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  • myDr's top 10 health news stories of 2016

    7 December 2016

    These are the top 10 news stories of 2016 from the myDr website. Not surprisingly, diabetes continues to be a popular topic among Australians and the long-awaited new treatments for hepatitis C were a highlight.

  • Gum disease linked to erectile dysfunction

    2 December 2016

    Advanced gum disease (periodontitis) has been linked to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, with men with chronic periodontitis more than twice as likely to suffer from ED.

  • Scurvy returns to Australia due to poor diet

    30 November 2016

    Scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C, has resurfaced in Australia in a diabetes clinic in Western Sydney. Symptoms of scurvy include swollen bleeding gums, joint pain and wounds that don't heal.

  • Warmer weather brings white-tail spiders out to play

    7 November 2016

    White-tail spiders are on the prowl, according to data collected by myDr.com.au, with the warmer weather bringing more people into contact with the nocturnal arachnids.

  • Happy spouse improves your health

    29 September 2016

    People with a happy spouse are much more likely to report better health, regardless of their own happiness, with 3 potential reasons why a happy partner enhances a person's own health.

  • Eating berries significantly reduces risk of diabetes

    7 September 2016

    Eating more berries may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, possibly due to their anthocyanin content, an analysis of 8 studies has found.

  • Exercise improves fatty liver

    29 August 2016

    Exercise on its own can achieve reductions in liver fat in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even if a person doesn't lose weight, a study has found.

  • Healthy fats can improve insulin resistance

    9 August 2016

    High-fat foods can improve insulin resistance if they are plant-based and eaten instead of animal fats and refined carbohydrates, an analysis finds.

  • Zinc shortens the length of a cold

    14 July 2016

    Zinc has been shown to reduce the length of symptoms of the common cold in analysis of 3 trials. People who took zinc acetate lozenges had colds that were around 2 to 3 days shorter on average.

  • Insulin has no long-term benefit in type 2 diabetes

    11 July 2016

    Insulin has no long-term benefit in type 2 diabetes, according to a large combined analysis of trials. And it is likely to cause hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) events, French researchers report.

  • Pre-diabetes can be reversed by weight loss

    11 July 2016

    A weight loss of 11% of body weight in an obese person can reverse pre-diabetes, where a person has impaired glucose metabolism. Pre-diabetes puts a person at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Experts warn against HIV home tests

    7 July 2016

    Vulnerable patients are being put at risk when purchasing online HIV self-testing kits because many tests lack any Australian pre- or post-test advice, public health experts warn. 

  • Obese children costing Australia more

    7 July 2016

    Obese children aged 2 to 5 are up to 3 times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have substantially higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, Australian research shows.

  • 7 Worrying facts about ice use in Australia

    6 July 2016

    Nearly 7 per cent of Australians have tried ice, and 2.5% are currently using it,  according to a worrying nationwide survey of 1053 Australians just published. 

  • Shingles increases the risk of stroke for several years after

    5 July 2016

    Infection with herpes zoster, the virus that causes shingles, raises the risk of stroke and TIA (transient ischaemic attack) for several years after having shingles.

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) linked to gut imbalance

    5 July 2016

    People with CFS - chronic fatigue syndrome - have imbalances in the microbial populations of their gut (the microbiome) which could explain the inflammatory symptoms present in chronic fatigue.

  • Paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of autism in boys

    5 July 2016

    Taking paracetamol while pregnant raises the risk of a male child having symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, and of a child of any gender having ADHD.

  • Measles alert after 3 confirmed cases in Victoria

    4 July 2016

    Health authorities are concerned there might be multiple undetected cases of measles in Victoria following 3 confirmed cases. None of the cases has travelled overseas and no index case has been identified.

  • Starting exercise later in life improves quality of life

    4 July 2016

    Starting physical exercise later in life improves quality of life, but does not reduce risk of heart disease or make you live longer.