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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.