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More forms of type 2 diabetes than we thought
Traditionally, we’ve thought of diabetes as being type 1 or type 2. But new research suggests type 2 diabetes is actually 5 different forms of disease, each with its own need for different treatment.
Causes of unilateral vision loss are mostly preventable
Vision loss in one eye can have huge consequences for a person’s health and quality of life - yet this research shows simple interventions can stop much of that visual impairment.
Stroke affects more than just your physical function
Doctors rightly aim to rehabilitate a person’s physical abilities after a stroke - but should more attention be paid to other areas?
Video: Boxer shorts versus briefs for sperm quality
Boxer shorts lead to higher quality and quantity of sperm versus briefs, Harvard School of Public Health has confirmed.
Tai chi offers relief from fibromyalgia
Aerobic exercise is often recommended as a treatment for chronic pain but tai chi may be more suitable.
Prostate cancer screening - what's best?
Deciding whether or not you should get a PSA test for prostate cancer is a complex decision – a new study shows its limitations.
Mediterranean diet linked to successful IVF
Women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet in the lead up to IVF treatment have a higher chance of conceiving and giving birth to a baby.
Video: Superbugs may be developing resistance to hand sanitisers
Superbugs may be developing resistance to alcohol in hand rubs, an Australian study shows.
Disrupted sleep linked to early Alzheimer's disease
New research has linked fragmented sleep patterns during the night and the need for naps during the day as an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.
Mindful eating improves weight loss and eating habits
Mindful eating is a hot topic in nutrition research. A new review of the research finds that mindful eating can help with weight loss and promote positive eating behaviours.
Blueberry extract could help in cancer radiation treatment
By studying human cervical cancer cell lines, a team of researchers discovered combining blueberry extract with radiation therapy can significantly improve treatment efficacy.
Video: Dental Health Week
Poor oral health affects more than your teeth. Dr Norman Swan explores dental hygiene and it's importance.
Smoking risks more than you think
While most Australians know smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease, many aren't aware of other risks such as erectile dysfunction, female infertility, diabetes and colon cancer.
Listeria: bacterial menace in frozen vegetables
Amid fears of contamination by listeria bacteria, packaged frozen vegetables were removed from supermarkets in July 2018. Find out what you need to do to avoid listeriosis.
Women twice as likely to die from a serious heart attack than men
Women are more likely than men to not get appropriate follow-up treatment after a heart attack, and 6 months later are twice as likely to die from a serious heart attack.
Video: National Pain Week
One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain and this includes children. Unlike acute pain, where there's an underlying cause, chronic pain may not be due to an obvious injury or a disease that will get better if it's fixed. Let's all understand the facts and support National Pain Week in July.
Flu increases the risk of a heart attack
Getting the flu is unpleasant - but it can increase your risk of a heart attack, too.
Heavy drinking a risk factor for dementia
Researchers have found heavy drinking is associated with the development of dementia - particularly early-onset dementia.
Healthy weight during pregnancy good for baby
It’s a complex issue, but babies will have better outcomes if their mother has a healthy weight during pregnancy.
Best diet for weight loss - low carb or low fat?
There’s been a debate for years about which diet is best for weight loss and health: low carb or low fat? A recent study compared the 2 diets.