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Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country

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Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country

- By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, wires Yemen suffered more air strikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, a United Nations report has found. Key points: Air strikes by Saudi-led coalition fuel cholera outbreak Families have been forced to choose between food and medicine Cholera epidemic has killed some 2,000 people since April The number of air strikes in the first six months of 2017 totalled 5,676, according to the report by the Protection Cluster in Yemen, which is led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Bill to hike Medicare levy to raise $8 billion NDIS funding set to face Parliament

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Bill to hike Medicare levy to raise $8 billion NDIS funding set to face Parliament

- A bill to increase the Medicare levy and raise $8 billion to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be introduced to Parliament today. The levy is a charge paid by most taxpayers to fund Australia's public health system and the Government wants to increase it from 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent. The Coalition will introduce the bill to the House of Representatives today, but it will need to convince the Senate to pass it
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St Vincent's Hospital intervenes to cut opioid prescriptions given to patients on discharge

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St Vincent's Hospital intervenes to cut opioid prescriptions given to patients on discharge

- When the pharmacy at St Vincent's Hospital alerted pain specialist Dr Jennifer Stevens to the "steep" year-on-year increases in the amount of opioid-based painkillers being prescribed to patients on discharge, she knew something had to change. To cut the prescription rates, she started holding educational sessions for junior doctors, teaching them about the highly addictive properties of Oxycodone that could ensnare patients into a dangerous cycle of addiction
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Potentially damaging surgical mesh kits still on hospital shelves with doctors unaware of cancellation

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Potentially damaging surgical mesh kits still on hospital shelves with doctors unaware of cancellation

- By the National Reporting Team's Sophie Scott and Alison Branley Federal health authorities say they have not done a recall of potentially damaging women's health products despite reports at least one hospital has been stockpiling controversial mesh devices. A Senate inquiry into the number of women affected by surgical mesh kits for the treatment of incontinence and prolapse after childbirth has heard that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has not done any recalls
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Cancer: new treatment may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy

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Cancer: new treatment may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy

- AUSTRALIAN researchers may have found a treatment to combat a serious side effect of chemotherapy treatments prescribed for cancer patients. Their research, which was conducted on rodents, will now go on to clinical trials on humans. The study directed by Professor Wally Langdon at the University of Western Australia (UWA) could pave the way for more effective chemotherapy, which is often limited in terms of dosage and frequency because of side effects
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Perth Children's Hospital will not open this year, WA Government concedes

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Perth Children's Hospital will not open this year, WA Government concedes

- The Perth Children's Hospital will not open this year after an independent report revealed brass fittings were the "culprit" behind ongoing problems with lead contamination issues on Friday afternoon. Health Minister Roger Cook said a month-long review by Western Australia's Chief Health Officer revealed the cause of the contamination, and found the source of the lead was due to the "dezincification of brass fittings"
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New HPV vaccine could prevent almost all cervical cancers

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New HPV vaccine could prevent almost all cervical cancers

- For women, cervical cancer is the fourth most widespread cancer, and in developing countries it is the most common cause of cancer death. A new study from researchers at Melbourne's Royal Women's Hospital and the Victorian Cytology Service has found that a new HPV vaccine could prevent up to 93 percent of all cervical cancers. For some time now we have known that infection with the Human papillomavirus (HPV) is necessary for a woman to develop cervical cancer
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Measles scare for 200 unvaccinated children at Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake

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Measles scare for 200 unvaccinated children at Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake

- The West Australian Health Department says it has taken steps to try to stop the spread of a measles outbreak at a Perth private school attended by up to 200 children who have not been immunised. Perth Waldorf School — a Steiner school in the southern suburb of Bibra Lake — confirmed a high school student had been diagnosed with measles after becoming infected while holidaying in Europe
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'There's nothing for people like us': Calls for more funding for rare cancer patients

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'There's nothing for people like us': Calls for more funding for rare cancer patients

