnosed with cancer in your suburb in 2018?
2018-03-13 00:16:10 than 46,000 people in NSW will be told they have cancer in 2018, official projections show. The sobering forecast also predicted the number of new breast, lung, bowel cancer and melanoma patients who will be diagnosed across every Sydney local government area (LGA) this year. The data, compiled by Cancer Institute NSW, confirmed the stark variations in cancer rates and cancer hot spots across local government areas, heavily influenced by the spread of wealth, ethnicity and lifestyle factors   Read More ...
Woman diagnosed ovarian cancer had tumours the ‘size of watermelons’
2018-03-11 04:03:23 Danielle Golding said doctors first feared appendicitis when she was left “bent double” in excruciating pain but tests revealed tumours the size of watermelons on both ovaries, reports. She and her partner Niall O’Reilly, now 28, had been trying for a baby for three years, without success and years of Danielle suffering agonising, heavy periods. The then 23-year-old has now had both ovaries, and her fallopian tubes removed, along with the tumours   Read More ...
Why hundreds of Canadian doctors want a lower salary
2018-03-10 10:47:44 Quebec doctors reject pay rise, want money devoted to nurses In what may at first seem a strange call, hundreds of doctors and medical students in Quebec have rejected a pay rise. Nearly 800 medical professionals and students in the Canadian province have signed a petition to actively campaign against an increase negotiated by their medical federation. Instead, the signatories of the Medicins Quebecois Pour le Regime Public (MQRP) letter want the money better distributed among nurses and spent improving the state-run medical services for the people in Canada's second-most populous province   Read More ...
Tourist sites at centre of measles outbreak
2018-03-09 10:05:44 Tourist locations are at the centre of a measles alert after a woman in her 20s was diagnosed with the illness. People may have been exposed to the virus between Saturday and Wednesday, at locations including Flinders Backpackers, Flinders Street Station, Phillip Island, St Kilda Beach, and multiple sites along the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool. Measles has an incubation period of 18 days, so symptoms may show by March 21   Read More ...
Aussie nurse saves his own life during heart attack
2018-03-09 10:01:43 Alone in a health clinic in a remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said on Wednesday. The man had experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 1,000km from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
Painkiller price hike referred to consumer watchdog
2018-03-09 08:13:02 Australians are being forced to pay significantly more for packs of Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol since the codeine painkillers were made prescription-only last month. In some cases, the price of a box of pills has more than doubled. Pain sufferers are reporting that the cost of a 30 pack of Nurofen Plus has increased to almost $20, a 100 per cent increase since February 1, from when they could only be bought with a doctor's prescription   Read More ...
Family of Denishar Woods confirms tap electric shock has left 'catastrophic brain injury'
2018-03-09 06:11:39 The family of an 11-year-old Perth girl who received an electric shock from a garden tap says she has suffered a "catastrophic brain injury" and doctors fear she will not survive when she is taken off life support. It follows the results of an MRI test on Denishar Woods at Princess Margaret Hospital to determine the extent of the brain damage she sustained as a result of the accident   Read More ...
Nurse in remote Australian town saves his own life after heart attack
2018-03-09 06:08:59 A nurse in an isolated town on Australia's far west coast managed to diagnose and treat himself after a heart attack. The 44-year-old nurse was stationed at a nursing post in Coral Bay, about 1000km from the nearest major city, Perth, when he started suffering chest pains. He pushed past the pain to give himself an electrocardiogram (ECG) and emailed the results to an ER physician through Australia's Emergency Telehealth Service   Read More ...
Infected tourist sparks measles alert for major Victorian destinations
2018-03-09 04:07:30 A young female tourist who has visited several major Victorian destinations over the past week may have exposed others to measles, with a warning for recent visitors to these sites to be aware of symptoms of the highly infectious disease. The Department of Health and Human Services issued a measles alert for a range of locations on Friday. Anyone who visited Flinders Street Station, St Kilda Beach, Philip Island or the lookouts along the Great Ocean Road between March 3 and March 7 may have been exposed   Read More ...
