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Paroxetine suicide warning for adolescents
There are renewed concerns for the suicide risks of paroxetine, the antidepressant, in children and adolescents.
Don't pooh-pooh faecal transplants for C. diff superbug infections
All patients with difficult-to-treat infections with the superbug Clostridium difficile should have access to faecal transplants, say Australian gastroenterologists.
Eating fish may help reduce depression
Eating fish may reduce depression, researchers have found, with the higher the intake the greater the effect.
Designer vagina operations - men don't care
Most men are totally happy with the appearance of their female partnerâ€™s genitals, with almost all saying they would never suggest she consider labiaplasty surgery.
10 most deadly health risks
The top 10 deadliest health risks, such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar, are now rooted in excess, not lack of basic necessities.
Predominant flu strain in Queensland not covered by free vaccine
Queensland in midst of worst flu season, with the predominant flu strain not covered by the Government's free vaccine.
Pet reptile food - a cause of allergy
Pet reptiles spawn a new allergy risk, researchers warn, as the grasshoppers used to feed reptiles can trigger asthma and allergies.
Flu jab protects against heart attack
A flu jab may protect against heart attack, being more effective than statins, quitting smoking and blood pressure medicines, researchers find.
Alzheimer's disease - you can change some risk factors
You can potentially change 9 risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, including obesity and high blood pressure.
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.