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Diet can protect against psychiatric conditions
There is growing evidence that early diet, and the diet of the mother, can affect the development of psychiatric disorders in later life, a Melbourne professor says.
Red wine health benefits for type 2 diabetes
A glass of red wine with dinner for people with type 2 diabetes can reduce heart disease risk and improve blood sugar profiles.
Diabetes risk raised by high blood pressure
Having high blood pressure puts a person at risk of developing diabetes. Every 20mm rise in systolic blood pressure increased the risk of diabetes by 60%.
Coffee and alcohol blamed for sleep problems of over-55s
Coffee and alcohol are to blame for sub-optimal sleep patterns in the over-55s.
Mediterranean diet is good for your gut
The Mediterranean diet increases production of short chain fatty acids which in turn reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, diabetes and heart disease.
Apple watch saves man's life
Apple watch saves man's life, alerting him to high resting heart rate which turned out to be a symptom of rhabdomyolysis, a dangerous medical condition.
Atrial fibrillation risk not affected by coffee
Coffee drinking does not increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, according to one of the largest studies on the subject.
5 nutrition myths that need busting
5 common nutrition myths that need to be busted, including that you shouldn't fry with olive oil and that potatoes are fattening.
5:2 diet no more effective than continuous dieting
The 5:2 diet has been shown to be no more effective than continuous dieting for long-term weight loss.
Coeliac testing in pharmacies not reliable
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has issued a warning to consumers to avoid in-pharmacy tests for coeliac disease, or risk being misdiagnosed
Mediterranean diet plus olive oil lowers risk of breast cancer
Risk of breast cancer was cut by 68% in those who ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive compared with those who stuck to a low-fat diet, large study finds.
Paroxetine suicide warning for adolescents
There are renewed concerns for the suicide risks of paroxetine, the antidepressant, in children and adolescents.
Don't pooh-pooh faecal transplants for C. diff superbug infections
All patients with difficult-to-treat infections with the superbug Clostridium difficile should have access to faecal transplants, say Australian gastroenterologists.
Eating fish may help reduce depression
Eating fish may reduce depression, researchers have found, with the higher the intake the greater the effect.
Designer vagina operations - men don't care
Most men are totally happy with the appearance of their female partnerâ€™s genitals, with almost all saying they would never suggest she consider labiaplasty surgery.
10 most deadly health risks
The top 10 deadliest health risks, such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar, are now rooted in excess, not lack of basic necessities.
Predominant flu strain in Queensland not covered by free vaccine
Queensland in midst of worst flu season, with the predominant flu strain not covered by the Government's free vaccine.
Pet reptile food - a cause of allergy
Pet reptiles spawn a new allergy risk, researchers warn, as the grasshoppers used to feed reptiles can trigger asthma and allergies.
Flu jab protects against heart attack
A flu jab may protect against heart attack, being more effective than statins, quitting smoking and blood pressure medicines, researchers find.
Alzheimer's disease - you can change some risk factors
You can potentially change 9 risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, including obesity and high blood pressure.