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Simple genetic test can avoid tragedy - and should form part of all preconception care:

February 22nd, 2018

We have come a long way from the days when Down Syndrome was the main condition expectant mothers had testing for. Advances in technology mean the test for the SMA Type 1 gene should be considered as part of routine preconception care.


$13m recycling rescue package announced, but rates will rise:

February 22nd, 2018

The state government has pledged $13 million to help local councils cope following a ban by China.


Spike in calls to sex assault helplines as uni O-weeks begin:

February 22nd, 2018

Advocacy groups have demanded an independent taskforce to increase transparency on universities' responses to sexual violence complaints.


Target and superquiz, Friday, February 23:

February 22nd, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


I'm a rarity: a 29-year-old male and still a practising Catholic:

February 22nd, 2018

To be a believer is to go against the norm; going to church is deemed unusual; and professing a faith in a supposedly archaic institution is illogical.


Inquest probes 'shocking' incident involving disabled woman:

February 22nd, 2018

Sarah Hammoud died aged just 22. The coroner is investigating if her death could have been prevented.


Scientists film real-time footage inside a human cell:

February 22nd, 2018

Under the microscope, they look like little red bubbles, swelling with green slime. The bubbles stretch, and then burst in a shower of goo.


Piccoli has shifted the blame for Australia's educational decline to parents - and it's not fair:

February 22nd, 2018

Not every student from a non-English speaking background does well at school. And just because you value sport as a parent, it doesn't mean you see education as less important for your child. 


Why I won't take Kochie’s advice on prostate cancer screening:

February 22nd, 2018

Having researched screening programs, I have never had, and never will have, a PSA test. A lot of my medical colleagues feel the same way.


Peter Dutton confirms Israel helped Australia stop 'airliner terror attack':

February 22nd, 2018

The Prime Minister said this was one of many such actions that Israel has done "to prevent terrorism around the world".


New Zealand PM urged to expand royal commission over St John of God child-sex abuse:

February 21st, 2018

Australian victims of notorious St John of God Brother Bernard McGrath have urged New Zealand's Prime Minister to include churches in a child abuse royal commission.


Company behind botched medical exam has track record of failure:

February 21st, 2018

The education-testing company behind a bungled exam that left 1200 trainee doctors distraught this week has a well-documented history of stuff-ups.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 22:

February 21st, 2018

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Editorial cartoon:

February 21st, 2018

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.


NSW Police accused of holding 'illegal' training on unapproved shooting range:

February 21st, 2018

EDO says NSW police held unlawful training on an unlicensed shooting range still waiting approval near Goulburn.


Tasmanian bus driver found guilty over crash that killed Queensland policewoman:

February 21st, 2018

The driver of a Tasmanian bus which fatally struck an off-duty Queensland policewoman has been found guilty of negligent driving causing death.


Lax vaxing blamed as virus which can kill nine out of 10 cats returns:

February 21st, 2018

It was wiped out but a fatal feline virus is having a comeback, killing hundreds of Australian cats and kittens over the past few years.


Computer glitch in hardest exam of your life is unforgivable:

February 21st, 2018

“Today’s basic training written examination is to be rescheduled” read the top of the Facebook post from the Australian College of Physicians. With that, after 10 years of training, two years of study and the most gruelling year of their lives, the exam candidates were told to abandon their papers, collect their things and leave. People broke down, some refused to go. But as the computers were turned off they all had to leave. Many were distraught.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 21:

February 20th, 2018

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Principals facing high rates of violence, bullying in schools: survey:

February 20th, 2018

More than a third of Australian principals are experiencing physical violence and bullying at work and more than half are being threatened with violence.


GPs prescribing cannabis could be just what the doctor ordered:

February 20th, 2018

If GPs are entrusted to prescribe opiates and benzodiazepines, why not medicinal cannabis products


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 13:

February 19th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


Tsunami of bacteria is on our doorstep:

February 19th, 2018

When Jane returned from her holiday in Thailand, she brought home a superbug.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 20:

February 19th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


Reduce HSC pressure in favour of a 'growth mindset', NSW tells David Gonski:

February 19th, 2018

A major review of the country's schools should look to reduce the "pressure" of the HSC.


Hundreds of trainee doctors forced to resit $1800 exam after 'unknown technical fault':

February 19th, 2018

Hundreds of trainee doctors will be forced to resit a high-stakes medical exam after a technical glitch locked candidates out of an online test before they finished on Monday.


With a little help, most-threatened parrot might have turned a corner:

February 19th, 2018

The orange-bellied parrot’s dangerous breeding ritual has pushed it right to the edge of extinction.


Alleged slave wife forced to cook, clean on little food, court told:

February 19th, 2018

Police allege a man charged with a slavery offence regularly physically, sexually and verbally abused his wife.


Japanese attack on Darwin remembered 76 years on:

February 18th, 2018

World War II arrived in Australia on February 19, 1942, when more than 240 Japanese aircraft bombed Darwin.


