• Hitting the ‘big six’ for six

    Lucy Carroll     |      May 26, 2018

    An innovative eHealth program launched at UNSW aims to target the six main lifestyle risk factors among teenagers – including smoking, binge drinking and unhealthy eating – to help prevent chronic disease later in life.

  • Fast food shown to slow conception

    Andrew Spence     |      May 6, 2018

    A pregnancy study of more than 5000 women in four countries has proven the virtues of eating fruit and the pitfalls of fast food when trying to conceive.

  • We can change our brain and its ability to cope with disease with simple lifestyle choices

    Yen Ying Lim     |      May 3, 2018

    Lifestyle factors such as meditation can change our brain for the better while physical activity can induce a cascade of biological processes that improve function of brain regions responsible for memory and decision making.

  • Is “low carb” beer really better for you?

    Open Forum     |      April 21, 2018

    “Low carb” beer is widely advertised but its implied health claims are smoke and mirrors. Health groups are calling for nutrition info panels on alcohol to help make the public make more informed consumption choices.

  • Australia’s flesh eating bug requires urgent research

    Andrew Trounson     |      April 19, 2018

    A localised epidemic in temperate Australia of a rare tropical ulcer has exposed a major gap in scientific knowledge that needs urgent attention.

  • 6 natural ways to protect your skin from the sun

    Derek Lotts     |      April 17, 2018

    It’s easy to forget the need for sun protection when we holiday abroad during winter or venture outdoors on sunny days. People who prefer to avoid commercial products must still safeguard their skin, and there are a range of strategies to make sure our skin enjoys the outdoors as much as we do.

  • Loneliness is bad for your health

    Jed Magen     |      April 10, 2018

    Research shows that people who feel lonely and experience social isolation have more health problems, feel worse and perhaps die at an earlier age. Quality of life can be greatly enhanced by engaging people in the community.

  • Unbottling the drivers of family violence 

    Vic Health     |      April 9, 2018

    The pernicious effect of alcohol often looms large in situations of family violence, so much so that it can overshadow the presence of other contributing factors.

  • Why too much sugar is bad for your health

    Kieron Rooney     |      April 5, 2018

    Large amounts of sugar are hidden in our foods, causing weight gain and contributing to poor health and serious diseases. Half of us are eating too much sugar, here’s why you should cut down.

  • Australia needs a national environment protection agency

    David Shearman     |      April 1, 2018

    Australia needs an independent national agency charged with safeguarding the environment and delivering effective climate policy, according to a new campaign launched by a coalition of environmental, legal and medical NGOs.

  • Australia needs a moratorium on genetic tests for life insurance

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2018

    Australian Life Insurers will no longer be able to use predictive genetic test results in underwriting, if recommendations tabled by a Parliamentary Inquiry into Life Insurance are adopted.

  • Why do so many Australians get skin cancer?

    Terry Slevin     |      March 27, 2018

    While many people blame holes in the ozone layer, the truth is that white people simply didn’t evolve to survive Australia’s savage sun exposure and any failure to ‘slip, slop, slap’ exposes pale skinned people to risk.