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Toothpaste helps remove plaque to prevent decay and gum disease. kikovic/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to choose toothpaste

Choosing a toothbrush is relatively simple. But how on earth do you decide between the 50-odd toothpastes on the supermarket shelves?
Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture. Retinafunk/Flickr

DIY pill testing – is it better than nothing?

In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
Around 1.3 million households receive government rent assistance. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Housing: the hidden health intervention

The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia. Tim Wright/Unsplash

Research Check: can drinking coffee reduce your dementia risk?

A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can't truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.
Providing a sample for a genetic test might not actually give you the health answers you’re looking for. Canadian Blood Services/flickr

Genetic testing isn’t a crystal ball for your health

Testing some genes for Alzheimer's disease, coeliac disease and folate conversion does not lead to improved health outcomes, and may create anxiety or false hope amongst patients.