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What we’ve learnt from building Africa’s biggest genome library

Africa is known to be where humans originated. This makes it the most genetically diverse region in the world. Diversity in other populations represents a subset of the diversity within Africa.
If you’re depressed, the headlines might tempt you to reach out for a chocolate bar. But don’t believe the hype. from www.shutterstock.com

No, eating chocolate won’t cure depression

Depression is a serious, common and sometimes debilitating condition. And no, chocolate won't help, whatever the headlines tell you.
Sheep are among the most common carriers of Q fever. Jorgen Haland/Unsplash

Australia’s drought could be increasing Q fever risk, but there are ways we can protect ourselves

Q fever is a flu-like infection that spreads to people from animals. The bacteria that causes it can withstand harsh environmental conditions – in particular, drought.
Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

The more women in government, the healthier a population

New research shows that female politicians spend more on health and education, improving the well-being of a population.
Australia’s policies on preventing heart disease are based on outdated research from the US. from shutterstock.com

Improving Australia’s health requires better use of patient information

While we must put in place effective measures to protect against the malicious use of personal data, not using the information collected about Australians comes at a cost.
Indigenous kids experience more major life events than non-Indigenous kids, and this can affect their health. Rusty Stewart/Flickr

How discrimination and stressful events affect the health of our Indigenous kids

High Indigenous mortality rates mean Indigenous children may observe the death of relatives and experience grieving more often than the general population.
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods. Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Kenya needs a new plan to make contraceptives accessible again

Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.
Given the money Australia has spent on mental health, it’s surprising that population data doesn’t show expected gains. Ben Barnes

Why hasn’t the mental health of Australians improved?

Despite two decades of investment in improving mental health services, the mental health of Australians has not improved. This may be because haven’t been spending money on the right approach and need…

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