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Being a night owl no good for you
Morning larks, night owls … turns out whether or not you’re an early-riser can have implications for your health.
Video: Depressed and anxious - Australian women
Female, anxious and depressed? You're not alone. Most Australian women feel anxious on a daily basis, and many have been diagnosed with depression.
Video: Meningococcal disease warning
Meningococcal disease has been responsible for 2 deaths on the NSW Central Coast in the last 2 months, and 9 people have died in Australia in the past 2 years. Be aware of the symptoms and risks, experts warn.
Health Diary: Hay fever
Dr Caroline West takes us through the causes, symptoms and treatment of hay fever.
Video: Vegetarian eating in adolescence linked to good bone health
A diverse and well-balanced vegetarian-style dietary pattern eaten during adolescence can have a beneficial impact on bone health which is carried into young adulthood.
Kids with allergies feel worse-off
As allergy rates rise, we may need to pay more attention to the mental effects of allergic disease, not just the physical ones.
Video: Measles is on the rise
Measles can be fatal - but is totally preventable. So why are we still seeing cases in Australia, after the World Health Organization announced Australia had eliminated measles in 2014?
Video: Kids' snacking tastes could be genetic
The types snacks a child prefers could be linked to their genes and this could explain a preference for sweet or fatty foods and an aversion to bitter-tasting vegetables.
Video: Opioid overdose
Opioids are morphine-like drugs used to treat pain, and include medicines such as codeine, fentanyl and oxycodone. They aren't effective for treating chronic pain and are potentially dangerous.
Video: Losing weight helps your partner shed too
New research has found that when someone makes a commitment to losing weight, they may not only be helping themselves. Their partner may shed some excess kilograms too, even if they aren’t trying!
Video: Exercise keeps dementia at bay for middle-aged women
Mid-life exercise is important for women who want to limit their risk of dementia when they’re older.
Healthy choices better than trying to eat less
A training program to help people control the serving size of food resulted in the opposite effect of people actually choosing larger servings. The catch was that it was healthier food they were choosing with the end result of them lowering their kilojoule intake.
Caesarean section births may lead to poorer health outcomes
Women have C-sections for many reasons, but babies born vaginally appear to be better off.
More forms of type 2 diabetes than we thought
Traditionally, we’ve thought of diabetes as being type 1 or type 2. But new research suggests type 2 diabetes is actually 5 different forms of disease, each with its own need for different treatment.
Causes of unilateral vision loss are mostly preventable
Vision loss in one eye can have huge consequences for a person’s health and quality of life - yet this research shows simple interventions can stop much of that visual impairment.
Stroke affects more than just your physical function
Doctors rightly aim to rehabilitate a person’s physical abilities after a stroke - but should more attention be paid to other areas?
Video: Boxer shorts versus briefs for sperm quality
Boxer shorts lead to higher quality and quantity of sperm versus briefs, Harvard School of Public Health has confirmed.
Tai chi offers relief from fibromyalgia
Aerobic exercise is often recommended as a treatment for chronic pain but tai chi may be more suitable.
Prostate cancer screening - what's best?
Deciding whether or not you should get a PSA test for prostate cancer is a complex decision – a new study shows its limitations.
Mediterranean diet linked to successful IVF
Women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet in the lead up to IVF treatment have a higher chance of conceiving and giving birth to a baby.