Around 10% of the population are larks, and 20% true night owls.
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Our internal body clock is set via a combination of biology (nature), light exposure and social scheduling (nurture).
From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge.
Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.
Hay fever and asthma are allergic conditions that inflame the lung and nose.
Allergens that trigger hay fever can also trigger asthma attacks in people with allergic asthma.
There’s lots of advice on what mums can and can’t eat during pregnancy, but what about during breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much?
It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.
There are things that come from plants that aren’t in multivitamins.
Recent diet and health surveys show the typical Australian diet is far from what is considered a healthy diet. Can vitamin and mineral supplements come to the rescue?
Men might think about sex more often than women, but they also think more about food and sleep, which probably means they’re just more needs-based in general.
Are men hot-blooded, sex-driven creatures that think about sex every seven seconds? Not quite.
We use earplugs to protect from office noise and get a good night’s sleep.
Can wearing earplugs often cause tinnitus, or infection, or headaches? Let's look at the facts.
Ginger may help milder levels of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
It can be hard to eat a balanced diet when you are suffering from nausea and vomiting. You may only feel like oranges, hot chips, lemonade, ice blocks and pizza.
Two-thirds of children have already received antibiotics by the time they are one year old.
If you have a ten-month-old baby, what do you need to know? What do you need to ask your GP about the benefits and risks of antibiotics?
Antibiotics provide no benefit for the common cold and other respiratory illnesses caused by viruses.
The most contagious phase of a cold is early in the “runny nose” phase – not later when the secretions become coloured.
Cough and cold medicines shouldn’t be used in young kids.
With so many cough mixtures on the pharmacy shelves, it can be hard to know which product to choose. Are they effective?
Alcohol-based hand rubs have their place but aren’t usually needed if you’re washing your hands with soap and water.
They're everywhere in hospitals, travellers' backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers?
Normal pee should be the colour of straw.
Beetroot, artificial colours, vitamin supplements, medications and illnesses can change the colour of your urine or bowel motions.
Low humidity and windy environments accelerate water loss through the skin.
Our skin is a water-containing barrier that protects us from our environment.
Is there one type of fruit that’s more nutritious?
To try and make eating fruit easier, get the most nutritionally from what we eat and avoid wastage, it is important to consider the best stage to eat fruits from harvesting to over-ripening.
So coffee doesn’t stunt kids’ growth, but does this mean caffeine is OK for kids?
Kids normally need a lot of extra nutrition during their adolescent growth spurt, and you might expect the appetite-suppressing effect of caffeine to result in poorer dietary intake and reduced growth.
More people end up in hospital from cold than flu.
The “common cold” is common, most of us will have at least one or two per year. Despite this, there's a lack of good research looking into it, and ways to prevent and treat it.
A bucket of chips contains around 275mg of sodium, which accounts for 16% of an adult’s daily limit.
Around 60% of Australians over the age of two years exceeded the recommended daily maximum intake of salt.
Does man flu exist according to science?
Common symptoms of man flu include inability to move off the bed or couch (whichever is nearest the television) and the more serious “losing the ability to do anything except groan in agony and claw at the uninfected”.