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Can tattoos or back hair protect you from the sun?

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
Slip, slop, slap… ink?… don't wax? Do things like tattoos and hair protect you from UV radiation?

Glaucoma researchers aiming for brighter future for patients

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
Schoolteacher Sebastian Cielens desperately hopes his children have not inherited his glaucoma, but is one of almost 300,000 Australians looking forward to a day when the disease may be curable.

Patient's four-day wait for bed at new Adelaide hospital 'completely unacceptable'

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital has been open for less than three months, but is facing renewed criticism after an SA Health executive revealed one patient was waiting for almost four days for a bed.

Is apple cider vinegar really a wonder food?

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
It makes a tasty dressing, but the health claims are overblown, writes Rosemary Stanton.

Our summer of betting isn't just harmless fun and shouldn't be promoted on TV

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
Welcome to the new world of gambling — a state of cyberspace where you can bet in privacy but you also suffer alone, writes Keith Garner.

Spat out wine tasting dregs distilled into craft spirit

ABC Australia - 24/11/2017
Would you drink something that's already been in a stranger's mouth? A Tassie distiller is hoping you will with his recycled spirit.

'Astounding' number of teens suffering dangerous allergic reactions

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
More than 40 per cent of adolescents with food allergies are having frequent allergic reactions, and 10 per cent of them are having possibly life-threatening anaphylactic attacks, according to findings that have surprised researchers.

'A national emergency': Deaths from prescription drug fentanyl up by 1,800pc

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
Deaths from the potent prescription drug fentanyl are rapidly increasing in Australia, with a senior doctor calling the trend a "national emergency".

Parks and Wildlife firefighters still without specific cancer compensation laws

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
There are calls to expand cancer compensation laws to include professional firefighters and crews working for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service and forestry authorities.

The next heated issue we need to talk about

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
The tide is turning on euthanasia and same-sex marriage, yet safe, legal abortion remains off-limits for Queensland and NSW. We need to prioritise women's safety, writes Jane Caro.

One Plus One: Rob Holt

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
Rob Holt was homeless for much of his life and turned to alcohol, drugs and violent crime. Now housed and on the road to rehabilitation, he’s educating corporations and individuals about life on the streets.

NT law restricting liquor shop floor space repealed

ABC Australia - 23/11/2017
Six months after the NT Labor Government legislated its bottle shop size limits, which effectively blocked liquor giant Dan Murphy's from setting up in Darwin, it repeals the legislation.

Bottoms up: Coffee drinking probably good for you, experts say

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
Drinking up to four cups of coffee a day is more likely to benefit than harm your health, experts say, after a review brings together more than 200 studies on the health impacts of the beverage.

Jobs picking worms from pig poo for fishing bait a challenge for NDIS

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
The workers are methodical as they pick the plumpest worms from manure to be sold as bait, but the National Disability Insurance Scheme threatens their jobs as it reforms employment options.

Glued to the mobile, but do children know how to use their phones in emergencies?

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
Parents are being urged to teach their kids how to call for help using a smartphone, with landlines on the decrease.

'Lifesaving' register of defibrillators launched in SA

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
Triple-0 operators will be able to direct callers to defibrillators at businesses and other publicly-accessible areas.

Why your vaginal microbiome is important

ABC Australia - 22/11/2017
The vagina is host to a dynamic ecosystem of microorganisms that play a key role in keeping women healthy.

Will microdermabrasion or skin needling give you better skin?

ABC Australia - 21/11/2017
For minor superficial complaints, microdermabrasion and skin needling aren't bad options, writes Cara McDonald from St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.

New website promises to be one-stop shop for cancer patients

ABC Australia - 21/11/2017
The largest database on Australian cancer has been launched online to provide patients, governments and health experts with every known statistic about the disease.

Freyja Christiansen's 'Wonderbot' is helping her return to school

ABC Australia - 21/11/2017
Six-year-old Freyja Christiansen is terminally ill and cannot physically set foot in her classroom, but her 'WonderBot' is here to help.