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Toothpaste helps remove plaque to prevent decay and gum disease. kikovic/Shutterstock

Health Check: how to choose toothpaste

Choosing a toothbrush is relatively simple. But how on earth do you decide between the 50-odd toothpastes on the supermarket shelves?
From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge. Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

Health Check: what is normal vaginal discharge and what’s not?

Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.
There’s lots of advice on what mums can and can’t eat during pregnancy, but what about during breastfeeding? from

Health Check: what should breastfeeding women eat?

Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?
Alcohol is a big part of our culture, but how do you know if you’re drinking too much? Neil Moralee/Flickr

Health Check: how do I know if I drink too much?

It's important to know the recommendations on drinking to ensure we're not drinking too much for our own health and for the safety of others.
There are things that come from plants that aren’t in multivitamins. from

Health Check: can vitamins supplement a poor diet?

Recent diet and health surveys show the typical Australian diet is far from what is considered a healthy diet. Can vitamin and mineral supplements come to the rescue?
Cough and cold medicines shouldn’t be used in young kids. from

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?
Alcohol-based hand rubs have their place but aren’t usually needed if you’re washing your hands with soap and water. Boris Bulychev/Shutterstock

Health Check: should we be using alcohol-based hand sanitisers?

They're everywhere in hospitals, travellers' backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers?
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

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.

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