Building the hotbox dream: another housing development in Western Sydney.
Extreme heat divides people from the environment and from each other. So with the rapid densification of our cities, what kind of legacies are we building for future generations?
On a hot day, does taking a cold shower make you cooler?
Some people swear by cold showers to cope with a long, hot summer. Here's why they'd be better off taking a warm one.
Cycling is a great form of exercise, but how much should you spend on equipment and active wear?
Cycling is a great form of exercise, and what better time to get started than the new year. But before you launch yourself up a mountain, review these tips from an experienced MAMIL.
Most ill health can be avoided on family holidays through research and planning in advance, plus smart packing.
Simple steps can lower your risk of bringing home traveller's diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mosquito-borne diseases from your holiday.
You may have let loose for the silly season, but there are some good reasons to cut back in the new year.
Many of us don’t treat alcohol with the respect the drug demands.
Little does this woman know what happens to her brain when she licks the ice cream.
It's a long, hot summer's day and you're looking forward to an ice cream. But within seconds of your first bite, you feel a headache coming on: a brain freeze. What's going on?
If you want your New Year’s resolutions to last longer than the party, you need to create new habits. But how?
If you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a behaviourist's approach might help you create and keep new, healthy habits.
Bathing in the Dead Sea has long been used to treat psoriasis.
Seawater has been used to treat skin problems, sinuses and mental health issues for centuries. And the evidence largely stacks up.
Heart attack and stroke deaths are more likely to occur over the Christmas break.
Christmas holidays can be a risky time for both your bank balance and your state of mind, but there is also some evidence indicating you are at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Sunglasses should be worn at all times when outdoors during the day when the UV index is 3 or above.
Whether cheap or expensive, sunglasses play a crucial role in eye protection against ultraviolet radiation.
A woman sunbathes on a warm summer day on a private beach in Nice, France.
The risks of UV radiation exposure are well-known, but some scientists are exploring lesser-known benefits of UV light.
By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.
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First we feel thirsty and fatigued, and may develop a mild headache. This eventually gives way to grumpiness, and mental and physical decline.
It’s OK to put your head under but try not to drink the water.
Summer holidays are upon as, and many of us finally get to spend some lazy days by the pool. But how can you ensure this pleasant experience doesn't leave you with any nasty surprises?
The UV Index was created last century largely for North American and European conditions, which rarely reach the ‘extreme’ range.
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?
Anthocyanins, which provide the red, blue and purple pigments, may help protect against cognitive decline.
As well as being a favourite seasonal fruit, a bioactive compound found in cherries is showing promising effects for brain health.
A changing climate may contribute to more mosquito-borne disease, but it doesn’t guarantee it.
The east coast of Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease in years.
If you’re not regularly active, extreme exercise and exercise in extreme heat is unwise.
Exercise alone can be hard, but exercising in the heat is a whole lot harder. Put simply, this is due to the balance between how much heat the body generates and how much it is capable of losing.
Research suggests that sunlight may have benefits that we have not yet discovered.
Summer sunshine makes most of us feel better, but there may be more to the benefits than just feeling good.
An ice cream on a summer’s day may hit the spot, but it won’t help you beat the heat.
While most of us agree ice cream and cold beverages are refreshing summer treats, do they actually help cool us down?
Avoiding food poisoning could be as simple as using an esky to transport your food to the picnic.
Warmer temperatures and eating outside go hand-in-hand, but picnics can sometimes lead to nasty surprises. Food poisoning is unsurprisingly more common in summer months. Every Australian experiences food…