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Contamination kept secret from home owners

The NSW environmental watchdog has been keeping information about contaminated land private because of concerns it could affect property prices, a report says. Full story »

Melbourne teen mum pregnant with second baby at 15

Molly Syrigos was 13 when she fell pregnant with baby Theodore.
When you ask Mollie Syrigos about her 13-month-old baby boy Theodore she lights up like any proud mum and can’t help but gush about his achievements. Full story »

Free meningococcal vaccine for WA teens

West Australian teenagers aged 15 to 19 can get a free meningococcal vaccine to help protect them and others against the disease. Full story »

Cocaine more addictive than first thought

Recreational cocaine use activates the area of the brain involved in addiction earlier than first thought, according to a new study. Full story »

Checkup Medical Column for May 26

High blood pressure and infection during pregnancy has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease in offspring. Full story »

Canadian girl attacked by sea lion treated for rare disease

A little Canadian girl who was pulled off a pier by a sea lion in a video that has since gone viral is now being treated for a particular rare type of disease. Full story »

More Australians seek weight loss surgery

There's been a three-fold increase in hospital admissions for weight loss surgery since 2005, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. Full story »

Sugar cells new frontier to attack cancer

The Australian Centre for Cancer Glycomics has been launched at Griffith University, with scientists hopeful it will lead to potential cancer vaccines. Full story »

Dutch funeral expo digs up the latest in death trends

Coffins decked out with board games, gravesites doubling as vegetable patches or children's toy "funeral building bricks" complete with a hearse and crematorium -- just some of the latest trends for dealing with death. Full story »

VIDEO: Midwifery students use virtual reality in training

Midwifery students are for the first time using virtual reality in their training.  Full story »


More Australians turning to surgery to combat obesity, study reveals

An increasing number of overweight and obese Australian adults are turning to surgery to lose weight, a new study has revealed.  Full story »

Breakthrough in uterine cancer research

Scientists at the Hunter Medical Research Institute have made a breakthrough in their understanding of uterine cancer that could save lives. Full story »

Medicinal cannabis treats Dravet syndrome

A international trial has shown that a form of medicinal cannabis works to treat drug-resistant seizures in a rare yet very severe form of childhood epilepsy. Full story »

Problems in NSW CT scanners: audit

The NSW Auditor-General has found several issues with the maintenance and quality testing of PET-CT scanners in hospitals. Full story »

'A second opinion could save your life'

Australians are being encouraged to seek a second opinion before accepting a diagnosis on a complex condition. Full story »

Chocolate may prevent common heart condition

Research has found a link between regular chocolate consumption and a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter. Full story »

Research breakthrough in women's disease

Researchers are closer to identifying genes linked to a painful disease affecting one in 10 Australian women. Full story »

Push for flu jab as WA vaccine rates slump

The WA health minister is urging residents to get the flu jab because rates have slumped, despite children and people aged over 65 at risk of getting sick. Full story »

Antibiotics for pneumonia failing many

Older Australians are being encouraged to get the free pneumococcal vaccine, with research showing antibiotics fails to treat pneumonia in 20 per cent of cases. Full story »

Poverty linked to early puberty in boys

A study by The Murdoch Children's Research Institute has found boys from very disadvantaged homes are more than four times more likely to start puberty early. Full story »