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Meditation and yoga better for low back pain than usual care
Mindfulness techniques, such as yoga and meditation have been shown to be more effective at treating low back pain than the usual care people receive.
Paracetamol not effective for treatment of osteoarthritis
Paracetamol is not an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, a meta-analysis of 74 studies has found, with diclofenac being the most effective treatment.
Australians not meeting omega-3 fatty acid recommendations
Despite being girt by sea,Â most Australians get more health-giving long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from meat than fish, which is actually a much richer source.
Every snort of coke could lead to stroke
People who take cocaine are 6 times more likely to have a stroke in the 24 hours after snorting cocaine.
Early peanut exposure reduces peanut allergy
Early exposure to peanuts in the diet of infants at high risk of allergy has been shown to protect them from developing peanut allergy later on - and this effect continues even if they stop eating peanuts at age 5 for a year.
9 pieces of medical jargon you might not understand
Patients have a much better understanding of their chronic conditions when discharge letters use plain English rather than medical jargon.
Coconut oil - are you nuts?
Coconut oil has nutrition experts concerned, sparking calls to "think twice" before eating it regularly. They say there is little evidence to support any health-promoting effects of the product.
Why you should avoid weekend food binges
If you eat a healthy diet all week, only to binge on junk food at the weekends, then you may be undoing all your good work.
9 Reasons not to try nanging
Nanging is the inhalation of nitrous oxide from bulbs used to whip up cream. NO inhalation carries risk and can cause death.
6 Things you should know about new hepatitis C treatments
New hepatitis C treatments have high cure rates, low side effects and can be taken as tablets. myDr.com.au summarises what you need to know.
7 things to know if you're travelling to a Zika virus hotspot
7 things your doctor wants you know if you are travelling to a Zika virus hotspot, brought to you by myDr.com.au
7 foods that help fatty liver disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise in Australia and Sydney researchers have identified 7 foods that should improve the course of the disease.
Low back pain - exercise and education most effective
The best way to prevent lower back pain is a combination of exercise and education.
Chromium supplements linked to cancer
Chromium, a supplement used in diabetes and weight loss products, accumulates in fat cells in mice and may cause cancer.
New UK alcohol guidelines offer little cheer for drinkers
New alcohol guidelines in UK show any level of drinking is linked to cancer.
myDr's top 10 health news stories of 2015
Check out the top 10 health headlines in 2015 brought to you by the myDr news team.
Take more steps - live longer
The beneficial effects on survival of increasing steps to 10,000 per days are as significant as those from taking statins.
Diet can protect against psychiatric conditions
There is growing evidence that early diet, and the diet of the mother, can affect the development of psychiatric disorders in later life, a Melbourne professor says.
Red wine health benefits for type 2 diabetes
A glass of red wine with dinner for people with type 2 diabetes can reduce heart disease risk and improve blood sugar profiles.
Diabetes risk raised by high blood pressure
Having high blood pressure puts a person at risk of developing diabetes. Every 20mm rise in systolic blood pressure increased the risk of diabetes by 60%.