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  • 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.

  • Owner of a lonely heart

    What effect does loneliness have on your physical health?

  • Video: HIV rates have declined, but not for all populations

    Between 2016 and 2017 there was close to a 15% increase in reported heterosexual HIV cases. Disturbingly,  half of heterosexuals diagnosed get their first test more than 4 years after they have acquired HIV. 

  • Being a night owl no good for you

    Morning larks, night owls … turns out whether or not you’re an early-riser can have implications for your health.

  • Video: Depressed and anxious - Australian women

    Female, anxious and depressed? You're not alone. Most Australian women feel anxious on a daily basis, and many have been diagnosed with depression.

  • Video: Meningococcal disease warning

    Meningococcal disease has been responsible for 2 deaths on the NSW Central Coast in the last 2 months, and 9 people have died in Australia in the past 2 years. Be aware of the symptoms and risks, experts warn.

  • Health Diary: Hay fever

    Dr Caroline West takes us through the causes, symptoms and treatment of hay fever.

  • Video: Vegetarian eating in adolescence linked to good bone health

    A diverse and well-balanced vegetarian-style dietary pattern eaten during adolescence can have a beneficial impact on bone health which is carried into young adulthood.

  • Kids with allergies feel worse-off

    As allergy rates rise, we may need to pay more attention to the mental effects of allergic disease, not just the physical ones.

  • Video: Measles is on the rise

    Measles can be fatal - but is totally preventable. So why are we still seeing cases in Australia, after the World Health Organization announced Australia had eliminated measles in 2014?

  • Video: Kids' snacking tastes could be genetic

    The types snacks a child prefers could be linked to their genes and this could explain a preference for sweet or fatty foods and an aversion to bitter-tasting vegetables.

  • Video: Opioid overdose

    Opioids are morphine-like drugs used to treat pain, and include medicines such as codeine, fentanyl and oxycodone. They aren't effective for treating chronic pain and are potentially dangerous.