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Anaesthetic services suspended at regional NSW hospital after doctors found practising without proper supervision

A country NSW MP says he had been contacted by patients whose elective surgeries were suddenly cancelled by the hospital without any explanation.
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Doctors in surgical gear performing an operation.

Increased hospital admissions due to party drug prompt warning recent batches may have unknown additives

There have been 20 serious overdoses related to GHB consumption treated in Gold Coast hospitals in the past two weeks with doctors concerned the drug may contain lethal toxic additives.
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GHB liquid fantasy

analysis:Did your dog dig in asbestos-laden mulch? Here are the risks — and what to do next

Disturbing news has emerged about mulch containing asbestos in parks, schools and homes in NSW and possibly Canberra, with concern over the risk to human health. But dogs love to sniff, dig and roll on the ground — placing them at risk, too, writes Chiara Palmieri.
A sign says possible asbestos and a dog walks along a path

Women work out like their lives depend on it in bid to make kidney transplant list

Alice Springs has some of the highest rates of chronic kidney disease in the country but patients face huge challenges to qualify for organ donations.
Four women with workout gear

From skiing to football, rugby and equestrian — what is Australia's most dangerous sport?

Australians know they are accepting a certain level of risk every time they step onto a sporting field. But when playing sport leads to death, society's tolerance and the sport's social licence is tested.   
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A three-panel split image showing a young man in a cricket cap, a woman riding a jumping horse, and a water-skier.

Jamahl was non-verbal before he started kindergarten. This year he's school captain

Over the years, Jamahl Ali has thrived with support from his teachers, family and therapists. Now this boy with "a very kind heart" is leading his peers at Toronto Public School.
Jamahl and his mum Shanna hug in front of a rainbow wall at the school

Hundreds of grape growers being paid 1970s rates at breaking point in Australia's largest wine region

Growers in South Australia's Riverland will gather at a crisis meeting as warm inland wine regions are pushed to breaking point by 1970s prices for their grapes.
Older fair-skinned man, Ray, in beige hat and glasses frowns in front of his vineyard.

Kids are spending big on skincare not meant for them and the risk of damage is real

Social media is alive with "skinfluencers" sharing beauty routines, promoting products and posting wildly popular "get ready with me" videos, and tweens and teens are paying close attention.
A teen with a towel on her head putting cream her cheeks, against a blue-apricot starburst background, with beauty products.

Australian researchers' world-leading artificial heart began with a trip to the hardware store

Australian scientists are developing a long-term artificial heart, with the federal government announcing a grant of $50 million towards the revolutionary project.
Associate Professor Shaun Gregory hands holding his artificial heart device

Psychedelics can be used to treat mental health conditions but one doctor's social media moment has caused concern

In 2023 Australia's TGA made the decision to take some psychedelic drugs off the prohibited list but the medical fraternity is split over the expectation of what they can do for people versus the reality of prescribing them.
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Mushrooms lay on a white surface.

Why the AFP is alleging a mum-of-four is a key figure in a 'transnational crime syndicate'

The 41-year-old businesswoman was arrested at her multi-million-dollar acreage home in Brisbane's south last month and charged in connection with an attempt to traffic drugs from Papua New Guinea into Queensland.
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large yellow bags laid out on the tarmac in front of a light plane

'It's pretty frightening': Three bodies found in two Sydney locations as police treat them as linked

The body of a man was located in Baulkham Hills, while two other bodies, a woman and a child, were found inside a martial arts studio in North Parramatta.
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police tape and emergency vehicles

Dangerous asbestos detected at popular Sydney park as more contaminated sites revealed

Bicentennial Park, an aged care facility, a parish and a private residence are among new sites that have tested positive for asbestos in Sydney.
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Path leading to Tree area and mulch fenced off at Bicentennial Park 1, Glebe

The rejection rollercoaster. Why does it hurt so much and can it actually be good for us?

Rejection and its painful aftermath is an unavoidable part of life, but have you ever wondered why some people are able to bounce back and move on, while others endure its lifelong impact?
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A male stone with drawn on feet and legs hands over a red heart to a female stone with drawn on hair, legs and arms

Australians are accidentally taking drugs 100 times stronger than morphine. Is pill testing the answer?

Synthetic drugs are circulating in Australia, increasing the risk of overdose and poisoning. Experts say more pill testing could help. 
A scientist testing a pill-like substance.

analysis:How the Taylor Swift effect is changing sports fandom

As Taylor Swift takes over Australia in her Eras Tour, her presence in the NFL has brought more girls and women into the game, but it hasn't changed the harsh reality of the culture in many men's professional sports, writes Kasey Symons. 
A male NFL player engages hugs girlfriend inside a stadium, with cheering fans, cameras and confetti surrounding them

Former cop finds new life after moving from career focused on crime to one that's all about creativity

For 20 years, the police force was Maggie Deall's identity. But when she was medically discharged in 2021, she says she was left without a sense of self.
a woman smiling with various colourful paintings situated behind her

Fasting is an important part of Ramadan — but what if you have diabetes?

Anwar Deen has avoided fasting during Ramadan because of her diabetes, but with the help of a unique clinic south of Brisbane, she'll be able to safely this year.
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Anwar Deen preparing samosas at home

Queensland's police commissioner outlines huge increase in DV occurrences as she resigns

Katarina Carroll was appointed police commissioner in 2019 becoming the first woman to hold the role in Queensland after serving as the commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.
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Police commissioner Katarina Carroll addresses the media while dressed in uniform

Julian Assange is about to face his last fight for freedom. Here's how we got here

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face a last-ditch legal challenge this week to stop his extradition from Britain to the US, in what his wife has described as a matter of life or death.
Assange, seen here looking much younger, holds up the newspaper which reads massive leak of secret fules exposes true Afghan war

Tim thought he had 'a little flu', but four years later he can no longer hold down a job

Tim Stannard says he's had long COVID for four years and can no longer hold down a job. Experts say patients feel let down by the government's response to a parliamentary inquiry into the disease, calling it a "missed opportunity".
Tim Stannard stands in front of a lamp and picture in his loung room.

ACT and Queensland now testing mulch for asbestos as contamination concerns spread

Asbestos, it seems, is everywhere around Sydney at the moment. 7.30 went to industry insiders to find out why. The answer according to someone else who owns a similar business is a "major let-down in processes".
A sign on a fence says 'asbestos'.

Major supermarket chain accused of 'deceptive' labelling on homebrand Tasmanian gin

You might not have noticed, but Australia's biggest liquor retailers are now selling vast numbers of their own private-label wine, beer and pre-mixes. It's leading to concerns about a further concentration of market power. 
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two bottles of gin side by side

NSW Premier Chris Minns hasn't had a drink for two years. He says it's been 'life-changing'

After "leaning on" alcohol during COVID, Mr Minns decided to try to stop drinking for a month. He soon discovered not drinking led to "massive positive change" in his life.
Premier Chris Minns in a blazer and blue tie

Another school, supermarket among new sites identified as Sydney asbestos debacle grows

The NSW Environment Protection Agency said that 41 sites have been identified as having bonded asbestos, with 683 tests returning negative results since last month.
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Fence with a danger asbestos sign at the Rozelle Parklands as the clean up continues

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