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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.


Man dead in truck collision

Man dead in truck collision

A MAN has died after a car in which he was a passenger collided with a truck on the Hume Freeway at Springhurst.

Grazing court challenge

 Victorian high country cattle grazier, Charlie Lovick with his daughter Kellie, herding cattle on his Merrijig property near...

VICTORIA’S alpine cattle grazing policy will be challenged in the Supreme Court today.

Rural MPs angry at ABC

Rural MPs angry at ABC

UPDATE: Rural MPs claim ABC unfairly hitting regional Australia in cost-cutting measures.

Woman rescued after cliff fall

 A night with the Victorian Police Air wing.

A BUSHWALKER who plunged 70m from a cliff in central Victoria has been rescued.

SES busy as weather lashes Vic

SES man tribute

SES RESPONDS to calls for help across the state as BOM issues another severe thunderstorm warning.

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Libs failed SPC: Joyce

Barnaby Joyce

UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says it was the Liberal Party’s job — not the National Party’s — to fight for SPC Ardmona’s future.

East clubs discuss options

Warburton goal posts

ELLINBANK and District League’s east division clubs are examining their options after a board of management meeting.

Tassie farmers call for relief


EAST Coast farmers battling the driest conditions on record are calling for urgent funding for an irrigation scheme.

Header sure to have wide appeal

Header sure to have wide appeal

THE first commercially available 60-foot header front is in service in western NSW and on its way to Victoria.

Cotton on to Morgan

Cotton on to Morgan

AN OCEAN Grove illustrator has sewn up a deal with a global clothing brand.

Grow it and they will come

FARM Green Olive at Red Hill

GREG and Sue O’Donoghue started a farm with olives, then added grapes, sheep, chooks, vegies and herbs. Then they opened their gate to visitors.