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The truth about cholesterol…why we need it

cholesterol

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

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Are you a perfectionist?

perfectionist

Striving for precision may seem like a desirable trait, but research suggests extreme perfectionism is a risk factor for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

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Incontinence: No laughing matter

incontinence

One in four Australian adults are incontinent, 80 per cent of them women. Half of these women (1.7 million) are aged 50 and under.

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Is exercise the new cure for cancer?

cancer

 Including exercise within cancer patients’ treatment reduces the risk of cancer mortality by 28-44%, according to a new comprehensive review led by Associate Professor Prue Cormie, Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Health and Ageing.

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5 slightly disgusting facts about mozzies

mosquitos

Travelling to Asia, Central and Latin America may promise adventure; but it also means a likely encounter with the Aedes aegypti mosquito – the delightful carrier of, among other diseases, Dengue Fever and Zika. But while that may be no surprise, these little critters do have some interesting habits that you may wish we’d never

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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

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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 –

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WIN 1 of 6 Specsavers vouchers

specsavers

Specsavers have launched a range designed specifically for everyday comfort and style and to celebrate the launch of the new ComFit eyewear range Life Begins At and Specsavers are offering 6 lucky readers the chance to win a voucher for one complete pair of glasses from the ComFit range’ and includes glasses frames and lenses required by the

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Private patients beat public for treatment

patients

Public patients are being bumped down the elective surgery queue in public hospitals in favour of those using private health insurance to foot the bill. New official figures have revealed for the first time how elective surgery wait times in public hospitals vary depending on who is paying for the procedure.

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The unhealthy habits killing Australian women

unhealthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia and has been for more than two decades. But despite ongoing educational campaigns and medical recommendations – Australian women are still risking their long-term health with bad habits. Christa Dang, Professor Cassandra Szoeke and Professor Martha Hickey investigate. A chest x-ray of a woman

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