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Crowding in Queensland prisons could lead to more suicides: coroner

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens May 28, 2015

The Newman Government’s tough-on-crime policy that saw Queensland’s prison population reach record levels could potentially lead to the suicides of more prisoners, the state coroner has warned.
Overcrowded prisons resulted in the ousted LNP government flagging the reopening of the decommissioned Borallon Correctional Centre near Ipswich to accommodate the state’s dramatic escalation in inmate numbers.
But Queensland coroner Terry Ryan, delivering his findings into a custodial death at the centre in October 2011, warned the Palaszczuk Government recommissioning it should be a last resort.
Mr Ryan delivered his findings into the October 2011 custodial death of 26-year-old Farrin Vetters at Borallon on Thursday morning, more than three years after he was found hanging in his prison cell.

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ABC News report

Bowel cancer caught too late among young Aussies

Bowel Cancer Australia 28 May 2015

The majority of young Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer – the country’s second biggest cancer killer – are unaware about their risk and are being diagnosed too late, according to a new Bowel Cancer Australia survey released today.
Interim results from the Never Too Young survey, the first-of-its-kind on early-onset bowel cancer, also found that more than half of patients were first diagnosed with Stage 3 or 4 of the disease.  This means the cancer has already spread beyond the bowel to lymph nodes or other organs.
Bowel Cancer Australia chief executive Mr Julien Wiggins said the findings, which have been released to mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June, are alarming considering bowel cancer can be successfully treated if detected early.

Study could explain why ovarian cancer treatments fail

UQ News 28 May 2015

Ovarian cancer cells can lock into survival mode and avoid being destroyed by chemotherapy, an international study reports.
Professor Sean Grimmond, from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, said ovarian cancer cells had at least four different ways to avoid being destroyed by platinum-based chemotherapy treatments.
“One way involves breaking and rearranging big groups of genes – the chromosomes,” Professor Grimmond said.

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Link to abstract in NATURE

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Cold sore virus ‘treats skin cancer’

BBC Health News 26 May 2015

A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, say researchers.
The modified herpes virus is harmless to normal cells but when injected into tumours it replicates and releases substances to help fight the cancer.
Trial results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology show the therapy could lengthen survival by years – but only for some melanoma patients.

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Link to article in Journal of Clinical Oncology

Spanish cave Sima de los Huesos reveals first known murder victim

The Australian John Ross May 28, 2015

Scientists have a 430,000-year-old cold case on their hands, after analyses of fossils in a famous Spanish cave revealed evidence of the world’s first known murder victim.
Forensic reconstruction of a skull found in the Sima de los Huesos, or “pit of bones”, suggests it belonged to a homicide victim.
An international research team, which spent 20 years ­piecing the skull together from 52 fragments, says two fractures above the left eye were caused by “blunt force trauma”.
“The type of injuries, their ­location, the similarity of the fractures and the different orientations and implied trajectories suggest they were produced with the same object in face-to-face conflict,” the researchers report today in the journal PLOS ONE. “This represents the earliest clear case of deliberate, lethal interpersonal aggression in the (human) fossil record.”

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Legionnaire’s disease death: Family wants new laws to make sure Queensland hospitals are safe

ABC News Stephanie Smail 27 May 2015

The family of a man killed by legionnaire’s disease in a Queensland hospital has demanded improvements in the way the deadly bacteria is managed.
John Pearson, 60, died after contracting the disease from a shower at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital in 2013.
Queensland Health said hospitals had ramped up water checks since his death.
But his daughter, Rachel Pearson, has argued a recent scare at the Hervey Bay Hospital in the Wide Bay region was a warning sign more should be done.

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Toxicologist critical of ‘dodgy science’ in glyphosate bans

ABC Rural Sarina Locke 27 May 2015

By the end of 2015, gardeners in the Netherlands will not be able to buy the common herbicide, glyphosate.
The Netherlands joins Sri Lanka and El Salvador in banning glyphosate, with pressure from interest groups mounting in other countries.
The backyard ban coincides with a World Health Organisation ruling that it probably causes cancer.
But Australian toxicologist Dr Ian Musgrave said the ban flies in the face of good science, as glyphosate (commonly sold as Roundup) is ranked 2A, lower than alcoholic beverages and formaldehyde, which are class one proven carcinogens.

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