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Sneeze blows hole in man’s throat, says BMJ Case Reports


A man has blown a hole in his throat after trying to hold in a sneeze, with doctors saying his grim story should act as a warning to others.


Missile warning and false alarms: what warnings do we have in Australia?

missile warning

“Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” – Not a text message that should be issued to the masses lightly, or so you would think. What public warning systems do we have in Australia, what checks and balances are in place to prevent ‘false’ alarms? and what training


Private health premiums set to rise

private health premiums

Health Minister Greg Hunt wants health insurers to deliver the lowest premium rise in more than 15 years but families could still have to pay $200 a year more.


What do you think of this year’s MLA lamb ad?

MLA lamb ad

As always, the MLA lamb ad is causing a stir with opinions divided over the left wing v’s right wing theme. Tell us your thoughts….


Australian Researchers Working Toward Global Asbestos Ban

asbestos ban

To mark the launch of the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign (November) to raise vital awareness of the dangers of asbestos among Australian homeowners, renovators and tradies, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI) announced an international first in the campaign for a global ban on asbestos.


106-year-old fruitcake found in Antarctic hut

fruit cake

Wellington New Zealand scientists have found a ‘perfectly preserved’ 106-year-old fruitcake in a remote Antarctic hut.


Tips to protect yourself from identity theft

identity theft

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is providing taxpayers with simple ways to protect themselves from scammers and identity theft as part of Stay Smart Online week.


Amal and George Clooney welcome twins to the world

Amal and George Clooney

  It’s official! The Clooney twins, Alexander and Ella have arrived with Amal and George Clooney announcing their arrival Tuesday morning.


Budget night – Government spending explained in 10 charts; from Howard to Turnbull

federal budget

Successive Australian governments are usually judged on how they balance the budget and spend taxpayers’ dollars. The stereotypes are that Liberal governments keep a tight hold on the purse strings, while Labor governments are spendthrifts. Alan Duncan and Rebecca Cassells explain in some simple charts, just how past and present governments have been spending our dollars.


What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give