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Fischer believed his immunity broke down a lot more quickly as a direct consequence of his exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam war. AAP/Alex Murray

What Tim Fischer’s cancer tells us about the impact of Agent Orange on other Vietnam veterans

More than 500 Australians died in the Vietnam war and 3,000 were wounded, but the damage from Agent Orange was much more far-reaching, as Tim Fischer's death last week reminded us.
Specially trained hospital security guards are only part of the solution to making health-care workers and their patients feel safe. from www.shutterstock.com

Beefing up security isn’t the only way to make hospitals safer

Security guards won't protect paramedics and community nurses from violent patients. And in hospital, some security guards can unwittingly escalate violence, unless they're specially trained.
Coal miner Scott Tiller works next to a drill in an underground coal mine roughly 40 inches high in Welch, West Virginia. AP Photo/David Goldman

Black lung disease on the rise: 5 questions answered

A recent study found the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever recorded among coal miners in central Appalachia. Two doctors who treat black lung patients explain how miners contract it.
Media reports failed to mention limits to evidence in new guidelines about sitting and moving at work, and missed commercial interests that were initially not disclosed. Kennyrhoads/Wikimedia Commons

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work

Here's how reporting of the world's first specific advice on reducing inactivity at work has overplayed the role of standing desks.
Staying alert and safe on the night shift not only affects workers’ health, but the health and safety of the people around them. from www.shutterstock.com

Power naps and meals don’t always help shift workers make it through the night

Taking a power nap on a night shift can leave you feeling groggy. And eating a large meal can reduce your alertness. So, what's a tired shift worker to do to make it through the night?

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