Qld women charged over horse drug ‘theft’

News.com.au AAP May 22, 2015

QUEENSLAND detectives have recovered a stash of drugs used to euthanase horses after two cars were stolen from a veterinary hospital.
POLICE allege two women, aged 28 and 29, stole two cars from the business west of Brisbane over two nights in late April.
The vehicles contained an emergency medical supply of 20 intravenous drugs, including an analgesic and two potent sedatives.

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Cane farmers cutting the flow of chemicals to Great Barrier Reef

News.com.au Peter Michael, Brian Williams May 22, 2015

FARMERS say the run-off of reef-damaging fertiliser and pesticide has been slashed by at least 25 per cent over the past 50 years.
Third-generation Ingham cane farmer Jeffrey Cantamessa, 58, said he had seen a significant improvement since he was a boy.
Mr Cantamessa, who lives on the banks of the mighty Herbert River that empties into the inner Great Barrier Reef, said the state’s 4000 cane farmers in the $2 billion-a-year industry had largely been blamed for poor water quality and destruction of half the Reef over the past 30 years.

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‘Ice’ forum hears fears drug use in Cape York Indigenous communities going undetected

ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow 22 May 2015

An Aboriginal health service says the drug ‘ice’ has the potential to have worse effects than foetal alcohol syndrome in Indigenous communities.
The Federal Government hosted an ice forum yesterday in Cairns, in far north Queensland, which will be used to help a new national taskforce make recommendations to deal with the drug.
The Apunimpima Cape York Health Council was one of about 40 organisations to attend yesterday’s forum.

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Boy jailed for stabbing schoolmate over jar of marshmallow spread sentenced

The Courier Mail Tom Snowdon May 22, 2015

A BOY who stabbed a fellow student in the neck during a fight over a jar of marshmallow spread at a Brisbane school has been sentenced to three years’ jail.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard the child, who was 14 at the time of the incident in 2013, sounded distraught when he called triple-0 directly after he stabbed the victim at Mt Maria College in Mitchelton.
Justice Jean Dalton took this into account when handing down the boy’s sentence. She also acknowledged his good behaviour since his time in custody and the fact he had no prior convictions.

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Man who fired spear gun at Innisfail policeman in 2013 jailed with immediate parole

ABC News Kirsty Nancarrow 22 May 2015

A far north Queensland man has been sentenced to three years’ jail, with immediate parole, over an attack on a police officer in December 2013.
In the District Court in Cairns, William Chinfat, 47, pleaded guilty to serious assault occasioning bodily harm and serious assault whilst armed.

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Quarter of skin ‘on road to cancer’

BBC News

More than a quarter of a middle-aged person’s skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.
Analysis of samples from 55- to 73-year-olds found more than 100 DNA mutations linked to cancer in every 1 sq cm (0.1 sq in) of skin.
The team, at the Sanger Institute, near Cambridge, said the results were “surprising”.
Experts said prevention was the best defence against damage from the Sun.
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers.

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Family breast cancer ‘as treatable’ as other tumours

BBC News 20 May 2015

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, having a strong family history of the condition does not worsen your prognosis, researchers have discovered.
Experts say the British Journal of Surgery findings offer reassurance to women with this hereditary risk.
Although inherited genes increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer, they do not make the disease harder to treat successfully, the research shows.
The authors looked at the outcomes of nearly 3,000 UK breast cancer patients.
All the women in the study developed cancer before the age of 41. Around two-thirds said they had no family history of the disease while the remaining third said they did.

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Link to full-text article in BJS