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More clarity needed on medicinal cannabis
More work needs to be done before medicinal cannabis (medical marijuana) is rolled out in Australia.
Bariatric surgery on the menu for obese people with type 2 diabetes
New international diabetes guidelines are going to recommend bariatric surgery for most obese people with type 2 diabetes.
5 Tips to lower your blood pressure
Nearly one in 3 Australians have high blood pressure, and over half are not aware they have it. Here are 5 tips to prevent and manage high blood pressure from Lisa Yates, Advanced Practising Dietitian.
Dormant butt syndrome is linked to knee and back pain
Dormant butt syndrome, characterised by weak glute muscles and tight hip flexors, can be caused by sitting too long and is linked to knee, hip and back pain.
Eating moderate amounts of red meat has no heart risk
US scientists surprise themselves by finding no evidence that eating red meat 3-4 times a week increases cardiovascular risk.
Allergy experts reach agreement about infant feeding guidelines
Paediatricians have agreed that allergenic foods should be introduced as early as 4 months, ending years of conflicting advice about a timeline.
Couples' conflict style predicts future health problems
Whether you stonewall or have anger outbursts, your style in couple conflicts can predict your long term health problems.
Fitness protects against diabetes
People with higher fitness levels are less likely to develop diabetes, a study over 20 years has found.
Opioids provide little relief for low back pain
Opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, have little effect on low back pain, yet 40 per cent of Australians visiting their GP with low back pain will be prescribed one.
Don't rely on mammograms alone
Too many women donâ€™t know to check their breasts between screening mammogram appointments, according to a British survey showing an overreliance on mammograms.
Mental illness not the cause of mass murders
Mental illness is not the cause of mass murders, despite public perceptions that mass murderers are psychotic.
Drink wine, not beer, to stave off diabetes
Regular wine consumption not only reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, it is more protective than either beer or spirits.
Chiropractic no better than sham treatment for thoracic back pain
Techniques used by chiropractors to treat thoracic spine pain are no better than sham therapy, an Australian study has found.
Shortage of diabetes medicine, metformin, for Australia
Australia may be facing a major shortage of extended-release metformin, the commonly used diabetes medicine.
Anticonvulsant pregabalin linked to major birth defects
Women who take the medicine pregabalin in the first trimester of pregnancy are 3 times more likely to have a baby with malformations.
Denial of dementia symptoms delays diagnosis
People in the early stages of dementia are living in denial and putting off seeing their doctor, for fear of a diagnosis.
Facebook mums' groups get thumbs down on health advice
Pregnant women and mums are turning to Facebook groups for health advice, but 1 in 5 responses they get is inaccurate, with 1 in 50 giving dangerous advice.
Heavy drinking spouses raise partner's risk of alcohol problems
You are at higher risk of developing alcohol problems if your spouse has a drinking problem. Married people are less likely than single people to develop alcohol problems, but only if they choose a spouse without without a tendency to hit the bottle.
Health problems in Australian prisons, a concern
Australia's prisons are hotspots for chronic disease and mental health problems, with new report detailing the extent of the problems.
Skin dryness relieved by vitamin B3
Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) may be a simple and cost-effective approach to relieve dry skin, according to Australian researchers.