Nicole Lee, Curtin University To demonstrate the failure of the war on drugs, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann came out this week about her own drug use: Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA [ecstasy] at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same. When asked … Continue reading Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia
Gina Masterton, Griffith University Fiona (not her real name) came to Australia from New Zealand as a 19-year-old backpacker. Here, she met a man, got married and had two boys. The domestic violence began after her first son’s birth, and Fiona endured it for several years. In 2017, when her children were eight and ten, Fiona summoned the strength to leave her husband. Not being … Continue reading Fleeing family violence to another country and taking your child is not ‘abduction’, but that’s how the law sees it
Obesity is a condition that is associated with excessive levels of body fat, obesity is considered a major health problem in Western Countries. Between 2014 and 2015 a staggering 63.4% of the population was overweight. This is an increase of 19% from 1995. In the same period, there was about 22,700 hospital separation involving one or more weight loss procedure, seven of eight of these … Continue reading What Everyone Must Know About OBESITY
H. Peter Soyer, The University of Queensland and Katie Lee, The University of Queensland There’s a lot to be said for sunshine – both good and bad. It’s our main source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and muscle health. Populations with higher levels of sun exposure also have better blood pressure and mood levels, and fewer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. … Continue reading There’s no such thing as a safe tan. Here’s what’s happening underneath your summer glow
Nural Cokcetin, University of Technology Sydney and Shona Blair, University of Technology Sydney Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds. Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin tone, reduce hair loss and even prevent … Continue reading Science or Snake Oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?
The rise of “Religious Nones.” The number of people who consider themselves as non-religious is growing. According to a Pew research, the global religious patterns in Western Countries shows that affiliation to a religious institution is declining. More and people are either identifying themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nones.” “In 2016 Census, the first box was for “no religion”. This was not a secularist plot, but … Continue reading Analysis of the Global Religious Pattern
President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption -By Mwikisa Nabita- Every reasonable citizen would expect a President of a country to be on higher moral ground, transparent, to have Integrity, accountable and having the interest of the nation at heart, at the minimum. It has become easy for anyone with a pulse to know the mind of the Zambian President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, concerning corruption in the … Continue reading President Lungu’s Mind on Corruption