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Video: Superbugs may be developing resistance to hand sanitisers
Superbugs may be developing resistance to alcohol in hand rubs, an Australian study shows.
Disrupted sleep linked to early Alzheimer's disease
New research has linked fragmented sleep patterns during the night and the need for naps during the day as an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.
Mindful eating improves weight loss and eating habits
Mindful eating is a hot topic in nutrition research. A new review of the research finds that mindful eating can help with weight loss and promote positive eating behaviours.
Blueberry extract could help in cancer radiation treatment
By studying human cervical cancer cell lines, a team of researchers discovered combining blueberry extract with radiation therapy can significantly improve treatment efficacy.
Video: Dental Health Week
Poor oral health affects more than your teeth. Dr Norman Swan explores dental hygiene and it's importance.
Smoking risks more than you think
While most Australians know smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease, many aren't aware of other risks such as erectile dysfunction, female infertility, diabetes and colon cancer.
Listeria: bacterial menace in frozen vegetables
Amid fears of contamination by listeria bacteria, packaged frozen vegetables were removed from supermarkets in July 2018. Find out what you need to do to avoid listeriosis.
Women twice as likely to die from a serious heart attack than men
Women are more likely than men to not get appropriate follow-up treatment after a heart attack, and 6 months later are twice as likely to die from a serious heart attack.
Video: National Pain Week
One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain and this includes children. Unlike acute pain, where there's an underlying cause, chronic pain may not be due to an obvious injury or a disease that will get better if it's fixed. Let's all understand the facts and support National Pain Week in July.
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.