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Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views. zeitfaenger.at/Flickr

Don’t panic, the internet won’t rot children’s brains

Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment. Andrew Plumb/Flickr

Two-hour screen limit for kids is virtually impossible to enforce

It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…
If you’re completely inactive just walking to the shops will help. Alain Limoges/Flickr

Something’s better than nothing when it comes to keeping active

Two articles published in today’s issue of The BMJ argue physical activity guidelines should focus on getting inactive people…
Alternating between sitting and standing is best. ramsey beyer/Flickr

Health Check: sitting versus standing

It seems the world is finally coming to terms with the fact that humans evolved to stand, not to sit – well, health researchers, savvy office workers and many commuters, at least. The evidence is mounting…
Excessive exercise places a significant load on the heart that can result in temporary reductions in function. Ian Hunter

Rest up! Too much exercise could send you to an early grave

Exercise is said to foster better health and well-being as well as increasing life expectancy. But you can have too much of a good thing, it seems, as evidence shows that there may an optimal level of…
Exercise isn’t a substitute for traditional therapies but should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Image from shutterstock.com

Why exercise should be added to cancer treatment plans

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that with earlier detection and improved treatments, the survival rate for many common cancers…
Obesity can be seen as a carbon store on our waistlines originally sourced from coal mines and oil wells. Bobcatnorth/Flickr

Putting health at the heart of sustainability policy

OBESE NATION: It’s time to admit it - Australia is becoming an obese nation. This series looks at how this has happened and more importantly, what we can do to stop the obesity epidemic. Today Anthony…

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