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Risk of heart attack greater after flu Risk of heart attack greater after flu

heart attack

The risk of having a heart attack is 17 times higher in the seven days after a serious respiratory infection, Australian research has found.


Gene breakthrough for bowel disorders


A key gene that helps to explain an underlying cause of incurable bowel disorders has been identified by scientists.


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.


Most Australians don’t know MS symptoms…do you?


Nearly 7 million Australians know someone with multiple sclerosis (MS) yet research has revealed the disease is worryingly misunderstood. A Galaxy poll commissioned by MS Research Australia shows the majority of Australians don’t know what MS is and less than half can identify the early symptoms.


Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute scientists halt stomach and bowel tumour growth


There’s new hope for patients with stomach and bowel cancer after Melbourne scientists discovered a way to suppress the growth of tumours.


More Australians are looking overseas for dental care


Upwards of half a million Australians are expected to head overseas for medical procedures this year. They’ll be travelling abroad for a wide range of procedures – everything from elective cosmetic surgery to life-saving cardiac procedures. And for many, the focus of their medical needs is on dental work. This has prompted dental clinics across


How to make your next sexual health check less, erm … awkward

sexual health check

Many people find the idea of a sexual health check awkward or embarrassing. After all, it’s not every day someone you barely know asks you intimate details about your sex life or asks to examine your genitals. But sexual health checks don’t have to be awkward (and many don’t even involve us examining you), writes Deborah


Promising two-step treatment for pancreatic cancer

pancreatic cancer

Australian scientists have uncovered a promising new approach to treating pancreatic cancer that makes tumours more responsive to chemotherapy by first weakening it with a drug used to treat stroke.


Deep sleep may act as fountain of youth

deep sleep

As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth. But does that mean older people just need less sleep?


Promise in rheumatoid arthritis treatments


A new class of drugs is offering promise for Australians living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But it’s essential that the progressive and often painful immune disease is detected early, say a group of Australian experts.