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The Conversation • 28 Jun 2022

We need to brace for a tsunami of long COVID. But we're not quite sure the best way to treat it

We need to take an urgent look at how we manage and treat long COVID. If we don’t start planning now, the problem will only get worse.

The Conversation • 27 Jun 2022

How to save $50 off your food bill and still eat tasty, nutritious meals

Cutting your grocery bill takes planning and flexibility – and knowing your budget. Here’s how to get started.

The Conversation • 20 Jun 2022

Why can you still get influenza if you've had a flu shot?

Flu vaccinations protect against four subtypes of influenza. But we don’t know what subtypes will circulate this flu season.

The Conversation • 18 Jun 2022

UK government orders the extradition of Julian Assange to the US, but that is not the end of the matter

Wikileaks has already announced it will appeal the decision, and the year-long drama could drag on for many years more.

The Conversation • 17 Jun 2022

NSW's biggest coal mine to close in 2030. Now what about the workers?

A just transition for coal mining communities has been talked about for decades. BHP’s decision this week shows it’s time to get serious.

The Conversation • 17 Jun 2022

After years of COVID, fires and floods, kids' well-being now depends on better support

Research on the impacts on schooling of COVID and bushfire and flood disasters has found academically the kids are mostly OK. It’s their well-being and recovery from trauma that demand our attention.

The Conversation • 15 Jun 2022

Has COVID affected your sleep? Here’s how viruses can change our sleeping patterns

Some people report insomnia symptoms, where they struggle to fall or stay asleep. Others report feeling constantly fatigued, and seemingly can’t get enough sleep. So what’s going on?

The Conversation • 14 Jun 2022

What Albanese needs to build a new industrial relations consensus

We’ve researched co-operation at work for many years – and its much easier to talk about than to achieve, especially in a political system as adversarial as Australia’s.

The Conversation • 13 Jun 2022

Every teacher needs to be a literacy teacher – but that's not happening in most Australian schools

A whole-school approach to literacy is far more effective for students, but few Australian schools have practical plans for building literacy across all subject areas.

The Conversation • 10 Jun 2022

Eating fish has been linked to an increase in melanoma risk – but that doesn't mean we should take it off the menu

Newly reported study findings suggest a link between eating more fish and dangerous skin cancers. But the findings are based on observations only and more research is needed.

The Conversation • 23 May 2022

Cases are high and winter is coming. We need to stop ignoring COVID

Despite rising cases and deaths, governments are have not even raised the prospect of imposing some public health restrictions.

The Conversation • 23 May 2022

3 big issues in higher education demand the new government's attention

The Coalition government showed a disdain for the arts, humanities and social sciences. The plight of these disciplines requires action from the incoming Labor government on three fronts.

The Conversation • 20 May 2022

Here's what the government and universities can do about the crisis of insecure academic work

The problem of insecure employment for academics came to a head during the pandemic. The neglect of this issue is eroding our intellectual capital along with education and employment opportunities.

The Conversation • 18 May 2022

Kids don't vote but teachers and parents sure do – what are the parties offering on schools?

The 2022 election campaign has not exactly been a policy fest. And one critical area we have heard very little about is schools.

The Conversation • 13 May 2022

We all lose when charities compete with each other. They should join forces

Competition is hurting charities and the causes for which they raise funds. There must be a better way.

The Conversation • 13 May 2022

Why holding back your urge to poop can wreak havoc on your insides – a gastroenterologist explains

The golden rule of gastroenterology is to always heed the ‘call to stool’ when the urge strikes.

The Conversation • 29 Apr 2022

Butt plug duels and fanny pack stunts: how Everything Everywhere All At Once fits into the canon of comedy-martial arts films

The outrageous martial arts scenes in Everything Everywhere All At Once pay homage to classic films like Jackie Chan’s Rumble In The Bronx and the Hui brothers’ The Private Eyes.

The Conversation • 29 Apr 2022

More affordable housing with less homelessness is possible – if only Australia would learn from Nordic nations

In Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, housing co-operatives help both renters and those wanting to own a secure, high-quality home. Better housing options for Australia are waiting in plain sight.

The Conversation • 27 Apr 2022

Restricting calories leads to weight loss, not necessarily the window of time you eat them in

A new study on intermittent fasting didn’t find much of an effect, but the participants usual diet patterns may have something to do with it.

The Conversation • 20 Apr 2022

James : « Est-ce que les zombies existent pour de vrai ? »

Le terme de « zombie » vient de la culture haïtienne et plus particulièrement de la religion vaudou.

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