Australian doctors flag diabetes breakthrough

DiabetesSydney - Australian doctors believe they have found the key to eradicating the type of diabetes that obliges sufferers to regulate their blood glucose levels every day of their lives, news reports said Wednesday. "We are really excited about this because there are no treatments for type 1 diabetes," Garvan Institute researcher Shane Grey told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Gibson debuts Russian lover at X-Men Origins: Wolverine premier

Gibson debuts Russian lover at X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiereMelbourne, Apr 29 : Putting all rumours to rest, Hollywood actor Mel Gibson has appeared with his Russian girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva for the first time in public at a premiere in Los Angeles.

Gibson and his lover went out together to attend the Los Angeles premiere of Hugh Jackman''s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, reports The Australian.

The Oz politician who had leg-breaking surgery to be taller!

The Oz politician who had leg-breaking surgery to be taller!Melbourne, Apr 29 : Hajnal Ban, one of Queensland''s youngest politicians, has confessed that she spent nine months in Russia to go under a bone-breaking growth surgery to increase her height because she used to be insecure about her size.

Bal, the 31-year-old Logan councillor, had each of her legs broken in four places for the leg-lengthening procedure.

She stayed in the Russian hospital as she grew about 1mm a day to increase her 154cm frame to 162cm.

Oz PM to send 450 troopers to beef up Afghan security

Kevin RuddCanberra (Australia), Apr. 29 (ANI): Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that his government will send 450 extra troops to beef up security in troubled Afghanistan.

However, there will be no combat troops among the latest contingent. The extra troops will assist in military training, governance and reconstruction, Rudd said, adding "Australia concurs with the United States that the current civilian and military strategy is not working."

Australia captures two more asylum-seeker boat

AustraliaSydney- Two boats carrying more than 70 asylum-seekers were intercepted by Royal Australian Navy patrol boats Wednesday off Australia's north coast. The seizures bring to 10 the number of boats to arrive this year. Only seven boats arrived last year and Australian officials are worried that many more will come bringing mostly Afghan and Middle Eastern illegal immigrants.

Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus said the latest batch would be sent to the immigration detention centre on Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island for health and security checks.

PET plastic bottles maybe harmful for health

Melbourne, April 29 : Drinking out of water bottles made from PET plastic may pose a human health risk, reveals a new study.

According to lead researcher Martin Wagner, Goethe University, Frankfurt, a questionable finger could be raised on the safety of the PET plastic water bottles.

The study found that estrogenic compounds trickle into the water in bottles made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate).

And some yet-to-be-identified chemicals in these plastics seemed to have the potential to meddle with estrogen and other reproductive hormones.