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PRODUCING A WINNER IN THE VALLEY OF CHAMPIONS

The Hunter is a region of contrasts – from the rumble of mining trucks to rolling vineyards. It’s also horse country, and home to one of the oldest thoroughbred breeding enterprises in the world. Ahead of the race that stops the nation, reporter Amanda Bennett took a trip to Widden Stud, to find out what it takes to produce a winner.

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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW APPROACH FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS

Asthma is an all-too common ailment, affecting around 10 per cent of Australians and alarmingly, deaths are on the rise. Hunter medical researchers have hit on a new approach – a vaccine that could change the way a form of the chronic disease is managed. In our final story for medical research week, we also examine other work that’s having a big impact for people with lung disease.

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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW DRUG HELPING STROKE SURVIVORS

Hunter scientists have been pioneers in the field of stroke research, their clot-busting techniques changing treatment protocols around the country. Now they’re pushing the boundaries further, trialling a method to physically remove clots from the brain. As our medical research series continues tonight, we also look at a drug that’s giving stroke survivors relief from crippling fatigue…and a chance at a better life.

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HMRI SPECIAL: FOOD ADDICTION

Many of us can probably relate to the idea of being food-obsessed at times, but what about the possibility of being addicted? Hunter scientists are exploring this emerging and controversial area of research, believing for a significant group of people, food addiction is very real. And as we continue our series tonight for medical research week, we also head into the great outdoors for an exercise programme that’s changing lives. To participate in the survey, click HERE.

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HMRI SPECIAL: NEW WEAPON HELPING FIGHT TYPE 2 DIABETES

Technology is changing the way many chronic diseases are managed and in the case of type one diabetes, a tech-led revolution is coming. Hunter medical researchers are developing a so-called artificial pancreas and along the way, have come up with a smartphone app to help patients better manage the crippling condition. As our series continues tonight, we examine a potential new weapon against type 2 diabetes, a compound found in red wine.

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HMRI FEATURE: THE IMPACT OF DEMENTIA ON FAMILIES AND SOCIETY

It’s often described as a “long goodbye” – the slow and painful creep of dementia. More than 350-thousand Australians are currently living with the disease and that figure is growing at a rate for which, experts fear, we’re unprepared. Tonight, in the first part of a series for medical research week, we look at the profound impact of dementia on families and our broader society, plus a promising new therapy that’s literally been plucked out of “thin air”.

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LYME DISEASE: TAHLIA SMITH’S JOURNEY

It’s an illness that affects thousands of Australians – but isn’t recognised by medical authorities. Last year, NBN News told the story of Tahlia Smith, a young woman in the fight of her life with Lyme Disease, who was desperately trying to raise funds to undergo treatment in Germany. Well, Tahlia made it – and the difference is truly remarkable. Here’s the first part of our feature about Tahlia’s journey.

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NEWCASTLE MUM RAISING AWARENESS OF BOWEL CANCER – DURING HER OWN BATTLE

Bowel cancer – it’s the second most deadly form of the disease in the country, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 Australians each year. And an increasing number of those are young people. Now one Newcastle mother, Kate Vincent, is helping to spread the importance of early diagnosis, hoping her own cancer battle will save others. For more information about bowel cancer, including symptoms, treatments, please visit the Bowel Cancer Australia website: www.bowelcanceraustralia.org If you’d like to make a donation to Kate, please visit her My Cause fundraising page: www.mycause.com.au/page/87299/something-for-kate

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TYRRELL’S WINES – A FAMILY DYNASTY

It’s a name synonymous with winemaking – and one partly responsible for taking top Australian drops to the world. Tyrrell’s in the Hunter Valley is nearly 160 years old, and just like its products, it’s getting better with age. Reporter Tyson Cottrill caught up with patriarch Bruce Tyrrell, about what are changing times for this winemaking dynasty.

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