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  • Beach sand carries greater health risk than the water

    23 May 2018

    Sand has more than ten times the levels of bacteria than the nearby water, adding yet another hazard to a day at the beach. 

  • Sweetening the risk of type 2 diabetes

    22 May 2018

    Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased incidence of type-2 diabetes.

  • Man flu – fact or fiction?

    21 May 2018

    Does the well-known ‘man flu’ have medical merit or is it a result of men overreacting to common flu symptoms?

  • Cholesterol levels when you're young

    8 May 2018

    The length of time you have had raised cholesterol affects your future risk of heart disease, so getting your cholesterol under control when you're young is a good move.

  • Gout: two-thirds of Australians don't have ideal control

    2 February 2017

    Two-thirds of Australians with gout have uric acid concentrations above the recommended levels and may not be being treated adequately, according to a recent study.

  • No relief at school for Australian kids with asthma

    1 February 2017

    Twenty­-one per cent of Australian parents of children with asthma don’t provide their child’s spare reliever puffer to the school, according to a recent Asthma Australia survey

  • myDr's top 10 health news stories of 2016

    7 December 2016

    These are the top 10 news stories of 2016 from the myDr website. Not surprisingly, diabetes continues to be a popular topic among Australians and the long-awaited new treatments for hepatitis C were a highlight.

  • Gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction

    2 December 2016

    Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) has been linked to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, with men with chronic periodontitis more than twice as likely to suffer from ED.

  • Scurvy returns to Australia due to poor diet

    30 November 2016

    Scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C, has resurfaced in Australia in a diabetes clinic in Western Sydney. Symptoms of scurvy include swollen bleeding gums, joint pain and wounds that don't heal.

  • Warmer weather brings white-tail spiders out to play

    7 November 2016

    White-tail spiders are on the prowl, according to data collected by, with the warmer weather bringing more people into contact with the nocturnal arachnids.

  • Happy spouse improves your health

    29 September 2016

    People with a happy spouse are much more likely to report better health, regardless of their own happiness, with 3 potential reasons why a happy partner enhances a person's own health.

  • Eating berries significantly reduces risk of diabetes

    7 September 2016

    Eating more berries may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, possibly due to their anthocyanin content, an analysis of 8 studies has found.

  • Exercise improves fatty liver

    29 August 2016

    Exercise on its own can achieve reductions in liver fat in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even if a person doesn't lose weight, a study has found.

  • Healthy fats can improve insulin resistance

    9 August 2016

    High-fat foods can improve insulin resistance if they are plant-based and eaten instead of animal fats and refined carbohydrates, an analysis finds.

  • Zinc shortens the length of a cold

    14 July 2016

    Zinc has been shown to reduce the length of symptoms of the common cold in analysis of 3 trials. People who took zinc acetate lozenges had colds that were around 2 to 3 days shorter on average.

  • Insulin has no long-term benefit in type 2 diabetes

    11 July 2016

    Insulin has no long-term benefit in type 2 diabetes, according to a large combined analysis of trials. And it is likely to cause hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) events, French researchers report.

  • Pre-diabetes can be reversed by weight loss

    11 July 2016

    A weight loss of 11% of body weight in an obese person can reverse pre-diabetes, where a person has impaired glucose metabolism. Pre-diabetes puts a person at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Experts warn against HIV home tests

    7 July 2016

    Vulnerable patients are being put at risk when purchasing online HIV self-testing kits because many tests lack any Australian pre- or post-test advice, public health experts warn. 

  • Obese children costing Australia more

    7 July 2016

    Obese children aged 2 to 5 are up to 3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have substantially higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, Australian research shows.