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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.


Gene therapy could ‘turn off’ severe allergies


A single treatment giving life-long protection from severe allergies such as asthma could be made possible by immunology research at The University of Queensland.


Death by caffeine really is a thing, if you’re susceptible


A caffeine boost is part of the pleasurable effect of a good cup of coffee. Sadly, tragic news has emerged that a man in the United Kingdom recently died from caffeine overdose. John Jackson was 40 years old. What makes this unfortunate death worrying is that it was due to consumption of caffeine-laced mints. Misfortune


The truth about cholesterol…why we need it


We’ve all heard of cholesterol – the good, the bad, and the ugly. But what is it, and why do we need it? We speak to Professor Kerry Anne Rye for her views on why cholesterol is an essential part of our diet


Junk food packaging hijacks the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction

junk food

Food is important for our survival, which is why all living beings have developed an urge for high energy foods, like those high in sugar and fat. Historically, this hadn’t been an issue, as energy dense foods weren’t always as available as they are today. But in modern societies, we not only have easy access


Diary of a coffee addict…

coffee addict

Having worked in a coffee store for eight years I have learned a number of important life lessons. The earlier your day starts the better, even if that start is 4am. The customer you serve after the last explosive customer is always the nicest person you will meet all day, and perhaps most importantly –


Is saturated fat really the killer it’s made out to be?

saturated fats

A controversial editorial has questioned whether saturated fats really clog up your arteries and put you at risk of heart disease. But can it really overturn decades of research? David Richmond Sullivan and Yutang Wang look for answers.


Diet changes that can help manage an irritable bowel

irritable bowel syndrome

People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can find symptom relief with a variety of dietary changes. Results from a new trial show that no one fixed approach will work for everyone, but there is merit in taking the principles behind the spectrum of dietary options and adapting to ‘what works’ for a person.


Food as medicine: why do we need to eat so many vegetables and what does a serve actually look like?

food as medicine

Most Australian adults would know they’re meant to eat two or more serves of fruit and five or more serves of vegetables every day. Whether or not they get there is another question. Genevieve James-Martin, Gemma Williams and Malcolm Riley explore why we need to eat so many and how big is an actual serve.


Fasting not superior to regular dieting


Fasting diets don’t produce superior health benefits despite increasing in popularity, say US researchers.