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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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You might be missing out on some immune-system superpowers that are yours for the asking at your local GP. Besides protecting yourself -- who wants chicken pox and tetanus? -- staying up-to-date on shots helps to keep dangerous germs out of circulation and away from others.

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New Australian research has discovered that the most effective way to protect infants against influenza is to ensure the rest of the household have received their yearly flu shot. Giving up smoking and limiting the number of people inside the house can also significantly reduce a baby's risk of infection.

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Diarrhoeal mortality is decreasing by about 4 per cent per year, although the disease remains unacceptably rife, resulting in about 800,000 child fatalities worldwide annually. New research has found that the majority of cases are caused by just four pathogen types -- Rotavirus, Cryptosporidium, ETEC and Shigella.

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2013 is shaping up to be another bumper year for colds, flus and noroviruses with medical officials predicting a similar or greater outbreak level to 2012. Here's what you need to know about the impending sniffle season.

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Australian public health experts have hit out at the way influenza vaccines for children are evaluated and licensed. According to the authors, new immunisation drugs are not tested with enough diligence.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking a homeopathy website to court for claiming that the whooping cough vaccine is dangerous and ineffective. The consumer watchdog accuses Homeopathy Plus! of making misleading and deceptive statements that could lead to serious health risks for consumers.

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I'll admit I was guilty of believing this myself: that getting a flu vaccine usually meant you'd feel a bit ill for a couple of days because the vaccination effectively gave you a mild dose of the flu. Turns out that's absolute garbage.