Is lockdown worth the pain? No, it’s a sledgehammer, and we have better options

Melbourne’s lockdown has been described as one of the harshest in the world. And jurisdictions outside Australia have taken other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 once case numbers have eased. So, in the absence of a reliable COVID-19 treatment or licensed vaccine, is lockdown still worth it? To answer this, we not only need scientific evidence, we need […]

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Karen Pence on National Suicide Prevention Week: 'We want to reduce the stigma'

Second Lady Karen Pence on suicide prevention as Americans struggle with coronavirus pandemic Second lady of the United States, Karen Pence, joins Harris Faulkner on ‘Outnumbered Overtime.’ Second lady Karen Pence discussed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week and the resources available to help those suffering from mental illness amid the coronavirus pandemic on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Thursday. "The thing we want people […]

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Here’s what we know about CTE, the brain condition that affected Danny Frawley

News emerged this week former AFL footballer Danny Frawley was suffering from a brain disease called CTE when he died last year, according to reports received by the Victorian Coroner. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, refers to changes in the brain that have been linked to repeated blows to the head, sometimes seen in former players of sports such as […]

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Why we can sense when someone is going to die, according to a psychic medium

Have you ever just had a strong sense about something … and, eerily, it turned out you were correct? Maybe, sadly, it was the death of a loved one: When the phone rings, you can feel it in your gut that you’re about to receive bad news, before you pick up. It’s easy to dismiss this kind of premonition as […]

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How close are we to finding a treatment?

Trials around the world are attempting to identify treatments for people with severe Covid-19. The first drugs that do make a difference are now being identified. What work is being done to find treatments? More than 150 different drugs are being researched in different countries. Most are existing drugs that are being trialled against the virus. The UK is running […]

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What we know now about COVID-19: Recovery is hard, masks help, children can be carriers and more

It’s been more than seven months since China first reported a cluster of unexplained cases of pneumonia, and we’re still learning how the novel coronavirus spreads and what we can do to defeat it. The situation with COVID-19 is both better and worse than we knew a few months ago, because many people experience mild symptoms and some report no […]

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This is how we can improve response to the next pandemic

To Richard M. Carpiano, a pandemic is just as much of a social science issue as it is a medical one. A professor of public policy and sociology at the University of California, Riverside, Carpiano specializes in public health and medical sociology, analyzing how various social factors impact population health around the world. Carpiano began studying trends in vaccine uptake […]

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Unique & Often Wacky Celebrity Baby Names We Wish We'd Thought of First

We’ll just come right out and say it: We love celebrity baby names — and honestly, the weirder the better. From strange 2020 star spawn X Æ A-12 and Raddix Madden way back to the likes of Moon Unit Zappa, they’re ahead of the curve for sure. After all, choosing a name for your child can be a thrill, especially […]

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