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”.
An issue for people not interested in sex is created by everyone else’s idea that they should be and that there’s something wrong with them.
Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
The sugar content of your favourite snacks might surprise you.
If you're an average-sized adult eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy body weight, you should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Having a bad posture is believed to be one of the contributing factors of postural hunchback.
If you don't alternate your posture at work, the stiffness can build, making it harder to straighten your spine. This can contribute to developing a hunched back.
Inflammation in your stomach and intestinal tract causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain.
Oral rehydration is the cornerstone of treatment for gastro, especially if you're suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.
Despite the obvious limitations, we still keep trying to do many things at the same time.
Research regularly shows when people try to do two things at once, they tend to do both tasks more poorly than if they'd only attempted one at a time.
The physiological response to sex is similar to that of exercise.
Sex can often be a pleasurable experience. But it also has benefits some reports have compared to those of exercise. So can sex really count as a workout?
The difficult thing is how to measure it, because people will probably over-estimate.
If you're a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex "normally" last?
Not just a wives’ tale: growing pains are common in kids.
Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
Trying to pop pimples can actually make your skin worse.
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Squeezing and trying to pop pimples is definitely not the best solution and can actually make your skin worse.
Most people know sleep is important. But few know a lack of it can put us at greater risk of heart disease and obesity.
Not getting enough quality sleep can have significant implications for health.