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.
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.
A chemical in hand soap and toothpaste meant to kill bacteria is actually making them stronger and more capable of surviving antibiotic treatment, according to a new study in mice.
Have you recently carried heavy shopping bags up a few flights of stairs?
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.
Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass a Green New Deal, a package of policies that would mobilize vast amounts of money to create new jobs and address inequality while fighting climate change.
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.
High fat, low fat, no carb, more carb: when it comes to getting information on eating to manage high blood cholesterol, confusion reigns.
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.
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.
Every week in Australia, a woman is murdered by someone she knows. And it’s usually an intimate male partner or ex-partner.
There was much speculation throughout 2018 about Canada’s soon-to-be-legal cannabis market. But only recently has data become available that shows what cannabis consumers really want and actually buy.
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.
The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular.
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.
Mindfulness has helped many people to develop the skills necessary to manage chronic pain, depression, anxiety, stress and sleeping disorders.
Falling in love may boost genes in women’s immune systems related to fighting infection, according to new research.
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.
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.
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.
Back pain is a common and costly health problem. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide and a “call to action” recently published in The Lancet highlights the risks of over-medicalization of back pain globally.
Regular walking produces many health benefits, including reducing our risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.
Community-based exercise programs improve physical fitness and quality of life for people with cancer, according to a new study.
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.
At-home DNA testing kits may be popular, but new research finds that not everyone is eager to find out whether they are related to the British royal family or a Neanderthal.
Most people want to have children sometime in their life and expect this will happen when the time is right for them.
It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.
Some cannabinoid compounds may inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells, according to new research.
Cardiovascular disease is responsible for more than 30% of the total number of deaths worldwide, and every year more people are being diagnosed with the condition.
Women’s brains appear to be about three years younger than men’s of the same chronological age, metabolically speaking, according to a new study.
A new study shows a link between prostate cancer and cancer cells’ uptake of fatty acids.
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.
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.
Enlarged prostates may actually impede the growth of prostate cancer tumors, according to a new study.
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 is no scientifically significant evidence that expensive prescription pain creams and gels relieve soreness better than a placebo, a study finds.
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.
Fungi and moulds encompass a dizzying range of physical forms and attributes, living in both temperate environments and in extremes of hot, cold, or in the depths of the ocean.
New research suggests that people who know more about the benefits of physical activity spend more time doing it.
If weight loss was your goal for 2019, chances are that by now, you’ve probably already experienced some challenges.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects one in ten Australians, and twice as many women as men.
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.
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.
Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study.
Measles is a highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease that spreads like wildfire in naive populations.
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).
Organized sports and physical activities aren’t enough to keep homeschoolers fit, research finds.
People who exercise on a regular basis are more likely to eat healthier, too.
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".
For most people, teeth cleaning may just be a normal part of your daily routine. But what if the way you clean your teeth today, might affect your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease in years to come?
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.
It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60.
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.
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?
The way women have been advised to take the combined contraceptive pill for the last 60 years unnecessarily increases the likelihood of taking it incorrectly, leaving them at risk from unplanned pregnancy.
Meal-replacement diets, where some meals are replaced with soups, shakes or bars, have been making a comeback.
Our muscles grow as a result of regular exercise and can waste away when not frequently or strenuously used, leading to the popular maxim: “Use it or lose it.”
We have all heard the popular advice that we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day, so it may be a surprise that this is more myth than fact.
More climate-friendly diets are also healthier, according to a study examining the carbon footprint of what more than 16,000 Americans eat in a day.
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.
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.
When facing a stressful situation, thinking about your romantic partner may help keep your blood pressure under control just as effectively as actually having them in the room with you.
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.
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.
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.
Every 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.
Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog – during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm.
During the first weeks of the new year, resolutions are often accompanied by attempts to learn new behaviors that improve health.
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.
Stress is the physical and emotional response we all experience when faced with demanding situations.
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?
Research shows people who cook more have healthier eating patterns, spend less money on take away foods and have indicators of better health.
Four characteristics may offer a way to predict if a woman will experience postpartum depression—and if her symptoms will worsen over the first year after giving birth.
Studies examining pain are hard to judge, since they’re based on participants’ self-reported pain levels.
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.
Heading back to work after the holidays means turning your thoughts to what’s for lunch. Are you a meticulous lunch planner, or do you only make a decision once those first hunger pangs signal it’s lunchtime?
After 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.
Coconut 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”.
What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask.
Older people who spend less time in slow-wave sleep—the deep sleep you need to consolidate memories and wake up feeling refreshed—have higher levels of the brain protein tau, a new study shows.
It’s hard not to notice that the range of gluten-free foods available in supermarkets has increased massively in recent years.
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.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That is one person dying by suicide every 40 seconds.
A 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.
This 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.
Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world. And at average consumption levels, it is considered to be good for your health – or at least not bad for your health.
A 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.
Correcting vitamin D deficiency nearly halves the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), our latest study has found.
With the extreme heat it is vital that everyone take appropriate steps to manage the heat, including drinking plenty of fluids.
Almost half of all Canadians regularly take at least one nutritional supplement such as vitamins, minerals, fibre supplements, antacids and fish oils.
Suicide now ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.
Flexitarians 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.
There’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.
A natural antioxidant found in grain bran could preserve food longer and replace synthetic antioxidants currently in use, according to new research.
In 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
It’s a message that’s been drummed into us since childhood. Drink water, especially when it’s hot, otherwise you’ll get dehydrated.
Most 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.
We 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?
More 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.
Do you really know what you’re putting on your hair? Many hair dyes you can buy in the shops or hairdresser contain toxic chemicals