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FODMAPs not gluten the real culprit for some?
What if avoiding gluten and wheat was helping your symptoms, but not for the reasons you thought?
Atrial fibrillation stopped by managing risk factors
Atrial fibrillation, the heart rhythm disorder, can be stopped altogether in a large number of people by aggressive control of their risk factors, such as obesity and overweight.
Light drinking linked to cancer risk
Even 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for male smokers, increases the risk of certain alcohol-related cancers. And women with a family history of breast cancer may be better off not drinking at all.
Trans fat, not saturated fat, raises heart disease risk
Eating industrial trans fats is associated with a 34% increase in death, a 28% risk of dying from coronary heart disease, and a 21% increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Australia's national diet scores a C
Australians are eating 3 times more junk food than recommended, the CSIRO finds after surveying more than 40,000 people.
Eggs on the menu for people with diabetes
Eggs are a good thing for people with type 2 diabetes to eat, as they are nutritious and a good source of protein and micronutrients.
Picky eating in children predicts anxiety
Picky or selective eating in children has been shown to be a predictor of later anxiety and depression.
Draft sun exposure guidelines weigh up benefits and risks
Professional medical groups have reached an agreement about the appropriate level of UV exposure after years of disagreement about how to balance the risks and benefits.
Glue ear balloon treatment avoids surgery
Children over 4 with glue ear could now be treated with a simple non-surgical option involving blowing up a nasal balloon.
Middle-class over-50s are problem drinkers
Problem drinking among successful over-50s is a middle-class phenomenon.
Baby foods - too much sugar and too little iron
The high sugar content of commercial baby foods has been flagged as a concern in a study of products in Australian supermarkets.
Sugary drinks linked to diabetes, again
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased by 18% for every serving per day of sugar-sweetened drink.
Sleep apnoea being misdiagnosed by CPAP manufacturers - concerns
Leading sleep doctors are warning that patients are being incorrectly diagnosed with sleep apnoea by companies selling CPAP machines.
Grandparents feeding childhood obesity
Chinese grandparents contribute to childhood obesity by spoiling and overindulging their grandchildren.
Postmenopausal women need sex once a week
Older women who are sexually active experience fewer troublesome vaginal symptoms than women who don't have sex.
4 good reasons for middle-aged men to lift weights
Regularly lifting weights can reverse low bone mineral density in middle-aged men.
Plastic surgeons warn of doctors' room surgery risks
Cosmetic surgery performed in doctorsâ€™ rooms poses an unacceptable risk to patient safety, warns the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Native plant gives hope in rheumatoid arthritis
Extracts of mountain pepper, an Australian plant, have a high antibiotic activity against bacteria that may be a trigger for rheumatoid arthritis.
Gluten-free foods are not necessarily healthier choice
An audit of more than 3000 packaged foods from major Australian supermarkets shows many of those advertised as gluten-free have more kilojoules, salt, sugar and/or saturated fat than their gluten-containing counterparts.
Fat no longer the fall guy in new US dietary thinking
Fat focus likely to move from total fat consumption onto consumption of healthy fats, according to US scientists.