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Schoolies is a rite of passage for many Australian teenagers as they finish their exams and leave school. But are you prepared? from www.shutterstock.com

Is your teen off to schoolies? Here’s what to say instead of freaking out

Schoolies and other leavers' celebrations are a chance for teenagers to exert their independence and experiment with their identity as a young adult. And yes, you can help without losing your cool.
Does it matter if you take your medicine morning, noon or night? That depends on a number of factors. from Kat Ka/www.shutterstock.com

What time of day should I take my medicine?

For most medicines, it doesn't matter when you take them. But others work best at particular times.
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How to talk to your teenagers about drugs

The idea that we can sit down calmly and rationally and explain to our children how they can take drugs safely overlooks a bundle of emotional issues.
When people went to their GP asking for painkillers, they weren’t prescribed higher doses of codeine or stronger opioids, as some feared. from www.shutterstock.com

Here’s what happened when codeine was made prescription only. No, the sky didn’t fall in

When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.
The effectiveness of a drug may be evaluated based on its potential to shrink tumours – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to improved survival rates. From shutterstock.com

Do new cancer drugs work? Too often we don’t really know (and neither does your doctor)

National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.

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