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New 3D printer set to 'turbocharge' fight against cancer

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An Australian innovation in 3D printing could soon help in the fight against cancer. Key points The 3D bio-printer can rapidly print human cells to help with testing cancer drugs Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar is financially backing the start-up behind the technology It's hoped the technology will eventually grow skin, tis...

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Your poo is (mostly) alive. Here's what's in it

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If you've ever thought your poo is just a bunch of dead cells, think again. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes. Here's what studies in healthy adults reveal makes up our poo. Water Our faeces is largely (75 per cent) made up of water, although this differs from person to person. Vegetarians have a higher wate...

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'Arrogant' private health changes could hit less wealthy hard

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Big changes are coming to private health insurance that are meant to make things simpler but doctors and patients say Australians could be caught out by the new four-tier system. "I don't think they're going to simplify anything at all, in fact I think they're going to make it more confusing," former health insurance lobbyi...

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Dementia and Alzheimer's: What Are the Differences?

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease gets worse with time and aff...

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Five people die from overdoses every day

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Sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs have become the nation's "silent killers", with the number of people dying from the prescription drugs more than doubling in a decade. That's the warning in a new report that found five people a day are now dying from a drug overdose, with middle-aged people the most likely victims. Th...

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Five things you need to know about Natural Medicines

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Natural medicines are playing a more integral part in the pharmacy, hospital and clinical decision-making process, but what are they and how are they relevant to today’s healthcare ecosystem? In this article, we take a look at five fundamental things you need to know about natural medicines. 1. Natural medicines are regulated in Austral...

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Genetic model offers elegant tool for testing Parkinson's disease therapies

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For the past decade, Parkinson's disease researchers have relied on the experimental equivalent of using a sledgehammer to tune a guitar to test new therapies for the disease. This may be a reason clinical trials of promising neuroprotective drugs fail. But, in new research published today in Nature Parkinson's Disease, University of Britis...

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New type 1 diabetes therapy shows promise for long-term reversal in both humans, dogs

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What if instead of daily insulin injections or wearing pumps, just getting a shot every few months could reverse Type 1 diabetes for you -- or your dog? It might take ushering in healthy pancreatic cells like a Trojan horse. The Trojan horse, in this case, would be collagen, a protein that the body already makes for building muscles, bones,...

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Will the territories ever be able to legalise voluntary euthanasia?

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Voluntary euthanasia will not be legal in the national capital for the foreseeable future, with a Senate bill voted down last night. The bill would have allowed the ACT and Northern Territory to legislate on the issue, something they are currently banned from doing. But it was narrowly defeated, 36 votes to 34. How did we get here? The ...

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Melbourne researchers develop new anti-cancer drugs which put cancers to sleep… permanently

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Australian scientists have taken a "major step forward" in the world of cancer research with the discovery of a new type of drug that can put cancer cells in animals into a permanent state of sleep. Key points: Cancer cells treated with the drugs "are not dead but they can no longer divide and proliferate" The d...

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