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Essure device class action

Australian women who’ve suffered severe complications from the contraceptive implant Essure are joining a class action against pharmaceutical giant Bayer which manufactured the device. Dozens of women have contacted law firm Slater and Gordon, which hopes to take the case to court before Christmas. The device was recalled by Bayer …

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Cold sore virus

A HEARTBROKEN couple are raising awareness about how a common cold sore virus can be lethal to newborn children. James de Malplaquet and Sarah Higson’s son Kit died at just 13 days old of the virus which is easily passed on by any touch or kiss,The Sun reports. Kit was …

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How to fall asleep

EARLIER this month mattress company Koala posted a task to community platform Airtasker, offering to pay someone $1000 to sleep. Within a week of the “task” being live, there were 1375 applicants keen to be paid to be a “horizontal integration specialist”. There were even more comments from people wanting …

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Fabry disease

HE IS a 25-year-old man, but he is trapped in a child’s body, suffering from a rare disease which gives him the appearance of a 12-year-old boy. Tomasz Nadolski, from Poland, suffers from a rare genetic condition known as Fabry disease. “I am 25 years old and I would like …

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A lack of sleep is slowly killing you

AUSTRALIANS aren’t getting nearly enough sleep each night — and it’s slowly killing us. Experts have warned of the major health, social and economic consequences of inadequate sleep, saying many people are suffering a kind of permanent jet lag as a result. It also leads to lower productivity and can …

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You Can’t Ask That

“I HEAR voices all the time. Even just sitting here.” Schizophrenia, like many mental illnesses, is a widely misunderstood diagnosis that carries a harsh stigma. Some of the common misconceptions include believing everyone with schizophrenia has voices in their heads telling them to hurt people, or that they are all …

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Meat Allergy Tick

WHILE some people have stopped eating meat for health reasons, others simply don’t have a choice. That’s thanks to a nasty tick that’s found in certain ‘hot spots’ in Australia including Sydney’s northern beaches, the hinterland around Noosa in Queensland, and the South Coast of New South Wales. The life-threatening …

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