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Bad shoulder? Keyhole surgery found lacking
A particular type of keyhole surgery doesn’t appear to be any more beneficial than placebo surgery when it comes to shoulder impingement syndrome.
Women treated worse than men after heart attack
Women have poorer outcomes after a serious heart attack than men, and are less likely to receive the right treatment.
Video: Does the midlife crisis really exist?
Does the “midlife crisis” really exist? Many people believe that it does.
Slip, slap, slop early to save your skin
Regular use of sunscreen at an early age has demonstrable benefits later on, especially if you’re the type to burn.
Complementary medicine users have worse cancer survival
People who use complementary medicines are more likely to discontinue or refuse cancer treatments, potentially putting their lives at risk.
Although more obvious in children, we all experience boredom at some time. Adults usually ignore it and move on, but prolonged boredom should not be ignored. Find out how to make boredom work for you.
Put down the tablet; pick up a book
When you use a tablet, you go to sleep later and don’t sleep as well as if you had read a book before bed.
Video: Lift your mood with some weights
Weightlifting is an effective treatment for moderate depression, in a similar way to aerobic exercise.
Quicken your step to live longer
Maybe you shouldn’t stop to smell the roses - a fast-paced walk seems to be linked to a lower risk of death.
myDr's top 10 health news stories of 2018
These are the top 10 news stories brought to you by myDr.com.au in 2018. News about sleep took out the top 3 places, adding weight to reports earlier this year that found that Australians just don't get enough sleep.
Video: Surf therapy can help depression and PTSD
Surf therapy combines cognitive behavior therapy with physical activity and the challenge of surfing. Recent studies have found that it can help to reduce symptoms of depression and PTSD.
Video: Dietary clues to a healthy microbiome
The greater diversity of plant foods a person eats each week, the greater the diversity of their gut bacteria.
Video: Lack of sleep? Catch up on the weekend
Even when you’re sleep-deprived during the week, it looks like you can make up for it with a lengthy lie-in on the weekend.
Outback nurse treats his own heart attack
An Australian nurse in the outback diagnoses and treats his own heart attack. Listen to Dr Norman Swan's award-winning interview with Ryan Franks about how events unfolded.
Video: New cancer test is as good as gold
With as many as half of all Australians expected to be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85, a simple blood test that could initially detect 90 out of 100 cancer cases looks like a promising advance.
Keep fit in middle age to avoid latelife depression
People with a higher level of fitness in middle age had a lower incidence of depression when they got older.
Video: Are headphones harming children's hearing?
There’s a link between listening to music on headphones and high-frequency hearing loss in children.
Video: Is hemp the new superfood?
Is hemp the new superfood? The seeds contain 25 per cent protein, and are high in amino acids and essential minerals as well as being a rich source of vitamin E.
Video: Hitting the books hurts your eyesight
Spending extra years studying has a whole heap of benefits, but it doesn’t do your eyesight any good. Find out how to offset the effects on your eyesight.
People with coeliac disease can't always trust store-bought food
Food stores are serving up gluten in their foods even when it’s advertised as gluten-free - and in some cases, they don’t understand the difference.