Curing Zika virus with a native Australian plant | Trudi Collet | TEDxBrisbane
2018-03-08 18:11:54 Many will remember the Zika virus spreading throughout the globe like wildfire, resulting in numerous birth defects in newborn infants and foetuses. Biochemist and biodiscovery researcher, Dr Trudi Collet had an idea to test native Australian plants to see if they could provide a cure. Results showed a 100% kill-rate of the virus. With the number of countries reporting a rise in mosquito-borne virus transmissions, as well as the devastating impact on babies, families and the economy, this cure cannot come soon enough. Dr Trudi Collet is a biochemist whose research focuses on biodiscovery with an emphasis on the potential healing properties of Australian native plants   Read More ...
Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack
2018-03-08 08:09:46 Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack
2018-03-08 04:02:15 Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
Alone At Health Clinic, Australian Treats Self For Heart Attack
2018-03-08 02:37:25 Miami, United States: Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
Australian nurse treats himself for heart attack
2018-03-08 02:07:16 Miami: Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 1,000 kilometres from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack
2018-03-08 00:25:55 MIAMI: Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday. The man, whose name was withheld for privacy reasons, experienced severe chest pain and dizziness while he was the sole medical professional on duty at a nursing post in Coral Bay, more than 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from Perth, the capital of Western Australia, said the account published in the New England Journal of Medicine   Read More ...
White, brown, raw, honey: which type of sugar is best?
2018-03-07 06:09:35 In nutrition, sugar refers to simple carbohydrates consisting of one or two basic carbohydrate units such as glucose, fructose and galactose. Consumers often use "sugar" to describe simple carbohydrates that taste sweet, but not all sugars are sweet. There are many different types of sugars we add to our baking or hot drinks such as white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar and honey   Read More ...
Sydney train chaos fears as Central Station prepares for 'open-heart surgery'
2018-03-07 04:08:55 The shortcomings on Sydney's stressed train network will be exacerbated by looming "open-heart surgery" at Central Station, according to the State Opposition. Key points: More than 270,000 people use Central Station every day NSW Transport Minister says the redevelopment will not disrupt passenger services However, the State Opposition say recent delays prove that is wishful thinking New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance today announced Laing O'Rouke had won the $955 million contract to renovate the station, and that work would begin immediately   Read More ...
'He had many dreams': Second patient of doctor William Mooney dies
2018-03-06 23:18:33 “He had many dreams. He wanted to be a pilot, to do something for this country,” said Mr Pouladian’s mother Sisi. Recurring sinus problems made sleeping difficult. “Pouya loved his family more than anything in the world and he would do anything for them,” said his girlfriend Pilar Mempin. He was keen to have the surgery so that he could sleep better and work harder   Read More ...
The DIY cervical cancer screening alternative to pap smears
2018-03-06 12:26:06 Screening for cervical cancer has been around for years. But there are some women who have never been tested because they haven't felt comfortable with a doctor carrying out the procedure. Now, they're being offered a new do-it-yourself option that doctors say is as easy as giving a urine sample.   Read More ...
Quitting sugar to improve your health not the answer
2018-03-06 04:09:36 Not long ago, fat was the evil dietary villain. Before that it was salt. Now the sugar-free diet has exploded onto the health and wellness scene — and seems to have topped many people's list of New Year's resolutions. Sugar-free diets encourage people to avoid table sugar (sucrose), sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup, refined flours, condiments, soft drinks, sweets and some fruits such as bananas   Read More ...
HPV screening has a new DIY alternative to pap smears that will save lives
2018-03-06 02:07:26 Did you know pap smears have been replaced with HPV screening? And, if you cannot stand the thought of a doctor performing the examination, a do-it-yourself option "as easy as putting a tampon in" is available. A new alternative for pap smears, which women can administer themselves in the doctor's office, is being rolled out across the nation. Federal Government projections show that HPV, which is the main precursor to cervical cancer, will kill 258 women this year, with many of those deaths preventable   Read More ...
