The evidence so far suggests off-label prescribing for insomnia places users at unnecessary risk of harm.
Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk the most, by over 20%.
Between 1982 and 2013, the share of home owners among 25-34 year olds shrunk, by more than 20%. On the other hand, the share of home owners among those aged 65+ years has risen slightly.
Solar panels are still a rarity in WA’s lower-income areas.
Western Australia has huge amounts of sunshine and wind, yet only 7% of its energy comes from renewables. What's more, most households in the poorest suburbs are still locked out of the solar panel boom.
Advertising through online influencers is shaping consumer law, business models and people’s careers.
Business Briefing: the ‘get rich quick scheme’ influencing what you buy.
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Even though online influencers might not be overtly endorsing a product, advertisers will still pay a lot to have something featured, even subtly, in a post.
The Minderoo Foundation’s video was a heavy-handed illustration of problems in some WA communities.
The trial of the cashless welfare card, to control unhealthy spending in Indigenous communities, is being expanded partly due to emotive well-funded campaigns. Meanwhile, evidence is being ignored.
Eclipses are fun, but no one wants to be left in the dark by a blackout.
The solar eclipse offered electricity network operators a "live drill" in how to cope with fluctuating output from renewable energy. They passed with flying colours.
Spain plays a relatively inconsequential role in the fight against Islamic State.
The location and targeting of Islamic State's latest attack, on the Spanish city of Barcelona, deviates from the group's previous efforts.
Many older people complain their aches and pains worsen in the cold.
Many people complain their aches and pains get worse in the cold, but there are a number of ways to reduce that discomfort in the winter months.
Where to next on higher education reform?
Though more moderate than the 2014 version, the new higher education reform package represents groundhog day for the major political parties.
Around one in seven Australia households either cannot get into housing at market rates or are struggling to pay the rent.
One in seven Australian households is in a state of housing need. A shortfall in social housing supply means some are locked out of the market and others pay much more for rent than they can afford.
In the beginning, the Universe expanded very, very fast.
What caused the Big Bang is still a mystery. And that's just one of the many unanswered questions, in spite of everything we do know about the birth of the Universe.
This quenda seems to have been a victim of land clearing.
More than 50 million birds, mammals and reptiles are thought to be killed each year in New South Wales and Queensland by the removal of native vegetation, and planning laws are failing to protect them.
Unexpected increases in housing prices could have caused buyers considering home ownership to borrow more in order to buy a house, and encouraged homeowners to spend more through withdrawing the equity from their homes.
Research finds higher levels of housing debt among pre-retirees are linked to them working for longer.
Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
More than a bit of harmless fun: last year there were 247 ambulance requests for young women aged 13 to 18 in Western Australia.
A record number of underage drinkers sought urgent medical attention in Western Australia last year, and young women made up the majority.
Are front-line bank staff trained to detect elder abuse?
The Law Reform Commission has recommended that banks take 'reasonable steps' to protect vulnerable Australians.
Heavy alcohol consumption over ten years or more can cause significant brain function problems. But what about casual drinking?
New research shows an association between moderate drinking and long-term brain impairment. But there are a few reasons to be cautious about these findings.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
Generally, people under 40 have reported a decrease in recent illicit drug usage since 2001, while people 40 or older have reported an increase in recent years.
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The proportion of population who use legal and illegal drugs has remained stable or trended down. Fewer young people are using, but the proportion of older people using drugs and alcohol has grown.
Less diverse investments mean women often have less in retirement.
On top of a gender wealth gap, Australian women have less diversified investment portfolios than men. This leads to bigger risks and reduced resources in retirement.