Last Updated: October 26, 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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Doman family has win in the courts

Doman family has win in the courts

EXCLUSIVE: MT Gambier’s Doman family has won a battle over the receivership of a number of its companies.

Cobar man charged with stock theft

Farmer Bill Mitchell in the paddock where 200 merino sheep graze on turf grown from a piece of the SCG at his Guyra property ...

A COBAR man has been charged in relation to the theft of 68 sheep from a property near Nyngan, in NSW.

Dairy Australia lifts its spend

Owen Copinga, Isla Bank, Southland New Zealand

DAIRY Australia increased its expenditure by 6 per cent in 2013-14 to a record $61.8 million.

Gippsland train chaos

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.

UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

Alleged dirt track tiffs turn to tragedy

Tripple Shooting

UPDATE: A MAN charged with the murder of his neighbours in country Victoria had been embroiled in disputes with them.

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Gippsland train chaos

A V-Line Velocity train, (Fast Train), crosses the Barwon Heads road at Marshall.

UPDATE: Gippsland train services to be thrown into disarray during the height of next month’s election.

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

Boy aged 11 kills rare albino deer

THIS is the photo of an 11-year-old boy who has just shot dead the rare buck while out hunting with his dad.

Case mid-sized tractor updated

Case mid-sized tractor updated

CASE IH has hit the 100hp market with its new Farmall C mid-size tractor range.

Mont De Lancey is a treasure

Mont De Lancey

SURROUNDED by orchards, Mont De Lancey homestead sits snugly in a postcard-perfect landscape.

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.