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Too many informal carers have to choose between giving their older mum or dad the care they need and dropping out of the workforce. Shutterstock

More carers’ leave may help Australians look after elderly parents and stay in work

A new system of carers' leave would allow middle-aged Australians to care for their ageing parents while staying in the workforce.
Young adults and people living in the inner city are among those most likely to be lonely, according to the ABC’s Australia Talks project. from www.shutterstock.com

Loneliness is a social cancer, every bit as alarming as cancer itself

Loneliness is a bigger cause of death than a poor diet, obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise, and it's on a par with heavy smoking. So let's get talking about it.
Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer (from left to right on the screen) during a press conference held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on 14 October 2019. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

2019 Nobel Prize in Economics: the limits of the clinical trial method

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics pays tribute to randomized control trials, but can they really help us fight poverty?
Argentina’s president-elect, Alberto Fernández (right), with his running mate, former president and first lady Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Reuters/Agustin Marcarian

Argentina elects new president on promises to fix economy and unify a struggling nation

Argentina has voted for change. Alberto Fernández, a 60-year-old lawyer, defeated President Mauricio Macri with a campaign emphasizing economic recovery, social inclusion and national unity.
Miners working at Bersham Colliery near Wrexham in Wales, 1960. The National Archives UK/Flickr

Inequality now extends to people’s DNA

People who moved away from Britain's coal-mining areas have genetic profiles linked to higher educational attainment and better health than those who stayed.

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