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Swallow your own gastric balloon to lose weight
A new gastric balloon that is swallowed inside a capsule pill then inflated in the gut has proved an effective means of losing weight in a randomised trial.
Faecal transplants successful for treatment-resistant ulcerative colitis
Faecal transplantation may be the answer for patients with treatment-resistant ulcerative colitis, Australian researchers say.
Migraine puts women at risk of heart disease
Yet more evidence has emerged that migraine should be considered an important indicator of risk (risk marker) for heart and stroke disease, at least in women.
Gluten-free diet may harm those who don't need it
A gluten-free diet may harm those without coeliac disease, leading to deficiencies and higher mercury and arsenic concentrations.
Dairy-free diet putting people at risk
Dairy avoidance is out of control with 1 in 6 people risking their health by avoiding milk and dairy foods, researchers say.
6 Health hazards to avoid in Rio (aside from Zika)
Aside from Zika, travellers to the Rio Olympics may have other health hazards to contend with.
Skin cancer diagnoses swell in surfers
Skin cancer swells in Australian surfers, with 1 in 7 surfers having had a skin cancer diagnosed, and 1.4% having a melanoma.
Morphine may worsen chronic nerve pain
Morphine may actually worsen chronic nerve pain, increasing the duration and the severity of the pain, researchers have found.
Don't judge a food by its GI score
Don't judge a food by it's glycaemic index (GI) score. There are limits to the glycaemic index, warns dietitian Dr Rosemary Stanton.
More clarity needed on medicinal cannabis
More work needs to be done before medicinal cannabis (medical marijuana) is rolled out in Australia.
Bariatric surgery on the menu for obese people with type 2 diabetes
New international diabetes guidelines are going to recommend bariatric surgery for most obese people with type 2 diabetes.
5 Tips to lower your blood pressure
Nearly one in 3 Australians have high blood pressure, and over half are not aware they have it. Here are 5 tips to prevent and manage high blood pressure from Lisa Yates, Advanced Practising Dietitian.
Dormant butt syndrome is linked to knee and back pain
Dormant butt syndrome, characterised by weak glute muscles and tight hip flexors, can be caused by sitting too long and is linked to knee, hip and back pain.
Eating moderate amounts of red meat has no heart risk
US scientists surprise themselves by finding no evidence that eating red meat 3-4 times a week increases cardiovascular risk.
Allergy experts reach agreement about infant feeding guidelines
Paediatricians have agreed that allergenic foods should be introduced as early as 4 months, ending years of conflicting advice about a timeline.
Couples' conflict style predicts future health problems
Whether you stonewall or have anger outbursts, your style in couple conflicts can predict your long term health problems.
Fitness protects against diabetes
People with higher fitness levels are less likely to develop diabetes, a study over 20 years has found.
Opioids provide little relief for low back pain
Opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, have little effect on low back pain, yet 40 per cent of Australians visiting their GP with low back pain will be prescribed one.
Don't rely on mammograms alone
Too many women donâ€™t know to check their breasts between screening mammogram appointments, according to a British survey showing an overreliance on mammograms.
Mental illness not the cause of mass murders
Mental illness is not the cause of mass murders, despite public perceptions that mass murderers are psychotic.