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Up to one in three Australian women have an abortion in their lifetime, but few speak openly about it. Emily Steel couldn't stay silent.

Author: Eloise Fuss
Posted: March 21, 2018, 10:32 pm
Monash University researcher, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, says some clinicians are still using ineffective treatments for back pain despite studies showing they don't work or can be harmful.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 9:07 pm

A team of international health experts has accused the medical fraternity of "mismanaging" back pain and providing "ineffective and harmful" treatments.

Author: Patrick Wood
Posted: March 21, 2018, 9:07 pm
Health investigators have swooped on several Sydney cosmetic clinics to seize their illegally imported drugs and products. They found a cache of black market goods, including counterfeit dermal fillers, high-strength anaesthetics, syringes and even vials of human placenta extract.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 7:03 pm

Human placenta extract, counterfeit anti-wrinkle injectables and Chinese iodine have all been seized in a series of recent raids targeting dodgy beauty salons and back-alley clinics.

Author: Sophie Scott And Rebecca Armitage
Posted: March 21, 2018, 7:03 pm
Posted: March 21, 2018, 3:45 am

Hospital patients need better communication from doctors and it can start with the often alienating procedure of the morning ward rounds, writes Ben Bravery, former cancer patient and now medical student.

Posted: March 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

The cost of HIV-prevention drug PrEP will be slashed, with the final hurdle now cleared for adding it to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Author: Caitlyn Gribbin
Posted: March 20, 2018, 7:59 pm

It's not just chewy lollies and fizzy soft drinks that are enemies of your pearly whites. Some of the foods and drinks that can cause trouble for your teeth will probably surprise you.

Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:43 am

A professor working to make drinking water safer in remote regions believes he is making slow but worthwhile progress to change behaviours.

Author: Sofie Wainwright
Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:07 am
Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:04 am

A class action for Australians affected by the listeria outbreak in rockmelons is likely, according to a United States legal expert who has been involved in food safety cases around the world.

Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:04 am
Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:04 am
Only half of all Australians brush their teeth twice a day and it's contributing to high levels of decay across the country, a report card on the nation's dental health has found.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 11:55 pm

Unveiling a long-awaited plan to combat America's opioid drug addiction crisis, US President Donald Trump calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, saying "this isn't about nice anymore".

Posted: March 19, 2018, 11:25 pm

A case where a woman with dementia was able to take out $100,000, and another where $60,000 was withdrawn to fund a gambling binge are among seven instances of suspected financial abuse in Darwin in just five months.

Author: Bridget Judd
Posted: March 19, 2018, 8:39 pm
Posted: March 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

A case of mistaken identity by the Australian Tax Office has put the disability support pension payments for a man with autism in jeopardy and thrust his family into a bureaucratic battle.

Author: Georgia Hitch
Posted: March 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

The federal Health Department's advice around a potentially toxic firefighting foam should include evidence it could cause adverse health effects, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians says, amid concerns the current guidelines are "confusing".

Author: Georgia Hitch
Posted: March 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

The country's first comprehensive dental health report card has found some pretty gross stats: 90 per cent of adults have some form of tooth decay, almost three-quarters of children eat too much sugar, and one-quarter of teens have not had a dental check-up in 12 months.

Author: Alison Branley
Posted: March 19, 2018, 1:03 pm
The Federal Court has found food giant Heinz misled the public by implying on the packaging of its Little Kids Shredz range that the snack product is beneficial to the health of young children.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 8:33 am

Rockmelons on the shelf are now safe to eat, but symptoms of listeria infection can take between eight and 90 days to appear.

Author: Olivia Willis
Posted: March 19, 2018, 6:17 am
The "Herd of Hope" event on Bondi raised awareness of the issues facing people in regional Australia who need organ transplants.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 3:56 am

Most Australians still do not know when they should put on sunscreen, despite millions of dollars spent over three decades promoting the "slip, slop, slap" sun awareness campaign, research reveals.

Author: Gail Burke
Posted: March 18, 2018, 8:17 pm

The ACT Greens are calling for Canberra women to be able to order the abortion pill over the phone or through their GP — a service already available in most of the country.

Author: Elise Scott
Posted: March 18, 2018, 8:07 pm

Australian scientists use stem cells to create human eye lens cells, and then grow them into eye lenses, giving hope to children with cataracts.

Author: Sophie Scott And Alison Branley
Posted: March 18, 2018, 7:00 pm

People lighting up a cigarette in a dimly-lit restaurant is a scene almost unimaginable in Australia these days, but it's one that plays out in many restaurants in Japan because there are no national laws to prevent smoking indoors.

