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Head start for home owners makes a big difference for housing stress

The focus has mostly been on entry-level affordability for home buyers. But how does affordability change over the years after people have bought their home?


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The Conversation: Racism in a networked world: how groups and individuals spread racist hate online

Living in a networked world has many advantages. We get our news online, we stay in touch with friends via social media, and we advance our careers through online professional networks.


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Health Check: what causes bloating and gassiness?

Bloating is a feeling of increased abdominal pressure, usually related to gas. But contrary to popular belief, bloating and abdominal distention isn’t caused by an excessive production of gas in the intestines.


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I’ve Always Wondered: is rain better than tap water for plants?

You might be surprised to find that rain, especially during a thunderstorm, has special qualities that can give your plants a boost.


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‘Growth’ of community housing may be an illusion. The cost-shifting isn’t

Southern Cross Housing, a non-profit community housing provider, took over management of just under 1,000 public housing dwellings on the New South Wales South Coast last October.


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The Conversation: Sex offender registries don’t prevent re-offending (and vigilante justice is real)

It may seem like common sense that allowing the public to know the whereabouts of dangerous people should increase community safety. As in many areas of criminal justice, the real story is more complicated.


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Your drinking water could be saltier than you think (even if you live in a capital)

As the drought drags on, small communities in eastern Australia are turning to emergency water supplies. Often, this means bore water, which has prompted health fears over its high salt content.


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Infant formula companies are behind the guidelines on milk allergy and their sales are soaring

There has been a six-fold increase in sales of infant formula prescribed for babies with cows’ milk protein allergy in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2016.



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