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Flu increases the risk of a heart attack
Getting the flu is unpleasant - but it can increase your risk of a heart attack, too.
Heavy drinking a risk factor for dementia
Researchers have found heavy drinking is associated with the development of dementia - particularly early-onset dementia.
Healthy weight during pregnancy good for baby
It’s a complex issue, but babies will have better outcomes if their mother has a healthy weight during pregnancy.
Best diet for weight loss - low carb or low fat?
There’s been a debate for years about which diet is best for weight loss and health: low carb or low fat? A recent study compared the 2 diets.
A bad dose of flu or a cold can cause a loss of the sense of smell - called anosmia. Early treatment is the key to avoiding permanent damage.
Video: Omega-3 supplements don’t prevent heart disease
Many people take omega-3 fatty acid supplements for their supposed health benefits, but this study says they don’t help your heart.
Video: Antidepressants work, but some better than others
A large analysis has found 21 different antidepressants to be better than a placebo (dummy treatment), however side-effects meant they were stopped more often than placebo.
Video: Night shifts increase risk of type 2 diabetes
Working shifts or overnight can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study of more than a quarter of a million workers has found.
Video: Diabetes Week
Up to half a million Australians have type 2 diabetes and don't know it. In most people, it starts silently, but it's important to be aware of early warning signs. Diabetes Week is about early detection, so if you have any symptoms, see your doctor.
Video: Binge drinking teenagers - are parents to blame?
The wisdom of giving your kids sips of alcohol may not bear out scientific scrutiny, with a study showing that students whose parents supplied them alcohol were significantly more likely to binge drink than those who weren't given alcohol.
Video: Australians are eating too much salt
A diet high in salt increases your blood pressure, and your risk of heart disease. Yet we’re still eating too much of it - and there’s no sign of that changing.
Do self-management support programs work for chronic conditions?
Are self-management support programs effective for people with multiple chronic conditions?
Breastfeeding feeds good gut bacteria to infants
New research finds another reason to support breastfeeding – by seeding good bacteria in the digestive system of infants.
Never too early to start kids eating healthily
Exposing children to a wide variety of healthy foods, even in pregnancy, can help instill good eating habits later in life.
Frozen fruit and veg in your freezer boosts consumption
Having frozen fruit and vegetables conveniently on hand in the freezer is a way to boost fruit and veg consumption with no trade-off in nutritional quality.
Many pregnant women still not exercising enough
Despite most pregnancy guidelines recommending exercise during pregnancy, a large number of pregnant women participate in little to no physical activity. It’s important for your own health and that of your baby that you remain healthy during pregnancy and this includes both healthy eating and exercise.
A diet for diabetes prevention
A diet high in carbohydrate and fibre and low in fat helps weight loss in people at high risk of type 2 diabetes.
The more you taste, the more on your waist
Taste may play an important role in determining food enjoyment and how much people consume but evidence in the area is mixed. This study investigates the link between carbohydrate sensitivity, dietary intake and waist circumference.
Hydrolysed infant formula shows no benefit in preventing type 1 diabetes
Hydrolysed infant formula shows no benefit in preventing type 1 diabetes, according to a study from Helsinki.
Video: Reframing pain to overcome lower back pain
Reliance on opioid painkillers and unnecessary back surgeries may be preventing us from beating lower back pain. Reframing how we think about back pain may help us recover more quickly.