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US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

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US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

- Washington: A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders' health-care bill could damage the nation's social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure's passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country's broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives' long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favour of a free-market system

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Drug company behind narcolepsy medicine Xyrem criticised for huge price hikes

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Drug company behind narcolepsy medicine Xyrem criticised for huge price hikes

- By the medical reporter Sophie Scott and the National Reporting Team's Meredith Griffiths The manufacturer of a drug described as "life-changing" for people with narcolepsy has been criticised for having some of the biggest price hikes over the past 10 years. The medication, called Xyrem, is manufactured by a company called Jazz. Pharmaceutical industry expert Tracy Staton, from FiercePharma, said the company had increased the cost of Xyrem by more than 800 per cent in seven years

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Medicinal cannabis: Doctors, nurses and Nimbin 'elders' trade marijuana tips

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Medicinal cannabis: Doctors, nurses and Nimbin 'elders' trade marijuana tips

- The ANU Medical School's Dr David Caldicott began his one-day crash course in medicinal cannabis by asking for a show of hands: how many people in the room had had a meaningful education on the medicinal uses of cannabis in medical school? Zero hands went up. "Same here," confessed the emergency doctor. "I was taught nothing real on this subject in medical school

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Killing a plate of glowing red bacteria could be next step in finding new cure for tuberculosis

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Killing a plate of glowing red bacteria could be next step in finding new cure for tuberculosis

- A plate of glowing red bacteria holds the key to taking the first step in finding a new cure for the biggest infectious killer in the world. University of Queensland researcher and senior lecturer Nick West and his 140 students had one task for the semester: stop that plate of bacteria glowing. In an uncommon way of teaching, Dr West had his students help conduct his research into drugs that could cure tuberculosis (TB)

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Australian researchers develop world first test for high-risk influenza

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Australian researchers develop world first test for high-risk influenza

- Benjamin Tang had braced himself as he watched news footage from emergency department around the world over-run by the 2009 swine flu pandemic; the hallways clogged with patients and staff pushed to breaking point. His own intensive care unit at Nepean Hospital had treated huge numbers of seriously ill patients with the infection who made it through triage. "When I looked at their records I realised many of these people had presented to other EDs prior to coming to us, but no one had picked up that they were really very sick," Dr Tang said

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Medicinal cannabis: Doctors to learn how to prescribe drug at Melbourne course

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Medicinal cannabis: Doctors to learn how to prescribe drug at Melbourne course

- Brisbane man Michael Stoopman is a cancer survivor who believes the benefits of medicinal cannabis go way beyond palliative care. Last year he had a large ulcerating tumour eating into his carotid artery in his neck that threatened his life. Ulcerating tumours rarely heal and doctors told him little could be done other than managing his symptoms. So he started taking cannabis oil

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Doctors just separated twin girls joined at the head in one of the world's rarest surgeries

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Doctors just separated twin girls joined at the head in one of the world's rarest surgeries

- For the first time, conjoined twins Abby and Erin Delaney can sleep in separate beds. The 10-month-old girls from North Carolina were born connected at the head, an extremely rare condition. Following months of planning and preparation, the pair underwent a successful 11-hour separation surgery last week at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to the hospital. "Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome," Jesse Taylor, a plastic surgeon who co-led the operation with neurosurgeon Gregory Heuer, said on Tuesday in a statement from the hospital

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Michael Lambert found guilty for growing cannabis for daughter with severe epilepsy

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Michael Lambert found guilty for growing cannabis for daughter with severe epilepsy

- The father of a young girl who uses medicinal cannabis to treat her severe form of epilepsy has vowed to continue lobbying for law reform, after being found guilty of charges of possession and cultivation. Michael Lambert was surrounded by his family, including his five-year old daughter Katelyn, when the magistrate handed down his decision in Gosford Local Court today. Katelyn suffers a debilitating form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome but her doctors have seen a remarkable improvement in her condition since she started taking imported cannabis oil in 2014

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Michael Lambert convicted for growing cannabis for daughter with severe epilepsy

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Michael Lambert convicted for growing cannabis for daughter with severe epilepsy

- The father of a young girl who uses medicinal cannabis to treat her severe form of epilepsy has vowed to continue lobbying for law reform, after being found guilty of charges of possession and cultivation. Michael Lambert was surrounded by his family, including his five-year old daughter Katelyn, when the magistrate handed down his decision in Gosford Local Court today. Katelyn suffers a debilitating form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome but her doctors have seen a remarkable improvement in her condition since she started taking imported cannabis oil in 2014

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Drug-resistant superbugs hitch a ride on Great Barrier Reef turtles

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Drug-resistant superbugs hitch a ride on Great Barrier Reef turtles

