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DEADLY SUPERBUG SPREADS UNTESTED

A deadly superbug that has swept through Europe and North America has arrived in Australia, but experts fear it is being missed because of inadequate testing.

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ALARM AT SPREAD OF SUPERBUGS BEYOND HOSPITALS

Dangerous superbugs that previously had been found only in hospitals are starting to spread throughout the community, putting lives at risk.

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CUTTING EDGE MULTIGENE CANCER TESTS GIVE PATIENTS HOPE

Rare but treatable genetic mutations are being found in most cancer patients in a cutting-edge program at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Doctors are testing patients with melanoma, lung and colorectal cancers for a huge range of possible genetic mutations, opening the door to new, life-extending treatments.

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GOVERNMENT ANTI-BOOZING WEBSITE FAIL

Children have been redirected to adult relationship advice, instructions on taking peptides and other inappropriate content through a new government site designed to raise awareness about alcohol misuse.

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LANDMARK RULING OVER GENE PATENTS

A federal court ruling that human genes can be controlled by private companies has led cancer advocates to call on the federal government to intervene.

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MALES FUEL RISE IN RITALIN GENERATION

The use of stimulant drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children has soared, with prescriptions for medications such as Ritalin up by 300 per cent in seven years, research shows.

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VACCINATION RATES SPARK EPIDEMIC FEAR

Well-off eastern suburbs and northern beaches parents helped drive a recent epidemic of whooping cough because many refused to vaccinate their children.

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FLU VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS WORSE THAN DISEASE

Public health experts have called for an independent body to monitor drug safety after it emerged that young children were more likely to end up in hospital because of side effects from a flu vaccine than they were from the disease itself.

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LEGAL LOOPHOLE COULD IDENTIFY SPERM DONORS

Men who donated sperm anonymously many years ago could have their identities revealed after the surprise introduction of a legal clause giving the government power to demand access to the information.

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IVF PARENTS TRAVEL OVERSEAS TO PICK BABY’S SEX

A leading IVF clinic is helping clients choose the sex of their baby by sending them to an overseas clinic it co-owns, avoiding Australian rules which allow the practice only for medical reasons.

FUNDING SHORTFALL ENDS RURAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Three months ago the successful rural psychologist training program was presented with an award for excellence by the NSW Minister for Mental Health. This month, it will be forced to close because of lack of funding.

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