Man’s foot amputated after ‘blister’ turns out to be flesh-eating bacteria
2018-03-06 00:34:59 Raul Reyes, 26, of Houston, Texas visited a clinic for the blister on his foot, and was told he had contracted necrotising fasciitis, a bacterial skin infection that attacks soft issues throughout the body. Mr Reyes’ wife, Joseline, told the Houston Chronicle that doctors then had no choice but to amputate in order to stop the bacteria from spreading throughout his bloodstream   Read More ...
New DIY alternative to pap smears will save lives and it's easy as putting a tampon in, doctors say
2018-03-05 22:15:34 A new do-it-yourself option for pap smears is being rolled out across the nation for women over 30 who are uncomfortable with the process and have either never been tested, or are two years overdue. "We've moved away from pap smears. We now have HPV [human papillomavirus] testing," said Deborah Bateson, the medical director at Family Planning NSW. The latest procedure is only required once every five years, down from the previous two   Read More ...
'A potent, tragic, fatal mix': More than half of people shot dead by NSW Police have a mental illness
2018-03-05 06:12:18 Ian Fackender had struggled with schizophrenia for almost 15 years when he was shot by police after an altercation in 2017. Key points: 35 people shot by NSW police in last 20 years 19 of those had a mental illness All police have received a day's training on dealing with mentally ill people in a crisis Greens MP David Shoebridge says that training is laughable He is just one of 35 people shot dead by NSW Police in the past 20 years and, according to newly released police data, more than half of them had a mental illness   Read More ...
Queensland researcher sets Australia up to be first country to eliminate cervical cancer
2018-03-05 02:09:05 Experts predict Australia is likely to become the first country to effectively eliminate cervical cancer, with the eradication expected in the next 40 years. Professor Ian Frazer, who is attached to the University of Queensland, created Gardasil, the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which causes about 99.9 per cent of cervical cancers. According to research recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases , there's been a dramatic decline in the rates of HPV, which has been attributed to the effectiveness of Gardasil   Read More ...
Period pains are as painful as a heart attack or migraine, doctors reveal
2018-03-04 07:04:53 WOMEN from all over the world endure the sheer agony of period pains, month in, month out. But now doctors have put those cramps into clear perspective. WOMEN from all over the world endure the sheer agony of period pains, month in, month out. For some, period pains can be AS painful as a heart attack or migraine. Though it’s a part of life women just have to accept, the monthly visit from the “painters and decorators” can leave some feeling sick, tired and bed-bound for up to a week   Read More ...
Cervical cancer could be eliminated in Australia within 40 years, experts say
2018-03-04 02:06:47 Cervical cancer could be effectively eliminated in Australia within the next four decades, medical experts say, after new data revealed infection rates had plummeted to just 1 per cent in young women. Cervical cancer: Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix One woman dies every two minutes globally from cervical cancer An estimated 930 new cases will be diagnosed in Australia in 2018 Research published by the International Papillomavirus Society, lead by doctors in Melbourne, showed a dramatic decline in the rate of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in women aged up to 24   Read More ...
Doctors want newborns to be screened for 'bubble boy' SCID disease
2018-03-02 14:18:44 In the first five weeks of his life, Harrison Draper went from being a healthy, pink-skinned newborn to a sick child who left doctors stumped. He stopped gaining weight and developed a painful abscess on his bottom that wouldn’t heal. “The doctors kept saying, ‘It’s OK, it happens,' ” his mother Tracey Brown, from Orange, said. “But I kept telling them, ‘Stop saying that, my gut is screaming at me that something’s wrong’, but he didn’t have other symptoms   Read More ...
Study confirms low-carb and low-fat weight loss diets have same results
2018-03-02 02:35:30 But are carbs really to blame? A major study out of Stanford University found that after an entire year of dieting, those following a low-carb diet lost 6kg and those on a low-fat diet lost 5.3kg. The 0.7kg difference over 12 months was not statistically or clinically relevant, which means they were equally effective. This is not the first study to compare the two diets, but the fact that researchers carefully monitored the diets of over 600 participants for a full year — which cost over $10 million to design and implement — means it’s by far the most robust and important one to date   Read More ...
