Health Star Rating food labelling scheme gets the go-ahead

Food and health ministers approve the rollout of the Health Star Rating scheme.

27 Jun 2014 | In a win for consumers the Health Star Rating, which gives at-a-glance information on food nutrition, will launch soon.

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Online dating company breached privacy of 254,000 Australians

Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.

26 Jun 2014 | Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.

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Facebook snooping on your browsing

Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.

26 Jun 2014 | Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.

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Gum treatment reduces key risk factor for heart disease

An annual scale and clean has been found to reduce a key risk associated with heart disease.

26 Jun 2014 | A new study highlights the importance of preventative dental care, with one scale and clean a year markedly reducing the thickening of the carotid artery, a key risk factor for heart disease.

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Bowel cancer screening rates fall

Test could saves lives, but participation rates have dropped.

26 Jun 2014 | Bowel cancer kills Australians, yet an increasing number of people are failing to complete a simple, potentially life-saving screening test, according to a new report.

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Antibiotics won't help colds and flu

Government reminds Aussies that misuse of antibiotics may add to superbug problem.

26 Jun 2014 | Two-thirds of Australian workers mistakenly believe antibiotics work for colds and flu, a misconception that could contribute to the spread of antibiotic resistance in Australia.

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GM corn study reignites controversy

Scientists angered by republication of study with serious flaws.

25 Jun 2014 | Scientists have criticised the republication of controversial study linking GM corn with cancer. The study was originally retracted due to methodological failings which remain unaddressed.

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FDA asks US food industry to reduce salt

Americans are eating too much salt, and sodium in processed foods is largely to blame.

24 Jun 2014 | American food companies could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty in an attempt to help prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

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Customer service failures lead to lost business

$8bn a year out the door when call centres fall short.

24 Jun 2014 | A new survey suggests Australian companies who leave customers hanging are losing a combined $8 billion a year.

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Heartbleed bug repair rate slowing

Security flaw still a threat on more than 300,000 web servers worldwide

24 Jun 2014 | The Heartbleed bug is still far from being fixed, months after it was revealed to be a security threat on up to two-thirds of the world’s websites and it also affects up to a third of Android users.

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