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Can concussion be tested for with a ‘simple’ blood test?

“A new blood test can detect a concussion up to a week after a head injury,” the Daily Mail reports. The test involved checking for biomarkers, which are substances created by a specific biological condition or state. In this case researchers looked at two biomarkers – proteins called glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1). These Read More


Britain’s schools ‘hit by sexting epidemic involving children as young as 12’

Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years Rex Britain’s school children are experiencing a “sexting crisis”, according to a newspaper investigation. Tens of thousands of children have been caught sharing sexual imagery online over the last three years, leading the Government and child-protection groups to call for compulsory sex education Read More


UK trade deficit narrows in January

The UK’s trade deficit narrowed in January, official figures show, but its goods trade gap with the EU widened to a record level. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the total trade deficit – covering goods and services – shrank to £3.5bn from £3.7bn in December. The deficit in goods alone narrowed to £10.29bn – down from £10.45bn the Read More


China economy: Slow output fuels global economic recovery fears

China’s industrial output has slowed to its weakest growth since the financial crisis, prompting concerns over the global recovery. Production rose by 5.4% in January and February – the worst since 2008. China is trying to refocus its economy from investment and export-led growth to consumer spending. UK finance minister George Osborne said China’s slowdown is one of a “dangerous Read More


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Falling food prices seen easing retail inflation in Feb

India’s retail inflation is expected to have eased in February helped by falls in prices of some food items, after edging up for six straight months, raising expectations of a central bank rate cut next month. Analysts say Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, could soften monetary stance after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stuck to a fiscal Read More


Brisbane residents fall in love with apartment living

Brisbane is falling in love with apartments – and it’s creating a dramatic shift in the way Brisbanites live. In the inner-southern suburbs, CoreLogic RP Data’s median unit price of $688,750 outstrips the median house price by almost $80,000. Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella says many significant apartment projects are now well under way. “Like many inner-city Read More


Maths teaching in the UK is ‘superficial’, says education expert

Andreas Schleicher of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development says that British schoolchildren are falling behind in maths because lessons in the subject are ‘a mile wide and an inch deep’ Rex British schoolchildren are falling behind in maths because lessons in the subject are “a mile wide and an inch deep”, according to an international education expert. Maths Read More


GM and Ford announce investments in driving technology

US carmakers General Motors and Ford have both announced strategies geared at taking on the tech world’s growing influence in the car industry. GM will buy Cruise Automation, a firm that creates self-driving technology. Ford will set up a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to invest in car-sharing and ride-hailing services. Both have been making investments in technology to boost their role Read More


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European shares lifted by surge in Italian banks

European shares rose on Monday as funding plans from the European Central Bank for the region’s lenders buoyed markets, while Italian banking stocks surged on the prospect of a possible rescue deal. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had climbed 2.7 percent on Friday, was up 1 percent while the euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also advanced 1.2 Read More


Sprawling Sydney mansion tipped to smash sales record

One of the northern beaches’ largest and most prestigious family estates has hit the market for the first time ever, and is tipped to smash the 2016 sales record out of the park. The sprawling property at 1-3 Amiens Rd, Clontarf, is part of the estate of the late Transfield founder Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, an Italian migrant who came to Australia Read More