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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.
Australian kids not eating their greens
Only 5 per cent of Australian children meet the dietary guidelines for vegetables which are 2.5 to 5.5. serves per day.
Singing boosts the immune system in cancer patients
Singing can boost both mood and the immune system in cancer patients and their carers, research into Welsh cancer choirs has shown.
Hepatitis E does exist in Australia
Hepatitis E exists in Australia and people can be infected by eating undercooked pork products, particularly pork livers.
3-minute activity breaks reduce risk in people with type 2 diabetes
Overweight people with type 2 diabetes should have regular active breaks from sitting to improve their risk of heart and metabolic disease.
Denial of Lyme-like disease in Australia leaving patients without care
Denial of Lyme disease in Australia is leaving patients frightened and without care, doctor tells Parliamentary Lyme disease group.
Antimicrobial soaps adversely cleaning up gut bacteria
Antimicrobial soaps, such as those containing triclocarban, are cleaning up gut bacteria, but it's not a good thing, a study of rats shows.
Hydrolysed baby formula is unnecessary for prevention of allergies
There is no convincing evidence to support using hydrolysed formulas to prevent eczema, food allergy, asthma or allergic rhinitis in infants and children.
A case of green nail syndrome
A man develops green nail syndrome after working in an electronics company. Find out what's causing his problem.
Consuming vegetable oils lowers cholesterol but not heart disease deaths
Consuming vegetable oils lowers blood cholesterol but does not reduce deaths from heart disease, according to analysis of previously unpublished research.
New clues to risk factors for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Frequent fast food intake is linked to developing inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Whiplash better after cervical fusion surgery
Some people with chronic whiplash may get relief with cervical fusion surgery, contrary to the results of earlier studies.
Squirming worm infection in foot
Man develops a squirming snake-like lesion on his right foot after a holiday to Nigeria. The lesion was intensely itchy are moved a few millimetres to a few centimetres every day.
Type 1 diabetes complacency costing 12 years of life
People with type 1 diabetes are still dying 12 years earlier at 69 than the rest of the population, on average, a study finds.
What the very old think about death and dying
Very old people mainly live day to day, are not afraid of dying and are willing to discuss dying, a study finds.
Female genital mutilation seen by 1 in 10 Australian paediatricians
One in 10 Australian paediatricians have seen signs of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Australian children, with two-thirds believing it is happening on Australian soil.