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Going to the beach this Christmas?

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A blue-ringed octopus bite is rare but potentially deadly. Here’s what you need to know. AARON HODGSON was collecting shells on a beach just south of Newcastle with his two young daughters when something unforgettable happened. He was holding a bunch of shells in his hand when he felt a slight sucking

How much plastic would you like with your tea?

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The hidden plastics in Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire teabags BRITISH PEOPLE are known around the world for their love of tea, with 100 million cups consumed across the UK every day. But Britons may want to think twice about which brand they buy after tests revealed that Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire Tea bags

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

EXPERT REACTION: Coronavirus — your questions answered

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Professor Allen Cheng, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University has answered the following questions. On immunity / immunology Can we please have some commentary on herd immunity + the coronavirus?  It’s a big issue in the UK.   “It (herd Immunity) is

Sometimes I need sleeping pills. Why can‘t I ask for them?

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Doctors shouldn’t be consigning their patients to one kind of hell in order to avoid another SOMETIMES I CAN’T sleep. I have nightmares. I’m woken by the sound of a slurred shout before I realise I’m making it, then toss around in increasingly frustrated rearrangements of sheets and limbs until 5am. Bad

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