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  • Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon (UK Time). The new King and The new Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral for the evening and will return to London tomorrow. “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” His Majesty said. “We mourn profoundly the [...]
  • Between May and July of 2022, 197 monkeypox cases were confirmed at an infectious disease centre in London. There were 2,137 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the UK as of July 18, 2022, with 2,050 of them in the United Kingdom. Lesions on the skin or mucosa of all patients were found in the genitals or perianal area, most frequently on the genitals. Patients with these symptoms should be evaluated for monkeypox infection, according to the study. Monkeypox is still being transmitted in the UK among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in the United Kingdom, according to scientists. [...]
  • There were 31,118 sexual assaults in 2021, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is the most police have ever recorded in the 29 years that the ABS has been keeping track of crime data. More than a third of sexual assaults were linked to family and domestic violence. [...]
  • Australian children aged 5–15 years report fewer side effects in the days following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination than those reported in clinical trials and published safety data, new AusVaxSafety-led research has found. The rate of side effects reported was similar across sex and Indigenous status, but increased with age and was higher for children with parent-reported chronic medical conditions. The Australian Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) says side effect rates are below what has been observed internationally for this age group. No self-reported cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were reported in Australia. [...]
  • BREAKING: Reports of multiple explosions tonight in Abu Dhabi. Possible rocket attack. More to come … Twitter: @AryJaey Possible terror attack fears have gripped Abu Dhabi following reports of a double explosion and a missile crashing into a building. https://twitter.com/conflicts/status/1491167762772905992?s=21 Images from the incident purport to show a burning building. According to some [...]
  • Lachlan G. Howell, Deakin University; Ryan R. Witt, University of Newcastle, and Shelby A. Ryan, University of Newcastle Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley is reportedly poised to decide whether some koala populations should be listed as endangered, as new research shows her government continues to approve land clearing in koala habitat. Zoos Victoria Analysis released by the Australian [...]
  • Australian retail sales volumes rose a record 8.2 per cent in the December quarter 2021, seasonally adjusted, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This follows a 4.4 per cent fall in the September quarter 2021. Ben James, Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Statistics, said the 8.2 per cent increase in retail sales volumes is the strongest quarterly [...]
  • Ilana Finefter-Rosenbluh, Monash University The recent case of a Christian school in Queensland asking parents to sign a contract, stating, among other things, homosexuality is immoral and their children will only identify as their birth gender, sparked a furore across the country. It also highlighted an ethical issue many staff face: what action to take if their school’s values conflict with [...]
  • According to US researchers, a healthy gut microbiome – the bacteria, fungi, and other tiny organisms that live in our guts – in middle age is linked to better brain performance. They investigated gut microbiome data from 597 people with an average age of 55 who had completed brain function tests. Those who had more healthy bacteria called Barnesiella and Lachnospiraceae performed [...]
  • As Queensland and New South Wales battle to suppress the DELTA variant with push to get the populations vaccinated experts have warned that Vaccine resistant COVID-19 strains most likely to emerge when 60% of us are vaccinated. Experts warn that Vaccine resistant strains are most likely to emerge when around 60 per cent of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and we should keep [...]
  • Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Australia’s top economists have overwhelmingly rejected cuts to either permanent or temporary migration as a means of restoring lost wage growth. The 56 leading economists polled by the Economic Society and The Conversation include a former head of the Fair Pay Commission and a former expert member of the Fair Work Commission’s minimum wage panel. Among [...]
  • Modelling conducted by Dr Tony Blakely from the Population Interventions Unit at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, and his colleagues Dr Jason Thompson, and Dr Laxman Bablani on the health and economic impacts of how we deal with a COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria suggests that a strategy aimed at [...]
  • Shutterstock Deborah Williamson, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Sharon Lewin, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 testing in Australia has been performed using highly sensitive PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. But this conventional model of testing, which involves swabbing by a health-care professional [...]

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