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High caffeine use linked to psychotic symptoms

21 June 2011 - 1:54pm
A new study has found that high caffeine use, combined with stress, can cause people to exhibit psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.

Man arrested for possession of Kronic

21 June 2011 - 1:45pm
Police have arrested a man for possession of the drug Kronic just five days after the synthetic cannabinoid was outlawed.

Govt to review laws on sperm destruction

21 June 2011 - 12:22pm
The Victorian Government will review laws which state stored sperm donations must be destroyed after ten years.

Hospital defies rules on sperm destruction

21 June 2011 - 8:05am
The Royal Women's Hospital is refusing to destroy stored frozen sperm in defiance of state laws.

Port Macquarie MP to Chair health committee

21 June 2011 - 7:25am
The Port Macquarie MP has been appointed as the Chair of a State Parliament health care complaints committee.

Australia lagging in foetal alcohol research

20 June 2011 - 8:42pm
The Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation is stepping up its efforts to tackle what it says is Australia's hidden disability - foetal alcohol disorder.

Australia to pay price for detainee compensation

20 June 2011 - 6:47pm
Ongoing welfare costs for asylum seekers could prove to be more expensive than compensation payouts.

Whooping cough warning for Riverina residents

20 June 2011 - 9:56am
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District is urging parents to immunise their children after a large increase in whooping cough cases.

Good and bad days for hospitals' four hour rule

20 June 2011 - 9:50am
The State Opposition say the government is misleading the public about the success of its four hour rule for hospital emergency departments.

IRC to finalise local NSW Health conditions

20 June 2011 - 7:28am
Local New South Wales Health staff will finalise a case to improve their wages and conditions, at a hearing in Broken Hill today.

Doctors urge screenings to prevent cytomegalovirus spread

19 June 2011 - 1:52pm
A new report has led to calls for routine screenings for an under-diagnosed viral infection that causes intellectual disabilities in babies.

101 workers faint at Puma factory

19 June 2011 - 6:07am
German sportswear giant Puma said long working hours and health and safety breaches were to blame for a mass fainting at one of its suppliers in Cambodia in April.

Stress takes toll on Japan's tsunami survivors

17 June 2011 - 9:26pm
Fears of a looming mental health crisis in Japan as survivors of the earthquake and tsunami struggle to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Calls for kidney disease screening program

17 June 2011 - 3:11pm
The number of Australian children with type 1 diabetes is already high by international standards, but the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates the number will jump a further 10 per cent by 2013.

Immediate ban on synthetic cannabis

17 June 2011 - 12:25pm
The SA Government says it introduced an immediate ban on synthetic cannabis, instead of legislating against it, to stop people stock-piling the drug.

Perth police close down kronic parties

17 June 2011 - 12:25pm
Police defend their decision to stop two Perth venues from hosting parties for users of the synthetic cannabis kronic overnight.

Vaccine leads to drop in cervical cancer cases

17 June 2011 - 9:54am
Researchers find a drop in the number of women diagnosed with the early stages of cervical cancer since the HPV vaccine was introduced.

Incentives for rural doctors not enough

17 June 2011 - 7:20am
The Rural Doctors Association says the current remote classification system does not provide enough incentives for doctors to work in regional areas.

Qld Health faces massive restructure with local networks

17 June 2011 - 7:02am
Health Minister Geoff Wilson says his department's radical new structure will allow for local decisions under a Queensland-wide policy.

Parliament allows magistrate to keep job

16 June 2011 - 7:49pm
The New South Wales Upper House has voted not to dismiss Sydney magistrate Jennifer Betts for misconduct.