The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

The Advantages Of Using Long-acting Contraceptives

Few Australian women use long-acting reversible contraception, despite its advantages over other methods. These contraceptives offer women long-term, cost-effective, “fit-and-forget” contraception.

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

High-intensity Micro Workouts Vs Traditional Regimes

When it comes to health and fitness, there are rarely any quick fixes. But if you’re struggling to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, micro workouts might be just the thing you need to start improving your fitness.

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin

7 Myths And Truths About Healthy Skin
Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it’s healthy. As an academic dermatologist I frequently hear misleading “facts” that seem to be stubbornly enduring.

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?

How Old Is Too Old To Drive?
When Britain’s Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle on Jan. 17, 2019, many people were surprised that he was still driving at age 97.

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?
Children who live in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful compounds in their blood or urine than children who live in homes that don’t, according to a new study.

Want To Improve Your Mood?

Want To Improve Your Mood?
Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression. Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends.

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?

Will Eating Nuts Make You Gain Weight?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we eat 30g of nuts – a small handful – each day. But many of us know nuts are high in calories and fat.

What Causes Most Birth Defects

What Causes Most Birth Defects
The development of a baby, from the time of fertilization through to the moment of birth, is an incredibly complex journey. Most of the time the result is a perfect new baby.

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne

Once Upon a Time: Research, Flying, and Acne
We tell ourselves science is king, but our understanding of the world is shaped through story. We tell stories about the past and call it history. We tell stories about the present and call it news. Our stories about how to act, think, and live are called culture. And our stories about how the natural world works are called science.

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment

Finally Fulfilled: Attaining Food Enlightenment
It is so incredibly easy to get sucked into the illusion that weight loss is all about food. The logical mind thinks, “Why wouldn’t it be? What I eat is causing my weight gain, so this must be about food.” This initiates the quest to try every diet out there, in order to get your body to a place where you feel “good enough.” Confident. Worthy. Desired. Happy.

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?

Will Going Gluten Free Cause Weight Loss?
Although people have been eating wheat for thousands of years, one third of US adults now shun foods containing wheat in an effort to avoid gluten.

Why Do We Itch?

Why Do We Itch?
We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation of being itchy. For many years, scientists suspected that pain and itch were the same thing, only differentiated by their intensity: itch was just light pain, and pain was strong itch.

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix

Budget Friendly Ways To Get Your Veggie Fix As Prices Rise

The Food Price Report 2019, released by Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph in December, suggested vegetable prices will go up by as much as six per cent this year.

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Beer Before Wine And You'll Feel Fine?

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again.

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet

Benefits Of Pulses: Good For You And The Planet
In simple gardeners’ terms that means we plant pulses one year, a cereal such as wheat or barley the next year and then an oil seed such as canola in the third year.

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor

There Really Is Value In Having A Primary Care Doctor
The first study to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care finds that Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value healthcare.

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Why The Future Of Psychiatry Promises To Be Digital

Ella, who is in her early 20s, has depression. When her sleep started to fall away after a stressful term at school, her smartphone was programmed to note the late-night texts and phone conversations indicating her insomnia. It made suggestions to improve her sleep.

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?

Is Cannabidiol A Rising Star Or Popular Fad?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue.

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

So You Went Vegan In January – Now What?

Many people will have had their fill of cheese, chocolate and meat over Christmas and have felt much more energised after going vegan in January (an event known as Veganuary).

Breaking Through The Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System

Breaking the Healing Barrier Using Our Body's Healing System
Within each one of us there lies a "healing system" capable of fighting off disease, combating infection and bringing us greater energy, vitality, and well-being. In any medical text we can read about the "digestive system", the "circulatory system", or the "nervous system", but nowhere can we find a chapter on the "healing system".

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Will Skipping Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

Breakfast, we are told, is the most important meal of the day. Over the last 50 years, we have been bombarded with messages extolling the health benefits of processed cereals and porridge oats.

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

How Fluoride In Water Helps Prevent Tooth Decay

The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply.

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?

What Causes Bloating And Gassiness?
Your trousers fit when you put them on in the morning. But come mid-afternoon, they’re uncomfortably tight – and you didn’t even overdo it at lunchtime. Sound familiar?

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health

Fermented Foods: The Missing Ingredient to Amazing Health
You can take everyday foods and transform them into delicious superfoods at home in your kitchen with minimal effort and almost no money! Simply by fer­menting foods, you significantly multiply their health-building properties. Everyday foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are just the beginning of what is possible.

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia

How To Reduce Your Risks Of Dementia
Many people do not want to think about dementia, especially if their lives have not yet been touched by it. But a total of 9.9 million people worldwide are diagnosed with dementia each year. That is one person every 3.2 seconds.

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?

