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Alleged people smugglers X-rayed to prove age

27 June 2011 - 2:29pm
Two of Australia's child commissioners have added their voices to concerns over the use of wrist X-rays to determine the age of alleged people smugglers.

Tribunal can ignore medical assessments

27 June 2011 - 12:40pm
A court has ruled WorkCover assessments made by medical panels are not binding on the tribunal which rules on SA cases.

Health workers vow to treat Torres Strait TB patients

27 June 2011 - 10:27am
Queensland Health workers in the Torres Strait say they will continue treating PNG nationals for tuberculosis, despite the end of Commonwealth funding.

St Johns raising funds

27 June 2011 - 8:41am
The Broken Hill Division of St John Ambulance Australia has held a garage sale to raise desperately needed funds for the local service.

New health clinic for Adelaide's south

27 June 2011 - 8:08am
A new medical centre has opened at Marion in Adelaide with the aim of easing the load on public hospitals.

Tobacco giant to challenge packaging laws

27 June 2011 - 8:07am
Tobacco giant Philip Morris says it is launching a legal challenge to the Federal Government's plain packaging laws.

Wind farm setbacks policy to remain

27 June 2011 - 7:40am
The Victorian Government says planning rules enforcing a minimum two-kilometre distance between wind turbines and houses will remain in place even if medical research shows they do not cause health problems.

Diabetes rate in adults doubles since 1980

26 June 2011 - 4:17pm
The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980, with almost 350 million now affected, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal.

New code fails to curb kid junk food ads

26 June 2011 - 9:02am
Fast-food industry rules fail to reduce the number of ads being directed at children, sparking calls for a total ban on junk food ads aimed at kids.

Thalidomide victims launch class action

25 June 2011 - 11:56am
Lawyers have launched a new class action on behalf of Australian victims of thalidomide.

Sex offender to challenge IVF ban

24 June 2011 - 9:23pm
A convicted sex offender says he is being denied a basic human right because he is not allowed to access IVF treatment.

Study suggests low calorie cure for diabetes

24 June 2011 - 7:15pm
Scientists from a British university say an extreme low calorie diet could hold the key to curing type 2 diabetes.

Senate to review mental health service funding

24 June 2011 - 6:46pm
The Senate will look into the Federal Government's funding and administration of mental health services.

740,000 would lose health rebate if means-tested

24 June 2011 - 4:09pm
Some 740,000 high-income earners will lose the 30 per cent private health insurance rebate if the means test is passed.

Young women less susceptible to common cold: study

24 June 2011 - 3:53pm
Scientists in Queensland have found important new information about how the immune system reacts to rhinoviruses - the viruses that usually cause the common cold.

Should Australia's legal drinking age be 21?

24 June 2011 - 1:47pm
An inquiry into the impact of WA's booze culture has sparked calls for Australia's legal drinking age to be raised to 21.

Wind farm report fails to cool capital debate

24 June 2011 - 11:34am
A Senate Committee report on the impact of wind farms has done little to dampen a heated debate about the health effects of turbines in the Canberra region.

Missy Elliott has thyroid disease

24 June 2011 - 11:32am
Rap star Missy Elliott says she has Graves disease, a thyroid problem that caused her hair to fall out and shut down her nervous system.

Family sues over flu vaccine reaction

24 June 2011 - 10:32am
A Perth couple whose infant daughter was severely disabled after having a flu vaccine is launching legal action against an Australian pharmaceutical company.

Committee hears emotional evidence about wind farms

24 June 2011 - 9:49am
A Senate committee has called for scientific research into the effects of wind farms on human health.