Last Updated: October 02, 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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Feds called to Indi Division

Independent MP for Indi Cathy McGowan welcomes more than 200

POLICE will investigate potential illegal activity in the Division of Indi at the 2013 Federal Election.

Rossi gets the boot from army

Rossi Boots

ADELAIDE bootmaker Rossi’s dwindling chances of winning a tender to manufacture military safety boots have been crushed.

Call for jobless to kill pigs

 A teen boy hunting in the woods in winter.

THE powerful farmer’s lobby wants unemployed youths-turned Green Army soldiers to kill feral pests – and says they may need guns.

Man dies in Riverina crash

Man dies in Riverina crash

A MAN has died after the ute he was driving crashed off a road and into a tree in NSW’s Riverina region.

PM vows to help food sector

PM Tony Abbott at Food and Grocery Council

TONY Abbott pledges to ensure Australia’s food industry can “prosper and succeed”.

Weekly Times story tips

Every raindrop will count

Every raindrop will count

MOST of southeast Australia requires well above-average rain this year to be an average year.

Swans savour a rare flag

Goulburn Valley FL, Grand Final, Benalla Saints v Shepparton Swans

AN undermanned Shepparton Swans team withstood a last quarter assault to win the premiership at the weekend.

Wheat drops to four-year low

 Landscape near Colbinabbin. Wheat crop.

WHEAT ­futures hit four-year lows on the Chicago Board of Trade last week.

ATV keeps up with the Holsteins

CanAm ATV

JURGEN and Corry Haselau have no problem keeping up with the cows with their Can-Am Outlander ATV.

Mittagundi committed to kids

Liz Leyshan - Mittagundi

THERE’S no power, no technology, no mirrors and no watches allowed, yet teenagers willingly apply to stay.

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.