How much does sleep matter?

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The findings of a three-year study into the consequences of lack of shut-eye produced surprising results. The Age – Christine Long Yawning through meetings? Getting out of bed dog-tired? Finding it harder to make decisions? If caffeine is the only thing getting you through the working day, you could be setting yourself up for a fall. Jacqui Jones is the ... Read More »

Social media advertising leads to gambling in young people: report

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Online betting companies are reaching out directly into the feeds of adolescents on social media, prompting fears it is encouraging children and teenagers to gamble, research has shown. Brisbane Times – Alana Schetzer and Benjamin Preiss A Southern Cross University study reported there were few regulations restricting gambling companies from advertising on social media, meaning they reach many more people ... Read More »

Zen and the Art of Dying Well

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Fixes *- What is the “right” way to die? We’re experiencing a zeitgeist moment about that. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande, is a best-selling book. The New York Times – By Courtney E. Martin Videos by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old who wanted to die in a way of her own choosing, went viral ... Read More »

Australia’s $3b hangover: Alcohol and drugs causing 11.5m ‘sick days’

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Hangovers are causing 11.5 million “sick days” a year at a cost of $3 billion to the Australian economy, new research suggests. The Canberra Times – Julia Medew, Health Editor There are also fears that people who are mixing alcohol with amphetamines on the weekends are experiencing “Weepy Wednesdays” because of the delayed effects of their drug use, making them irritable and unreliable ... Read More »

Study Finds Nearly All Scientific Papers Controlled By Six Corporations

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When children grow up dreaming of becoming scientists they have the purest of aspirations and if they were left to pursue their own studies they would be able to accomplish the unimaginable. True Activist – by John Vibes Unfortunately, to become a member of the scientific community one has to jump through many bureaucratic hoops until they are eventually inducted ... Read More »

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

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The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think. The New York Times – By PETER ANDREY SMITHJUNE Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ ... Read More »

Promoting violence? Alcohol specials lead to increased aggression in bars

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Melbourne’s CBD has become increasing violent late at night. In 2009–10, 2568 assaults were reported to police. This was a 3.7% increase on the 2008 figures and a 35% increase on assaults in 2005. The Conversation - Francis Markham and Martin Young * In 2007–08, 10% of all public place assaults occurred in licensed premises. More than 25% were flagged ... Read More »

The Walking Dead

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This is the third piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part two, on sleeping and dreaming. The New Yorker – By Maria Konnikova Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the majority ... Read More »

Steroid arrests to overtake cocaine within two years: Researcher

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Arrests for steroid trafficking will outstrip cocaine in two years and heroin within four years, a Queensland criminologist predicts. Brisbane Times – Jorge Branco, Journalist Bond University assistant professor and former detective inspector Terry Goldsworthy’s warning comes after two recent reports from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) showed huge increases in arrest and seizure numbers in Queensland. “If you look at the actual ... Read More »

Barry Lambert gives $34m to University of Sydney for cannabis research

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Retired financial services magnate Barry Lambert has given the the University of Sydney $33.7 million – its biggest ever donation for research – to develop pharmaceutical drugs from cannabis plants. Financial Review - by Tim Dodd “The experience of our granddaughter, who suffers from debilitating epilepsy, has opened our eyes to the extraordinary possibility of cannabinoids treating not only her condition but a range of ... Read More »