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The mode of delivery has a big impact on an infant’s microbiota, the bacteria that live in the gut. Martin Valigursky/Shutterstock

Gut instinct: how the way you’re born and fed affect your immune system

The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
The process of passing a bowel motion is more complicated that you might think. Chakrapong Zyn/Shutterstock

What’s the best way to go to the toilet – squatting or sitting?

Pauline Hanson’s concern about the ATO installing squat toilets to cater for its increasingly diverse workforce has prompted debate about the best way to go to the toilet: sitting or squatting.
Food can prevent certain medicines being absorbed into the bloodstream. Bertalan Szürös/Flickr

Explainer: why must some medications be taken with food?

Have you ever been advised to take a medicine with food? How about taking a medicine with cola or avoiding grapefruit? Hundreds of medicines have food-related dosing instructions. With four out of five…

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