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So coffee doesn’t stunt kids' growth, but does this mean caffeine is OK for kids? Jack Fussell/Flickr

Health Check: is caffeine actually bad for kids?

Kids normally need a lot of extra nutrition during their adolescent growth spurt, and you might expect the appetite-suppressing effect of caffeine to result in poorer dietary intake and reduced growth.
What’s behind the carefully curated, cartoonish personas played out in political media? EPA/GE YUEJIN

Why politicians and fictional characters have a lot in common

Voters judge political parties as best we can. But the way political narratives are presented – with their heroes and villains, twists and triumphs – rewards archetypes rather than nuanced reality.
Should the British decide to leave the EU, it is unlikely that David Cameron could, or would want to, remain prime minister. Reuters/Dylan Martinez

A vote for Brexit means a wounded David Cameron and a calamitous blow to Europe

Behind the parochial media focus on the political manoeuvring within a divided Conservative Party, national decisions don’t get much more important than the UK's referendum on its EU membership.
Stockbroker Oliver Curtis leaves at lunchtime with his wife Roxy Jacenko at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. David Moir/AAP

Insider trading is greedy, not glamorous, and it hurts us all

It doesn't matter how much Oliver Curtis and John Hartman stood to gain from insider trading, what matters is what we all lose from market tampering.
So a tested medical intervention was found not to work. This should be just as big news as if it was found to be a success. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Why we need to pay more attention to negative clinical trials

Why didn’t you hear about a recent big study on a new heart medication? Because the drug didn’t work. But that doesn't mean the study wasn't a success – it was.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for the majority of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases. from shutterstock.com

How Australians Die: cause #4 – chronic lower respiratory diseases

The lung is like an upside-down tree where the wind pipe is the trunk and the bronchi are the branches. Chronic lower respiratory diseases affect these branches.

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