EDITOR’S PICKS

  • An attentive canine can boost a shy reader’s confidence reports Helen Lewis Since COVID-19 hit British shores, 3.2 million pets have reportedly been purchased. Animals provide a valuable sense of companionship and a wide variety of species, including dogs, cats, fish, birds and horses have...

  • The arrival of two guinea pigs marks the end of Jodie McEwen’s pet procrastination. I’m just not an animal person; love of creatures is not in my nature. My dad tried to pass on his love of animals, so we had rabbits, guinea pigs, fish,...

  • When a beloved family pet disappears, the hardest thing to cope with is not knowing what happened, explains Gill Canning. It was the first day of the school holidays. “Has anyone seen Ziggy?” I asked my three boys at lunchtime. They shook their heads. No...

  • Not every student needs senior maths, but we can make maths more engaging in the earlier school years, writes John Fischetti. In late 2019, New South Wales announced it would make maths compulsory all through school. Victoria will have an additional, easier, year 12 maths...

  • Australians like their pets, and for most of us by far, the dog remains our best friend, write Associate Professor Luke Smillie and Dr Ferdi Botha For the first time, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey that covers 17,000 Australians annually,...

  • We’re all ingesting microplastics at home and these might be toxic for our health. Mark Patrick Taylor, Neda Sharifi Soltani and Scott P. Wilson, provide some tips to reduce your risk. Australians are eating and inhaling significant numbers of tiny plastics at home, our new...

Celebrating Mothers

  • A major report just released has revealed that many Australian babies are being placed at unnecessary risk because their birth by caesarean section is scheduled too early, without a medical reason. This is despite clear evidence that waiting until 39 weeks – unless there is...

  • The word ‘colic’ can strike fear into the hearts of any parent, writes Dr Valerie Sung. But now new research could potentially give hope to those struggling with colic in a newborn baby. An international study has found that a specific probiotic group is twice...

  • Milk is so intrinsic to us that we forget it’s even there, write Professor Ben Boyd and Dr Andy Clulow. Nine out of 10 fridges contain milk, usually from a cow, although increasingly, because we like “milk” so much, from plants. Human milk, meanwhile, is...

  • New research called right@home, found disadvantaged mothers’ mental health and wellbeing improved after regular maternal and child health nurse home visits during pregnancy, continuing up until the child turned two. Trial at a Glance: Australian research has shown a positive impact on the mental health...

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