Some people are sensitive to the effects of food additives.
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The numbers listed on your packaged foods replace the chemical or common name of food additives. These are used to enhance the colour, flavour, texture or prevent them from spoiling.
Islamic State is as resilient and effective as any terrorist group we've seen. How has it made itself so strong?
The Conservative government want to make £4.4 billion in savings by cutting tax credits. But what exactly are they?
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer.
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Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.
Early necrotising fasciitis is easily missed because the symptoms – fever, pain, swelling and tenderness at the affected site – may be non-specific or confused with a mild, superficial infection.
Port Melbourne VFL player Sam O'Sullivan is reportedly recovering in hospital after being infected with the flesh-eating disease "necrotising myositis".
When we speak of writer’s block, we may actually be talking about a ‘creation block’.
The dreaded blank page haunts every writer. But what happens in your brain when you run dry? And, more importantly, what – if anything – can be done about it?
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world.
Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don't yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
One of many: a Free Syrian Army fighter.
Russia has started bombing some of the groups machinating against Bashar al-Assad's forces. Who are they, and what do they want?
Ideally, all states and territories would have consistent laws based on Victorian legislation.
Abortion is a safe medical procedure, yet half of Australian women may have difficulty accessing a termination because they live in states and territories that designate it a crime.
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The thinking behind proposals for a tax on all financial transactions including currency, stocks, bonds and derivatives.
The only thing standing between invaders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi and our devastation is our immune system.
The immune system does such a good job most of the time that we only really think about it when things go wrong. But to provide such excellent protection, it must constantly learn.
Cerebral palsy can involve skeletal deformities, muscle stiffness or weakness and uncontrolled movements.
The single diagnosis of cerebral palsy covers a wide range of conditions with many different contributing factors that interact in varying ways.
It’s not still good.
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A food scientist explains the nitty gritty of the five-second rule.
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world.
Saying someone has epilepsy is a little like saying they're ill. Its cause can vary from a brain tumour to an inherited genetic condition, the consequence of injury or a disorder affecting the brain.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.
NASA artists' interpretation of the neutron star Swift J1749.4-2807 (left) with it’s companion star (right).
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They're are the overachievers of the universe: incredibly dense but very small when compared to others stars. So how much do we know about the extreme behaviour of neutron stars?
See your doctor if you suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly if you’ve had them for weeks or months.
Conditions affecting the stomach and bowels are common in modern humans and many are on the rise.
Dyson Heydon is facing a push to remove him as royal commissioner investigating trade union corruption.
Judges and other officials – such as tribunal members and royal commissioners – must not only be impartial, they must also appear to be impartial.
Danny Nalliah’s Rise Up Australia is one example of a far-right, ‘moralistic’ party that has sprung up in recent years.
Far-right movements and parties in Australia will continue to create interest, given their policies and method of operation. Their future longevity, however, is by no means assured.
Insulin, which is used for controlling diabetes and has been in the market for 30 years, was the first biologic.
Biologics are widely accepted as the most effective way of treating certain diseases. They have become the fastest-growing class of therapeutic compounds, with about 300 now available for human use.