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  • Health Diary: National Skin Cancer Action Week

    More than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer every year. Of the 3 types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most dangerous. If treated early it's curable. Find out how you can check your skin to detect any changes sooner rather than later.

  • Video: Skin cancer ABCDE

    Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world - 2 out of 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Get sun smart and check your body regularly for signs of skin cancer.

  • Video: Fibre and gut bacteria improve diabetes

    Changing the diet of people with type 2 diabetes to include more high-fibre foods has been found to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria that are linked to a direct effect on improved blood glucose control and greater weight loss.

  • Video: Healthy habits need a nudge

    Nudge theory involves using little nudges to encourage healthier behaviours. Dr Caroline West reports the results of a trial which gave workplace cafeterias a nudge makeover and the effects it had on people's food choices.

  • Video: Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem

    A growing number of bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. The World Health Organization warns that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health.

  • Video: Antacids a risk for child allergies

    Acid reflux is common in babies and it’s sometimes treated with acid reducing drugs, but is treating your baby with an acid-reflux medicine causing more harm than good? Dr Caroline West investigates.

  • Video: Exercise trumps genetic risk of heart disease

    Keeping fit can reduce your risk of heart disease, even when your genetic risk profile is high.

  • Video: Men's health - know your risks

    Despite rising life expectancy, Australian men are more reluctant to go to the doctor and are less honest when they are there than women. Make November the month you consider your health risks.

  • Video: Accessing medicinal cannabis in Australia

    Medicinal cannabis is not yet a first line of therapy for any medical condition, but is available under the Special Access Scheme from approved providers in Australia for some conditions.

  • Video: Ruptured knees on the rise in kids

    Knee injuries have risen dramatically in Australian children. Dr Caroline West explains what an ACL injury is, and how many ACL injuries could have been prevented with specific exercises called neuromuscular agility training.

  • Video: Blood clots - reducing the risk

    Every year 30,000 Australians develop blood clots in their legs or lungs and 5000 of them will die. Many blood clots happen during or after a hospital stay and new hospital standards are aimed at reducing this risk.

  • Eat healthy, live longer

    Researchers study the association between dietary changes and longevity.

  • Organic food: is it healthier?

    Organic food is promoted as being healthier than conventional produce. Aside from the price, however, there is not a lot separating conventional and organic foods.

  • Kids have high junk food ‘brand awareness’

    A study involving young children in low- and middle-income countries found a high degree of brand logo awareness of junk foods. This led children to prefer these foods over traditional and home cooked meals.

  • Video: Waking up to sleep deprivation

    Many Australians accept sleep deprivation as a part of life, relying on stimulants like caffeine to get them through the day. But sleep deprivation causes adverse physical effects, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

  • Health Diary: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Almost 50 per cent of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, but are mental health disorders becoming more common? And how can we seek help for them?

  • What effect does general anaesthetic have on child development?

    New research shows general anaesthesia appears to have some unpleasant and unexpected effects on child development.

  • Video: The cost of obesity in life and death

    The effects of obesity are costing us a fortune in life and death.

  • Damp, gas stoves and asthma

    Household contributors to asthma often go unnoticed, but damp and gas cookers are two to be aware of.

  • Daytime sleepiness a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease

    Do you find yourself falling asleep during the day, even when you try not to? It may be linked to a heightened risk of Alzheimer’s disease.