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The rise of commercial milk formulas and why it matters for the world’s women and children

Breastfeeding can play an especially important role in early-life nutrition. It can benefit children’s future school performance and economic prospects in later life, as well as the mother’s health.

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Breastfeeding can play an especially important role in early-life nutrition. It can benefit children’s future school performance and economic prospects in later life, as well as the mother’s health.

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Analysis and opinion | 4 Dec 2020

‘Nine months and no progress’: what went wrong in Indonesia’s COVID-19 responses and what can be done

The number of daily cases keeps breaking records despite the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus, from introducing social distancing campaigns to enforcing partial lockdown policies in several cities.

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Analysis and opinion | 1 Dec 2020

What can you expect if you get a call from a COVID contact tracer?

It can be confronting – but it's important to answer the contact tracer's questions as best you can.

Analysis and opinion | 26 Nov 2020

Data from 45 countries show containing COVID vs saving the economy is a false dichotomy

The notion of a trade-off between health measures and the economy is not supported by data from 45 countries.

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Analysis and opinion | 22 Oct 2020

‘I think I might be struggling’: how an eating disorder took over Rosemary’s life

Young Canberra Citizen of the Year, Rosemary Clifford, shares with us her mental health journey.

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Analysis and opinion | 13 Oct 2020

Budget funding for Beyond Blue and Headspace is welcome. But it may not help those who need it most

More funding for these organisations is a narrow approach. It favours those who are well-off, literate in English, urban, and have more easily-treated conditions.

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Analysis and opinion | 13 Oct 2020

New tricks? When COVID forces a bridge club online, what becomes of their community?

Third places – where people meet outside of work and home – foster a sense of belonging, particularly for retirees. COVID-19 restrictions shut them down, so can online communities fill the void?

Analysis and opinion | 10 Aug 2020

COVID-19 pandemic shows why infant formula donations are dangerous and how breastfeeding protects infants

Breastfeeding is important at all times, but even more so in emergencies.

Analysis and opinion | 10 Jul 2020

Melbourne's second lockdown will take a toll on mental health. We need to look out for the vulnerable

Australians are already experiencing mental health fallout from COVID-19. A prolonged pandemic, and a second lockdown, might only make things worse.

Analysis and opinion | 6 Jul 2020

4 unusual things we've learned about the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic

As the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus grows, so does our knowledge of how it spreads, how it affects the body, and the range of symptoms it causes.

Analysis and opinion | 6 Jul 2020

Separating mothers with COVID-19 from their newborns does more harm than good

Preventing early skin to skin contact potentially disrupts newborn physiology.

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