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Australian researchers are recruiting children with peanut allergies to try an experimental vaccine that could free them of their life threatening condition. About 3 per cent of babies have a peanut allergy that mostly persists throughout their life, and of all food allergies, a peanut allergy is t...

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An enormous and unacceptable number of children is being admitted to hospital to treat preventable tooth decay, with most of them requiring general anaesthetic, Australian dentists say. In Melbourne alone, 2700 children aged 0-6 years are admitted to hospital each year, according to new research ...

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Parents demand asthma medication Singulair to carry warning labels about suicidal thoughts and other side effects. For the past year, Martin Schmidt couldn't figure out why his six-year-old daughter Chloe stopped being a normal and happy girl.  "She became extremely irrational, irate, moody ....

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Doctors are urged to be on alert this summer for a very rare but deadly brain disease in children that is contracted by swimming in lakes and rivers. The warning follows the death of a 12 month-old boy at Townsville Hospital, Australia's latest victim of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis.  ...

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Australia among top 10 healthiest countries in the world, Global Burden of Disease Study The USA can keep its hoard of Olympic medals. Australia has thrashed the superpower in a far more significant world ranking. Australia is among the top 10 healthiest countries in the world, according to the mo...

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"TALKING to patients about abuse can be like opening Pandora’s box, which is why experts are calling for integrated trauma-informed education to guide doctors in what questions they need to ask, and how to manage the answers they may get." So begins an article in MJA this month, in which the ...

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Australia’s health 2016 is the 15th biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This edition profiles current health issues in a collection of feature articles and statistical snapshots that cover a range of areas, including: The health status of Australians; Heal...

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The Australian Productivity Commission has released a preliminary findings report for its Human Services Reform inquiry, which outlines the Commission's preliminary views on the services that would be best suited to reform - those within the human services sector that are best suited to the int...

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MICROSOFT says cancer is like a computer virus and can be solved by cracking the code. The tech giant has revealed details of its latest research, saying it is aiming to “solve cancer using computer science”. One of the projects involves using machine learning and natural language ...

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A 'world first' has been claimed by surgeons in the UK who used a remotely controlled robot to lift a membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from the retina at the back of the right eye of a 70-year-old patient.  Although robots have already been utilised for large-scale surgery, such as abdomin...

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