'They absolutely are' – Kiwi crews hugely confident ahead of Bathurst showdown

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Investigation underway after woman dies days after being sent home from Brisbane hospital after giving birth

The Brisbane Mater Mothers' Public Hospital is investigating the death of a woman who died just days after being sent home after giving birth.

It's understood she was discharged from hospital last month and had suffered a suspected blood clot after having a caesarean delivery.

Mater Health Chief Executive Officer Sean Hubbard confirmed today the woman's death was being investigated but gave no further details.

"As would be the case with any unexpected clinical outcome, Mater will conduct a thorough and detailed review into the care and treatment provided while she was at Mater," he said in a statement.

"The case has also been referred to the coroner."

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles did not comment directly on the woman's case but did say Queensland public maternity services are among the safest in the world.

"The Palaszczuk government has focused on increasing resources and staff, making sure that Queensland mums and bubs, and their families have the very best pre and post-natal care," Mr Miles said in a statement.

Despite this, any maternal death was a tragedy, he said.

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Recall after needles found in strawberries purchased in three Australian states

Consumers are being urged to throw out strawberries purchased over the past week in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria after needles were found inside the fruit.

Health officials and police on Wednesday said sewing needles were hidden in at least three punnets of strawberries supplied to Woolworths from a southeast Queensland farm.

Those strawberries were bought in Queensland and Victoria, but it is unclear if the brands involved, Berry Obsession and Berry Liscious, are supplied to other retailers.

"I'm out here today to advise people if they've brought any strawberries in Queensland, NSW or Victoria since early last week, that they should dispose of them," Queensland Health's chief health officer Jeanette Young said.

"If someone were to swallow a sewing needle it could get caught up in their gut."

Police launched an investigation on Sunday after a Queensland man reported swallowing a contaminated berry.

"I found a needle, bit into it by accident and it snapped in half - or what felt like it snapped in half - and my knee jerk reaction was to swallow," the man told 7 News.

"I found the other half of the needle in the strawberry. I was in complete shock."

Two people in Victoria have since come forward after similar experiences.

Acting Chief Superintendent Terry Lawrence would not say at what point in the supply chain police believe the needles were planted.

He declined to name the farm involved but said investigators had been in contact with its operator and Woolworths representatives.
"It's been some time for us to look at this sort of investigation, quite some time," he said.

Woolworths removed strawberries from its shelves on Wednesday and consumers can be confident in purchasing them from today onwards, Dr Young added.


NZ researchers help find key 'villain' in causing migraines

Researchers have found a key "villain" in causing migraines.

Scientists at Victoria's Monash University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with researchers in New Zealand and around the world, discovered the molecular details of one of the key initiators of migraines, with the findings published in the Nature science journal on Thursday.

A neuropeptide called calcitonin gene-related peptide has been found to be a main offender of initiating migraines and causing pain, the research reveals.

The peptide interacts with a receptor in the brain which causes the pain response.

But this receptor doesn't respond to the neuropeptide unless there's another partner protein.

This study reveals the first high-resolution structure of the activated receptor, together with the neuropeptide and its main signal-transmitting partner.

"Our work, solving the structure of activated receptor complex, allows design of novel drugs that can activate the receptor," one of the researchers Dr Denise Wootten said.

"Excitingly, the CGRP receptor is not just a villain, but can also be activated for beneficial outcomes. For example, there is accumulating evidence that activation of the receptor could be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease, or resistant hypertension".

About two million Australians experience migraines with symptoms including pain, nausea and poor sleep, Monash University states.

"This research could pave the way for novel drug development in areas of ongoing therapeutic need," institute director Professor Christopher Porter said.

The research was a multi-disciplinary effort with collaborators also in Germany, the UK, New Zealand, China, and the Mayo Clinic in the US.

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Aboriginal boys who drowned in Perth river while evading police attacked on social media - 'Colonial racism'

The memory of two Aboriginal boys who drowned in Perth's Swan River after diving in to evade police has been attacked on social media.

Chris Drage, 16, and Jack Simpson, 17, were among five boys police chased on foot following reports of teenagers jumping fences after a house had been ransacked and burgled in suburban Maylands on Monday afternoon.

Four of them jumped into the water and two were captured but Jack and Chris were seen struggling in the middle of the river and did not resurface.

Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Dennis Eggington said some of the social media posts about the tragedy were vile and constituted racial vilification.

"It proves to me there is this underlying current of extremism - what I call entrenched colonial racism," Mr Eggington told AAP today.

"It's worse than discrimination, it's something much more evil."

Mr Eggington said the posts were a repeat of offensive social media comments that followed the death of Aboriginal boy Elijah Doughty in 2016.

The 14-year-old was riding a stolen motorcycle near Kalgoorlie when a man, who cannot be named, chased him in a ute and ran him down.

Mr Eggington said social media had provided a platform for people to air and cultivate hatred, and should be better moderated to keep offensive views "around their BBQs".

"It propagates, it perpetuates this type of thinking," he said

"Young kids in particular are all across Facebook so they're being influenced by another generation of Australia that denigrates Aboriginal people."

A coroner will hold an inquest into Chris and Jack's deaths, which will be treated with the same seriousness as a death in custody because police were present.

Mr Eggington urged the state government to fast-track the inquest so as to not prolong the suffering of the families, who need answers soon.

"They need some closure. They deserve the truth and nothing but the truth," he said.

He said positive steps by WA Police, including an apology to Aboriginal people who had been mistreated by the force and a push for more indigenous officers, would be diminished if there was a long wait for the inquest and the void was filled with social media commentary.

"By allowing this to fester and go on, those positive steps get eroded."

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Perth's Swan River. Source: istock.com