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The inevitable tragedy of a Summer on edge in Portland

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ALL THROUGH SUMMER, through the haze of tear gas and assaults by federal agents, amid nightly clashes between Portland police and protesters, an incident like the one on Saturday night seemed not only possible but inevitable. On the ninety-third day of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd,

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts a cut above for blood vessel health

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NEW RESEARCH from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has shown some of our least favourite vegetables could be the most beneficial when it comes to preventing advanced blood vessel disease. Published in the British Journal of Nutrition the research has found higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, is

The therapeutic power of gardening

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Can anxious minds find solace working with plants? A therapist and her husband, a garden designer, say yes. By Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 17 August 2020 IN MID-MARCH, in the tense week before the British government announced its belated coronavirus-induced lockdown, certain everyday products became extraordinarily hard to find. Panicked buyers swept up

Here‘s a bit of a chuckle to keep you going …

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starting with the Qantas Airlines Repair Division AFTER EVERY FLIGHT, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘Gripe Sheet’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the Gripe Sheets before the next flight. Never let

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia

but people like Grace are still turning to the black market. By Sophie Kesteven and Michele Weekes for Life Matters, ABC AFTER GRACE* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis. But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial

Why are more bald men in hospital with coronavirus?

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The answer could hold a treatment. TWO SMALL STUDIES published recently suggested most men hospitalised with COVID-19 are bald, generating headlines around the world. While this may sound strange, science does offer a plausible explanation. Male pattern baldness is associated with high levels of male sex hormones called androgens. And androgens seem to

Don’t eat kangaroo ‘bushmeat’ and why

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Since COVID19 hit the global human community, it has become apparent even to governments, that eating wildlife is one sure risk factor for zoonotic (jump from animal to human) diseases. Bushmeat that is killed in unsanitary field conditions has additional risks for consumption by humans and their pets.  Here’s our

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