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Good pain relief may reduce breast cancer spread
Good pain relief, especially using morphine, can reduce the spread of breast cancer cells.
Compassionate doctors prolong your life
People who are treated with compassion by their doctors trust them more and live longer than people who don't have empathetic doctors, research shows.
Work longer to live longer
Retiring early is associated with dying early no matter how healthy or unhealthy a person is, a US study has shown.
Celebrity chefs a potential health hazard
Celebrity chefs could be a menace to public health with their slapdash approach to food hygiene, academics have warned.
Apple juice best for rehydrating sick kids
Research questions the use of expensive electrolyte drinks for children with mild gastroenteritis.
Anorexia: only a third of sufferers under medical care
Only a third of people with anorexia are being monitored by a healthcare professional, with many admitted to hospital so late they are at risk of dying, Australian study finds.
Rosacea linked to increased risk of dementia
Rosacea, the skin condition, is associated with an increased risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
2 types of arthritis increase heart disease risk
Both osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis have been found to be associated with a higher risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
More sex doesn't equal more satisfaction
Couples who have lots of sex aren't any more satisfied with their relationship than those who have sex less often, but the more sex, the more positively they see their partner.
Taking fish oil boosts the effect of antidepressant medicines
Omega-3 fish oil, rich in EPA, improves treatment with antidepressant medicines in people with clinical depression.
Could anorexia be contagious?
UK researchers have proposed that anorexia nervosa is an infectious disease, rather than a psychological disorder.
Spinal surgery for low back pain over-optimistic
Spinal fusion surgery has at best a 50% success rate for the initial operation and patients would be better off going to a pain program instead, specialists write.
Potatoes-only diet holds no appeal for top dietitian
Rosemary Stanton, dietitian, questions the healthfulness of the potato-only diet adopted by a Melbourne man.
Cosmetic surgery an accident waiting to happen in Australia
Cosmetic surgery patients are at risk unless Australia acts to regulate the industry, as NSW's health watchdog uncovers unsafe practices.
A case of a bulging oesophageal bypass
53 years ago, this man had an operation to replace his oesophagus with his colon. Look what's happened now.
Fatty diet linked to sleep problems
Middle-aged men who eat a fatty diet are more likely to have problems with sleep, including daytime sleepiness.
Frequent ejaculation lowers prostate cancer risk
Good news for high-frequency ejaculators, as study finds the more frequently a man ejaculates, the lower his risk of prostate cancer.
Metformin the leader in diabetes drug comparison
Metformin reduces the risk of a person with diabetes dying from heart disease by 30 to 40% compared to sulfonylureas, a US analysis finds.
Eating well after gestational diabetes cuts risk of high blood pressure
Women with gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, but can avoid the risk by eating healthily.
Man dies from deadly superbug immune to all antibiotics
A man has died of a superbug infection resistant to all antibiotics Australia has to offer, indicating we may have entered a post-antibiotic era.