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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.
A survey of parents found many weren’t keen on their kids lifting weights, but the evidence says they should. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: should children and adolescents lift weights?

A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.
If you’re craving a big fat steak, it’s probably not because you’re low in iron or protein. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: do we crave the food our bodies need?

Nutritional deficiencies are linked to food cravings in certain situations. In general, however, there is no real evidence to link our common food cravings with nutritional deficiencies.
Don’t limit yourself to grapefruit – increasing the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables can help you lose weight. Dan Zen/Flickr

Health Check: six tips for losing weight without fad diets

Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday. Sound familiar?
Trying to fall asleep can be a tricky, especially when we try too hard. Shutterstock

Health Check: five ways to get a better night’s sleep

We know that not getting adequate sleep means we do a disservice to our brain and our physical and metabolic health. But what are the real secrets to a good night’s rest?
Be careful which gum you chews: some sugar-free gums are bad for your teeth thanks to acids that cause tooth erosion. Amy Messere/Flickr

Health Check: is chewing gum actually good for your teeth?

A recent study found sugar-free products can be just as damaging to your teeth as sugar because many of them contain acid that causes tooth erosion. But what about sugar free gum?
The UV Index was created last century largely for North American and European conditions, which rarely reach the ‘extreme’ range. Andy Cross/Flickr

Health Check: what does the UV Index mean?

Alongside the day's high and low, weather reports generally contain a UV alert for a particular time. But what does it actually mean – and what should you do about it?
Trans fats increase the shelf life of bakery goods and fast foods. skepticalview/Flickr

Health Check: the low-down on trans fats

When you buy commercially baked goods such as pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, there's a good likelihood they'll contain one of the nastier types of fatty acids: trans fats.
The yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti isn’t put off by this ‘mosquito repellent’ wrist band. Cameorn Webb

Health Check: do wrist bands work to repel mozzies?

While slipping on a wrist band or sticking on a patch may be an attractive alternative, they’re unlikely to provide any substantial protection from biting mosquitoes.

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