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The harsh reality of life on a COVID ward

The harsh reality of life on a COVID ward

“The lungs become more inflamed, leading to breathing difficulties. Fatigue and high fevers are common. Everyone is absolutely miserable.”

  • by Steven Tong

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Feared case surge in Victorian hospitals would demand ICU overhaul

Feared case surge in Victorian hospitals would demand ICU overhaul

The prediction came as Premier Daniel Andrews walked back a pledge to establish 4000 extra ICU beds in the state.

  • by Aisha Dow, Paul Sakkal and Melissa Cunningham
Concussion is rising in community footy, with kids bearing the brunt

Concussion is rising in community footy, with kids bearing the brunt

Today on Please Explain, sports reporter Peter Ryan joins Bianca Hall to talk about the crisis hitting club competition.

  • by Bianca Hall
‘It doesn’t mean I’m stupid’: Dementia rates set to double

‘It doesn’t mean I’m stupid’: Dementia rates set to double

The number of people living with dementia - the biggest killer of women in Australia - will double by 2058, putting pressure on budgets and carers.

  • by Julie Power
Unprecedented rise in IVF success rate, but multiple births fall to record low
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Unprecedented rise in IVF success rate, but multiple births fall to record low

The number of twins and triplets born to women undergoing IVF has fallen to a record low over the past decade, while the live birth rate continues to climb particularly when using frozen embryos. 

  • by Lucy Carroll
‘Hard to get a patient to come in’: Vital screening drops 30 per cent
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‘Hard to get a patient to come in’: Vital screening drops 30 per cent

Doctors are warning that Sydneysiders are delaying crucial screening and blood tests as the city’s lockdown keeps people away from regular checkups and medical appointments.

  • by Lucy Carroll and Mary Ward
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Ventilation critical to combat spread of COVID

Ventilation critical to combat spread of COVID

Australia urgently needs a national taskforce to elevate ventilation and air quality management to the equivalent of vaccination.

  • by Ted Baillieu
Nursing crisis in Australia can no longer be ignored
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Nursing crisis in Australia can no longer be ignored

As the pandemic ramps up pressure on already exhausted healthcare workers, the time has come for a national reckoning on nursing in Australia.

  • by Kylie Ward
Midwives to learn fate over manslaughter charges stemming from 2012 home birth

Midwives to learn fate over manslaughter charges stemming from 2012 home birth

Caroline Lovell’s death after a home birth will continue to be examined in court this week as the two midwives who oversaw the birth face allegations they were criminally negligent.

  • by Adam Cooper and Simone Fox Koob
Struck-off doctor hit with temporary further ban after Age reporting
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Struck-off doctor hit with temporary further ban after Age reporting

Malcolm Traill, who had been working for a complementary medicine provider, has been temporarily banned from offering any health services while an official investigation is under way.

  • by Liam Mannix
Pubs could reopen before schools: Expert says children should return to class sooner

Pubs could reopen before schools: Expert says children should return to class sooner

The NSW government plans to have the first groups of children returning to school on October 25 and all students back by November 8; up to three weeks after vaccinated adults could return to pubs.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos