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Lockdown could be messing with your body clock

Loading Dr Cain said the lockdown has exacerbated this situation, but not all experts agree. The circadian master clock, located in the hypothalamus, influences an extraordinary array of bodily processes, including sleep, obviously, but also hormones, digestion, and body temperature. The clock is set by exposure to light. Human eyes …

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For Andrews there’s no masking the harsh judgment to come

Dr Lindsay Grayson, a leading infectious disease expert, was scathing this week in his claim that ‘‘the Victorian Health Department is one of the worst-funded and dysfunctionally organised in the nation’’. While strongly praising those who work in the department, he blames a lack of resources at their disposal and …

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Parents say they will take pressure off if remote learning returns

Melbourne parents have told The Age that good physical and mental health, happy family relationships and core literacy and numeracy skills will be their top priorities if they have to tackle learning from home again. Footscray mother-of-two Rebecca Gelsi said she was considering a much lighter workload for her daughters …

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West Gate Tunnel soil rules blasted as designed to ‘fast-track’ project

A soil processing site must be 200 metres away from schools, homes and health services – closer than the 500-metre buffer currently in place for landfills. The government will also give up an estimated $200 million by allowing the project’s waste to be dumped in a separate “containment system”, which …

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Ten graphs that show Victoria’s coronavirus trends

Note: These charts are all updated once per day, typically about 4pm in the afternoon when the Victorian health department releases the detailed daily figures. The increase in case numbers This graph shows the net daily increase in coronavirus cases in Victoria since March. That means, for each day, the …

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Flexible and logical must be the goal now, not displays of toughness

Loading A Newspoll in The Australian last week found that in Victoria, almost three times more voters think Daniel Andrews has handled coronavirus well than those who think he has done badly. His overall satisfaction rating was a stunning 67 per cent. Gladys Berejiklian and Scott Morrison were at similar …

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There’s no better place to survive the apocalypse than Melbourne

But if I have to do the apocalypse, there is nowhere I’d rather do it than in Melbourne. Since I moved here (all the way from Ballarat) in 1987, I’ve found that while people can let you down, Melbourne never does. Its consolations are subtle but effective. Here are a …

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Fight for better homes for these residents

For those who have expressed outrage in this past week, hang on to it and channel this into advocacy for improved conditions and increased stock of public housing. Do not just forget, or move on to the next protest. Make this week mean something.Christine Craik, Australian Association of Social Workers …

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Metro Tunnel workers test positive to COVID-19, shutting down site

“Two project team members from the Metro Tunnel’s Town Hall Station sites have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. The team members are isolating at home and have mild symptoms. As a precautionary measure, all Town Hall site team members have been offered a COVID-19 test,” he said. Loading …

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Malka Leifer’s lawyers launch appeal in extradition case

Liberal MP Dave Sharma, left, and Labor MP Josh Burns have backed alleged child sex abuse victims Dassi Erlich, second from left, and Nicole Meyer in their call for former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer to face justice.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen An extradition hearing was set for July 20, making it the …

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