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More young Australians face the daunting task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life while dealing with the after-effects of cancer. Greg Raines/Unsplash

Life interrupted: young people need help moving forward after cancer

If you’re an Australian teenager or young adult diagnosed with cancer, there’s good news: overall survival rates are good and getting better. But what can you expect from life after cancer treatment?
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over the direction of the Supreme Court, immigration, the economy, and fitness to lead. Reuters

Clinton and Trump meet in final presidential debate: experts respond

The Conversation's experts respond to the third and final US presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Slimmer cigarettes are a growth market for tobacco companies. Dedyukhin Dmitry/Shutterstock

Big Tobacco sees its future in cigarettes, not vaping

In 2012, in the early days of the rise of e-cigarettes, Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco, said “Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco…
Nevada will play host to the third and final presidential debate. Reuters/Rick Wilking

Race to the White House – opinion polls, Clinton’s campaign, and the third debate

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This week's episode of Race to the White House looks at the history and importance of public opinion polls, as well as previewing the third and final presidential debate.
Clare Wright: one of many women historians carving a role as a public intellectual. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

How women historians smashed the glass ceiling

Compared to the male-dominated STEM disciplines and social sciences like philosophy and political science, Australian history has been remarkably feminised. Indeed there may be more women historians here than in the UK or US.
Providing a sample for a genetic test might not actually give you the health answers you’re looking for. Canadian Blood Services/flickr

Genetic testing isn’t a crystal ball for your health

Testing some genes for Alzheimer's disease, coeliac disease and folate conversion does not lead to improved health outcomes, and may create anxiety or false hope amongst patients.
Give small amounts as you pass by makes you feel good but is rarely enough to make any significant or lasting difference. Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

Can travellers transform a beggar’s life with a generous gift?

Travelling almost always involves confronting experiences with abject poverty. As you step out of the pampered cocoons of hotels, restaurants and airline cabins and see destitute people sleeping on streets…
The bruising second presidential debate was dominated by accusations of sexual misconduct. Gary He/EPA

Race to the White House – the vicious debate, the future of the GOP, and Clinton’s emails

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This episode of Race to the White House examines the fallout from the second presidential debate and asks whether the Republican Party can transform itself to remain politically relevant.

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