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Academics and government spar over sugar tax

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It sure is a sticky issue: in the wake of two recent reports advocating for the imposition of a sugar tax, Liberal frontbenchers have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed levy. At a doorstop interview in Tasmania yesterday, education minister ...

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No Jab, No Pay unproductive: paper

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“We’re extremely strong advocates for vaccination … and we both recognise that vaccine rejection is an ongoing problem in Australia … and there’s actually very limited evidence on the best way to address vaccine rejection.” Dr Margie Danchin of the ...

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Top model also a role model for intersex kids

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Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele is a rangy 178 centimetres tall. Mousey-blonde haired and milky-skinned, she has an impish, slightly androgynous look. As well as strutting catwalks, Odiele is helping break a taboo by recently declaring herself as intersex. Odiele ...

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Mum’s depression different to other types

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Do you know a new mum who’s got the blues? Though her symptoms – like withdrawal, loss of appetite and irritability – may seem similar to typical depression, a new study has shown they might in fact be different. Researchers ...

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Kids a priority for lobby against alcohol abuse

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“Nothing good happens after midnight.” Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), drops this aphorism in a conversation about lockout laws. The erosion of lockout laws, and how it affects the wellbeing of children, ...

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Adopted babies recall their mother tongue: research

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Though they may equally yearn for poffertjes, Korean-born Dutch babies are more likely to be able to pronounce kimchi than their Netherlands-born counterparts, an international research team has found. Their study, published in Royal Society Open Science, asked Dutch adoptees, ...

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