we looked at the health star rating of 20,000 foods and this is what we found

We looked at the health star rating of 20,000 foods and this is what...

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Image: Shuttlestock As you read this, health officials are busy finalising the government’s review of the health star rating system on packaged foods. One of the issues the review is looking at is whether the system, which...
victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. will the new measures work?

Victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. Will the new measures...

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Image: James Ross/AAP I recently wrote about Victoria’s surge in COVID-19 cases. On that day, Victoria recorded 11 new infections, after a few days of new cases in the high teens and low twenties. I wondered...
why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good

Why the ban on nicotine vape fluid will do more harm than good

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Last week the federal government’s Office of Drug Control announced changes to the importation of nicotine-containing electronic cigarette fluids that will seriously affect the estimated 227,000 regular e-cigarette users in Australia. From January 1, 2021, users will no...
‘kissing can be dangerous’: how old advice for tb seems strangely familiar today

‘Kissing can be dangerous’: how old advice for TB seems strangely familiar today

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Image: Shuttlestock We’ve been reminded about avoiding hugging or kissing, especially among large family groups, in light of the recent Melbourne coronavirus clusters. But alerting the public to the potential for kissing to spread infectious diseases...
pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

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Picture: Shuttlestock There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia. Our two new surveys of Australians who regularly...
7 questions to ask a dentist on your next visit

7 Questions To Ask A Dentist On Your Next Visit

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The key contributor to a healthy lifestyle is to have good oral health.  Are you aware that your oral health can affect you physically and mentally? Yes! That’s true! Many of you may not understand the significance...
Black Lives, Blue Lives, All Lives Matter

Black Lives, Blue Lives, All Lives Matter

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Hello readers! I hope you will indulge me in a small prologue. I recently posted this article to my personal website and socials and it had such an active mix of responses that I thought I...
in many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

In many countries the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, not slowing

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A mass grave in Manaus, Brazil. The country now has the second-most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.  Sandro Pereira/Fotoarena/Sipa USA Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating. While some countries such as Australia...
breakthrough discovery to transform prostate cancer treatment

Breakthrough discovery to transform prostate cancer treatment

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https://youtu.be/tI5aqXOFV8E A novel formulation of the prostate cancer drug abiraterone acetate – currently marketed as Zytiga - will dramatically improve the quality of life for people suffering from prostate cancer, as pre-clinical trials by the...
employers, schools, take note. coronavirus ‘clearance certificates’ are a waste of everybody’s time

Employers, schools, take note. Coronavirus ‘clearance certificates’ are a waste of everybody’s time

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Image: Shuttlestock Last week, my two-year-old niece was sent home from daycare for having a runny nose – a sin that would otherwise be commonplace on a windy winter’s day. The daycare centre instructed my sister...