Last Updated: November 01, 2014

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Blood tests detect diabetes death risk

AUSTRALIAN scientists have discovered a simple way to predict which people with type 2 diabetes are most likely to die or suffer a heart attack.

Type 2 diabetes greatly increases the risk of death, but until now doctors have not known which of the 946,000 Australian patients need special attention.

Better risk detection might allow doctors to save lives with intensive treatment or further investigation, says Associate Professor Graham Hillis.

He has conducted a study on 3862 patients that shows risk levels can be determined using two readily available blood tests.

A report on the study is published in the journal Diabetes Care.

"Simple screening tests that better detect high-risk patients would be particularly valuable," said Prof Hillis of the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney.

More than 350 million people have type 2 diabetes, which is the world's fastest-growing chronic disease.

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Body-in-boot dump ‘planned carefully’

Diggers Rest Crime Scene

UPDATE: DETECTIVES say the body found in the boot of a burnt-out car in remote outer Melbourne is that of a man weighing more than 100kg.

Emerald Grain to face court

Landscape near Colbinabbin. Wheat crop.

EMERALD Grain looks set to be taken to court over poor performance of its 2011-12 wheat pools.

Fruit fly naming boosts biosecurity

Papaya Fruit Fly. Animals / Flies

FOUR of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests are actually one and the same.

Relief as pig gas plan takes flight

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FOR pig farmer Tom Smith, the PUP’s agreement to support the Direct Action policy on climate change was a big relief.

Lawyer vies for Shepparton seat

Lawyer vies for Shepparton seat

HIGH-PROFILE lawyer Suzanna Sheed will contest the seat of Shepparton at the Victorian election.

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Ouyen’s grim death toll

 West Wimmera Harvest. Unloading wheat at the Laharum Grain Storage site. The wheat is travelling up into silo

UPDATE: The Mallee community has been shattered by the accidental death of another young farmer.

Review into country cricket

Supplied Editorial FW: picture

UPDATE: COUNTRY cricket in Victoria is about to go under the microscope.

Auctions take direct hit

Corowa sheep sale

LAMB pricing appears to have shifted in favour of direct selling this spring.

John Deere 1025R a little ripper

Elmore Field Days 2014 Wednesday

SIMPLICITY and versatility are the main selling points for John Deere’s 1 Series sub-compact utility tractors.

Humour is a blowtorch

Country Living: Sculptor and jeweller Russell Petherbridge

RUSSELL Petherbridge successfully crosses the gulf between sport and art.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.