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Organic food: is it healthier?
Organic food is promoted as being healthier than conventional produce. Aside from the price, however, there is not a lot separating conventional and organic foods.
Kids have high junk food ‘brand awareness’
A study involving young children in low- and middle-income countries found a high degree of brand logo awareness of junk foods. This led children to prefer these foods over traditional and home cooked meals.
Video: Waking up to sleep deprivation
Many Australians accept sleep deprivation as a part of life, relying on stimulants like caffeine to get them through the day. But sleep deprivation causes adverse physical effects, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.
Health Diary: Mental Health Awareness Month
Almost 50 per cent of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, but are mental health disorders becoming more common? And how can we seek help for them?
What effect does general anaesthetic have on child development?
New research shows general anaesthesia appears to have some unpleasant and unexpected effects on child development.
Video: The cost of obesity in life and death
The effects of obesity are costing us a fortune in life and death.
Damp, gas stoves and asthma
Household contributors to asthma often go unnoticed, but damp and gas cookers are two to be aware of.
Daytime sleepiness a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease
Do you find yourself falling asleep during the day, even when you try not to? It may be linked to a heightened risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Owner of a lonely heart
What effect does loneliness have on your physical health?
Video: HIV rates have declined, but not for all populations
Between 2016 and 2017 there was close to a 15% increase in reported heterosexual HIV cases. Disturbingly, half of heterosexuals diagnosed get their first test more than 4 years after they have acquired HIV.
Being a night owl no good for you
Morning larks, night owls … turns out whether or not you’re an early-riser can have implications for your health.
Video: Depressed and anxious - Australian women
Female, anxious and depressed? You're not alone. Most Australian women feel anxious on a daily basis, and many have been diagnosed with depression.
Video: Meningococcal disease warning
Meningococcal disease has been responsible for 2 deaths on the NSW Central Coast in the last 2 months, and 9 people have died in Australia in the past 2 years. Be aware of the symptoms and risks, experts warn.
Health Diary: Hay fever
Dr Caroline West takes us through the causes, symptoms and treatment of hay fever.
Video: Vegetarian eating in adolescence linked to good bone health
A diverse and well-balanced vegetarian-style dietary pattern eaten during adolescence can have a beneficial impact on bone health which is carried into young adulthood.
Kids with allergies feel worse-off
As allergy rates rise, we may need to pay more attention to the mental effects of allergic disease, not just the physical ones.
Video: Measles is on the rise
Measles can be fatal - but is totally preventable. So why are we still seeing cases in Australia, after the World Health Organization announced Australia had eliminated measles in 2014?
Video: Kids' snacking tastes could be genetic
The types snacks a child prefers could be linked to their genes and this could explain a preference for sweet or fatty foods and an aversion to bitter-tasting vegetables.
Video: Opioid overdose
Opioids are morphine-like drugs used to treat pain, and include medicines such as codeine, fentanyl and oxycodone. They aren't effective for treating chronic pain and are potentially dangerous.
Video: Losing weight helps your partner shed too
New research has found that when someone makes a commitment to losing weight, they may not only be helping themselves. Their partner may shed some excess kilograms too, even if they aren’t trying!