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Stop 'starving' patients: anaesthetist 06-07-2015

There's a call for new guidelines so hospital patients are not starved unnecessarily for hours on end before surgery. Subjecting patients to "nil by mouth" before surgery can do more harm than good to their recovery, says an anaesthe

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Easy on the triple-zero calls: paramedics 06-07-2015

A social media campaign will encourage people in NSW to save triple-zero calls for genuine life-threatening emergencies. NSW paramedics have taken to social media to encourage people not to bother triple-zero with calls about minor health issues d

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  • Stop 'starving' patients: anaesthetist 06-07-2015

    There's a call for new guidelines so hospital patients are not starved unnecessarily for hours on end before surgery. Subjecting patients to "nil by mouth" before surgery can do more harm than good to their recovery, says an anaesthe

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  • Easy on the triple-zero calls: paramedics 06-07-2015

    A social media campaign will encourage people in NSW to save triple-zero calls for genuine life-threatening emergencies. NSW paramedics have taken to social media to encourage people not to bother triple-zero with calls about minor health issues d

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  • Experts criticise alcohol rehab scheme 06-07-2015

    The NT's mandatory alcohol rehab scheme is a 'highly dubious' way to solve public intoxication, say medical experts. Northern Territory's controversial mandatory alcohol rehabilitation scheme is not cost-effective and may be discri

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  • Dial-a-doctor service launch by Telstra 03-07-2015

    Telstra Health has launched a service to connect patients by phone or video to a doctor at any time of the day. Australians at home and abroad can now consult a GP by phone or video through a new 24-hour-a-day service launched by Telstra. Ready

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  • US sees first measles death in 12 years 03-07-2015

    The first US death from measles in 12 years has been announced by health authorities after a woman's fatal pneumonia was caused by the disease. Health authorities have announced the first US death from measles in 12 years, after an autopsy sho

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  • Perth ambulance ramping ban starts 02-07-2015

    An ambulance ramping ban at Royal Perth, Fiona Stanley and Sir Charles Gairdner hospitals has gone well on its first day, the WA health minister says. Emergency departments have not descended into chaos on the first day of an ambulance ramping ban

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  • Cuba's medical milestone 02-07-2015

    Mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis has been effectively eliminated in Cuba, the first country in the world to achieve the goal. Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphi

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  • Sleep 'not best escape from trauma' 02-07-2015

    Maybe having a good sleep after a traumatic event is not the way to avoid on-going stress disorders, scientists now say. Escaping into sleep may not be the right way of dealing with a traumatic experience, a study suggests. On the contrary, a p

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  • Breast cancer screening rates drop, despite new data on life saving benefits 01-07-2015

    Cancer Council is encouraging all eligible Australian women aged 50 to 74 to consider participating in the free BreastScreen program following the release of data showing a downward trend in participation. New figures from the Australian Institute

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  • New Australian health website launched 29-06-2015

    A new website aims to give Australians medically verified information on a range of health topics. There's a new doctor in town, but Australians only need to go online for a visit to get information about their health. A team of medical aca

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