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Home HIV test kit to be sold in pharmacies and more Zedlines

Australian company Atomo Diagnostics has developed a home use HIV test kit, to be sold in pharmacies for fifteen to twenty dollars each. (Image source: Flickr, UNICEF Ethiopia)

Australian company Atomo Diagnostics has developed a home use HIV test kit, to be sold in pharmacies for fifteen to twenty dollars each.

The kit, which uses a simple finger prick blood test to show whether a person is HIV positive, is on trial to get approval from the Therapeutic Goods Association.

This comes on the heels of the announcement of a potential breakthrough treatment for HIV out of University of New South Wales.

 

 

Study shows "smarter" koalas

Venezuelans call for President to resign and more Zedlines

Venezuelans are set to march on the country’s National Electoral Council’s headquarters next week as the government delays referendum to oust current President Nicolas Maduro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Venezuelans call for President to resign 

Venezuelans are set to march on the country’s National Electoral Council’s headquarters next week as the government delays referendum to oust current President Nicolas Maduro.

It comes after just short of two million people signed a petition calling for his resignation, which far exceeds the one hundred and ninety four thousand seven hundred and twenty nine needed for the referendum process to begin.

Great Barrier Reef oil spill investigation finalised and more Zedlines

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up. Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up.

The investigation led by Maritime Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is estimated to cost up to 1.5 million dollars but Ports Minister Mark Bailey says Queenslanders will not have to front the costs as they will come out of the offending ship’s insurance or from a National plan fund.

Ice bucket challenge donations lead to new gene discovery and more Zedlines

Scientists have discovered a gene related to motor neuron disease, or ALS, thanks in part to money raised by the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge. Image Source: Flickr, floodllama

Scientists have discovered a gene related to motor neuron disease, or ALS, thanks in part to money raised by the 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge.

The internet trend, created in the summer of 2014 involved pouring ice cold water over ones’ head to simulate suffering from the disease, raised over 150 million dollars.

While not all sufferers are affected by the discovered gene, scientists nevertheless hope to develop gene therapy to treat it.

 

Public transport saving tax ruling expires without being used.

There’s something in the water and more Zedlines...

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication is making it’s way into our drinking water

There’s something in the water

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication may be making it’s way into our drinking water

Dr Oelgemoeller from James Cook University says studies have revealed "serious concerns" in relation to the effect of drug residues on humans and animals.

He says there’s further evidence that even the most modern water treatment systems fall short of their task to completely remove residues.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths and more Zedlines...

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas. The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas.

The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

The project has been labelled the biggest Koala killer, with Koalas being killed by wild dogs, illness, or unknown causes since the habitat was cleared in March 2013.

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

Green Infrastructure; The way forward for a better Australia?

In a time where Australian cities are turning into concrete jungles, scientists at the University of Melbourne are looking to green infrastructure as a way to try and balance our carbon footprint and be more enviromentally sustainable. 

Victorian wind farm given the green light and more Zedlines

A 650 million-dollar wind-farm is set to be built in Victoria’s southwest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roma to house Western Queensland’s first domestic violence shelter
Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman has announced plans to provide a shelter in Roma for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The shelter is Queensland’s fourth emergency accommodation service introduced by the Palaszczuk Government and the second rural shelter after Charters Towers.

It will be the first of its kind in Western Queensland and will come as a relief to victims who were previously sent as far as Ipswich for crisis accommodation.

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