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HMRI EXPLORES LINK IN WELL-BEING

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The connection between a healthy mind and body has long been talked about, and if there was ever any doubt, a field of research called exercise neuroscience is now cementing the link. The Hunter Medical Research Institute has several studies underway, and tonight as our special series continues, we see the impact physical activity has on the brains of young men. Read More »

DANGER TIME FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS

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With winter now here, seasonal lurgies are beginning to bite – and for people with asthma, it’s danger time. The disease affects around 10 per cent of Australians, but treatment options are limited… and aren’t effective for up to half those patients. Tonight, as our series continues for medical research week, we look at an important discovery that it’s hoped will lead to better therapies. Read More »

BLAIR’S WISH

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It’s often the case that those who spend their time caring for others, are in need of a helping hand themselves. That’s especially true in the case of Julia Sawer, the mum behind a Central Coast charity that assists children with disabilities. Julia and her three children are now all facing serious medical conditions, and are in desperate need of help. To help, click on the Facebook page link – http://www.facebook.com/BlairsWish or contact NBN News through this email address news@nbntv.com.au Read More »

SPECIAL FEATURE: CENTRAL COAST FAMILY HELPING LOCAL CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

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Tomorrow night in NBN news. We revisit the Central Coast family sacrificing everything to help local children with disabilities. Two years on – we hear of their own personal struggles and desperate plea for help. That’s tomorrow night.   Read More »

THE SYGNA STORM 40 YEARS ON

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Newcastle has had its fair share of ships run aground on its shoreline, but none so enduring as the Sygna. Today marks 40 years since the ship was washed ashore in a fierce storm and became part of the city’s backdrop and folklore. NBN’s Georgina Smyth joined an NBN News reporter who was on the spot all those years ago , for a special trip to the iconic wreck. Read More »

TEEN SUICIDES LEAD TO COMMUNITY LESSONS

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Now to the second part of our special report on youth mental health and suicide. The tragic death of 19-year-old Nick Evans in 2013 and his best mate Ayden Lane 12 months later, sent shockwaves through the Newcastle community. As sad and difficult as it has been for their family and friends, some positive lessons have been learned. Georgina Smyth explains. Watch PART ONE HERE. Help-Seeking Information: National 24/7 Crisis Services • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 • Lifeline 13 11 14 • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 National Youth Support Services for General Support: Headspace http://www.headspace.org.au; http://www.eheadspace.org.au Kids Helpline http://www.kidshelp.com.au ReachOut.com http://www.reachout.com   For a practical online resource to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide: Conversations Matter http://www.conversationsmatter.com.au To donate to the City2Surf run: https://city2surf2014.everydayhero.com/au/nick-ayden  Read More »

TWO TRAGIC DEATHS PROMPT A COMMUNITY INTO ACTION

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The death of a person by their own hand is tragic enough, but imagine the consequences when that person’s good friend dies by suicide 12 months later. That’s the tragic scenario that played out when two teenage friends from Newcastle took their own lives. Their friends and family are now determined to break down the barriers around youth suicide. Georgina Smyth reports. Help-Seeking Information: National 24/7 Crisis Services • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 • Lifeline 13 11 14 • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 National Youth Support Services for General Support: headspace http://www.headspace.org.au; http://www.eheadspace.org.au Kids Helpline http://www.kidshelp.com.au ReachOut.com http://www.reachout.com   For a practical online resource to support safe and effective community discussions about suicide: Conversations Matter http://www.conversationsmatter.com.au To donate to the City2Surf run: https://city2surf2014.everydayhero.com/au/nick-ayden  Read More »

NEWS FEATURE: INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE MELANOMA CASES

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Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world, almost 2,000 people die from the cancer every year. And it’s those who are the most at risk, young Australians, who don’t seem to be taking sun safe messages seriously. But a Hunter foundation is among those trying to change that. Emma Murphy has this special report. Read More »

FEATURE: HOW ONE ORGANISATION IS PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES TO GRIEVING PARENTS

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The loss of a baby is a situation of unimaginable grief. But what if the grieving process could be helped by a gift from a stranger? Tonight, reporter Kristy Reading takes a special look at a national volunteer organisation, that’s helping parents by providing photographic memories. And we warn that the following story contains some confronting images. And if you’d like to donate to Heartfelt, you can do so by visiting their website – that’s http://www.heartfelt.org.au Read More »

RAAF FEATURE: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FIGHTER PILOT

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Defence personnel protect and serve our nation, sometimes sacrificing their lives to do so. But with the huge responsibility also comes fun, excitement and the incredible adrenaline rush of getting behind the controls of the fastest planes on earth. Reporter Kath Landers took a trip to Williamtown RAAF Base to find out exactly what a day in the life of a fighter pilot is like. Read More »

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