• The new exercise trend that’s good for everyone

    Open Forum     |      February 24, 2019

    Bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health, according to an international research team.

  • Everyone can help put the case for vaccination

    Jessica Kaufman     |      February 21, 2019

    Falling vaccination rates are causing a resurgence of serious childhood diseases, but parents as well as doctors can help reverse the trend by advocating for immunisation.

  • Morning exercise improves brain health in overweight older adults

    Open Forum     |      February 19, 2019

    A morning bout of exercise can reduce the detrimental impact on brain blood flow caused by prolonged sitting in older adults who are overweight or obese.

  • More nurse visits can help vulnerable children thrive

    Catriona May     |      February 17, 2019

    Increasing the number of maternal and child health nurse visits to new mothers facing adversity can significantly improve parenting and maternal wellbeing.

  • America’s opioid epidemic is starting to hit Australia’s shores

    Open Forum     |      February 15, 2019

    The stereotype of a typical drug addict is out of date. Rather than a destitute urban heroin addict, today’s drug users tend to be mainstream, suburban and regional and are dependent on pharmaceutical opioids such as OxyContin.

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Wrong

    Open Forum     |      February 15, 2019

    It’s no yolk, there’s nothing special about breakfast. Indeed, a new study shows that, contrary to popular belief, eating or skipping breakfast has little influence on people’s weight.

  • Helmet laws have halved cycling deaths

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2019

    A UNSW Sydney study has shown a clear link between mandatory helmet laws and a drastic reduction in cycling fatalities, and argues that helmet laws have not cut participation as is often suggested.

  • Eating more fruit and vegetables is good for mental health

    Neel Ocean     |      February 11, 2019

    Many studies show that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but the latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental wellbeing too.

  • Australia needs stronger pharmaceutical transparency rules

    Open Forum     |      February 9, 2019

    Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.

  • Five warning signs of overdiagnosis

    Alexandra Barratt     |      February 6, 2019

    Early detection can be the key to a successful cure, but a plethora of tests can lead to overdiagnosis, where people are diagnosed with diseases that won’t harm them, and overtreatment with therapies that won’t benefit the patient and may even cause harm.

  • Mindfulness could help ease chronic pain

    Open Forum     |      February 4, 2019

    Mindfulness meditation may help ease chronic pain as it lessens sensitivity and reduces external stress, say international researchers. Their study compared mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy and found similar rates of improvement.

  • Do footballers return too soon after concussion?

    Sandy Shultz     |      February 3, 2019

    The third season of the women’s football competition, the AFLW, kicks off this weekend and with it will come renewed debate around concussion. Thirty women suffered a concussion playing in the AFLW in the first two seasons of the competition, according to AFL statistics, forcing several players into early retirement.