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  • Video: Scarce fertility awareness for young people

    Many young men and women don’t know when fertility declines, which adds to the difficulties they’re already facing around timing a family.

  • Video: All it takes is 5 nights of bad sleep

    It only takes 5 nights of bad sleep to put you in a pre-diabetic state, and poor sleep is associated with a higher risk of obesity and mental health issues.

  • Video: Poor diet responsible for 1 in 5 deaths

    Eating and drinking more healthily could prevent 1 in 5 deaths globally. Countries that have a mainly Mediterranean diet perform best, and experts want to shift the focus from what people shouldn't eat, to what they should eat.

  • Video: Flu awareness

    This year by March there have been 6 times more cases of flu than at the same time last year. So how can you protect yourself and what should you do if you get flu?

  • Video: Measles - global outbreak

    It’s predicted Australia may have 300 infections of measles in 2019, but endemic measles was eliminated in 2014. So why the increase in measles infections now?

  • Video: Private Health Insurance reforms

    April 2019 will see a new system of categorising private health insurance and some changes to policies. What will the changes mean for you?

  • Video: Parkinson's disease awareness

    For more than 110,000 Australians living with Parkinson's disease, simple daily tasks like brushing their teeth are beyond their reach. Hear from Dr Norman Swan, Kathryn - who has Parkinson's, and Vincent Carroll - a Parkinson's Nurse Consultant.

  • Keeping a stable weight can cut diabetes risk

    New research finds that maintaining a stable weight as a person ages can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

  • Weight loss surgery linked to drinking problems

    Research suggests that one particular type of bariatric surgery is linked to people having a much higher chance of developing a drinking problem down the track.

  • Video: Improving oral health in Australia

    Ninety per cent of Australian adults and 40 per cent of children have experienced tooth decay. Poor oral health is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, but there are things you can do to improve it.

  • Which exercise is best for older obese people?

    Weight loss plus combined aerobic and resistance exercise may be most effective in improving functional status in older, obese adults.

  • More exercise equals less disease

    Researchers assess the dose-response association between total physical activity levels and risk of five chronic conditions.

  • Fish oil in pregnancy may reduce asthma in kids

    Eating fish oil-derived fatty acids in pregnancy may lower the risk of asthma and wheezing disorders in offspring.

  • Exercise may help in chronic heart failure

    Aerobic exercise improves aerobic capacity in people with chronic heart failure.

  • Good motor skills the key to fit kids

    Children with low motor skills found to have poorer health-related fitness measures.

  • The health risk of loneliness

    Socially isolated and lonely people have been found to have a higher risk of death compared to their socially connected peers.

  • Video: New asthma guidelines

    The National Asthma Council of Australia has released major updates to its guidelines for managing and treating asthma. How do the changes affect people with asthma?

  • Moderate alcohol consumption reduces brain function

    Even moderate consumption of alcohol can have negative effects on the brain.

  • Video: Brain awareness

    Your brain is an amazing organ. Find out how to keep it healthy, alert and thinking well. Know the signs of concussion and how to protect against it.

  • Prescribing exercise for mental health

    Exercise plays an important role in the treatment of people with mental illness.