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19 December 2017 - Australian Business Grows Pessimistic

Australian business has become increasingly pessimistic in the face of low spending and uncertain economic conditions. The latest NAB monthly business survey reported a sharp decline in both conditions and confidence during November, with the retail sector looking especially weak in the lead-up to Christmas and rising wages also recognised as a big concern. While business conditions and confidence are still above the long-term average, weak household consumption has helped to create a downward trend over the past few months.

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14 December 2017 - The Return of First Home Buyers

First-home buyers are on the rise across Australia, with new buyers now accounting for almost a quarter of the owner-occupier market. According to figures from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Housing Affordability Report, first-home buyer numbers increased by 36 percent over the year on a nationwide basis. New South Wales is leading the charge with a 70.9 percent increase between September quarters, thanks in part to good housing incentives, increased apartment stock, and less competition from investors. 

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11 December 2017 - Hot Household Products this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, with the holiday season always providing a fresh tide of exciting household products for families to enjoy. From innovative consumer electronics such as smart speakers and Ultra HD TVs through to trampolines and other old favourites, there are more products to choose from at Christmas than any other time of year. Let's take a look at some of the most exciting household products to hit the shelves this Christmas - so you can work out how you want to spend your hard-earned money.

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04 December 2017 - Rise of Health Tourism

From cosmetic procedures through to medical services and rehabilitation, health tourism continues to grow and evolve across the world. According to Healthy Travel Media, publisher of Patients Beyond Borders, more than 11 million people travelled to another country in 2016 to undergo medical procedures. From the beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Costa Rica through to the popular medical hubs of Malaysia and Thailand, the ongoing transformation of the global healthcare industry has opened the floodgates for healthcare tourism. 

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01 December 2017 - Genetic Fountain of Youth Discovered

The first genetic mutation that protects against aging has been found in humans, with scientists using this discovery to develop a longevity drug that attempts to protect people from aging-related diseases. While scientists have always known that certain communities live longer than others, the genetic markers for increased longevity have always been a mystery. Researchers found what they were looking for in an extended family of Old Order Amish living in the vicinity of Berne, Indiana, where people not only live longer but also have significantly less cases of diabetes and better overall health outcomes.

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