Papua New Guinea has reported the death of a boy due to polio, following an outbreak with 14 confirmed cases across the country. The child died when the muscles around their lungs became paralysed by the virus. While the country has been declared polio-free in 2000, the rate of vaccination has...
Following a serious illness, many patients don’t eat enough to help them recover well. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND Lynsey Sutton, Victoria University of Wellington and Rebecca Jarden, University of Melbourne We’ve known for a long time that certain patients in the intensive care unit recover faster and have better clinical outcomes if...
By Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News The low-lying Marshall Islands released a comprehensive climate strategy to go carbon-neutral by 2050 on Monday, becoming the first island nation to do so. Located close to the equator in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands consist of 1,156 islands and islets strewn across two million...
By Neena Bhandari The richer Asia-Pacific countries and the US do poorly on the 2018 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), which ranks 27 wealthy countries according to how well their aid, trade, environment and migration policies support low and middle-income countries in poverty alleviation, good governance and security. Published annually...
By Mongabay.com New research finds that the mass bleaching event that led to the death of 30 percent of shallow-water corals on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 also had a substantial impact on deep reefs. Occurring at depths lower than 30 to 40 meters below the surface of...
Gerry Redmond, Flinders University and Jennifer Skattebol, UNSW Australia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s. This inequality takes many forms, not least between suburbs and neighbourhoods. And our research suggests the few celebrated examples...
Indigenous people make up just 4.2% of the Queensland population, but are the subjects of 21% of domestic violence protection order applications. Shutterstock Heather Douglas, The University of Queensland and Robin Fitzgerald, The University of Queensland A domestic violence protection order is the most common legal response to domestic and family violence...
Intergenerational care programs encourage relationship building between generations. Griffith University Anneke Fitzgerald, Griffith University; Katrina Radford, Griffith University, and Lalitha Kirsnan, Griffith University What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the...
With the completion of the annual mass treatment of the entire eligible population, Samoa has become the first country in the world to implement the new triple-drug regimen recommended by WHO for the treatment of lymphatic filariasis (LF). They were administered IDA, which is a combination of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and...
By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News Australia’s governing party cannot agree a climate policy because of anti-science forces within, the outgoing prime minister said just moments after being deposed in a party room coup on Friday. Malcolm Turnbull will be replaced by Scott Morrison, his treasurer, who defeated challenger Peter Dutton...

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