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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.
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?

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