Uncovering the triggers of severe COVID-19 in kids

Conor McCafferty and Professor Vera Ignjatovic In most cases, children are largely protected from severe COVID-19. They have fewer symptoms, less severe disease and tend to recover more quickly than adults. Only 1.7 per cent of children will be hospitalised for COVID-19 – most will have mild or no symptoms. For previously unknown reasons, a [...]

By |2022-05-24T16:13:19+10:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: COVID, Science & Research, Wellbeing|Tags: |0 Comments

Climate change: Collective action a counterpoint to Australian government inaction

This article was co-authored with Rebecca Patrick, a climate-health researcher. As leading scientists call on the world to avert an impending climate catastrophe, Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded with this: “There is not a direct correlation between the action that Australia takes and the temperature in Australia.” Effectively, Scott Morrison is reasserting his already refuted [...]

By |2021-08-23T11:53:31+10:00August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Nature Play, Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: |0 Comments

How to maintain a healthy biome in a COVID-19 world

Djamila Eliby , Dr Julian Simmons and Yianna Zhang This year, we have all grappled with the now essential measures of reducing the risk of being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including wearing masks, staying at home, washing and sanitising our hands and disinfecting the surfaces we touch. The importance of these [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:36:24+11:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Resilience, Science & Research, Society & Culture|0 Comments

The good, the bad and the lonely: how coronavirus changed Australian family life

Megan Carroll, Australian Institute of Family Studies; Diana Warren, Australian Institute of Family Studies; Jennifer A. Baxter, Australian Institute of Family Studies, and Kelly Hand, Australian Institute of Family Studies COVID-19 has brought about big changes in Australia and across the world, with much attention focused on the way governments are responding to the health [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:09:10+11:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|0 Comments

A fluid concept: Finding the most productive time of the day

When are we most likely to do our best work? New research shows that, on average, our brains work best in the middle of the day – if asked to perform abstract, logical or problem-solving tasks. Monash economist Denni Tommasi and University of Granada economist Alessio Gaggero came to this conclusion after studying 500,000 exam [...]

By |2020-11-09T15:32:44+11:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Science & Research|0 Comments

No, the extra hygiene precautions we’re taking for COVID-19 won’t weaken our immune systems

Vasso Apostolopoulos, Victoria University; Maja Husaric, Victoria University, and Maximilian de Courten, Victoria University During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re constantly being reminded to practise good hygiene by frequently washing our hands and regularly cleaning the spaces where we live and work. These practices aim to remove or kill the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and thereby [...]

By |2020-08-24T15:03:30+10:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Science & Research|0 Comments

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems: study

Nighttime sleep is important of course, but daytime naps matter just as much. New research emerging from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Sleep reinforces the benefits of naps for children. This comprehensive study found children who took naps not only experienced positive changes in mood and [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:03:57+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Too much love: helicopter parents could be raising anxious, narcissistic children

The Age newspaper recently highlighted the issue of so-called “helicopter parenting” at universities. The report talked of parents contacting lecturers to ask about their adult children’s grades, sitting in on meetings with course coordinators and repeatedly phoning academics to inquire about students’ progress. Over-parenting involves parents using developmentally inappropriate tactics that far exceed the actual [...]

By |2019-05-13T17:10:04+10:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are You Facebook Dependent?

What drives you to Facebook? News? Games? Feedback on your posts? The chance to meet new friends? If any of these hit home, you might have a Facebook dependency. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Amber Ferris, an assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron's Wayne College. Ferris, who studies Facebook [...]

By |2021-02-24T16:04:56+11:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The NDIS hasn’t made much difference to carers’ opportunities for paid work

Myra Hamilton, UNSW The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) began a full national rollout in July 2016 with a fundamental objective to give those with a disability choice and control over their daily lives. Participants can use funds to purchase services that reflect their lifestyle and aspirations. Two years on, how is the scheme faring? [...]