ABC News Candice Marcus and Sara Garcia June 26, 2015
A drugged motorist who ran a red light and struck a schoolboy has been cleared of dangerous driving by an Adelaide judge, after two expert witnesses suggested methylamphetamine can have a positive effect on driver ability.
In 2012, 39-year-old mother of three Leah Lenarczyk was on ice and other drugs when she ran a red light at Salisbury Heights in Adelaide’s north, hitting a schoolboy.
The 12-year-old suffered multiple injuries, including a collapsed lung and a fractured skull.
Lenarczyk was acquitted of driving dangerously and convicted of the lesser charge of driving without due care.
Judge Barry Beazley said the prosecution had not proven methylamphetamine, also known as ice, had affected her driving.
ABC News AFP 26 June 2015
A 15-minute, on-the-spot blood test for Ebola is as accurate as the most widely-used laboratory-based test, scientists say after a patient trial.
An affordable, rapid diagnostic test would be an invaluable tool for health workers on the ground, allowing them to quickly identify and isolate infected individuals and curtail the spread of the deadly haemorrhagic virus.
Dubbed ReEBOV, the kit works with a drop of blood from a finger prick and a test strip that changes colour in five to 15 minutes.
It requires very little training to use, but one potential drawback is that it needs refrigeration.
The standard test in use today, RealStar RT-PCR, requires analysis of much larger blood samples at a laboratory with a high biosafety level and trained staff — facilities often not within easy reach of outbreak zones.
Townsville Bulletin CHRISTIE ANDERSON June 26, 2015
A WOMAN has been pushed to the ground and punched during a terrifying attack on Flinders St early this morning.
The 25-year-old woman was assaulted, allegedly by another 25-year-old woman on the city’s party strip about 2am.
The alleged attacker was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
She will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court next month.
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Qld Police Media 26 June 2015
Police are appealing to members of the public to come forward after a woman was assaulted near Miriam Vale on Wednesday June 24th.
Around 6:45pm the 20-year-old woman was travelling towards Miriam Vale on Fingerboard Road. As she was approaching the electronic sign she saw a man in an orange hi-vis vest who appeared to be conducting traffic control.
The man indicated for her to stop, when she complied another person punched her through her open window and tried to pull her out of the car.
EurekAlert 25 June 2015
Chemists at Caltech have developed a new sensitive technique capable of detecting colorectal cancer in tissue samples — a method that could one day be used in clinical settings for the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer worldwide and is estimated to cause about 700,000 deaths every year. Metastasis due to late detection is one of the major causes of mortality from this disease; therefore, a sensitive and early indicator could be a critical tool for physicians and patients.
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News.com.au Brittany Vonow, Peter Hall June 26, 2015
THE young footballer who died after a tackle gone wrong has already saved two lives and will help 18 others through the gift of organ donation.
The family of James Ackerman has now urged others to consider becoming donors to save lives.
The 25-year-old died after a tackle during a game between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Norths Devils last Saturday.
Parents Michael and Sonya Ackerman said they have been comforted by the knowledge their son, a dad of two, has saved lives with the ultimate gift.
“While we are mourning and grieving the loss of our beautiful son James, we have found some comfort in knowing he has helped save a number of lives through organ and tissue donation,” they said in a statement last night.
News.com.au AAP June 25, 2015
A RELIEF teacher in central Queensland is the latest to be diagnosed with whooping cough after three Brisbane schools were affected last week.
FRENCHVILLE State School and Mount Archer State School in Rockhampton advised parents of the infection in identical Facebook posts on Thursday morning.
“Notification about potential whooping cough exposure will be sent out to the class who had the supply teacher diagnosed, today. Apologies for the delay – we needed the advice of Qld Health,” the Facebook posts said.
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