• Science or Snake Oil: do ‘rescue remedies’ ease stress?

    Ken Harvey     |      July 31, 2018

    ‘Flower remedies’ may be pleasant to use, but do they actually do anyone any good?

  • How ‘non-memories’ can hinder PTSD recovery

    Andrew Spence     |      July 26, 2018

    Painful “non-memories” are proving a hidden problem for people recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to South Australian researchers.

  • High rates of hepatitis C increase the need for prevention and treatment

    Open Forum     |      July 25, 2018

    New research from NDARC and the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney shows almost 40% of people who have injected drugs in the past year are living with hepatitis C.

  • The murky world of industry sponsored ‘health consumer’ groups

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2018

    University of Sydney experts call for greater transparency and independence from Australian health consumer groups, as new research reveals clouded disclosures about financial support and corporate sponsorship arrangements.

  • Childhood use of sunscreen cuts adult melanoma risk

    Open Forum     |      July 23, 2018

    New research led by University of Sydney has found that Australians aged 18-40 years who were regular users of sunscreen in childhood reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 40 per cent, compared to those who rarely used sunscreen.

  • How exercise keeps our brains healthy as we age

    Nicola Lautenschlager     |      July 22, 2018

    New guidelines outline how much physical exercise older Australians need every week to help keep their brains healthy as well as their bodies. Around an hour and half of moderate aerobic exercise and a couple of strength training sessions per week can make a real difference.

  • Omega-3 supplements don’t help your heart

    Open Forum     |      July 18, 2018

    Omega-3 supplements may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a comprehensive Cochrane review which found that increasing the amount of long-chain omega 3 fats (those found in fish) in our diets doesn’t make our hearts any healthier.

  • Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

    Olivia Remes     |      July 18, 2018

    Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide. The best way to escape it may lie in changing your perceptions of the world around you.

  • Nature and science join forces to fight surgical infections

    Open Forum     |      July 16, 2018

    South Australian researchers are embarking on a $20 million medical and manufacturing research project which could reduce the chance of infection after orthopaedic surgery, thanks to a little help from the humble dragonfly.

  • Think yourself thinner

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2018

    New research by Curtin University has found that people who want to increase their participation in regular exercise and adopt a healthier lifestyle do better if they mentally visualise themselves doing it.

  • Teen drinkers face more alcohol problems in later life

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2018

    A new study has produced robust evidence that adolescents who drink regularly are twice as likely to be binge drinkers and drink drivers as adults. This appears to debunk the idea that teen experimentation with alcohol promotes responsible drinking; instead, it can set a young person up for problem drinking in later life.

  • It’s time for hidden sugars to be unmasked

    Open Forum     |      July 12, 2018

    Improved added sugar labelling across all packaged foods would help guide Australians to healthier food choices, according to The George Institute for Global Health.