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Losing sibling linked to premature death

The loss of a brother or sister is comparable to the death of a parent, and has been linked to a greater risk of dying prematurely, according to a Danish study. Full story »
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'Woman in a bubble' gets a taste of the outside world

Amelia Hill outside

Australia's own "woman in a bubble" has felt the sun on her skin for the first time in months after being wheeled outside on a bed.  Full story »

Euthanasia case not so compelling: expert

Euthanasia is not the "panacea" to improving end-of-life care as the "media frenzy" suggests, says US bioethicist Dr Ezekiel Emanuel. Full story »

US expert argues case for Aust sugar tax

US childhood obesity expert Professor Robert Lustig says taxation is one way to tackle society's addiction to sugar. Full story »

$8m boost for motor neurone disease cure

More than $8 million is being injected into Australian research for treatments and a potential cure for motor neurone disease. Full story »

NSW patient record bungle outrages AMA

The Australian Medical Association says a bungle involving the dumping of patient records in Sydney shows an urgent need for investment in IT services. Full story »

NSW adults urged to check measles records

NSW Health is urging people aged 20 to 50 to check their vaccination status after an under-vaccinated person contracted measles in Western Sydney. Full story »

Kidney health must be a priority: expert

A new global report shows the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Australia is 13 per cent. Full story »

Western Sydney measles outbreak spreads

An outbreak of measles in western Sydney has grown to 17 confirmed cases after a person who was under-vaccinated contracted the disease. Full story »
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Sydney measles alert issued after new patient visited popular locations while infectious

The western Sydney outbreak was initially sparked by a traveller returning from Indonesia.
Health authorities have issued a new warning for western Sydney's measles outbreak after it was revealed the latest person to contract the disease visited several popular locations including a shopping centre and a restaurant last weekend. Full story »

NSW patient records found dumped in bin

NSW Health is investigating whether hundreds of patients received follow-up care after more than 1000 specialist letters addressed to GPs were dumped in a bin. Full story »
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More than a thousand patient records from NSW hospitals found in garbage bin

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard.

An investigation has been launched into another embarrassing bungle involving New South Wales hospitals with more than a thousand sensitive patient records found in a garbage bin. Full story »

Checkup Medical Column for April 21

A study has found cycling to work can significantly cut the risk of premature death, while scientists are studying long-life milk to better understand dementia. Full story »

Qld company awarded med cannabis licence

Queensland company Medifarm has been awarded the state's first licence to cultivate and produce medicinal cannabis. Full story »
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Confidential health letters found dumped in residential Sydney bin

More than 1000 letters discussing confidential health information about hundreds of patients have been found dumped in a bin next to a Sydney apartment block. Full story »

Regulatory ban on sex selection remains

Both sex selection and commercial surrogacy remain 'ethically unacceptable' under the 2017 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) guidelines. Full story »
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New hope for mums with post-partum psychosis

Research has shown the right medical intervention can help keep mothers suffering from post-partum psychosis with their babies. (iStock)

Women who suffer from post-partum psychosis have hope of being able to care for their baby with the right medical intervention, experts say. Full story »

Hope for mums with post-partum psychosis

An Australian study has shown proper treatment for post-partum psychosis can keep mums and bubs together. Full story »

After Easter best time to lose weight

Experts say guilt felt after periods of indulgence, like Easter, can be the perfect motivation for dropping unwanted kilos. Full story »

Qld premier takes aim over hospital spots

The $1.8bn Sunshine Coast University hospital has been officially opened after a decade-long process that spanned four premiers and six health ministers. Full story »