Diversity and Inclusion Are Important Goals—But Tokenism Isn't the Way to Do It

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that equality should be a priority for all of us, and the media, politics, and the corporate world need to be more diverse. And genuine intentions are key when it comes to efforts at diversity, otherwise it’s little more than tokenism.  Generally speaking, tokenism is about including someone in a group purely for […]

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The Brain Disorder in the New Netflix Show 'Away' Really Can Cause Stroke-Like Symptoms—Here's What Doctors Say About It

The new TV series, Away, dropped on Netflix earlier this month, and at the heart of this space drama is a little-known brain condition called cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). Hilary Swank stars as NASA astronaut Emma Green, and Josh Charles takes the role of her on-screen astronaut husband, Matt Logan. While Swank's character embarks on a mission to Mars, her […]

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Is it safe to use public transport?

Children are returning to school and Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants people to return to workplaces, making public transport services busier. But what are the risks of catching Covid-19 on trains, buses and planes? How safe are trains and buses? A lot of the potential risk of infection on trains and buses depends on how crowded they are and how […]

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A teen unknowingly swallowed a sewing pin. It pierced his heart.

When a teen swallowed a small sewing pin while tailoring his clothes, he didn’t even notice. So it was a surprise to everyone when, some days later, doctors found it in a very unusual place — his heart. The 17-year-old went to the emergency room after experiencing chest pain for three days, according to a report of the case, published […]

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Strength training is as important as cardio, and you can do it from home during COVID-19

We often get bombarded with the message “regular physical activity is the key to good health and well-being.” To most of us, when we hear “physical activity,” we typically think of aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, and cycling. But recent evidence suggests muscle-strengthening exercise is very beneficial to our health. In our study, published today, we argue muscle-strengthening exercise […]

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What is the COVID ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in Australia?

The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practice mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of your own household. But several countries, such as New Zealand and the United Kingdom, have experimented with bubbles larger than a single household. Victorian Premier Dan Andrews will […]

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How long will it take me to recover?

More than one million people around the world are known to have recovered from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University. But the road back to full health is not the same for everyone. Recovery time will depend on how sick you became in the first place. Some people will shrug off the illness quickly, but for others it could leave […]

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