Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been delivering health benefits for thousands of years by helping to establish healthy gut microbiota.
The human gastrointestinal tract harbours trillions of microorganisms, with up to 1,000 or so different bacterial species.
We make assumptions about people based on the words we use, and when we use the words 'the mentally ill,' those assumptions lead to lower levels of tolerance and acceptance.
Despite high rates of infection, the Zika outbreak would not have been particularly alarming had it not been for the sudden and – apparently associated – increase in the numbers of infants born with microcephaly.
South Africa produces a limited number of medical sub-specialists due to the way in which the training programme is set up. This could improve with a paradigm shift.
For a fairly non-descript virus Zika continues to surprise us. Zika has hit the headlines yet again with the news that there’s been transmission in Brazil of two cases by blood transfusion.
You might have heard the term flavivirus recently due to the outbreak of Zika virus. Zika, along with West Nile virus, dengue, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis, belong to this family of virus.
You're sitting in a meeting and your left eyelid is twitching uncontrollably. You wonder if the person opposite can see it, and why it's happening.
There is only so much trauma an individual can endure before it causes long-term problems for mental health, cognition and behaviour.
Too much background noise has been linked to heart disease, strokes and even holding back children's learning.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is not new. This year is the 100-year anniversary of its description.
Children exposed to lead are at elevated risk for learning delays and academic issues.
As its final moments make clear, Spotlight is not just a movie about past wrongs in one US city. It's a story about too many people, in too many countries, including my home town of Newcastle.
New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.
Commonly prescribed antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in teenagers, so why isn't this a bigger deal in drug trials?
Overnight, World Health Organisation Director-General Margaret Chan declared the outbreak of Zika virus a public health emergency. So what does this mean?
As Zika fear rises, people are inevitably asking why we don't have a vaccine to protect against the mosquito-borne virus.
Trying to focus on a task involves attention control – the ability to maintain focus on something over a period of time. What exactly is an attention span? Does it relate to intelligence? Can it change?
The secret to longevity – take a look at your poo to find out.
First we feel thirsty and fatigued, and may develop a mild headache. This eventually gives way to grumpiness, and mental and physical decline.