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DNA testing kits and the law of inheritance

Will disputes

DNA testing kits and the law of inheritance

The introduction of home DNA testing kits through sites like Ancestry.com has meant that anyone curious, and willing to spend about $100, can find out more about where they came from. It has also meant that millions of people have opened themselves up to the possibility of discovering new biological family members.

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Asbestos-related cancers continue to rob the lives of Australians

Asbestos

Asbestos-related cancers continue to rob the lives of Australians

Most diseases that have plagued Australians over the years have yielded to advances in medical science and health care. But asbestos-related cancers, which develop long after exposure, continue to be fatal for thousands of people in Australia every year.

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My Health Record: what to do if you missed the opt out deadline

Patient safety

My Health Record: what to do if you missed the opt out deadline

If you missed the opt out deadline of 31 January 2019 and a record is created, you can permanently delete your record at any time. The ‘My Health Record’ scheme has obvious potential to improve health care outcomes. But it’s also important that you know what you are consenting to, who is accessing your records and for what purposes they can be used.

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Depression and discrimination: a case study

Employment law

Depression and discrimination: a case study

Almost half of Australians will experience a mental health issue at some point. What happens when your work tries to force you to attend medical appointments while you’re on stress leave, and then fires you?

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Spike in water injuries prompts safety call for summer

Public safety

Spike in water injuries prompts safety call for summer

A spike in the number of serious maritime injuries in Victoria has now prompted Maurice Blackburn Lawyers to issue a safety reminder to recreational water users, particularly power boat drivers and jet skiers.

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The skin cancer threat: top tips to reduce your risk

Patient safety

The skin cancer threat: top tips to reduce your risk

Since the ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign was launched in 1981, most Australians would be well aware of the steps that need to be taken to limit their sun exposure and to prevent skin cancer from occurring. However, despite the success of the ‘slip, slop, slap’ campaign, Australia still has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with the Cancer Council reporting that two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.

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