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Gonorrhoea and syphilis on the rise in Melbourne

ABC Australia - 16/01/2018
Sexually transmitted diseases are spreading at alarming rates in Melbourne, and experts say the popularity of online dating could be fuelling the problem.

Man rips hole in his throat trying to stifle sneeze

ABC Australia - 15/01/2018
A British man ruptures his own throat trying to suppress a powerful sneeze, prompting doctors to warn against holding back when you feel your nose start to tickle.

Why our veins look blue when our blood is red

ABC Australia - 15/01/2018
Blood is red, and a surgeon will tell you our veins are too — they only look blue when we see them through our skin. But why?

Tap water at 'rundown' government welfare site in Hobart contaminated

ABC Australia - 15/01/2018
Child protection workers and mental health support staff at St Johns Park in Hobart are told not to drink the tap water in some buildings at the site due to excessive levels of copper, lead and nickel.

Why you should do your best to avoid hospitals in January

ABC Australia - 15/01/2018
New medical staff start in January and may not be as skilled or adept as their predecessors, meaning more things go wrong.

Islamic anti-vaxxers undermine campaign to prevent infectious disease

ABC Australia - 14/01/2018
Five-year-old Faris was killed by an infectious disease which was once a major problem in Australia, but a vaccination campaign to prevent the disease in Indonesia is being undermined by alternative health practitioners.

Descaling product named in baby bottle scare at Adelaide hospital

ABC Australia - 14/01/2018
SA Health releases the name of the product involved in a scare with babies' bottles at a northern Adelaide hospital, after a descaling product was connected to a bottle washer instead of detergent.

'Maybe I wouldn't have lost as much': Former ice addict pushes for intervention program

ABC Australia - 13/01/2018
Jasmine Wilson lost everything when she became addicted to ice and now she is lobbying to an intervention program instated to support users when they are at their most vulnerable.

Xavier

ABC Australia - 13/01/2018

Family finally gets answers from FASD diagnosis

ABC Australia - 13/01/2018
For years Sharon Wallace believed her grandson Xavier's erratic, aggressive behaviour was because he lacked discipline, but a recent diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder has finally provided the Queensland grandmother with answers.

'Against health and dignity': Courtside models win sexual discrimination fight

ABC Australia - 13/01/2018
Massive fines of up to $287,000 are handed down after courtside models revealed the extent of the health issues suffered from a combination of cold weather and skimpy outfits at the Barcelona Open.

Reason for fresh meningococcal W outbreak among Aboriginal children a mystery

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018
Doctors have launched an investigation, and a fresh vaccination campaign, in Western Australia's Goldfields after four Aboriginal children were diagnosed with meningococcal W in the past six months.

Bonita De Brincat

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018

Irritated eye

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018

Yes, your eyes can get sunburned

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018
Eye sunburn is real, and it can be very painful. Optometrists say kids are most at risk. Here's how to protect yourself and your family.

The 'sober generation': Aussie teens snubbing booze and cigarettes, researchers say

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018
Teenagers are turning away from alcohol and other substances so much so that researchers studying the change in attitude have labelled this the "sober generation".

The Facebook page that brings sunshine to dairy farmers

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018
It can be tough out there on the land, but a social media platform that emphasises the positives has been embraced by thousands of farmers across the country.

The cost of having a baby has skyrocketed 1,000pc in 25 years

ABC Australia - 12/01/2018
Some Australian parents are paying 1,000 per cent more out of their own pockets to have a baby than they did 25 years ago, a new report says, with experts predicting the high cost will push people away from private treatment and put more pressure on the public system.

Heat stroke likely to have killed PNG rugby star Kato Ottio

ABC Australia - 11/01/2018
Massive crowds are expected to turn out for the funeral of Papua New Guinea's rising rugby league star, Katio Ottio who died suddenly this week, aged just 23.

AIDS activists mourn death of grandmother who lent her voice to a global movement

ABC Australia - 11/01/2018
During the darkest days of the South Africa's AIDS epidemic, Lucia Mazibuko felt ashamed to walk down her own street. Her remarkable life inspired people around the world, and her death has sparked an outpouring of grief.