Why Does Some Tap Water Taste Weird?
Every year Australia’s councils contest the academy awards of the water industry: the Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia. Entrants compete on clarity and colour as well as taste and odour.

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness

The Deadly Truth About Loneliness
Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a move away from home. We are vulnerable to feeling lonely at any point in our lives.

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?

Are Microbes Causing Your Milk Allergy?
In the past 30 years, food allergies have become increasingly common in the United States. Changes to human genetics can’t explain the sudden rise.

How Families Can Eat Healthier

How Families Can Eat HealthierEvery unhappy family might be unhappy in its own way, but when they sit down together at the table, they’re alike according to one important measure: they eat better.

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

How To Keep Your Body Feeling Warm

Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog – during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm.

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

Is There A Memory Pill In Our Future?

During the first weeks of the new year, resolutions are often accompanied by attempts to learn new behaviors that improve health.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?
Most of us are intimately familiar with anxiety. We experience it as we walk towards the room to where our job interview is held, when we stand up to give a speech at our best friend’s wedding, or when we find ourselves in conversation with someone we want to impress.

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health
In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine?

Want To Be Happier, Healthier, And Save Money?

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Research shows people who cook more have healthier eating patterns, spend less money on take away foods and have indicators of better health.

Does Osteopathy Work?

Does Osteopathy Work?

Studies examining pain are hard to judge, since they’re based on participants’ self-reported pain levels.

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

What Happens To Your Skin When You Get Sunburnt?

Most Australians are familiar with the painful red skin, blisters and peeling that follow too much time in the sun. Last summer, 2.4 million Australian adults were getting sunburnt each weekend.

Why We Shouldn't All Be Vegan

Why We Shouldn't All Be VeganAfter decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats.

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With Caution

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With CautionCoconut oil is under attack. Once hailed as a miraculous superfood, its reputation has been more than a little bruised after a Harvard professor described the substance as “pure poison”.

As The Planet Warms, So Do Your Risks Of Breast Cancer

As The Planet Warms, So Do Your Risks Of Breast Cancer

It is encouraging to see greater attention in the media to the issue of climate change and its effects on the life-support systems of the planet. The link between breast cancer and the environment, however, is being overlooked.

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go Flexitarian

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go FlexitarianA flexitarian is defined as “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”. The term, first coined in 1998, describes people who mostly, but don’t always eat vegetarian foods.

Here’s What You Need To Know About Flu Season

Here’s What You Need To Know About Flu SeasonThis year’s influenza outbreak is increasing nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports more than 6,400 confirmed cases and 24 states with widespread flu activity through December 29.

High Blood Sugar In Pregnancy Increases Child’s Obesity Risk

High Blood Sugar In Pregnancy Increases Child’s Obesity RiskA pregnant woman’s high blood sugar level is linked to a significantly greater long-term risk of obesity in her child—even more than a decade later, a new study reports. The higher the woman’s blood sugar, the greater the risk of her child being obese.

How To Best Cope With The Heat

How To Best Cope With The HeatWith the extreme heat it is vital that everyone take appropriate steps to manage the heat, including drinking plenty of fluids.

How Restaurants Are Wooing Flexitarians

How Restaurants Are Wooing FlexitariansFlexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger.

Why There's No Such Thing As A Safe Tan

Why There's No Such Thing As A Safe TanThere’s a lot to be said for sunshine – both good and bad. It’s our main source of vitamin D, which is essential for bone and muscle health.

Why Foraging For Free Is Food For The Soul

foraging for health fun 1 11In the past few years, there’s been a resurgence in the idea of foraging for food. The practice of hand gathering plants and animals for bait, money or the table has long taken place

How Do I Tell If I'm Dehydrated?

How Do I Tell If I'm Dehydrated?It’s a message that’s been drummed into us since childhood. Drink water, especially when it’s hot, otherwise you’ll get dehydrated.

How Difficulty In Identifying Emotions Could Be Affecting Your Weight

How Difficulty In Identifying Emotions Could Be Affecting Your WeightMost of us, at some point, have turned to food to make ourselves feel better. Whether it is snuggling up with a pot of ice cream following a break up (channeling an inner Bridget Jones perhaps) or turning to chocolate and biscuits to keep us going through a difficult day at work.

Why You're Probably Brushing Your Teeth Wrong

Why You're Probably Brushing Your Teeth WrongWe all know the advice for healthy teeth – brush twice daily and don’t eat too much sugar. So why do those of us following these instructions find we sometimes need a filling when we visit the dentist?

Shellfish Tops The List Of US Adult Food Allergies

Shellfish Tops The List Of US Adult Food AllergiesMore than 10 percent of adults in the United States—over 26 million—are estimated to have a food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do, according to new research.