Son’s heartbreaking birthday wish for dad in a coma with mystery illness
2018-03-02 02:07:55 Russell Marsh, 39, was working as an emergency nurse at Fairfield Hospital when he was coughed on by the patient on February 12. Just days later Mr Marsh was admitted to hospital where doctors discovered he was not getting enough oxygen to his brain and body. His condition quickly deteriorated and Mr Marsh was placed on life support with acute respiratory failure and kidney failure   Read More ...
Doctors want newborns to be screened for 'bubble boy' SCID disease
2018-03-02 00:15:28 In the first five weeks of his life, Harrison Draper went from being a healthy, pink-skinned newborn to a sick child who left doctors stumped. He stopped gaining weight and developed a painful abscess on his bottom that wouldn’t heal. “The doctors kept saying, ‘It’s OK, it happens,' ” his mother Tracey Brown, from Orange, said. “But I kept telling them, ‘Stop saying that, my gut is screaming at me that something’s wrong’, but he didn’t have other symptoms   Read More ...
Dylan Butler ignored the signs of testicular cancer, his family warned
2018-03-01 07:06:40 Dylan Butler died last Thursday, just over a year after being given the diagnosis. His mother Jackie, 52, praised her son’s courage — but urged other young men who found suspect lumps to get them checked. Mr Butler had a lump but only went to the doctor when he had backache, which he put down to work. But by then, the cancer had spread   Read More ...
Flu vaccine updated to combat deadly 'Aussie Flu' strain
2018-02-28 01:47:04 As flu season looms, immunisation experts are urging people to get the seasonal vaccine, despite its lack of effectiveness in combating a lethal flu outbreak in the Northern Hemisphere winter. Concerns have been raised after influenza swept through the UK over the 2017/18 winter, killing at least 231 people and rendering thousands ill in hospital. Nicknamed "Aussie Flu", the life-threatening flu strain A (H3N2) also killed at least 72 people in Australia last winter   Read More ...
‘Silent Bob’ has heart attack after show: director Kevin Smith tweets from hospital bed
2018-02-26 11:05:21 : director Kevin Smith CULT film director Kevin Smith has tweeted from his hospital bed, revealing how he almost died after suffering “a massive heart attack”. "Tusk," the new horror-comedy from Kevin Smith, was conceived during a recording of one of Smith's podcasts. WSJ spoke to the film's director at the Toronto International Film Festival. DIRECTOR Kevin Smith has revealed that he almost died today after suffering “a massive heart attack”   Read More ...
Mental health patients waiting for hours, sometimes days in emergency departments
2018-02-26 06:09:08 Mental health patients are waiting an "entirely unacceptable" period of time in emergency departments, in a practice experts are calling discriminatory and dangerous. Key points: Nearly one third of patients waiting over eight hours presented with acute mental health issues Australasian College for Emergency Medicine compiled data from 65 emergency departments They say there is chronic under-investment in emergency care for mental health Nearly one third of patients waiting for a bed for over eight hours in emergency departments had presented with acute mental health issues, data compiled by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine showed   Read More ...
Are plastic surgery pals Rodrigo Alves and Sophia Vegas an item?
2018-02-26 05:34:01 The pair were dressed in monochrome, with Alves channelling John Travolta from Saturday Night Fever and Vegas opting for an all-black, Lycra get up. The platinum-haired Brazilian, who is known for his multiple surgeries, clearly has a lot in common with the German reality television star, who at one point had to help him adjust his corset. Both recently went through excruciating procedures to remove multiple ribs to give them a smaller waistline   Read More ...
Aldi and IGA given low ranking in supermarket healthy eating report
2018-02-26 05:33:53 A study on what the major supermarkets are doing to promote healthy eating and lessen obesity rates has listed Woolworths as the best performing retailer. But a graph in the analysis, which scores the supermarkets out of 100, isn’t happy reading for Aldi. Out of a possible overall healthy mark of 100, Aldi scored just 11. IGA did even worse, not even managing to get into double figures   Read More ...