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US still world's biggest cocaine market

24 June 2011 - 9:02am
A UN drugs report says the United States remains the biggest market for cocaine in the world, but European cocaine demand is rapidly catching up.

Patients kept in treatment areas overnight

24 June 2011 - 8:33am
Using treatment rooms as overnight accommodation for patients at Flinders Medical Centre has been defended by the South Australian Government.

Kronic ban risks black market boom

23 June 2011 - 11:03pm
Experts say a ban in Australia on synthetic cannabis or 'Kronic' could send the drug underground and onto the black market.

Health effects of wind turbines under spotlight

23 June 2011 - 7:41pm
A Senate committee investigating the effects of wind farms on health finds some residents near turbines have suffered ill effects.

Review says jury out on WorkCover changes

23 June 2011 - 12:00pm
A review says the effectiveness of changes to WorkCover implemented since 2008 are hard to assess due to legal challenges.

Bike helmet laws saving lives, say researchers

23 June 2011 - 9:26am
A group of Australian academics believe they have finally answered the question of whether bicycle helmets reduce head injuries.

Coroner finds chest pain diagnosis deficient

23 June 2011 - 8:24am
A coronial inquest into the death of a woman discharged from the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) after chest pain has found she could still be alive had there been a proper diagnosis.

Chronic disease clogs NSW hospitals

23 June 2011 - 8:04am
A new report has found New South Wales hospitals are being swamped by avoidable admissions of chronic disease patients.

Nurses: Kept in dark over pay rises

23 June 2011 - 5:39am
The New South Wales Nurses Association says far south coast Bega MP, Andrew Constance, failed to disclose the Government's wages plan during the election campaign.

Food lobby accused of blocking health reforms

23 June 2011 - 12:43am
Leading public health experts in Australia have accused the food and beverage lobby of having too much government influence and delaying action against diet-related diseases.

Regulator scathing of Australian vaccine maker

22 June 2011 - 9:43pm
The world's top drugs industry regulator accuses the Australian company that makes the flu vaccine of not doing enough to find out why it caused fever and convulsions in children.

Malaysia-bound detainees 'denied medical care'

22 June 2011 - 4:18pm
Asylum seekers on Christmas Island who are earmarked to be sent to Malaysia have been denied adequate access to medical care.

Hospital rehab equipment 'Third World'

22 June 2011 - 12:51pm
A patient at the Alice Springs Hospital has described its rehabilitation facilities as "Third World".

Mental health facility idle, says Opposition

22 June 2011 - 11:05am
The Opposition says a government-run 20-bed mental health facility in Adelaide is housing just one person.

US joins tobacco fight with new warnings

22 June 2011 - 9:34am
The United States has unveiled graphic new warning labels for cigarette packs.

Union reveals medication mistakes in aged care homes

22 June 2011 - 9:27am
The Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) says at least one aged care resident a week is being given the wrong medication.

Breast care nurse to join RFDS

22 June 2011 - 8:13am
The first flying breast care nurse in Australia will soon take to the skies, to support families in rural and remote communities.

Support group questions eating disorders treatment

22 June 2011 - 8:09am
An eating disorder support group says it is wary of a South Australian Government health care plan for sufferers.

Smoking during pregnancy linked to heart disease

22 June 2011 - 6:41am
Australian researchers have found evidence that women who smoke while pregnant affect their child's cardiovascular health for years to come.

There are political problems, and there are real problems

21 June 2011 - 3:30pm
In the House of Representatives last night, a report was tabled that gives us a pretty stern reminder of what real problems look like.