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Why is Japan’s Olympic marathon shifting cities to avoid the heat? A sports physiologist explains

The International Olympic Committee last week decided to shift next year’s Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo to protect athletes from the heat.


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Cyclones, screens, lost souls: how the ghosts we believe in reflect our changing fears

The ghosts of Halloween decorations provide light entertainment, but our enduring fascination for and fear of them is far from child’s play.


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Having a baby at a birth centre is as safe as hospital but results in less intervention

Having a baby at a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in hospital, according to our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open.


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Curious Kids: does chewing gum stay inside you for years?

Great question, Olivia! The short answer is that most gum you swallow ends up in your poo. But if you swallow a lot of chewing gum, it can get stuck and cause problems.


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Endometriosis costs women and society $30,000 a year for every sufferer

The average cost for a woman with endometriosis both personally and for society is around A$30,000 a year, according to our research, published today in the journal PLOS ONE.


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Looking to rent a home? 6 things that will help or hinder you

Two-thirds of tenants in Australia rent through a real estate agent. A national shortage of private rental housing forces these tenants to impress the real estate agent to secure a property – their application needs to stand out from other applications.


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All the signs were there: lessons from the collapse of White Ribbon Australia

Few Australian charities have been as high-profile as the White Ribbon organisation. In its stated mission to prevent men’s violence against women, it garnered the support of politicians, sporting champions, celebrities and the general public.


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1 in 3 new mums struggle to get their baby to sleep, but some women have a tougher time

Our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open, found that while every baby is different, some factors increase the likelihood new mothers will experience difficulties with early parenting.



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