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Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. It’s actually a pretty rational choice

stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. it’s actually a pretty rational choice
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Jerome Favre / EPA Recent days have brought reports of shoppers clearing out supermarket shelves from Wuhan and Hong Kong to Singapore and Milan in response to the spread of coronavirus. This behaviour is often described as “panic buying”. However, the research shows that what’s going on here is nothing to do with...

Is cruising still safe? Will I be insured? What you need to know about travelling during the coronavirus crisis

is cruising still safe? will i be insured? what you need to know about travelling during the coronavirus crisis
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Picture: DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/EPA The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has now reached more than 80,000 recorded cases, largely concentrated in China, with a death toll over 2,700 and rising. There are few signs the epidemic is abating. In fact, new cases have emerged in a host of European countries in recent...

‘I don’t want anybody to see me using it’: cashless welfare cards do more harm than good

‘i don’t want anybody to see me using it’: cashless welfare cards do more harm than good
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Image: Shutterstock The Australian government touts compulsory income management as a way to stop welfare payments being spent on alcohol, drugs or gambling. The Howard government introduced the BasicsCard more than a decade ago. About 22,500 welfare recipients now use it, mostly in the Northern Territory. Now the...

If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake

if you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake
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Image: Shutterstock Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. Australia’s draft alcohol guidelines recommend healthy adults drink...

Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your own backyard

want to help save wildlife after the fires? you can do it in your own backyard
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Picture: Dean Ingwersen/Birdlife Australia/AAP People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily the case: ten of the 113 top-priority threatened animal species most affected...

The FODMAP diet is everywhere, but researchers warn it’s not for weight loss

the fodmap diet is everywhere, but researchers warn it’s not for weight loss
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Image: Author supplied, Author provided (No reuse) The FODMAP diet is used to help manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but it’s becoming more popular. Now bloggers and so-called health gurus have jumped on board, claiming it can treat everything from acne to weight loss. While it would be great if...

Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money
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Picture: James Dorey, Author provided (No reuse) Among the vast number of native species damaged by the recent bushfire crisis, we must not forget native pollinators. These animals, mainly insects such as native bees, help sustain ecosystems by pollinating native plants. Native pollinator populations have been decimated in burned areas....

Julian Assange’s extradition case is finally heading to court – here’s what to expect

julian assange’s extradition case is finally heading to court – here’s what to expect
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Picture: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA The extradition hearing to decide whether to send Julian Assange to the United States to be tried for publishing classified military documents on Wikileaks is expected to finally begin Monday in London. Assange is charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act, involving receipt, obtaining...

Some infant formula milks contain more sugar than soda drinks – new research

some infant formula milks contain more sugar than soda drinks – new research
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Image: Shutterstock/Lithiumphoto Some formula milks have double the sugar per serving than a glass of soda. That was the key finding of our global investigation into the sugar content of infant formula and follow-on milks. But perhaps more shocking is the fact that there are so few...

Sunday essay: scarlet ribbons – the huge history of big hair bows

sunday essay: scarlet ribbons – the huge history of big hair bows
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Picture: EPA/Justin Lane A sea of oversized hair bows bobs through primary school gates each morning. It might be dismissed as a harmless children’s fad but big bows are back, driven by current fashions, tween influencers and celebrities. Hair bows have a long history that includes...