Silver makes beautiful bling but it’s also good for keeping the bacterial bugs away

Silver has been used to make jewellery for centuries but it’s also good at killing bacteria and could be used in new antibiotics. Shutterstock/Santi S Silver has long played second fiddle to other elements. In sport, it is the symbol of second place, giving way to gold in the medals. In jewellery, airline frequent flyer programs and credit cards,...

Listen To Older Voices : Thelma Exton

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable...

Bob Bright – INTRO_SPECTION : A Review

Bob Bright - INTRO_SPECTION : A Review
"Brilliant and full of surprises!" When an artist makes a transition in their music it is often difficult for their followers to accept.  Sometimes, it creates a furore! Bob Dylan moved from acoustic to electric based music in 1965 it was a transition that caused an uproar! Bob Bright, also known as Bobby Bright, cut his teeth on Rock 'n' Roll music...

Sunday essay: Barry Humphries’ humour is now history – that’s the fate of topical, satirical comedy

Barry Humphries' humour is now history
Dame Edna Everage at Melbourne Town Hall in 2006 after being presented with the Key to the City. Simon Mossman/AAP Let’s face it, Thursday evenings on ABC television are not quite the same any more. The mesmerising, idiosyncratic sketches of Clarke and Dawe are now consigned to Australian television history. Still, Sammy J has taken the spot, and the...

Research Check: is white meat as bad for your cholesterol levels as red meat?

Whether you’re eating red meat or white meat, a lean cut is the healthier way to go. From shutterstock.com You’ve probably heard eating too much fatty red meat is bad for your health, while lean meat and chicken are better choices. So, recent headlines claiming white meat is just as bad for your cholesterol levels as red meat might have surprised...

Sick with the flu? Here’s why you feel so bad

Sick with the flu
You might feel terrible. But your runny nose, sore throat and aches are signs your body is fighting the flu virus. And that’s a good thing.  from www.shutterstock.com “You never forget the flu”. This is the title of the Victorian health department’s current campaign, which highlights people’s recollections of having the flu. Phrases include “I’ll never forget the pain of the fever”,...

Adani is cleared to start digging its coal mine – six key questions answered

Adani is cleared to start digging its coal mine
Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow has now collected all the necessary approvals. AAP Image/Dan Peled There is now nothing standing between Indian mining giant Adani and the coal buried in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. By approving the Adani’s groundwater management plan on June 13, the Queensland government has given the final green light to the company’s controversial Carmichael coal mine. What did the...

Explainer: our copyright laws and the Australian Aboriginal flag

The Indigenous flag flies above Victorian Parliament in 2017. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Reports that two Aboriginal-owned businesses and the AFL have received cease and desist warnings over their use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing have left many Australians surprised and confused. A company called WAM Clothing, not owned by Indigenous Australians, currently has exclusive rights to use the flag on clothing. It has issued...

We’re not just living for longer – but we’re staying healthier for longer, too

Improvements in heart health accounted for more than half of the improvements in our overall health. From shutterstock.com In the 12 years to 2015, life expectancy in Australia increased by 2.3 years for men (to 80.4) and 1.6 years for women (to 84.6). Our health-adjusted life expectancy increased along with it – by two years for men (to 71.5) and...

‘I really have thought this can’t go on’: loneliness looms for rising numbers of older private renters

People living in private rental housing were much more likely than social housing residents to say they felt lonely. Dundanim/Shutterstock Loneliness is increasingly recognised worldwide as a critical social issue and one of the major health hazards of our time. Our research shows older private renters are at high risk of loneliness and anxiety. This is a growing concern as more Australians are...
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