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20 June 2017 - Consumer Sentiment Drops

Australians are increasingly concerned about the state of the national economy, with two recent surveys highlighting decreased consumer sentiment. While there is still a lot to be optimistic about, the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey showed decreased confidence at the start of June and the ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index was flat after recent advances. A number of factors are responsible for the increasing pessimism felt in the community, including rising bank interest rates, higher energy costs, and weaker household incomes.

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15 June 2017 - Housing Market Continues to Cool

The Australian housing market continues to cool, as price growth weakens in capital cities and supply levels increase across the country. The latest figures from CoreLogic show almost flat growth nation-wide in May, thanks mostly to declining growth in the previously booming markets of Sydney and Melbourne. While there has been talk of big price falls in 2018, leading property analysts are expecting a moderate price correction over a long period rather than a crash.

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09 June 2017 - Should you be worried about household chemicals

A number of potentially dangerous chemicals may be residing around and under your kitchen sink, with the average household likely to contain around 62 toxic chemicals in cleaning products, food packaging, and other common household items. From phthalates and triclosan through to ammonium compounds and chlorine, is there any reason to worry about toxic exposure in the home or should we all relax and assume that appropriate safety regulations are in place?

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05 June 2017 - Looking After your Neurotransmitters

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the brain to communicate with itself and other organ systems in the body. While these essential biological ingredients operate automatically and are largely ignored, they are responsible for regulating almost every function of human life. Your neurotransmitters affect all elements of cognitive and physical performance, meaning they have a huge influence on mental ability, emotional state, sleep patterns, weight regulation, and pain perception among other things.

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01 June 2017 - Mankind May Have Come From Europe, Not Africa

According to a bold new conclusion, the last common ancestor we shared with chimps may have come from Europe rather than Africa. While East Africa is generally assumed to be the birthplace of mankind, this new study links our origins to ancient European apes discovered through Greek and Bulgarian fossils. Even though these findings are controversial, at the very least, the new evidence does cast earliest hominins from Africa in a new light.

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