Health

Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows

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American study of people with early-stage disease adds to evicence about health impact of airborne toxins.. Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found… Source: Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients’ lives, research shows | Society | The Guardian Read More »

Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing

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Human rights group backs doctors on whistleblowing | Liberty Victoria A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres. Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention. Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development. The harsh laws were the subject of ... Read More »

Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth

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ADDRESSING horrendous rates of ear infection in Cape York children has been identified as key to reducing an over-representation of indigenous people in Queensland prisons. Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post The national spotlight has once again been shone on ­disproportionate rates of indigenous prisoner numbers, ­following an ABC Four Cornersepisode this week showing abuse of children in a Northern Territory juvenile detention centre… Source: Hearing key to reducing incarceration of Cape York youth | Cairns Post Read More »

Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court

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Section 42 carries a two-year jail term for anyone who makes an ‘unauthorised disclosure’ about conditions in the camps.. Doctors working in immigration detention are challenging the government’s contentious Border Force Act in the high court for their right to speak out publicly on behalf of the refugees and asylum seekers they treat… Source: Immigration detention doctors challenge Border Force Act’s secrecy clause in court | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’

Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in “fairly short order” if Congress acts quickly… Source: Zika vaccine: Congressional inaction could cause ‘tragedies that can last a lifetime’ Read More »

Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics… Source: Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

7,000+ Kenyans take a break from protests with yoga

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Stretching and downward-dogging, row after row of yoga enthusiasts chill from often-violent protests that have rocked Kenya… Source: 7,000+ Kenyans take a break from protests with yoga | World | Worldbulletin News Read More »

The World Could End AIDS if It Tried

The world has made so much progress in reducing the spread of AIDS and treating people with H.I.V. that the epidemic has receded from the public spotlight. Yet by any measure the disease remains a major threat — 1.1 million people died last yearfrom AIDS-related causes, and 2.1 million people were infected with the virus. And while deaths are down over the last five years, the number of new infections has essentially reached a plateau… Source: The World Could End ... Read More »

Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be as good with the dying as we are with death

Unbearable suffering and assisted suicide are far from the only options at the end of life.. Recently, I read Séamus O’Mahony’s occasionally grumpy, sometimes bleakly humorous and always thought-provoking book, The Way We Die Now. O’Mahony, a consultant physician in Cork University Hospital, is suspicious of the idea of the “good death”. It is not that he does not believe that it is possible. He provides several examples in his book. He is… Source: Breda O’Brien: Irish need to be ... Read More »

Brexit would worsen UK’s air pollution crisis, say experts

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A poll of environmental professionals showed most think the UK benefits from EU air pollution rules.. The UK’s air pollution crisis would get worse if the country votes to leave the European Union, according to a new poll of environment professionals. The UK already has levels of air pollution above legal EU limits in many cities, resulting in 40,000 early deaths a year, while ministers are… Source: Brexit would worsen UK’s air pollution crisis, say experts | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Referendum required as UN move confirms abortion law is unsustainable

Human Rights Committee decision underlines Eighth Amendment is incompatible with human rights.. Ιn a decision that will not have come as a surprise to those who are attentive to either international human rights law or abortion law in Ireland, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that a woman’s rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were violated by her having to travel for an abortion in a situation of fatal foetal abnormality… Source: Referendum required as ... Read More »

Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears

Japan has temporarily stopped accepting live feeder and breeder cattle exports from Australia after a number of animals tested positive for bovine Johne’s disease… Source: Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears Read More »

Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug.. Minister for Health Simon Harris says he intends to discuss with his European colleagues in the coming weeks the potential to jointly purchase new drugs in order to reduce costs… Source: Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs Read More »

Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms

Ayu vomits every year while harvesting tobacco on her family’s farm near Garut in West Java. She is one of hundreds of children believed to be poisoned by their work… Source: Poisoned at work: 13-year-old among hundreds sickened on tobacco farms Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »