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Supervised drinking in family homes backfiring, researchers say

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
Parents who give their children alcohol in the hope that it encourages responsible consumption are being warned against the practice, following new research.

Pinch of saffron goes a long way for Gippsland spice farmer

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
A city slicker's coffee shop stop sparked the idea to grow saffron in the highly productive pastures of Gippsland, Victoria.

'Soothing to the soul': Adelaide's new hospital wows visitors

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
The public steps inside the doors of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital on booked-out tours, with one former nurse declaring it will attract staff from across Australia with its new technology, teaching facilities and modern design.

Why many women with 'high-functioning' autism are left undiagnosed

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
Many women with so-called "high-functioning" autism are likely being left undiagnosed, a situation which has wide-ranging consequences for their wellbeing.

How to be more neighbourly to elderly people

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
This week an elderly couple were found dead in their home after a neighbour raised the alarm with police. It is sadly a common situation but one that can be reduced if people take the time.

What the first double hand transplant recipient wants to do with his hands

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
Zion Harvey says he's still the same kid despite having a world-first double hand transplant.

The ins and outs of wearing contact lenses

ABC Australia - 20/07/2017
Contact lenses are a lifesaver for many people, but there are risks with sticking pieces of plastic in your eyes. So here's some dos and don'ts.

Why surgery for early-stage prostate cancer doesn't save lives

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Many men live with prostate cancer rather than die from it. Here's the evidence for why they shouldn't jump to surgery.

Nom de womb: What nickname did you give your unborn baby?

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Giving a nickname or alias to your unborn baby is a way expectant parents start bonding with their child; they can be funny, cute and just a little on the weird side.

Police rescue woman, dog after car driven onto beach

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
An elderly woman who drove her car onto the sand at Henley Beach in Adelaide's west is detained under the mental health act, police say.

Training hospitality workers to understand allergies

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
As the number of Australians with severe food allergies rises, so too has the number of restaurant diners suffering food-induced anaphylaxis.

Is Obamacare now going to fail?

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Donald Trump is now predicting that, if left in place, the entire Obamacare model will fall apart. But can that happen and, if so, how?

An independent life ended with a lonely death: I fear the same fate for my mother

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
A chill ran through me when I read about Anne Iddon, a blind woman who apparently died of starvation and dehydration after her husband and carer passed away. Their bodies lay in their Sydney home for weeks before being found. Could the same thing happen to my mother? Stephanie Wood writes.

Plumber back on the tools after brush with flesh-eating bug

ABC Australia - 19/07/2017
Standing knee-deep in septic tanks never cost plumber Mick Albanese a sick day in 42 years, but a spot of gardening nearly cost him his life.

Meet Dimi, one of the miracles in the Royal's newborn ICU

ABC Australia - 18/07/2017
The Royal Hospital for Women's intensive care unit for newborns cares for 44 infants at any one time, like tiny Dimitra who was born at just 25 weeks and weighing less than a kilogram.

Changing your mindset could change your life. Science says so

ABC Australia - 18/07/2017
Our day-to-day responsibilities can sometimes interfere with our plans and hopes for a happier, healthier life. But the solution is all in the mind, writes Sophie Scott.

All in the mind

ABC Australia - 18/07/2017

Superbug report reveals rise in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea

ABC Australia - 18/07/2017
More than 1,000 cases of almost-untreatable superbugs were reported in Australia in the 12 months to March this year, with authorities saying they are surprised by the drastic increase in treatment-resistant gonorrhoea.

'Breakthrough' drug to fight viruses by suppressing inflammation, researchers say

ABC Australia - 18/07/2017
A team of university researchers say they are on the cusp of clinical trials for a "breakthrough" drug to help the immune system fight viruses and negate the need for some vaccinations.