- Any cancer diagnosis is terrifying, but patients like Lejla Meduselac with rare cancers face even greater challenges. Key points: Report by Rare Cancers Australia recommends more funding for research, local trials and subsidised medication 50,000 people will be diagnosed with rare or less common cancers this year Patients are twice as likely to die as people with more common forms of cancer Ms Meduselac is a single mother with two young children
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Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood reveals lung cancer scare

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Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood reveals lung cancer scare

- Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has revealed that he underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The guitarist, 70, who is father to two young twins, told The Mail On Sunday's Event magazine that he wondered whether it was "time to say goodbye". He revealed how his doctor made the discovery after undergoing health tests before the upcoming Rolling Stones tour
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Garma: Kidney failure that killed Dr G Yunupingu highlights huge problem for Indigenous Australians

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Garma: Kidney failure that killed Dr G Yunupingu highlights huge problem for Indigenous Australians

- The death of Arnhem Land musician Dr G Yunupingu at 46 years of age should highlight the crippling impacts kidney failure is having on Indigenous Australians, health experts and advocates have warned. As well as Dr G Yunupingu's death, land rights champion and Gumatj leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu — who has led the country's talk on constitutional change at the Garma Festival this week — had to have his leg amputated due to the same disease
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Death of indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu was preventable, according to his doctor

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Death of indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu was preventable, according to his doctor

- The loss of Australia's most prominent indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu to kidney disease has shone a light on the "largely preventable" renal health nightmare afflicting remote communities, his doctor says. The 46-year-old blind Yolngu singer died last month in Darwin while undergoing dialysis treatment, as there were no services available in his Galiwink'u community on Elcho Island. His specialist, Dr Paul Lawton told Garma Festival that many indigenous Australians have to travel hundreds of kilometres for end-stage renal therapy, which he describes as a "nightmare" akin to purgatory
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Measles alert for Perth after unvaccinated student infected overseas

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Measles alert for Perth after unvaccinated student infected overseas

- The WA Health Department has issued a measles alert after a confirmed diagnosis for an unvaccinated secondary school student who returned to Perth after being infected overseas. In a statement, the department said prior to the diagnosis – and while infectious to others – the student attended Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake. The department warned that a substantial number of students exposed at the school had not been vaccinated against measles, and because the school has a metropolitan-wide catchment, it's likely additional cases of measles will occur in Perth over the coming weeks
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Andrew Denton to undergo heart surgery, pulls out of euthanasia campaign in Victoria

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Andrew Denton to undergo heart surgery, pulls out of euthanasia campaign in Victoria

- Television personality-turned-euthanasia advocate Andrew Denton has been forced to pull out of the campaign to legalise assisted dying in Victoria because he has been diagnosed with advanced heart disease. The 57-year-old must now have a triple bypass within days, just as the Andrews Government prepares to introduce a historic bill to Parliament. Denton is one of the directors of Go Gentle Australia, which he established last year to lobby for voluntary euthanasia around the country
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Alcohol a bigger scourge than meth: Doctors criticise 'disappointing' drug strategy

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Alcohol a bigger scourge than meth: Doctors criticise 'disappointing' drug strategy

- Doctors have criticised state and federal governments over their new drug policy blueprint, accusing them of putting too much emphasis on methamphetamine and not enough on a much more damaging and deadly substance: alcohol. The Australian Medical Association says the recently released National Drug Strategy - which sets out the official approach to preventing and minimising drug harm over the next 10 years - focuses too much on the so-called "ice epidemic"
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Euthanasia: Illness derails campaign of high-profile advocate Andrew Denton

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Euthanasia: Illness derails campaign of high-profile advocate Andrew Denton

- The push for assisted dying in Victoria has been dealt a blow, with one of its most high-profile advocates, Andrew Denton, being forced to withdraw from the campaign to have multiple bypass surgery. In what some proponents have described as a "disaster" as the euthanasia debate heats up this month, the TV personality has been diagnosed with advanced heart disease and will be required to undergo surgery shortly
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  • Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country
    Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country

    , abc.net.au

    By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, wires Yemen suffered more air strikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, a United Nations report has found. Key points: Air strikes by Saudi-led coalition fuel cholera outbreak Families have been forced to choose between food and medicine Cholera epidemic has killed some 2,000 people since April The number of air strikes in the first six months of 2017 totalled 5,676, according to the report by the Protection Cluster in Yemen, which is led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Diseases & Conditions

  • Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country
    Yemen air strikes escalate as cholera outbreak devastates war-torn country

    , abc.net.au

    By Middle East correspondent Sophie McNeill, wires Yemen suffered more air strikes in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2016, increasing the number of civilian deaths and forcing more people to flee their homes, a United Nations report has found. Key points: Air strikes by Saudi-led coalition fuel cholera outbreak Families have been forced to choose between food and medicine Cholera epidemic has killed some 2,000 people since April The number of air strikes in the first six months of 2017 totalled 5,676, according to the report by the Protection Cluster in Yemen, which is led by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
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Hospital

  • 'We need help': Junior doctors grade NSW public hospitals on work conditions
    'We need help': Junior doctors grade NSW public hospitals on work conditions

    , smh.com.au

    "[I] felt unsafe when I was so busy working there was not enough time to learn and make sure I really understood what I was doing." "There have only been four days in the last 12 weeks that I have not worked." "Some of our registrars are suicidal but are concerned about being labelled as impaired, and won't say anything. We need help," said one doctor in training
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  • 'We need help': Junior doctors grade NSW public hospitals on work conditions
    'We need help': Junior doctors grade NSW public hospitals on work conditions

    , smh.com.au

    "[I] felt unsafe when I was so busy working there was not enough time to learn and make sure I really understood what I was doing." "There have only been four days in the last 12 weeks that I have not worked." "Some of our registrars are suicidal but are concerned about being labelled as impaired, and won't say anything. We need help," said one doctor in training
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Health care

  • Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products
    Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products

    , abc.net.au

    A mountain of red tape for legal medicinal cannabis is forcing the families of seriously ill patients back into the black market, according to doctors and advocates. Key points: Patients say legal medicinal cannabis remains difficult to access "Onerous, complex" regulation part of the problem, lawyer says Government insists turnaround times "often as little as two days" Sydney GP Brad McKay said he had tried at length to prescribe the medicine for his patients but had been blocked at every turn
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Cancer

  • Republican Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
    Republican Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

    , smh.com.au

    Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumour after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week. The 80-year-old Republican has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said. "On Friday, July 14, Senator John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix," his office said in a statement on Wednesday
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Medical Professionals

  • Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products
    Medicinal cannabis 'red-tape' pushing doctors and patients back to illegal products

    , abc.net.au

    A mountain of red tape for legal medicinal cannabis is forcing the families of seriously ill patients back into the black market, according to doctors and advocates. Key points: Patients say legal medicinal cannabis remains difficult to access "Onerous, complex" regulation part of the problem, lawyer says Government insists turnaround times "often as little as two days" Sydney GP Brad McKay said he had tried at length to prescribe the medicine for his patients but had been blocked at every turn
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Drugs & Medications

  • 'We have been waiting for this moment for so long': hepatitis C patients have access to cure with Epclusa PBS listing
    'We have been waiting for this moment for so long': hepatitis C patients have access to cure with Epclusa PBS listing

    , smh.com.au

    than 200,000 Australians with hepatitis C will soon be able to afford a new, highly effective treatment for the chronic, highly stigmatised infection. From August 1, the Turnbull government will subsidise the drug Epclusa, a bumper medication combining the two antivirals sofosbuvir and velpatasvir, Health Minister Greg Hunt is set to announce on Friday. The PBS listing means patients will pay a maximum $38
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