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Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident

The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017. The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. Examining a variety of federal and state data the… Read More »

Artificial Embryos Made from Stem Cells Raise Ethical Issues

Stem cells (so-called “master cells”) are unique and important in the body because they can do almost anything, and scientists have only begun to discover their potential. That’s why researchers’ use of them has created controversy, attracting the attention of scientists, policymakers, and bioethicists across the globe. Stem cells can transform into any of the… Read More »

Union says lives risked as trial sees ambulances diverted from Blayney hospital

Paramedics are concerned that a month-long trial closure of the emergency department to ambulances at Blayney District Hospital could put lives at risk. The closure, initiated before Christmas, means ambulances are being diverted to either Orange or Bathurst hospitals, approximately 35 kilometres and 37 kilometres away respectively. Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes claimed the additional… Read More »