why do our covid outbreaks always seem to happen in melbourne? randomness and bad luck

Why do our COVID outbreaks always seem to happen in Melbourne? Randomness and bad...

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  Picture: James Ross/AAP A man from Wollert, a suburb in Melbourne’s north, breezed into Melbourne from South Australian hotel quarantine, stopped at a 7-11, had a curry, shopped in Epping, took a train, and...
could a simple pill beat covid-19? pfizer is giving it a go

Could a simple pill beat COVID-19? Pfizer is giving it a go

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  Image: Shuttlestock While the focus has been largely on vaccines, you might have also heard Pfizer is trialling a pill to treat COVID-19. https://twitter.com/healthmagazine/status/1396481071978586115?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1396481071978586115%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftheconversation.com%2Fcould-a-simple-pill-beat-covid-19-pfizer-is-giving-it-a-go-160988 It almost sounds too good to be true. Indeed, the results are very preliminary...
choosing the care you’ll receive at the end of your life doesn’t always go to plan. here are some tips to make sure it does

Choosing the care you’ll receive at the end of your life doesn’t always go...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Advances in medical technology have dramatically altered the process of dying. It’s now possible to prolong life, with the frightening reality that this may simply extend our dying process. Advance care planning is...
more than a dozen covid leaks in 6 months: to protect australians, it’s time to move quarantine out of city hotels

More than a dozen COVID leaks in 6 months: to protect Australians, it’s time...

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  Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP In the past week, at least six Australians returned home uninfected only to acquire the coronavirus while undergoing quarantine in hotels in Sydney and Perth. One traveller left a hotel after 14 days in...
more people die in winter than summer, but climate change may see this reverse

More people die in winter than summer, but climate change may see this reverse

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Climate change not only poses enormous dangers to the planet, but also harms human health. In our study published today, we show some of the first evidence climate change has had observable impacts...
how your doctor describes your medical condition can encourage you to say ‘yes’ to surgery when there are other options

How your doctor describes your medical condition can encourage you to say ‘yes’ to...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock There are many factors that influence whether you choose to have surgery for a health condition. But one you might not have considered is the very name your doctor uses to describe your condition...
what is seitan? the vegan protein alternative going viral online

What is seitan? The vegan protein alternative going viral online

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 Image: Shuttlestock The trend towards vegetarian and vegan diets means more people are looking for meat-free protein alternatives. Enter seitan (pronounced say-tan), the latest food trend that’s going viral online. Seitan can be made by washing the starch...
shutterstock do you want to be resuscitated? this is what you should think about before deciding

Do you want to be resuscitated? This is what you should think about before...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Every day, in every hospital, doctors and nurses respond to “code blue” situations. This is an emergency alert for when a patient’s heart stops beating, called a cardiac arrest. To save the patient’s life,...
i can’t get sunburnt through glass, shade or in water, right? 5 common sunburn myths busted

I can’t get sunburnt through glass, shade or in water, right? 5 common sunburn...

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 Image: Shuttlestock Despite decades of public health campaigns, skin cancer remains a major threat to health in Australia, with more cases diagnosed each year than all other cancers combined. Skin cancer rates remain high and sunburn is...
how to treat sunburn pain, according to skin experts

How to treat sunburn pain, according to skin experts

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 Picture: Shuttlestock So you’re one of the 21% of Australians who got sunburnt last week. While we should be avoiding sunburn, it’s sometimes easier said than done in the Australian sun. What can you do once you realise...