Six Steps to Reduce your Cancer Risk

In 2016 it was estimated that more than 130,000 Australians were diagnosed with cancer. It’s the leading cause of death, accounting for around 3 in 10 deaths in Australia. The good news is that at least one in three cases of cancer are preventable and many cancer deaths could be prevented with the right lifestyle…

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Taking Medications Correctly

Around 50% of people, on average, don’t take their medications correctly. This can increase the risk of illness or harm to your health. Fortunately there are ways that may help you stay on track. Medication non-adherence Occasionally missing a pill won’t cause harm for the vast majority of people if you follow the instructions in…

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Mythbusting: Dairy Foods & Calcium

  Myth:  Dairy foods are the only way to get calcium in my diet: What the research says:  While dairy products are a good source of calcium, they are not the only ones. Calcium is also found in canned fish with bones (such as salmon and sardines), hard tofu, almonds, dried figs, unhulled tahini (sesame…

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Good Sleep

While it’s easy to skimp on sleep when there are other competing priorities, getting enough sleep is more important than you might think. It’s now recognized that good sleep is a significant contributor to our health and wellbeing. Poor sleep not only impacts on our mood, concentration and energy levels, but can increase the risk…

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Mythbusting: Nuts, Weight & Health

Let’s see what the research says regarding some common myths about nuts…. Myth: Eating nuts will increase my cholesterol levels. What the research says: Nuts are high in fat, but they are cholesterol-free (as cholesterol is only found in animal products) and contain mostly ‘healthy’ unsaturated fats, which can actually help cholesterol levels.   Myth: Nuts…

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Could too much time in the chair send you to an early grave? According to an increasing body of research, the answer is unfortunately yes. On average, adults sit for about 9 hours each day, and much of this time is continuous sitting. This lack of movement can lead to unhealthy levels of blood glucose,…

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Pump down the Pressure

Each time your heart pumps out blood, it creates a force that pushes against the walls of your arteries (blood vessels). Like your hand pushing down on your thigh, this force is called pressure. When blood pressure is high, it increases the risk of damage to your arteries, in particular, thickening or weakening the artery…

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Christmas Cheer – Don’t Overindulge!

The end of the year is a time when many people overindulge when it comes to alcohol. While a glass or two is fine for most people, having a few too many isn’t good for our health or waistlines. In the short term, excess alcohol can cause headaches, nausea and dehydration and can increase the…

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Erectile Dysfunction Explained

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, or impotence, you’re not alone. In Australia, about 1 in 5 men over the age of 40 report that they are unable to get or keep an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. And the chance of having problems with erections increases with age. Erectile dysfunction is not…

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While many people welcome the start of Spring, if you’re the 1 in 5 Australians who suffer from Hayfever, this may be your least favourite time of the year. Hayfever is the name commonly used to describe the condition allergic rhinitis, an allergy affecting the nose and/or eyes. It is caused by contact with common…

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Children and peanut allergy

A peanut allergy is when your child’s immune system reacts to a normally harmless protein in peanuts. Allergic reactions can be mild such as skin welts, tingling mouth and stomach symptoms. However, some can be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). 1, 2 Peanut allergy has increased in children during the past few decades. The current rate is 3%…

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Truth behind children and lies

It can be upsetting if your child tells a lie. However, the reality is that lying is common for children. And it’s not because they’re bad – children lie for understandable, developmental reasons. 1, 2 For instance, under 3-year olds simply aren’t old enough to know the difference between truth and untruth. When 3-4 year…

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