Australian scientists look to past to beat antibiotic resistance

ABC News Simon Lauder 24 April 2014

Australian scientists are looking to the past as they work to beat the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.
Researchers at Monash University are not developing a new class of antibiotics, instead hoping to make an old one, Polymyxin, easier and safer to use.
Lead researcher on the project, Professor Jian Li, says Polymyxins could be the last line of defence for gram-negative superbugs.

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A fairer legal system for sexual assault victims

Brisbane Times Annelise Roberts April 23, 2014

Sexual assault is an important issue – one that personally affects millions of Australians, and impacts every community in the country.  The Women’s Centre for Health Matters applauds the recent changes to the ACT legal system allowing juries access to expert forensic advice about the ”freeze” response that many victims experience during a sexual attack. These changes have had the effect of making the legal system fairer for victims of sexual assault who, historically, have been expected to prove that they physically resisted their attacker in order to demonstrate that they did not consent.

Early surge in flu cases points to horror winter

The Courier Mail Laura Chalmers April 24, 2014

THE Sunshine State could be heading a horror flu season, with the number of cases to date for this year at a five-year high.
More than 1500 cases of influenza have been recorded across Queensland already, before the commencement of winter, with people aged 12 months to 97 years falling ill.
Queensland Health is urging people to take the warning seriously and get vaccinated, with Health Minister Lawrence Springborg setting an example by undergoing his annual flu vaccination shot yesterday.

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Chemical blaze forces evacuation in Bundaberg

ABC News Frances Adcock 23 Apr 2014

A primary school and more than 50 businesses and homes were evacuated in Bundaberg in southern Queensland after a large chemical fire destroyed a commercial building.
Police declared an emergency situation at the Bundaberg East Smash Repairs building shortly after 9:30am (AEST).
Firefighters were concerned about toxic smoke caused by paint thinners and chemicals.

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Three of four bones found in Gold Coast seaway not human, police say

ABC News 24 April 2014

Queensland police have confirmed three of the four bones found by divers in the Gold Coast seaway are not human.
A search began on Tuesday after a recreational diver handed a human femur bone to police over the weekend.
Four bones have been forensically examined at the John Tonge Centre in Brisbane but police say only the first bone found is human.

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Our researchers lead the way to fight influenza April 23, 2014

VICTORIAN researchers are launching a $13 million fight against influenza that aims to create more effective vaccines and lessen the impact of an outbreak.
Research led by Professor Anne Kelso, director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, said the team of seven research groups wanted to develop a vaccine that protected against present and future influenza outbreaks.

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Ambulance officers caught in knife stand-off at Robina

Gold Coast Bulletin Liz Burke April 23, 2014

A MAN is in custody after allegedly threatening ambulance officers with a knife.
Up to eight emergency crews rushed to a Robina address where a man has threatened ambulance officers with a knife.
Paramedics were called to the house at Stepney Close with reports someone was injured.

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