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New clues on breast cancer risk found

A team of international researchers have discovered an additional 72 common genetic variants that put women at higher risk of breast cancer. The findings from the world's biggest genetic study of breast cancer, published in journals Nature and Nature Genetics, ...

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First rural health commissioner appointed

Australia has announced its first ever national rural health commissioner to help address a longstanding shortfall of regional doctors. Professor Paul Worley was appointed to the position on Saturday to act as a conduit between the states and federal government ...

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Surgery waiting times too long: report

Surgery costs are higher than necessary and elective waiting lists are too long, according to a report into Victorian public hospital operating theatres. More can be done to reduce elective surgery wait times and shorten waiting lists, the report released ...

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Centre holds hope for lymphoma patients

A blood cancer sufferer has handed over $5.5 million to give other Australians access to revolutionary testing that will improve treatment options and extend their lives. For 25 years Melbourne woman Christine Wilson has lived with lymphoma, one of the ...

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Asthmatics relying on quick relief: study

Thousands of Australians with asthma are relying too much on reliever puffers as a quick fix for their wheezing, putting themselves at risk of having a major attack and needing hospital treatment. A survey of more than 2600 people aged ...

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How to better reduce unintended pregnancies

Despite the widespread use of contraceptives, unintended pregnancies remains a significant health issue that needs to be addressed by both clinicians and patients, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) says. Chief executive Alison Verhoeven said long acting reversible contraceptive ...

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Call for stricter access to Medicare cards

Australians could be handed greater control over who can access their Medicare card details amid fears the information can be too easily obtained. An independent report, released on Saturday, has suggested tighter security following a review ordered by the federal ...

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SA public hospital doctors to stop work

Public hospital doctors in South Australia will walk off the job on Thursday as part of a prolonged dispute over pay and conditions with the state government. Doctors are being asked to accept a 1.5 per cent wage increase but ...

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Sydney doctor sentenced for sex offence

A woman who was indecently assaulted by her father's cancer doctor is at "a total and complete loss" after the disgraced Sydney oncologist avoided a prison sentence. John Kearsley, a former senior oncologist at St George hospital, was sentenced on ...

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