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  • Beds face axe under plan for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

    1 March 2014 10:22 AM 6

    ONE of WA’s biggest hospitals will lose at least 8 per cent of its beds under a plan to get patients in and out quicker. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital workers were this week told 81 full-time jobs would be lost as part of a bid to reduce “length of stay” at the hospital. The Sunday Times has learnt staff were also told this would require closing hospital

  • Teams set to put best foot forward in Relay for Life

    1 March 2014 4:56 AM 13

    He wasn't even participating - he was delivering coffee to his sister Karen Mills and her friend Mandy Workman on the Saturday afternoon of the weekend-long event. After dropping off the coffee he went home, but returned at dusk to take part in a candlelight remembrance ceremony for cancer victims - of which there are many in his family - and ended up walking

  • Johns Hopkins doctors remove baby's brain tumor that contained teeth

    1 March 2014 12:16 AM 11

    Unusual find could lead to further research Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital have removed a rare tumor that contained several fully grown teeth from a baby boy's brain. The tumor was found in the then-4-month-old from West Virginia in 2012 after a pediatrician noticed that his head was unusually large for his age. Doctors wrote about the findings in an article

  • Lincolnshire school crowned 'School of the month' by Jamie's Oliver's project

    28 February 2014 9:11 PM 8

    Washingborough Academy was recently named ‘School of the Month’ by TV chef Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project. Representatives from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the Food for Life Partnership will be visiting the school on Tuesday March 4. Since September 2012, Washingborough has been a part of Jamie's Learn Your Fruit and Vegetables programme

  • Men with prostate cancer wait longer for surgery than women with breast cancer

    28 February 2014 1:06 PM 38

    AUSTRALIAN blokes are suffering from a shocking gender gap in treatment for deadly cancers, with half of men who need prostate surgery waiting more than four months compared to just days for women with breast cancer. More men die from prostate cancer each year (3,235) than women who die from breast cancer (2864) but a News Corp Australia investigation

  • Prisoners write letters to their younger selves in photographic campaign, Reflect, by Trent Bell

    28 February 2014 1:56 AM 8

    One photographer has asked the people who can teach us the biggest lessons in life; prisoners. It all began in 2009, when Trent Bell discovered a close friend had “made some bad choices” and was sentenced to 36 years in jail. According to Bell, his friend was an educated professional, a husband and a father. It got Bell thinking about the kinds of decisions

  • Cannabis can kill, German study reveals

    27 February 2014 1:02 AM 13

    Scientists at University Hospital Dusseldorf conducted a study on 15 people whose deaths were linked to marijuana use, and found two men who died from cannabis poisoning alone. Both men died of cardiac arrhythmia, when the heart beats too fast or too slow, and the scientists concluded this was solely due to cannabis use, New Scientist reports

  • On being treated well: reforming Medicare after 30 years

    26 February 2014 11:02 PM 13

    Treasurer Joe Hockey and health minister Peter Dutton have been in overdrive this past week lowering expectations for the May budget and reminding Australians that its 30-year-old Medicare system is “unsustainable” and, if we’re not careful, Australia will run out of money to pay for health care. Health minister Peter Dutton said he wanted to start a conversation

  • Quit groups want ban on cigarette vending machines and tobacco price boards at shops

    26 February 2014 9:19 PM 21

    FOUR of Victoria’s leading health groups are demanding a ban on cigarette vending machines and tobacco price boards at shops. Quit, the Cancer Council, the Heart Foundation and the Australian Medical Association are also calling for the abolition of exemptions to a ban on the retail display of cigarettes for the state’s 145 specialist tobacco retailers

  • Childhood obesity rate has been cut nearly in half over the past decade but teens and adults are as fat as ever

    26 February 2014 8:28 PM 13

    The rate of obesity in pre-school age children has been cut nearly in half but the number of overweight teens and adults has not changed dramatically in a decade. More than a third of U.S. adults and 17 per cent of kids and teens are obese but the only sign of a positive change has come through younger generations. Only preschool-age children show signs