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A night of revelry can mean an uncomfortable day after. Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

Hangovers happen as your body tries to protect itself from alcohol’s toxic effects

Researchers know the basic biology of what happens to your system after a night of heavy drinking. Unfortunately, evidence-based cures for the common hangover are still at the investigation stage.
A water bridge over the Klip River in Gauteng, South Africa. Shutterstock

Cancer causing toxicants found in a tributary of South Africa’s second largest river

Harmful pesticides have been found in the widely consumed sharptooth catfish found in a river that runs through Johannesburg.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement. Lisa/Flickr

What causes Parkinson’s disease? What we know, don’t know and suspect

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
The national flower of Zimbabwe, the Glory Lily, is also found in Queensland where it’s more famously known as a noxious weed that’s highly poisonous to humans. JohnSkewes/Flickr

Little shop of horrors: the Australian plants that can kill you

It's not just Australia's animals that can be deadly, there are plenty of dangerous plants too.
No one-off detox regimen will ‘erase’ the effects of the last four weeks’ worth of excess and years’ worth of sluggish lifestyle habits. Vicki/Flickr

Do you really need a detox?

The human body is a comprehensive, self-mending, self-detoxing apparatus that will perform its tasks regardless of whether you're undertaking a rigid detox cure, or a gourmet food and wine marathon.

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