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Cough and cold medicines shouldn’t be used in young kids. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: do cough medicines work?

With so many cough mixtures on the pharmacy shelves, it can be hard to know which product to choose. Are they effective?
So coffee doesn’t stunt kids’ growth, but does this mean caffeine is OK for kids? Jack Fussell/Flickr

Health Check: is caffeine actually bad 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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what is the common cold and how do we get it?

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. Darkkong/Shutterstock

Health Check: how much salt is OK to eat?

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? Jen Gallardo/Flickr

Health Check: is man flu real?

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. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: is it normal not to want sex?

Many people aren't interested in having sex or don’t feel sexual attraction to other people. Is it normal to be like this?
Having a bad posture is believed to be one of the contributing factors of postural hunchback. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: can bad posture give you a 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. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Health Check: what to eat and drink when you have gastro

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. Andrea Allen/Flickr

Health Check: can people actually multitask?

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. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: does sex count as 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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: how long does sex normally last?

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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: are growing pains real?

Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.

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