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TOORMINA HEALTH DESTINATION FILLING A GAP

A joint medical practice and pharmacy has swung open its doors in Toormina. Pharmacy proprietor, Llyod Smith¬†says it will help fill a void in the town. “It’s a health destination, so the pharmacy is part of an overall health solution for patients and being co-located with General Practitioners and other allied health, increases offering to the community.” The pharmacy celebrated its opening yesterday. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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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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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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MEDICAL WIN FOR COAST

The New South Wales Government has shown its support for a new medical school on the Central Coast, committing $20-million to the project. Premier Mike Baird made the announcement at Gosford today, where he had more good news about the hospital’s redevelopment.

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HMRI HONOURS TOP RESEARCHERS

The Hunter’s top medical minds have been honoured at HMRI’s night of nights. Long-serving public health leader, Professor Julie Byles, has taken out the top gong – the Award for Research Excellence. It recognises her pioneering work for an ageing global population. Professor Byles, a world-renowned and respected expert in gerontology and geriatrics, serves as Director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and co-directs the HMRI Public Health research program. She was also instrumental in establishing the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health in 1995 and continues to lead it. “Professor Byles’ research exemplifies both excellence and long-term commitment. She is a highly productive, passionate, generous and inspiring leader,” HMRI Director Professor Michael Nilsson said.

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UNCOVERING LYME DISEASE: THE HUNTER LINK

Medical research shows what can be considered as evidence of the illness in the Hunter Valley, stemming as far back as the early 1980’s. Something that doesn’t sit well with sufferers fighting for recognition of their struggle. What Correna Chenhall has survived, can only be described as horrific. She lost five years of her life to Lyme Disease – after waking up one morning, paralysed. “the pain was just indescribable – you can’t begin. You can’t begin – to imagine the pain.” The mother of two says she contracted the disease from a tick bite in bushland opposite her home in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Dudley.   It’s a claim that’s becoming more prevalent across the Hunter, and goes against many doctor’s beliefs – that the disease does not exist within Australia. That’s despite medical research from as far …

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BUNGLED X-RAY PATIENTS DEMAND COMPENSATION

A patient is demanding compensation, after claiming he was misdiagnosed when the University Hospital failed to properly check his X-rays. He says, he’s out of pocket for follow-up doctors appointments, additional scans and lost wages. It’s now being claimed, the widespread X-ray bungle could open the legal flood gates.

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