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Readers Digest Australia

April 2019

No wonder this is the world's most widely read magazine Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue. This magazine is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days.

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holiday highs

HOLIDAYS ARE WHAT WE ALL WORK HARD FOR, carefully planning and saving to make sure everything is perfect. Often, that precious time out from our routine can give us some of the most unforgettable experiences – stories that are shared and retold countless times. When we asked our readers to share their most hilarious and memorable holiday mishaps, nothing prepared us for the enormous response. After sifting through the many submissions, we found the most relatable and compiled each into ‘14 Travel Mishaps You’ll Never Forget’ (page 32). My favourite involves one reader’s visit to the zoo, and her unexpected encounter involving an elephant and a packet of biscuits.On a more serious note, space and science fans will enjoy the compelling first-person account of astronaut Scott Kelly’s time…

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readers’ comments and opinions

The Placebo Effect ‘The Power of Fake Pills’ (February) made me wonder whether the results for medical trial participants from placebos, comes from the chance to be listened to and heard, not just moved on.At routine follow ups the patient has the opportunity to tell their story as more time is allocated permitting meaningful discussions with the medical staff – possibly even a team who can pool their knowledge to respond to any issues that may arise. To think that when somebody is interested in you and really cares about the outcome, can harness self-belief, even without any drugs being administered. VIV BROWN The Wonderful World of Walt Disney Thank you for the wonderful article on the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs…

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win a pilot capless fountain pen

The best letter published each month will win a Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, valued at over $200. The Capless is the perfect combination of luxury and ingenious technology, featuring a one-of-a-kind retractable fountain pen nib, durable metal body, beautiful rhodium accents and a 14K gold nib. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Eileen Watson. …

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eyes on you

We asked you to think up a funny caption for this photo. Do you ever get the feline you are being stalked? SARAH FITZPATRICK Peeping Tom! ROBIN BOWMAN I am paw-sitive that I did not have anything to do with the dog being gone. RUSSELL BRIMS Luckily, Oscar could always rely on his escape claws. VANESSA SEALY Cat-scan detects fishy business. SIMON JAMES DHANARAJ ARTHUR Congratulations to this month’s winner, Sarah Fitzpatrick. …

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news worth sharing

Fisherman Makes Catch of a Lifetime – and Saves a Life Early one morning in October last year, Gus Hutt was fishing at a favourite spot at Matata Beach in New Zealand’s North Island’s Bay of Plenty. Spotting what he thought was a porcelain doll floating past, he reached out to grab it by the arm. “Never look back in regret – move on to the next thing.” RICHARD BRANSON’S BEST ADVICE FROM HIS MUMWhen he heard a ‘squeak’, Hutt realised it was an 18-month-old baby boy, who was floating at a steady pace, pulled by a dangerous rip in the water. Hutt’s wife searched the nearby holiday camp to find the child’s parents. Until the alarm was raised, they didn’t realise their toddler, Malachi Reeve, had opened…

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ai system correctly predicts which coma patients will wake up

Amazing results have been achieved in Beijing, China, by a team of neurologists who used an artificial intelligence (AI) system to rate seven patients on a coma recovery scale. Despite the low scores the patients had received from doctors, meaning family members were legally allowed to take them off life support, the AI system from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and PLA General Hospital gave top scores to the patients. Their prediction? All of these patients would ‘wake up’ from their coma within a year. They all did.By using normally ‘invisible’ details to the human eye in hundreds of brain images and carefully calculated machine-algorithms, the team has reportedly achieved an 88 per cent diagnosis success rate for coma patients so far. (PHOTOS: GETTY IMAGES)…