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We’ve all heard BMI has shortcomings, so what scale should we use to predict our optimum weight? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Too fat, too thin? How do you work out your ideal weight?

Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but there is one essential element missing: shape.
Our friends influence us to be healthier – or, more likely, unhealthier. Tina Leggio/Flickr

How your friends affect your health

Think about your five closest friends. What do they care about? You should choose your friends wisely, because they can have a big influence on your health.
Australia has more police relative to population than ever before and they are a costly form of crime prevention. AAP/Mitchell Burke

Do we need more police, or are there better ways to cut crime?

Police are important, but not sufficient, in the crime-reduction effort. I have enormous faith in their abilities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we need more of them.
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Peut-on vraiment mourir d’un cœur brisé ?

Et soudain, éperdue de douleur, son coeur se rompit et elle mourut… Le syndrome du coeur brisé n’est pas réservé aux romans mélodramatiques. Le Takotsubo est bel et bien une pathologie cardiaque.
Broken heart syndrome is a real thing. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Fact or fiction: can we die from a broken heart?

Dying of a broken heart is more than a myth. Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, also known as Broken Heart Syndrome, was first recognised by Japanese researchers over 20 years ago.
Pain doesn’t originate at the site as most think, it’s created by the brain so we protect the area that’s in danger. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is pain and what is happening when we feel it?

Pain scientists are reasonably agreed that pain is an unpleasant feeling in our body that makes us want to stop and change our behaviour.
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Teaching Mandarin in schools is another slap in the face for African languages

There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa's linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
There are still barriers to overcome to keep more women in science. CIAT/Flickr

What it’s like to be a woman working in science, and how to make it better

What is it like to be a woman working in the sciences? While there are hurdles to overcome, there are joys as well. The new SAGE initiative hopes to make STEM even more amenable to women.
Workplaces should try to eliminate situations where bullying can occur, rather than put responsibility on workers to behave nicely. www.shutterstock.com

Like a ‘cancer’ of the workplace, bullying is a symptom of dysfunction

Like cancer, bullying will affect a majority of employees during their working lives, as a victim, witness, or perhaps as the alleged bully. And like cancer, there's no silver bullet to cure bullying.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended. Benny Lin/Flickr

Explainer: why are off-label medicines prescribed?

The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so? Marcus Hansson/Fkickr

Why we should consider whether it’s time to allow sex selection in IVF: NHMRC

The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
We’re more likely to recall memories and information we’ve used frequently rather than those obtained at a particular age. Kristo-Gothard Hunor/Shutterstock

Passage of time: why people with dementia switch back to the past

People with dementia judge the passage of time differently, and can access remote memories from many decades ago while being unable to remember events of the past few hours.
Detecting viruses in wild-caught mosquitoes provides intimate detail of disease transmission cycles. University of Washington SPH/Flickr

How a new test is revolutionising what we know about viruses in our midst

We monitor mosquitoes to help predict and control virus outbreaks. And a new technique for collecting mosquito saliva from the field has made the process both more sensitive and inexpensive.

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