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Appetite for convenience: how the surge in online food delivery could be harming our...

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  Picture: Shutterstock With the simple touch of a smartphone, online food delivery services conveniently offer takeaway food straight to your door. Contact-free delivery has surged in popularity as lockdowns have limited physical access to restaurants and food...
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It’s OK if you have a little cry in lockdown. You’re grieving

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  Image: Shutterstock If you are one of the millions of Australians in lockdown, you are not alone in feeling a range of emotions difficult to put into words. Lockdown days are blurry, with time lost within our...
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How COVID affects the heart, according to a cardiologist

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  Picture: Shutterstock As the pandemic has progressed, researchers have begun to understand how COVID-19 impacts our bodies. Early in the pandemic, risk factors such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes were quickly associated with an...
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How does COVID affect the brain? Two neuroscientists explain

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  Picture: Shutterstock Scientists are becoming more and more concerned with the emergence of a syndrome termed “long COVID”, where a significant percentage of sufferers of COVID-19 experience long-lasting symptoms. Studies suggest symptoms remain for approximately 5-24% of confirmed COVID...
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Lockdowns make people lonely. Here are 3 steps we can take now to help...

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  Picture: Shutterstock Millions of Australians are currently living under lockdowns in an effort to curb the rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. While lockdowns and other social distancing restrictions are important strategies to...
no wonder people are confused. most official covid vaccine advice is way too complex

No wonder people are confused. Most official COVID vaccine advice is way too complex

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  Picture: Shutterstock As Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow, the message has shifted to urgently “get the jab”. And people’s motivation to get vaccinated is increasing. But with ever-changing advice, many people are confused about which...
australia shouldn’t ‘open up’ before we vaccinate at least 80% of the population. here’s why

Australia shouldn’t ‘open up’ before we vaccinate at least 80% of the population. Here’s...

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  Picture: Shutterstock Earlier this month National Cabinet released a four-phase COVID response plan. It wasn’t so much a plan – it had no dates and no thresholds – but more a back-of-the-napkin thought bubble. It...
when will we reach herd immunity? here are 3 reasons that’s a hard question to answer

When will we reach herd immunity? Here are 3 reasons that’s a hard question...

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  Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP As we try to control COVID-19, many people are keen to know what proportion of the population will need to be vaccinated in order to reach “herd immunity”. It’s a reasonable question....
we’re losing the vaccination race because of bungling, not bad luck

We’re losing the vaccination race because of bungling, not bad luck

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  Picture: Eric Surprenant/Shutterstock As one big international competition begins, another one is nearing its end. At least we hope so. I am, of course, talking about the Tokyo Olympic Games and the international roll-out of...
what should you eat after you’ve been on antibiotics? and can probiotics and prebiotics get your gut back to normal?

What should you eat after you’ve been on antibiotics? And can probiotics and prebiotics...

  Picture: Shutterstock Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria. But they can also destroy the good bacteria in your gut. For some people, this results in an upset stomach and diarrhoea. One UK review of the research looked at changes...