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Charlie Sheen’s HIV confession: HIV back in the spotlight

By Bennet Nichol Famous television and movie star, Charlie Sheen has announced he is HIV positive in an interview with Today host Matt Lauer. Sheen admitted that he has been diagnosed since 2011, and has been receiving treatment for four years. Sheen hopes that he can help push for a cure for the virus, which affects millions of people globally. “If there was one guy on this planet to [...]

Chickenpox and shingles cases on the rise

The number of chickenpox and shingles cases are rising at such a rapid rate, health authorities fear they will reach record numbers by the end of this year. The number of cases have risen 13 per cent across the entire state with 5509 people diagnosed in the past 12 months. During the same time last year there had been 4873 cases. The vaccine-preventable diseases have appeared in [...]

WHO: Processed meats could cause cancer

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By Bennet Nichol Bacon, sausages, ham and other processed meats increase the likelihood of cancer according to World Health Organisation (WHO) experts. An International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) report states that the consumption of processed meat greatly increases the risks of colorectal cancer, placing it in the same category as smoking tobacco. “The experts concluded [...]

3D CT scanner revolutionises surgery

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By Bennet Nichol A Perth Hospital is the first in Australia to use a 3D CT scanner, which could revolutionise dangerous or complex surgeries. The portable scanner provides surgeons with a real time 3D model of the patient, and replaces the need for 2D X-ray images which expose patients to significant radiation. Neurosurgeon Andrew Miles told the ABC during a preview of the scanner at [...]
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