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Bupa aged care boss vows snap inspections of nursing homes

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The head of Bupa’s aged care operation has promised to make surprise visits to some of the company’s embattled residential centres alongside a public advocate, to “find out the truth” of what’s happening. Bupa aged care managing director Suzanne Dvorak made the undertaking to Stewart Johnston at a meeting in Melbour...

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A tangled web: as a new doctor it was easy to be influenced by the opioid industry

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As another anniversary of his wife’s death approaches, an acquaintance says it’s easier to explain to his children her untimely death with “Mummy’s heart just stopped beating” than to invoke the spectre of her hidden opioid dependence that even he had not known about until the paramedics came. Pierced by this story and...

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Embarrassment may be putting Australian women at greater risk of developing cervical cancer

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Feelings of embarrassment may be putting Australian women at greater risk of developing cervical cancer. A third of women put off cervical screening because they feel awkward, research finds A national campaign has been launched to increase screening rates across the country Australia is on track for elimination, but experts say more work...

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Chronic pain sufferers 'not believed', with most saying they face stigma over the condition

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  Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Video: 'It's put significant strain on my relationship and affected all parts of my life' (ABC News) Related Story: Cannabis does not reduce chronic pain, major study finds Related Story: Chronic p...

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Hot, wet start to Summer sees fly numbers boom across Australia

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No matter how much you swat, wave, yell, or occasionally swallow flies, their persistence always beats yours. And tropical to start to summer for most of the country has provided the perfect breeding conditions for these pesky insects. Associate Professor James Wallman from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong said f...

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Aged care Royal Commission to examine use of restraints on patients after cases in NSW, Victoria

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The use of chemical and physical restraints in nursing homes in two cases highlighted by the ABC was "totally unacceptable", Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has said.   Key points: Ken Wyatt says he is glad the royal commission will look into cases like the ones exposed by the ABC Aged and Community Services Aust...

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Heart attack risk factors

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Your risk of having a heart attack or stroke Knowing your risks is the first step to avoiding a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians, but it can mostly be prevented.  There’s no one cause for heart disease, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing it. ...

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How oral allergy syndrome, a form of food allergy, may be linked to your spring hay fever attacks

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Key points: Oral allergy syndrome occurs when foods prompt an allergic reaction The symptoms can mimic those of pollen allergies that cause hay fever Extreme reactions can include anaphylaxis, when the throat swells and closes up  Nikki Atack hasn't eaten raw fruit or vegetables for more than a year because she fears...

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Walking isn't just good for you — it's good for the economy

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It's a truism that walking — as with most forms of exercise — is good for you. John Howard credited his longevity as PM, in part, to daily walks; Albert Einstein walked to sharpen his mind; writer Henry David Thoreau needed four hours a day to preserve his "health and spirits". But walking isn't just good for you...

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Households advised to run taps for 30 seconds amid lead poisoning fears.

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Households have been officially advised to run their taps for at least 30 seconds in the morning amid lead poisoning fears. Australian households have been officially advised to run their taps for at least 30 seconds in the morning amid fears of lead poisoning from plumbing products. The alert was issued in July by enHealth — a standing...

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