Target and superquiz, Monday, February 19:

February 18th, 2018

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NSW primary school suspensions skyrocket:

February 18th, 2018

The number of suspensions handed out at NSW primary schools has increased by 10 per cent in two years.


We must ban mobiles from school playgrounds to stop cyber bullying:

February 18th, 2018

Cyber bullying is taking young lives but the tragic deaths are preventable.


Brassed off: big holes in accountability for military spending:

February 21st, 2018

Mystery surrounds the $2.3m spent by the Defence Force on musical instruments in the past two years.


The research that could finally improve IVF's success rate:

February 17th, 2018

Scientists in Melbourne’s are working on potential new medicine to tackle plateauing success rates of embryos that stick.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday February 18:

February 17th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Best of the world: February 18, 2018:

February 17th, 2018

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


A make-or-break moment for what may be a new miracle molecule:

February 18th, 2018

Kombucha – a fermented drink with a distinct tang – has many devotees, but no proven health benefits. That could be about to change.


Defence spending on music instruments sounds a sour note:

February 21st, 2018

The Department of Defence has spent more than $2.3 million conducting a musical instrument shopping spree since 2015, despite there being fewer than 300 full-time musicians in the armed forces.


Good for graduates, bad for society. Why university is a waste:

February 17th, 2018

There's a case against education, and it's surprisingly strong..


'Nightmare cruise' docks in Melbourne after major brawl:

February 17th, 2018

Passengers of the cruise ship that was the scene of a major brawl say they were scared of security staff, as well as a large family of troublemakers.


Mossgreen administrator tells clients to pay up for their own goods:

February 18th, 2018

The administrator of collapsed auction house Mossgreen is refusing to return goods to clients unless it is paid maintenance fees totalling more than $1 million.


Beyond the hipsterdome: Greens stalking Labor's Batman heartland:

February 16th, 2018

Di Natale heads into enemy territory with blitz on Labor-supporting suburbs as Plibersek warns against a "warm and fuzzy" vote for the Greens.


Fresh food jackpot: how Woolies became the biggest pokie owner in the country:

February 16th, 2018

For years Woolworths has sought to distance itself from its growing poker machine empire.


Science's new toy should scare us all:

February 17th, 2018

You’ll be pressured to pay for your unborn kid to have its Alzheimer's, breast cancer or cystic fibrosis gene removed before birth.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday February 17:

February 16th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Violence reported on cruise ship Carnival Legend on way to Melbourne:

February 16th, 2018

The Carnival Cruise Line ship has docked in Eden on the NSW South Coast with Australia Federal Police preparing to board.


Lunar New Year celebrations a timely reminder of Chinese contribution to Australia:

February 15th, 2018

Chinese-Australians have helped to build this nation. They have found success in the fields of law, politics, business, medicine, science, technology, arts, academia and education. The Lunar New Year festivities remind us that not all Chinese influence is bad.


Veil of secrecy leaves Australian patients in the dark:

February 15th, 2018

Safety statistics are collected for both public and private hospitals, but they are kept secret, not just from patients but from doctors and hospitals, who should be able to access this information to see how they are performing.


Target and superquiz, Friday, February 16:

February 16th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Best of the world: February 16, 2018:

February 15th, 2018

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


Cadbury recalls Caramilk chocolate after plastic found:

February 15th, 2018

Cadbury is recalling newly released Caramilk chocolate blocks after pieces of plastic were found inside some of them.


Failing to take down Dastyari pub video could take its toll on Erikson:

February 15th, 2018

A federal judge has found anti-Islam campaigner Neil Erikson breached her orders and committed contempt.


Jump in trampoline park injuries sparks calls for mandatory standard:

February 15th, 2018

Hundreds of children across Australia are ending up in hospital emergency departments after sustaining injuries, including broken necks, at trampoline parks.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 15:

February 14th, 2018

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Counter-terror expert warns planned shooting range could harm Defence community:

February 14th, 2018

Counter-terror expert "horrified" a police shooting range is planned near homes of ex-Defence members.


Your body wants to be fat. Science wants to change its mind:

February 14th, 2018

Your body hates dieting. After a diet, it frantically tries to build new fat to restore you to your ‘normal’ size.


Victims of Australian tainted blood scandal in new fight for justice:

February 13th, 2018

Jay Franklin was three when he had a blood transfusion, 18 when he discovered by chance that it infected him with hepatitis C, and 40 when he died.


Reflux risk for babies of anxious mothers:

February 13th, 2018

Babies of first-time mothers with mental health disorders are almost five times as likely to be admitted to hospital with reflux.


More Australians dispose of health insurance because of rising premiums:

February 15th, 2018

More than 12,000 Australians ditched their hospital cover in the three months to last December. A separate survey suggests affordability is the biggest factor.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 14:

February 13th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Ninety per cent of incarcerated youths have a brain disorder: study:

February 13th, 2018

A shocking 90 per cent of young people in detention have at least one severe brain disorder, a new study has found.


Best of the world: February 14, 2018:

February 13th, 2018

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


Floral foam: How bad is the stuff at the bottom of your roses?:

February 13th, 2018

A growing number of florists are concerned about the health and environmental impacts of the green foam used to put together floral arrangements.


