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Early treatment can help anxiety
Researchers investigated the effectiveness of psychological and educational interventions for preventing anxiety and found a modest benefit from both.
An active body for an active mind
Maintaining adequate levels of physical activity and reducing time spent sedentary over the long term is good for the brain.
A garlic clove a day may keep bad heart health away
Garlic may help with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, so increasing your garlic intake may be a safe and simple way to promote a stronger, healthier heart.
How fast are you ageing?
Biological ageing can be predicted by a combination of blood and physical tests. Interestingly, the data leaves some 38 year olds having the biological health of people well into their fifties.
Does boiling green vegetables reduce their nutritional benefits?
Boiling vegetables results in the loss of minerals, vitamins, some sugars and the phytochemicals that help deliver health benefits.
Interrupting the Alzheimer’s pathway
Are there risk factors we can influence to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease?
Switching to a vegetarian diet cuts kilos
A review of clinical trials has found that a vegetarian diet prescribed as a lifestyle change is effective in helping with weight loss.
A good night’s sleep for a healthy mind
Sleep is an important part of good mental health. If you have trouble falling asleep there are strategies you can practise to assist you.
Time your food for weight management
When and how often you eat is important for weight management.
The sedentary office - it's time to make a stand
Most people spend the majority of the day seated. The health benefits of any movement, including standing, on health and productivity are real and long lasting.
Beach sand carries greater health risk than the water
Sand has more than ten times the levels of bacteria than the nearby water, adding yet another hazard to a day at the beach.
Sweetening the risk of type 2 diabetes
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with increased incidence of type-2 diabetes.
Man flu – fact or fiction?
Does the well-known ‘man flu’ have medical merit or is it a result of men overreacting to common flu symptoms?
Cholesterol levels when you're young
The length of time you have had raised cholesterol affects your future risk of heart disease, so getting your cholesterol under control when you're young is a good move.
Gout: two-thirds of Australians don't have ideal control
Two-thirds of Australians with gout have uric acid concentrations above the recommended levels and may not be being treated adequately, according to a recent study.
No relief at school for Australian kids with asthma
Twenty-one per cent of Australian parents of children with asthma don’t provide their child’s spare reliever puffer to the school, according to a recent Asthma Australia survey
myDr's top 10 health news stories of 2016
These are the top 10 news stories of 2016 from the myDr website. Not surprisingly, diabetes continues to be a popular topic among Australians and the long-awaited new treatments for hepatitis C were a highlight.
Gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction
Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) has been linked to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, with men with chronic periodontitis more than twice as likely to suffer from ED.
Scurvy returns to Australia due to poor diet
Scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C, has resurfaced in Australia in a diabetes clinic in Western Sydney. Symptoms of scurvy include swollen bleeding gums, joint pain and wounds that don't heal.
Warmer weather brings white-tail spiders out to play
White-tail spiders are on the prowl, according to data collected by myDr.com.au, with the warmer weather bringing more people into contact with the nocturnal arachnids.