- Turtles are carrying - and potentially spreading - superbugs across the Great Barrier Reef after being exposed to human and agricultural waste, researchers warn. A study of 73 green sea turtles has revealed many were carrying drug-resistant enterobacteriales, a type of bacteria including E. coli, which can lead to serious infections in humans. Almost 80 per cent of the bacteria was resistant to at least one class of antibiotic, while nearly a third were resistant to multiple drugs, James Cook University researchers discovered

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Girl flown to hospital after multi-vehicle pile-up creates 30km tailback on Hume

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Girl flown to hospital after multi-vehicle pile-up creates 30km tailback on Hume

- A primary school-aged girl has been flown to hospital with severe facial injuries after a multi-vehicle smash on the Hume Freeway. It's believed up to five cars were involved in the crash, which occurred about 1.30pm in Kalkallo, north of Melbourne. One of the vehicles was towing a horse trailer. The girl was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital in a serious but stable condition

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Love and other drugs: Family's extraordinary journey to help Sam Goddard recover from strokes

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Love and other drugs: Family's extraordinary journey to help Sam Goddard recover from strokes

- A series of catastrophic strokes at 23 left Sam Goddard unable to talk, walk or see. Doctors thought he had suffered irreversible brain damage but Sam knew exactly what was going on — he was just unable to express himself. Luckily for him, his family and fiancée refused to accept the bleak medical assessment and for the past seven years have fought to help release him from his trapped state

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Bone marrow transplants: When your heritage leads to a needle-in-haystack search

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Bone marrow transplants: When your heritage leads to a needle-in-haystack search

- Leukaemia patient Jake Cooper, 14, is desperately searching for the cure to his cancer, but his hopes of a life-saving fix rest with strangers, not scientists. Jake has chronic myeloid leukaemia and as his condition progresses will need a bone marrow transplant. So why, when there are 29 million accessible donors on worldwide bone marrow registries, do so many patients, including Jake, struggle to find a match? The answer is ethnicity, where your cultural background can turn your chance of survival into a desperate needle-in-a-haystack search

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Scientists get new genome platform to decode DNA in fight against complex diseases

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Scientists get new genome platform to decode DNA in fight against complex diseases

- Australian scientists now have access to revolutionary tools which could give them a cutting edge in the fight against diseases like cancer. Key points: New technology can help scientists decode the DNA of things like tumours The DNA you are born with plays an important role in a range of diseases Genomes can now be decoded in just two days for just a few hundred dollars The new genome sequencing platform, known as the NovaSeq Series, has been called a game changer and will give researchers a clearer and fuller picture of a patient's genetic make-up

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Sugary drinks being phased out of NSW health facilities in bid to curb obesity rates

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Sugary drinks being phased out of NSW health facilities in bid to curb obesity rates

- Sugary drinks will be phased out of vending machines, cafes and catering services in NSW health facilities by December as the State Government attempts to reduce obesity rates. NSW Health said healthier options would be offered, as drinks with no nutritional value — mainly fizzy drinks — will be gone by December. The move is part of a wider strategy aimed at staff

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Cancer Council defends hospital giving critically-ill patients half-strength chemo treatments

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Cancer Council defends hospital giving critically-ill patients half-strength chemo treatments

- Ten lung cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at Toowoomba Hospital were administered half-strength doses of the drug, the ABC understands, but the Cancer Council says the dosage is appropriate for palliative care cases.

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Australian soft drinks linked to higher risk of diabetes, study shows

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Australian soft drinks linked to higher risk of diabetes, study shows

- By medical reporter Sophie Scott and the national reporting team's Meredith Griffiths Soft drinks sold in Australia have higher levels of glucose, which is linked to an increased chance of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a study shows. Key points: Some Australian soft drinks 22 per cent higher in glucose than US brands Increased glucose linked to heart disease, diabetes Over 30 per cent of people regularly consume soft drinks An international comparison, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, revealed several popular Australian soft drinks had glucose levels which were 22 per cent higher than those found in the United States

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    US Senate health bill faces serious resistance from both wings of Republicans

    , smh.com.au

    Washington: A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders' health-care bill could damage the nation's social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure's passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country's broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives' long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favour of a free-market system

     

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  • Love and other drugs: Family's extraordinary journey to help Sam Goddard recover from strokes
    Love and other drugs: Family's extraordinary journey to help Sam Goddard recover from strokes

    , abc.net.au

    A series of catastrophic strokes at 23 left Sam Goddard unable to talk, walk or see. Doctors thought he had suffered irreversible brain damage but Sam knew exactly what was going on — he was just unable to express himself. Luckily for him, his family and fiancée refused to accept the bleak medical assessment and for the past seven years have fought to help release him from his trapped state

     

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