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Prevent sore eyes and save your relationship – put the smartphone down

The pervasive presence of smartphones is having a detrimental effect on Australians’ eyesight. Australian research shows that a 60-minute reading task on a smartphone results in increased eye strain symptoms. Despite the vast majority of Australians ranking loss of sight as their number one health concern, our use of digital devices and its associated eye


New hope for treating advanced prostate cancer

prostate cancer

A revolutionary three-in-one blood test could pave the way to precision-personalised treatment for advanced prostate cancer, scientists say.


The unexpected cost of taking out private health insurance later in life

health insurance

It’s a sobering day when we realise we are no longer ‘spring chickens.’ The realisation can come at the arrival of grandchildren or a Seniors Card, but for many of us it may simply come with some creaky joints, additional doctors’ visits or the need for medical procedures your parents used to talk about. Laura Crowden,


Hot chocolate: a tasty brain booster

brain booster

A new study, published in the high profile journal Hypertension, has given a tantalising hint into how cocoa, found in drinks like hot chocolate, may protect against cognitive decline, writes Dr Tim Crowe.


What we know, don’t know and suspect about what causes motor neuron disease

motor neuron disease

Since 2014, the ice bucket challenge, which involves people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads, has raised awareness and much-needed research funds for motor neuron disease. While research for a cure is underway, first we need to know what causes it, writes Lyndsey Collins-Praino and Viythia Katharesan.


The ‘Ageing Eyes’ Presbyopia app for over 50s.

ageing eyes

Mentioning the word ‘ageing’, ‘eyesight’ and ‘app’ in the same sentence may be enough for many to zone out. But stay with us, because if you are hitting middle age, or have started to notice you’re finding it increasingly difficult to read phone messages or read labels at the supermarket, this app could save you


How to embrace empty nest syndrome

empty nest

Having your children leave home can be hard, even heartbreaking. Research has found that the ‘Empty Nesters Syndrome’ phenomenon can provoke identity crisis and feelings of severe loss for parents. What if though, this new reality provided better opportunities for parents?


Five ways to boost your immune system this winter

immune system

Pack your kitchen cabinet with these essentials to strengthen the immune system before the nasty winter bugs hit. Fusion Health holistic nutritionist and naturopath, Erika Morvay, shares her six supplements to stock your home with, to help keep the whole family healthy this winter.


Diabetes drug reduces risk of heart attack

heart attack

A drug commonly used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes has been shown to protect them against serious heart problems like heart attack and stroke.


Men neglecting eye health at the expense of their overall wellbeing

men's health

Men are neglecting the health of their eyes to the detriment of their overall wellbeing, according to Optometry Australia.