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Sydney duo slapped with biggest ever fine for tobacco offences

Two Sydney tobacconist owners have been slapped with a record $72,000 fine for selling cigarettes in packages without health warnings. The man and woman at Free Choice Tobacconist in Bondi Junction were each found guilty of 36 tobacco-related offences, w

smh.com.au, today, 00:17
 

Libs promise mandatory flu jabs for kids as nation reels from horror season

Rhiannon Gillespie didn't bat an eyelid when she caught the flu last month. How could she know a horrific turn of events would see her four-year-old daughter Savannah placed in intensive care days later with a horror strain of Type A influenza and a bact

smh.com.au, Friday, 17:08
 

Pill testing gets green light for Canberra festival Spilt Milk

Canberra's Spilt Milk music festival will be the first in Australia to offer pill testing, after the ACT government earlier this year rejected a drug-checking trial at Groovin The Moo. ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris on Friday revealed the territor

smh.com.au, Friday, 10:36
 

Do you use your hands to cover a cough or sneeze? You're doing it all wrong

Do you use your hand to cover your nose when you sneeze or your mouth when you cough? If so, you're doing it all wrong. Infection experts say you should use your arm instead. New rules around coughing and sneezing suggest the best way is to use the crook

smh.com.au, Thursday, 19:16
 

Bat experts study flowering gums and infectious diseases link in Qld

International bat ecologists have arrived in Queensland to study the impact of changes in flowering eucalypts on bat populations and the emergence of infectious diseases such as SARS, Hendra virus and Ebola throughout the world. The researchers from 10 a

smh.com.au, Thursday, 12:47
 

Cyclotron at Liverpool Hospital is 'lighting-up' hidden cancerous tumours

As Elizabeth Doonan stared at her PET scans she couldn't comprehend what she was seeing.  The image of her translucent body was stained with opaque black markings. "It was really, really frightening," Ms Doonan said.  "It was...

smh.com.au, Thursday, 00:36
 

HPV test beats pap smears for detecting cervical cancer, trial shows

Claire Williams thought her pap test results would be business as usual. The 29-year-old had been having the tests for years. She'd just been married and the newlyweds were settling into their first home together. Then came her cytology results. The test

smh.com.au, Wednesday, 05:38
 

What parents need to know if their child is getting sicker and no one is listening

When baby Kyran Day died after he was misdiagnosed with gastroenteritis, his parents Naomi and Grant were adamant no other family should suffer because their gut feelings were ignored. Kyran's death in 2013 has been thrust into sharp focus this week with

smh.com.au, Tuesday, 20:28
 

Tamiflu supplies running dry as flu epidemic tightens its grip on the nation

The flu epidemic gripping the country has led to a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu.   More than 105,000 flu cases have been confirmed nationally, making it the most widespread epidemic in 15 years....

smh.com.au, Tuesday, 16:23
 

New, improved Gardasil 9 fights 90% of cervical cancers, beats genital warts too

A groundbreaking, Australian-developed cervical cancer vaccine administered to high school students for a decade is set to be replaced, after the development of a new treatment that could all but wipe out both the cancer and genital warts. The drug known

smh.com.au, Tuesday, 15:40
 

Hospitals and health groups demand 20 per cent soft drink tax

A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks is being proposed by Australia's leading health organisations as part of a tough new strategy to tackle obesity, which they now say poses a greater risk to the nation than smoking. A coalition of 34 high-profile groups

smh.com.au, Tuesday, 06:53
 

Zero Childhood Cancer program launched to help kids with aggressive cancers

In Australia, three children die from cancer each week. But doctors and researchers say they have a "game-changing" plan to drive the death rate down to zero. The Children's Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's...

smh.com.au, Monday, 05:00
 

Renal vascular access clinic gives patients like Candice Murphy their lives back

Every two weeks Maryanne Murphy could do little but comfort her daughter as her body succumbed to paralysis.  "It was like watching a battery dying," Ms Murphy said.  "Every couple of weeks she would go into a vegetative state and each...

smh.com.au, Monday, 03:25
 

Renal vascular access clinic gives patients like Candice Murphy their lives back

Every two weeks Maryanne Murphy could do little but comfort her daughter as her body succumbed to paralysis.  "It was like watching a battery dying," Ms Murphy said.  "Every couple of weeks she would go into a vegetative state and each...

smh.com.au, 17 September 2017
 

Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care: how hip fractures strip Australians of independence

Hip fracture patients face glaring gaps and huge variations in care that seriously impact their ability to recover and reclaim their independence, a major audit has found. Five per cent of patients who break a hip will die in hospital, and up to 25 per c

smh.com.au, 15 September 2017
 
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