Optus is offering customers data-free Internet streaming. Australia’s second biggest telco has announced the expansion of its mobile entertainment offering, adding options for eligible postpaid customers data-free Netflix, Presto, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify apps streaming.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) continues to expand beyond consumable menu. After its branches in Hong Kong and India released “finger-lickin’ good” nail polishes and mobile phone charger boxes respectively, KFC US has released “extra crispy” sunscreen.
Australian researchers used new technology to reconstruct the face of a young Egyptian woman who lived 2,000 years ago. Scientists from the University of Melbourne and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine used CT scanning, 3D printing and forensic facial reconstruction to come up with a computer-generated image of Meritamun.
A spate of heroin-related deaths in recent weeks has prompted the South Australian government to issue a health warning and health services have been put on high alert. As per Substance Abuse Minister Leese Vlahos, 10 deaths have been reported, of which eight have been caused due to heroin use and the rest two from the highly-potent synthetic painkiller fentanyl.
The HIV drug that has led to a significant drop in the number of HIV cases in Australia’s Brisbane will not be included on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Queensland advocates believe that this omission is a big mistake. As per reports, Brisbane HIV infections have fallen 30 percent in five years and this achievement is significant.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved venetoclax, a cancer drug which was developed and held clinical trials in Melbourne for patients with 17p deletion, a chromosomal abnormality, and have tried at least one other treatment. The medication, now available for prescription outside clinical trials, is for a subtype of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
Replacement knees and hips procedures and pacemakers in Australia cost three times as much as they do in Canada and Britain. Now the country’s private health insurance industry has blamed increasing health premiums on this high cost of procedures and devices.