Author: Jake Sturmer
Posted: March 18, 2018, 1:06 am

Some Canberra cafes and restaurants are going five years without an inspection, while a chicken shop that closed due to critical public safety breaches has not been audited since November 2016, freedom of information documents reveal.

Author: Clare Sibthorpe
Posted: March 17, 2018, 10:17 pm

A mother who took her baby to an Ed Sheeran concert in Adelaide for free is furious a mum in Brisbane has been told she'll need a ticket for her four-month-old to attend his sold-out show.

Author: Nick Wiggins
Posted: March 17, 2018, 10:06 pm

Many survivors of the forgotten disease of polio are facing a terrifying battle against a resurgence of symptoms decades after infection.

Author: Nancy Notzon
Posted: March 17, 2018, 9:27 pm

Making new friends is hard — especially when you're older, a bit anxious and unable to move around easily. Now a ground-breaking virtual reality program is helping older Australians connect, and share memories from long ago.

Author: Michael Mackenzie
Posted: March 17, 2018, 9:00 pm

Some sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Western Australia, with Aboriginal communities in the north hit particularly hard by a syphilis outbreak.

Author: Sarah Collard
Posted: March 17, 2018, 6:48 am

Beachgoers at Bondi share the sunshine and sand with a different kind of tourist — about 40 cattle, brought to the city to raise awareness about the challenges around organ transplants in regional areas.

Author: Lucy McNally
Posted: March 17, 2018, 2:07 am

Kirsty McDonald thought it would be OK to bring her four-month-old breastfeeding son to one of Ed Sheeran's upcoming concerts. But she's been told by Ticketek "there is no free on the knee" for the sold-out event.

Author: Patrick Williams
Posted: March 16, 2018, 10:22 pm
The extent of ambulance ramping problems in Tasmania have become apparent with video showing ambulance officers waiting with patients on stretchers in the corridors of the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:17 am

A new video shot secretly by paramedics in the Royal Hobart Hospital shows patients awaiting admission on ambulance stretchers in corridors.

Posted: March 16, 2018, 7:17 am

Queensland's coroner agrees to investigate the death of a Gold Coast teenager who died just days after attempting to seek mental health help at a local hospital.

Author: Hailey Renault
Posted: March 16, 2018, 4:06 am

Platypuses are, plainly put, oddly shaped. Now it seems an unusual ringlet-shaped protein in their milk could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.

Author: Tegan Taylor
Posted: March 16, 2018, 2:50 am

An internal review into the alleged rape of a toddler in Tennant Creek finds child protection services lacked oversight and coordination in its handling of the case, with police having made 16 notifications about the child's relatives to Territory Families.

Posted: March 15, 2018, 11:32 pm
Posted: March 15, 2018, 11:00 pm
Posted: March 15, 2018, 11:00 pm
Posted: March 15, 2018, 11:00 pm

The Cancer Council is warning people not to believe everything you read online as cancer myths flourish online.

Author: Meghan Woods
Posted: March 15, 2018, 11:00 pm

A Victorian man in his 80s becomes the fifth person to die in a listeria outbreak after eating contaminated rockmelons.

Posted: March 15, 2018, 10:41 pm

An environment medicine specialist questions federal advice given to residents in the NT town of Katherine to not drink bore water and to avoid eating local fish while the Defence Force continues to say there are no health effects from PFAS chemicals.

Author: Georgia Hitch
Posted: March 15, 2018, 8:30 pm

Amy Dawes wants forceps during childbirth banned after the instruments caused severe injuries that still impact her life, but the Australian Medical Association says that could cause more grief for mothers and babies.

Author: Andree Withey
Posted: March 15, 2018, 8:14 pm
Actor Shane Jacobson was brought up in a house of laughter, and uses comedy in all aspects of his life and work. Even as his mum battles Parkinson’s disease, Jacobson says humour is central to his family’s wellbeing.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 6:03 am

Alice Springs Women's Shelter adopts the global #MeToo campaign, highlighting the record levels of sexual assault and violence central Australian women live with on a daily basis.

Author: Emma Haskin
Posted: March 15, 2018, 5:30 am
The beekeepers of WA are thrilled with a rare phenomenon which has seen a large scale blossoming of the native marri tree.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 12:54 am

When a Queensland father asked a doctor if he could keep giving his daughter cannabis in hospital, the consultant replied "it's fine as long as you get the dosing right", a recording obtained by the ABC shows.

Author: Leonie Mellor
Posted: March 14, 2018, 10:10 pm
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