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Doing the HSC does not cause undue stress, new research
A two-year survey of this year’s HSC candidates across seven Sydney high schools has found that over 70 per cent of students manage their pre-exam stress levels well.
Life after the HSC: how to find the right job
You don't have to decide what to do with the rest of your life right now -  in this cheat sheet for school leavers, workplace expert Dr Patrick Garcia busts common myths about choosing a career.
TMI: the cognitive science behind why you can't read all your emails in a day
In a world awash with emails, the struggle to keep on top of the inbox is universal. Here’s why trying to read more than a few dozen a day could be wasting everyone’s time – and worse.
Listen up! Experts call for action on hearing loss-depression link
Understanding and addressing the impacts of hearing loss on mental wellbeing has become an urgent issue, write renowned Macquarie University audiologists Professor Cath McMahon and Associate Professor Piers Dawes.
The words that heal after breast cancer
Women who have a greater sense of self-compassion after a breast cancer diagnosis are less likely to experience anxiety and depression, new research from Macquarie University shows. Writing about it can also have a powerful effect.
Kids with social anxiety are likeable and popular
Children with social anxiety are often well-liked by fellow students, a new Macquarie University study of seven to 13 year-olds has shown. Researchers hope the finding can help short-circuit a disorder that can otherwise be debilitating in adulthood.
Dads play a role in preventing social anxiety in children
Dads who encourage children to try new things and don’t shield them from disappointment or let them win all the time may help them avoid social anxiety in young adulthood.
Sleep loss plus social media bad combo for teens
There are mental health problems that specifically begin in adolscence, says the researcher behind the high school Raw Project, which surveys more than 500 teens every year.
It's official: being kind makes you happy and healthy
Money might not buy you happiness but volunteering does - in spades, a Macquarie economics study has discovered.
New online pain clinic offers relief, cuts depression
A free eight-week course is changing the lives of thousands of Australians who suffer from chronic pain.
Designer bacteria could fuel the future with cheap hydrogen
Macquarie synthetic biologists have made a breakthrough in renewable energy production by creating genetically-engineered sugar-loving bacteria that can produce on-demand, zero-emission hydrogen fuel faster than has been done anywhere else.
Strong social ties protect mental health into old age
Joining a bushwalking group, attending art lessons or doing yoga are not only fun ways to socialise, these activities also safeguard your mental health.