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The Conversation • 30 Oct 2019

As the 9-to-5 work day disappears, our lives are growing more out of sync

New research shows Australians are working non-standard hours, and the job of scheduling a social life around them falls disproportionately to women.

The Conversation • 29 Oct 2019

Does eating dairy foods increase your risk of prostate cancer?

A recent study reported a high consumption of dairy products was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. But breaking down the results shows there's no reason for men to give up dairy.

The Conversation • 23 Oct 2019

Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don't want to rock the boat

A particular brand of climate denial among coastal property owners presents a conundrum for councils and governments trying to plan for sea-level rise.

The Conversation • 23 Oct 2019

Is coconut water good for you? We asked five experts

We asked five experts if coconut water is good for you. Four out of five experts said no.

The Conversation • 17 Oct 2019

Who takes care of the elderly? Findings from rural South Africa

Care facilities are often considered a last resort in South Africa. Personal care is assumed to be provided by family and household members.

The Conversation • 9 Oct 2019

No, serving sizes on food labels don't tell us how much we should eat

When a manufacturer lists a serving size on their food label, it's based on their expectations of what you'll eat, not what the dietary guidelines recommend.

The Conversation • 8 Oct 2019

The Real Dirty Dancing reduces a political film to little more than coy dance numbers

Dirty Dancing's dance sequences are stand-alone properties, famous in their own right. But when they're considered in isolation, the film's messy class, race and gender politics are sidelined.

The Conversation • 4 Oct 2019

Explainer: what is extradition between countries and how does it work?

Extradition laws are based on the idea that offenders, or alleged offenders, should not be able to evade justice by fleeing to another country. But the case of Malka Leifer shows just how difficult that can be.

The Conversation • 3 Oct 2019

Yes, we still need to cut down on red and processed meat

The advice is still to limit your red meat intake to a maximum of 500g a week. So why did some headlines tell us otherwise this week?

The Conversation • 30 Sep 2019

Misogyny, male rage and the words men use to describe Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg's critics say the climate activist is unstable, hysterical and mentally ill. That's because she challenges the view that the world is theirs to conquer.

The Conversation • 23 Sep 2019

Eat your heart out: native water rats have worked out how to safely eat cane toads

When neatly dissected cane toad corpses began turning up next to a creek in the Kimberley, scientists went on the hunt for the clever killer.

The Conversation • 10 Sep 2019

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: what science says about how to lose weight and whether you really need to

A professor in nutrition and dietetics explains.

The Conversation • 5 Sep 2019

Kids learn valuable life skills through rough-and-tumble play with their dads

When dads engage in active play with their kids they actually help them cope better with some of the challenges they'll face in life. And no reason why mums can't join in the fun as well.

The Conversation • 2 Sep 2019

How clean is your hospital room? To reduce the spread of infections, it could probably be cleaner

If hospitals are not thoroughly cleaned, patients may be at higher risk of infection. We tested a new approach to hospital cleaning, and found it could reduce infections and save money.

The Conversation • 29 Aug 2019

The government has released its draft religious discrimination bill. How will it work?

Given the unique aspects of the proposed bill, there should be a longer consultation period to examine why religious freedoms should be prioritised over other freedoms.

The Conversation • 28 Aug 2019

The science behind diet trends like mono, charcoal detox, Noom and Fast800

Diets like mono, charcoal detox, Noom, time-restricted feeding and Fast800 are growing in popularity. Here's what the evidence says about them.

The Conversation • 26 Aug 2019

A weight loss app may be a risky way to address obesity in children

Targeting kids with a weight loss app could perpetuate body image issues and lead to disordered eating. Yes, childhood obesity is a problem – but we must tread carefully when delivering solutions.

The Conversation • 22 Aug 2019

Why full-fat milk is now OK if you're healthy, but reduced-fat dairy is still best if you're not

Low-fat milk provides no extra benefit for your heart over full-fat milk, if you're healthy. But it's too soon to pour the low-fat options down the sink.

The Conversation • 16 Aug 2019

Glamorising violent offenders with 'true crime' shows and podcasts needs to stop

True crime podcasts, series, and books have fuelled our interest in violent and dangerous perpetrators. It's time victims and their families were remembered.

The Conversation • 13 Aug 2019

Red tape in aged care shouldn't force staff to prioritise ticking boxes over residents' outcomes

Bureaucratic 'red tape' has contributed to the current crisis in our aged care system. We need a system of accountability that focuses more on residents' outcomes, and less on processes.
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