Health & Science

  • Animal protein vs plant: what’s best for health, muscle and longevity?

    After years of being the also-ran, plant protein has taken its place alongside animal protein in many supermarket chillers. Beef sausages line up with plant versions made from legumes, not cows – and the choice of plant-based burgers, meat balls and schnitzels keeps on growing. But how does protein from plants stack up against protein…

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  • Alzheimer’s researchers in WA make breakthrough finding that could unlock new treatments

    Perth researchers have made a revolutionary discovery in the fight against Alzheimer’s, identifying the likely cause of the killer disease. They have found that toxic fat proteins can leak into the brain through the bloodstream. Over time the leaked proteins create plaque-like deposits which cause the disease. The research reveals for the first time that…

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  • Australia: Lockdowns force families to manage screen time

    Screens weren’t a big part of Hilary Brainard’s household before the pandemic – she doesn’t even have a television – but these days she and her seven-year-old daughter spend their days hopping between Zoom calls and Google meetings. The Sydney marketing manager is working full time while also supervising homeschooling and virtual extracurricular activities for…

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  • Another hidden Covid risk: Lingering kidney problems

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, doctors have found that people who become very ill with Covid-19 often experience kidney problems, not just the lung impairments that are the hallmark of the illness. Now, a large study suggests that kidney issues can last for months after patients recover from the initial infection and may lead…

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  • How COVID-19 lockdowns have impacted young people in Australia and where to get help

    With COVID-19 outbreaks across the country keeping many Australians in lockdown, mental health advocates are particularly concerned about the impact they are having on young people. Over the weekend, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was asked about figures reported by Nine newspapers that showed emergency department visits in the state were up 31 per…

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  • NSW reports record 1,290 new local coronavirus cases and four more deaths

    NSW recorded 1,290 new local COVID-19 cases, more than 80 per cent of which were in Sydney’s west and southwest, and four new deaths in the 24 hours until 8pm on Sunday. It is another record daily increase in cases and the third consecutive day above 1,000. The deaths include a man in his 50s from…

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  • Move: the one thing you can do to live better for longer

    No matter your age, daily activity will lead to improvements; the body always gets better with practice. Even better are the long-term benefits and health gains. Researchers have shown that 15 minutes of exercise per day adds three years to your life, and 20 minutes per day adds seven years. Another study of more than…

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  • NSW shatters another COVID-19 case record, reporting 919 new infections and one death

    NSW has shattered another coronavirus case record, reporting 919 new infections in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. One new death, a man in his 80s from Sydney’s north, has also been recorded in addition to a 30-year-old western Sydney mother of three whose death was announced yesterday. Of the new cases, only 178 are linked to…

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  • Could we really ‘live well’ to 200?

    Sergey Young turns away from the screen, lost in thought for a second, then gesticulates enthusiastically. “I’m not looking for immortality, you know, I’m happy with living 200 years, realising all my dreams.” It sounds good to me, too. He’s 49. I’m 46. Do we really have another 150-odd years to go? “I do sincerely…

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  • Greater Sydney lockdown extended as NSW records 644 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases

    New South Wales has recorded 644 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths on Friday, as authorities announce the Greater Sydney lockdown will be extended until the end of September. But the Central Coast and Shell Harbour will be defined as regional, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. The lockdown in rural and regional…

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