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A breakthrough for arthritic knees

Figures from the National Joint Replacement Registry show that the number of knee replacement surgeries since 2003 has soared by almost 55 per cent. The spike in surgeries is largely a result of an increase in those affected by osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis that represents more ...

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What is cancer of unknown primary?

Ribbon days, pin days, moustache months – cancer awareness in Australia has never been higher. But imagine being diagnosed with the sixth most deadly cancer in the nation, only to discover there are no “days” for it, no specialists dedicated to its treatment, no support groups or networks. In short, ...

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Pollen counts are on the rise

Around the globe, pollen counts are increasing and Australian Bureau of Statistics data suggests it could be affecting our health: 17.1 per cent of the Australian population reported hay fever symptoms in 2008, compared with 10.3 per cent in 1990. Meanwhile, the number ofasthma-related deaths among children more than doubled ...

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Household chemical health risk

Yet another report has linked some everyday chemicals with increases incancers, diabetes, obesity, falling male fertility and a number of neurological problems in both humans and animals. In May, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released a review which made a direct connection between endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and health problems. EDCs ...

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Life-saving cancer breakthrough

Patient trials for a revolutionary new cancer treatment discovered by Melbourne researchers could begin within the year. In research published in the journal Cancer Cell, scientists claim that the new drug can be used to kill leukaemia and lymphoma cells by blocking their protein production. This would effectively eliminate the ...

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Flu virus warning

Australia is experiencing its worst influenza outbreak in years, and experts warn the worst is yet to come. Nearly 5000 cases of the influenza virus were reported nationwide in June alone. To put that in perspective, during the 2009 global swine flu pandemic there were 15,623 cases reported in Australia in ...

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Breakthrough drug stops Alzheimer’s

A new drug that stops the devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s diseaseis being developed by scientists. Early trials have shown it holds back memory loss, confusion and the inability to carry out daily tasks for three years. At present, the small number of drugs available can only treat the symptoms and ...

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Why not exercising is as bad as smoking

Researchers say sedentary, non-active lifestyles are responsible for a whopping 5.3 million deaths worldwide, and the issue should be treated as a pandemic. The study, which was published in medical journal The Lancet, claims that people in higher income countries are the least active of all. Lead researcher Dr I-Min ...

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Are sleeping pills safe?

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) recently banned several types of sleeping pills after revelations elite athletes were relying heavily on them for extended periods. The AOC has singled out zolpidem, sold under the brand Stilnox, nitrazepam (sold as Mogadon) and flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) for its black list. In extreme cases, our ...

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