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Assisted dying

Victorian MPs are about to debate an assisted dying bill. How can they sift through competing claims? Shutterstock

As Victorian MPs debate assisted dying, it is vital they examine the evidence, not just the rhetoric

There is now a reputable body of research evidence from places that have introduced assisted dying, and MPs must examine that evidence before deciding how they will vote.

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Thunderstorm asthma

After the storm … Researchers are working together to predict future outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma. from www.shutterstock.com

Keeping one step ahead of pollen triggers for thunderstorm asthma

Researchers from a range of disciplines need to work together if we are to predict and prepare for the next thunderstorm asthma event.

Explainer: what is thunderstorm asthma?

If you suffer from itchy eyes, a runny nose, headaches and excessive sneezing this time of year, you’re certainly not alone. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to pollen and affects…

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How Australians die

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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