The app gap: what cyber psychology tells us about kids and screens:

February 16th, 2018

Have I been doing my child a disservice by digitally amputating her from the world of apps?


Gonorrhoea 'super-superbugs' triple in six months:

February 12th, 2018

The result is a “warning shot across the bow” for doctors and public health officials, Australia's early-warning system reports


World will be shocked by new space race:

February 12th, 2018

Start-ups not superpowers are leading the charge to explore, exploit and expand into space.


Where will relentless campaign leave the most needy?:

February 12th, 2018

If the Church is knocked out of the equation, who else will do all the good that ordinary Church workers and volunteers do with its assets?


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 13:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


'Plood, pove, moul': teachers push back against year 1 phonics test:

February 12th, 2018

Teachers and academics have criticised the test for taking a narrow view of literacy teaching and wasting resources.


Superquiz and Target, Monday, February 12:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed:

February 11th, 2018

The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars and massively wealthier than it has claimed in inquiries into child sexual abuse.


Behind the investigation into the Church's secret wealth:

February 12th, 2018

Investigations reporter Chris Vedelago explains how Fairfax discovered the Church was grossly undervaluing its property treasures in Victoria.


Obesity crisis hits Australia's maternity wards:

February 12th, 2018

Researchers find that women's weight is behind significant number of pregnancy complications, including stillbirths.


Target and superquiz, Monday, February 12:

February 12th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


How we revealed the Catholic Church's wealth:

February 11th, 2018

A tiny new levy introduced in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires was integral to The Age’s unlocking of a long-held and closely guarded secret


With $30b in wealth, why is the Catholic Church struggling to pay for justice?:

February 12th, 2018

While the Catholic Church has accumulated staggering wealth, governments continue to exempt it from almost all rates and taxes


Site identified for new inner-city Brisbane high school:

February 11th, 2018

A preferred site has been identified for the first new high school to be built in the inner-south for more than 50 years.


'She's a brilliant student': family of alleged IS stabber shocked:

February 11th, 2018

The family of a Bangladeshi student alleged to be behind a "terror attack" in Melbourne say they are baffled by arrest of the “brilliant student”.


Faith no more: parishioners lose trust in church:

February 11th, 2018

Half of active Catholic parishioners say their opinion of senior religious leaders has been damaged by the child abuse royal commission.


Spirits unsettled: the apology to the stolen generations 10 years on:

February 10th, 2018

Indigenous singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards reflects on the apology to the stolen generations 10 years on.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday February 11:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Landmark revenge porn study Images of Me to go international:

February 14th, 2018

The study will compare the impact of revenge porn in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.


The ongoing trauma at the heart of a stolen family:

February 10th, 2018

10 years ago, the Edwards family travelled to Canberra to hear Kevin Rudd apologise to the Stolen Generation. What's changed?


'You're strong': Refugees remember the friendship and support of Michael Gordon:

February 9th, 2018

The forgotten men of Australia's offshore detention regimes found a friend and a brother in Michael Gordon. They talked to me about their feelings of loss.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday February 10:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Photos of the week: February 10, 2018:

February 9th, 2018

A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.


Target and superquiz, Friday, February 9:

February 14th, 2018

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Mobile phones, walking, canteens: parents' tricky back to school questions:

February 8th, 2018

They're the prickly topics that everyone has an opinion on, and we've spoken to parents and academics to see what they think.


'Softens hardness': TGA under fire for health claim list that critics say endorses pseudoscience:

February 8th, 2018

Bizarre health claims such as "tonifies kidney essence" are set to become TGA and government-approved under new laws, horrifying doctors.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, February 9:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


National live fire training centre for police proposed near Canberra:

February 14th, 2018

Locals say plans for the range remain "shrouded in secrecy" and could impact on business, livestock and even ex-soliders recovering from PTSD.


Scrap super guarantee increase to boost wages, save $2b: Grattan Institute:

February 8th, 2018

Workers should not be forced to lock away a rising portion of their wage in superannuation, according to a new report.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday February 8:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Grave state of affairs with rare grasshopper likely extinct in Victoria:

February 8th, 2018

There once existed in Victoria a species of grasshopper known as Key’s Matchstick. It had a large, conical head. It could not fly. It ate daisies.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, February 7:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Doctors advised to stop performing arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis:

February 6th, 2018

Doctors are being urged to try to avoid arthroscopic knee surgery for patients with osteoarthritis because it often causes more harm than good.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, February 6:

February 14th, 2018

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


Top End shale gas development would blow Australia's carbon budget, TAI says:

February 5th, 2018

Developing the Northern Territory's onshore shale oil and gas resources could release the equivalent of 34 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, equal to 60 times Australia's current annual carbon pollution, according to The Australia Institute.


Superquiz and Target, Monday, February 5:

February 4th, 2018

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Great Barrier Reef in 'deep trouble' as climate, other threats mount: official:

February 4th, 2018

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