Connection Between Obesity and Sleep Apnea

Of the 12 million Americans with sleep apnea, over half are overweight. Sleep apnea involves chronically shallow, irregular, or stopped breathing and periodic snoring during sleep. Sleep apnea may be obstructive (when weak throat muscles hinder breathing) or, in rarer cases, central (when the brain fails to signal respiratory muscles). Although thinner individuals can develop sleep apnea, this condition is most common among people with large neck circumferences (over 17 inches for men and over 16 inches for women). Over half of those with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight or…

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ABC launches ABC KIDS listen

The ABC is excited to announce the launch of ABC KIDS listen, a dedicated kids digital radio station and app for preschoolers and their families. ABC KIDS listen provides children ages 0-5 and their families with a safe space to access trusted, educational and entertaining audio programs that feature music and stories from their favourite ABC KIDS characters. ABC KIDS listen is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the national early childhood curriculum for childhood educators, that encourages children to learn through play. ABC KIDS listen aims…

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The first over the air charging system

Thanks to things like Qualcomm Quick Charge, Dash Charge, and Qi wireless charging, topping up our phones has gotten a lot faster and more convenient over the years. However, even with the advancements that we’ve made, there’s no denying that charging our phones is still something we have to think about. Whether you’re plugging a cable into your device or laying it on top of a wireless charging pad, you still have to perform a specific action to start topping up. The FCC recently approved a new wireless charging system…

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What next for the Aussie Dollar

It has been a turbulent few weeks for financial markets, including for the Aussie dollar. The AUD has been on a roller coaster, having reached a high of 81.2 US cents in late January and a low of 77.7 US cents about 10 days ago having traded at a low around 75 cents in December. It is currently trading around 79.5 US cents, with the market divided about which direction will break over the next 12 months. Foreign exchange markets are driven by many factors. For the Australian dollar, there…

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Hundreds of drug seizures made in joint Australian-Dutch operation

Over 270 attempts to import illicit drugs into Australia were foiled after the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration (Dutch Customs) joined forces to target international mail items between the two countries. During a week of action from 5-11 February, the two agencies coordinated their intervention activities in mail centres to stop attempted importations of illicit drugs and precursors such as MDMA, methamphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and ephedrine. The ABF devoted additional resources at the International Mail Gateway Facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane to…

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Government Agrees To Medicare Review Recommendations

The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Human Services The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health The Turnbull Government has agreed or agreed in principle to all 14 recommendations from the Independent Review of Health Providers’ Access to Medicare Card Numbers. We are committed to protecting the personal information of the Australian people. These recommendations will make practical improvements to the security of Medicare numbers, without increasing the administrative burden on health professionals. The Government engaged extensively with the health sector to inform our response to this review and…

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K Road Cliffs in Wyndham

From the K Road Cliffs you can see the beginnings of the estuary of the Werribee River below. Here the river has cut down into the Werribee delta over the eons exposing the cliffs, creating a flood plain through which the river flows on its way to Port Phillip Bay six kilometres away at Werribee South. The cliffs are right on the western edge of superb irrigated farmland. Some good walks exist on the river with wildlife and great views in proximity to working farms and irrigation channels. Just over…

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Australian Scholarships Foundation

Welcome to ASF’s February Scholarship Alert and to 2018! Our mission is to support, build and sustain Australia’s not-for-profit sector by offering scholarships for education, training and mentoring programs that will improve your ability to lead and manage your NFP organisation. Click here if you’d like to support the work we do. 2018 is off to a cracking start with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accelerate your leadership development, a chance to complete an MBA Residential Unit at Deakin Business School, and a brand new opportunity to learn how to measure…

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Pop Up Park

Kick back this summer at Werribee City Centre’s free Pop up Park! From 19 January to 25 February 2018, Station Place will be transformed into a buzzing summer destination, with live music, an outdoor cinema, food trucks and more. As well as providing a green and relaxed space to enjoy over summer, the Pop Up Park will feature a free program of live music, movies and family entertainment. Enjoy the deckchairs, umbrellas and lawn games each day from: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 10pm Saturday 9am…

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Williams Landing Reserve Construction Begins

Construction of a $3.8 million sports pavilion as part of a new sporting hub in Williams Landing has officially begun. Wyndham City Mayor, Cr Peter Maynard, and Minister for Local Government, Marlene Kairouz, kicked off the construction of the Williams Landing Boulevard Reserve pavilion with an official sod turning today. Cr Maynard said he was excited to see the project get underway. “The Williams Landing Boulevard Reserve is a major project that will create a space where this growing community can come together and engage in healthy activities,” Cr Maynard…

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