Long term side-effects of chemotherapy in early breast cancer

ABC Radio National 31 August 2015

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for early breast cancers which have started to invade the tissue around the breast.

A lot of medical research has focussed on the short term side-effects of chemotherapy, but it’s just now becoming clear that for a small number of women there are long term problems.

Including, according to new research, the risk of leukaemia.

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Race driver killed in crash thought brakes were ‘spongy’ before crash

Brisbane Times 1 September 2015

British motor racer Sean Edwards had concerns about the brakes on the racing car he was driving, one day before he was killed in a fiery crash at Queensland Raceway.

While coaching a young driver at Queensland Raceway on October 14, 2013, 26-year-old Edwards told a mechanic the brakes on the Porsche 996 GT3 they were using felt “soft” or “spongy”, Edwards’ inquest has heard.

Thirty children in three communities affected in Northern Territory lead scare

ABC News Nadia Daly 2 September 2015

The Northern Territory Health Department has confirmed 30 children have been found with elevated blood lead levels in three separate locations across remote areas of the territory.

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Fluoridated water coverage drops to 79 per cent of Queensland; only one Indigenous community signs up

ABC News Matt Wordsworth 1 September 2015

Since the fluoridation of water was made optional in Queensland, coverage of the state’s population has dropped by 10 per cent, and just one Indigenous council is fluoridating its supply.

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Tugun desal plant back online permanently from 2020: Seqwater

Brisbane Times Tony Moore 1 September 2015


Tugun’s controversial desalination plant – which produces drinking water from seawater – could be switched on permanently from 2020 because of steady population growth on the Gold Coast, Seqwater says.


Beenleigh unit fire claims another life

Brisbane Times Kristian Silva 1 September 2015

A Beenleigh mother has died from injuries suffered in a unit complex fire that also claimed the life of her son.

Brisbane flu ‘not on the radar’

Courier Mail 2 September 2015

THE “Brisbane strain” of influenza behind a surge of infections gripping the state is likely to be included in next year’s vaccine.

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