AIHW REPORT: LOWER DEATH RATES IN SERVING & EX-SERVING ADF PERSONNEL, DRIVEN BY FEWER DEATHS FROM CHRONIC DISEASES
Two reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) examine causes of death among Australia’s military community. The first takes a detailed look at all causes of death among serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, with a second report providing the first annual update to high-level information on suicide rates in these groups.
MEN'S SHED WEEK / CELEBRATING MATES THIS MEN'S SHED WEEK (Sun 23 - Sun 30 September)
The Australian Men’s Shed Association is calling attention to the benefits of mateship across the Men’s Shed community this Men’s Shed Week (23 – 30 September). Men’s Shed Week is an annual event to highlight the contributions of Men’s Sheds to their members’ health and wellbeing and to the wider community.
AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC: CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER … THE GROWING LEGEND OF AUSTRALIA’S MARREE MAN
Rather than emerging through the mists of time, Australia’s extraordinary Marree Man came into view just 20 years ago. And yet the legend continues to grow. Is it the work of the US Army wanting to test emerging GPS technology, an Australian artist who has since died, a mining corporation trying to offset Aboriginal territory claims, or aliens (to name but a few)?
HOW OLD CAN WE GO?
A century ago, the average life expectancy was closer to half-a-century. Getting to 50 was a good knock. Fast forward to 2018, and Australians are living (on average) into their 80s. So how old can we go? Researchers are divided on the limits we can reach.
VOTING UNDERWAY TO IDENTIFY AUSTRALIA'S FAVOURITE CELEBRITY BEARD
Voting to decide the overall winner of Australia’s Sexiest Celebrity Beard is now underway. Over 3,700 readers took part in the online survey to set the Top 20. Surprise inclusions in the hot 20 are food critic Matt Preston and actor Shane Jacobson, whereas the other Hemsworth heartthrob Liam, celeb trainer Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis and silver fox TV host Dr Andrew Rochford missed the cut.
HOW TO MAKE (AND SAVE) A KOALA
The koala survives on a diet of toxic gum leaves, and their weirdly evolved biology has proven to be a significant problem in our efforts to save them … until now. The successful reading of the koala genome has provided scientists with the information they need to unlock the health issues confronting our cute curiosity.