Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 15, 2015

A patient undergoing an ultrasound scan at the clinic at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH).
A patient undergoing an ultrasound scan at the clinic at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH).ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Dec 15, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Giving birth lowers lung cancer risk

Women who have delivered at least one child will have a lower risk of lung cancer than those who have not given birth, regardless of whether they smoke, a study here has found.

Researchers from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore and the National Cancer Centre made this finding after studying more than 16 years of records on more than 28,000 Singapore women who participated in a screening programme conducted from 1994 to 1997. - TAN WEIZHEN

Release of new private home sales data

Aerial view of Cairnhill estate and Orchard Road area. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The figures for new private home sales for last month will be released today (Dec 15). The data will be on the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) website from 12.30pm.

October's numbers were low and analysts do not expect last month's figures to be significantly better. Data is obtained through a survey of developers by URA.

Australian PM Turnbull to release economic outlook today (Dec 15)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during the Knowledge Nation Summit in Sydney, Australia on Dec 10, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will release his first economic outlook today (Dec 15) since taking office in September. While giving an insight into his economic focus, the outlook is expected to present grim news. Analysts say the budget deficit is expected to balloon from the figure forecast by the Government in May of A$35 billion (S$35.7 billion), due to sluggish growth and a slump in Australia’s biggest export of iron ore. - Jonathan Pearlman