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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.
Protein proportion is key to weight loss
If you have a low proportion of protein in your diet, the characteristics of the human appetite are such that this will lead us to overeat fats and carbs.
Pilates no better for low back pain
Cochrane researchers found no significant difference between Pilates and other exercises for pain and disability in low back pain.
Lyme-like bacteria found in Australian paralysis tick
Bacteria from the same group as the organism that causes Lyme disease, (the Borrelia group), have been discovered in an Australian paralysis tick.
Wholegrains reduce risk of death from heart disease and stroke
Eating a diet rich in wholegrains is associated with a lower risk of dying from heart, stroke and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease and dying overall, but does not reduce cancer risk.
St John's wort adverse reactions highlighted
The herbal antidepressant St John's wort has similar side-effects to some prescription antidepressants, including anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, vomiting, amnesia and aggressive behaviour.
Migraine sufferers get relief from acupuncture
People who suffer from frequent migraines show significant improvements after 20 weeks of acupuncture.
Pregnant women not exercising enough
All pregnant women who are free of medical or obstetric complications should work towards 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week.
Acupuncture helps with hay fever symptoms
Acupuncture has been shown to relieve the symptoms of sneezing and itchiness in hay fever, in an Australian study.
Australians ignoring bowel cancer screening
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, yet many people are ignoring the free screening test.
Obesity after menopause a risk factor for breast cancer
Study shows postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of breast cancer, and losing weight does not remove the risk.
Methamphetamine deaths and ice use rise dramatically
Methamphetamine deaths have increased across Australia in the past 12 months, while use of ice among drug users is skyrocketing
Ankle strength affected by stiletto heels
Regular wearing of high heels, such as stilettos, significantly affects ankle strength, study shows.
Bowel cancer increases in under-50s
Bowel cancer diagnosis increases in younger Australians, but stabilises among older Australians.
Newer contraceptive pills have increased risk of blood clots
Women taking newer versions of the contraceptive pill have twice the risk of dangerous blood clots than women on older versions and four times the risk of women not on the pill.
Low FODMAP diet relieves IBS symptoms
Low-FODMAP diets reduce symptom severity scores, abdominal pain, bloating and overall symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to an Australian meta-analysis.
Prolonged paracetamol in pregnancy may be risky
Prolonged use of paracetamol during pregnancy may raise the risk of undescended testicles in male babies - and cause reproductive problems in later life.