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Why Do We Gain Weight As We Age

November 11th, 2019
Gaining weight as we age has become completely normalised in modern society. Men and women in their late 30s and beyond are almost expected to gain weight, even though we've never understood exactly why. While various genetic and lifestyle factors influence weight gain, there are age-related considerations that can't be accounted for by eating or exercise habits alone. As it turns out, how we store and process fat changes substantially as we get older.

According to new research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, lipid turnover in human fat tissue decreases during ageing, which makes it easier to gain weight. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, sheds some much-needed light into the middle age spread. The scientists studied the fat cells in 54 men and women over an average period of 13 years. The researchers also examined lipid turnover in 41 women who underwent bariatric surgery to see how the lipid turnover rate affected their ability to keep weight off. ;

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Modern Work & the Adaptability Quotient

November 4th, 2019
Modern workers are always looking for that little something extra to help them forge ahead in their careers. Whether you're a mechanic, a salesperson, or a surgeon, making moves in your chosen field was always thought to be a combination of smarts and hard work. As it turns out, however, additional capacity may also be needed. Along with regular and emotional intelligence, the adaptability quotient (AQ) has recently been recognised as a key driver of success.

Low Interest Rates and the Bank Response

October 23rd, 2019

Australia’s interest rate is at an historic low, currently sitting at 0.75% and possibly heading even lower. As the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) moves the cash rate closer to zero, an increasing number of banks are failing to go along for the ride. Individual lenders have been told to look towards alternative lenders, with the RBA itself possibly resorting […]

Prices up for 3rd Month

October 21st, 2019

In September results, the Australian property market experienced its strongest gains since March 2017, as prices rose for the third consecutive month. While the lift in prices was still somewhat subdued, a pattern is starting to emerge as both first-home buyers and investors re-enter the market. According to the CoreLogic national home value index, five of eight state capitals were […]

Looking After Your Eyes in the Screen Age

October 16th, 2019

Technology continues to have a profound effect on every aspect of our lives, with computers and other devices used for work, play, and everything in-between. Whether it’s a desktop computer at work, a laptop at home, or a smartphone during your daily commute, people are spending more time staring at computer screens each and every year. Excessive screen time is […]

Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

October 9th, 2019

With summer approaching fast, there’s never been a better time for some creative interior design tweaks. While few people have the time or budget to completely change their home each season, a few small adjustments will keep your home looking sharp and fresh. Summer is the time of light, heat, and celebration, with relevant interior design schemes able to align […]

5G and Why Some People are Scared

October 2nd, 2019

The rollout of 5G connectivity is having a huge impact, with some people looking forward to lightning fast download speeds and others concerned about the health and environmental risks of this new technology. 5G is the latest and fifth generation of cellular network technology, and promises faster speeds, lower latency, and greater reliability than its predecessors. 5G is about 60 […]

Australia's Welfare Report for 2019

September 19th, 2019

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has just been released, with lots of positive news spread among some very worrying statistics. The 2019 edition of this report is the 14th iteration, as the government attempts to gain insight into our work life, home life, education and income among other key issues. This report goes well beyond the […]

Trade War Intensifies

September 18th, 2019

The trade war between the United States and China is not limited to two nations, with global markets continuing to feel the pressure. As a chief political ally of the US and major exporter to China, Australia is somewhat caught in the middle. The trade war recently intensified with the addition of new tariffs, with the escalation sending shock waves […]

Buyers back in the Market

September 18th, 2019

Property prices in key markets continue to rise, with an increasing number of buyers taking out mortgages in case growth rates gain momentum. While national prices are still down according to the latest ABS data, the tide is starting to turn in Sydney and Melbourne. CoreLogic has recorded price gains in Australia’s two biggest markets over the last three months, […]

Looking after your Joints with Exercise

September 12th, 2019

Everyone knows about the positive impacts of exercise, with cardio and strength routines able to improve your health and upgrade your quality of life. Getting regular exercise is not always easy, however, with lifestyle constraints and existing physical problems often getting in the way. It’s important to work through these problems, however, with arthritis, painful joints and stiffness responding well […]