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Alexandra Hansen

Alexandra Hansen

Health + Medicine Section Editor/Global Editor

Alexandra has worked in various media and journalism roles in Melbourne, London, and Jakarta. Prior to joining The Conversation she worked at Foreign Policy Think Tank, the Australia India Institute at The University of Melbourne.

Does your mental state affect recovery from illness and disease? We asked five experts

Oct 02, 2019 02:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Many of those whove suffered from illness or disease would have received the advice to stay positive. Is this sage advice that can truly have a positive effect on health, or an added burden for someone who is already...

We asked five experts: is whitening bad for teeth?

Jul 28, 2019 11:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

If youre anything like me, celebrity smiles and Colgate ads make you feel guilty about your regular consumption of coffee, red wine, tea, and all the other fun things were told will stain our teeth. And the solution...

We asked five experts: should we nap during the day?

Apr 08, 2019 05:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Often during the day I feel the need to have a bit of a lie-down. Whether its been a busy day, I didnt sleep well the night before, or for no particular reason I know of. But some will warn that youll be ruined for sleep...

We asked five experts: is vegetarianism healthier?

Mar 04, 2019 12:58 pm UTC| Health

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Australia, as many vegetarians will gladly tell you. While many people who eschew meat products do so for the sake of animals and the environment, were starting to learn more about the...

We asked five experts: should we use food as a reward for kids?

Oct 16, 2018 14:38 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Finding means of cajoling the kids into behaving in certain ways or doing things they dont want to do can be challenging. And most parents at some point would have offered up sweets as a reward for finishing veggies or...

We asked five experts: is it possible to catch up on sleep?

Aug 16, 2018 20:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

Its Friday and youre clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up on all the sleep youve lost. But does it really work that way? During sleep our memories from the day...

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Economy

Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that...

How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and the market has failed to keep up

Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...

Australia’s headline inflation seen at 0.7 pct q/q in Q4, rise to 1.9 pct y/y: ANZ Research

Australias headline inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 percent q/q in Q4, with the annual rate rising to 1.9 percent, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The largest contributor to the headline figure...

NZ headline CPI likely to rise 0.5 pct q/q in December quarter, says ANZ Research

New Zealands headline consumer price inflation (CPI) for the December quarter is expected to have risen 0.5 percent q/q, with annual inflation accelerating to 1.9% from 1.5% in Q3, according to the latest report from ANZ...

BI likely to maintain policy rate at 5 pct on Jan 23, remain open to future rate cuts: Scotiabank

The Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to maintain its policy rate at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on January 23, but with the door remaining open to future rate cuts amid Indonesias benign inflation outlook,...

Politics

Barack and Michelle Obama net worth: How much is the former First Couple worth?

Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle might no longer be living in the White House but theyre still one of the most popular couples in the world. Recently, the Obamas made headlines when they purchased a...

Fans defend Michelle Obama as Donald Trump attacks former FLOTUS on her birthday

Former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 56th birthday anniversary on Friday, January 17. However, President Donald Trump spoilt Obamas special day when he attacked the former FLOTUS School Nutrition Guidelines on...

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for the seventh debate, Iran and foreign policy will likely play a central role. But health care will remain the most important topic of debate for many Americans. No...

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwes economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the countrys population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible...

Three reasons why Boris Johnson's promise to revitalise the north could come back to haunt him

For his forthcoming Budget on March 11, Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised to unleash Britains potential uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal. This was on...

Science

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

UFOs: Leaked footage can threaten national security, says US Navy

The presence of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects has continuously baffled many, from enthusiasts to government agencies. Recently, the United States Navy has warned that having to release more footage of these...

NASA: Hidden room at Cape Canaveral revealed agency's secret space reconnaissance mission

The Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union go head to head in what was deemed the Space Race in the early 1960s. A documentary reveals how a secret space mission by NASA was revealed. The documentary NASAs...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope captures Eta Carinae star system eruptions

If there is one thing to know about space, it is that the phenomena that take place within the galaxies and star systems can be amazing. The Hubble Space Telescope for one, recently captured one of the brightest star...

Technology

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...

Are self-driving cars safe? Expert on how we will drive in the future

Cars are changing fast. But are innovations such as autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or just a wild pipe dream? And if they become the futures way of getting from A to B, can we trust them to take us there...

Virtual reality could expand therapy options in remote areas

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy...

‘Overwatch 2’ release date, rumors: New heroes joining the fray

Overwatch 2 has already been confirmed by Blizzard at the BlizzCon 2019. Since then, numerous rumors and speculations have been floating around, which includes the possibility that the title might already be out this...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, rumors: Why Black Marsh could be an interesting location choice

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date will definitely arrive - Bethesdas Todd Howard already confirmed that the studio is working on it in E3 2018. But the bad news is, its going to be a long wait for fans. Bethesda Is...
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