You don’t need to hit the gym to reduce your chance of early death.
A new study has found bodyweight exercises you can do at home are just as good as a gym workout.
The benefits of healthy older people taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke needs to be balanced with the risk of side effects.
An Australian trial will give us a clearer picture of whether healthy old people benefit from taking statins to prevent heart disease and stroke.
Long-term studies help us prevent the type of diseases that would otherwise land us in hospital.
Long-term studies help identify new risk factors for disease and how we might address them.
While the flu vaccine cuts your chance of coming down with influenza, that’s not the whole story.
As we head towards flu season, many people are wondering if it's worth getting vaccinated against influenza and if so, when. Here's what you need to know.
Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is more common in Australia than infection with listeria or toxoplasma in pregnancy.
We can prevent congenital deafness and intellectual disability due to cytomegalovirus by simple hygiene measures. So, why don't pregnant women know about this?
I recently had a colonoscopy, an invasive medical procedure to examine the bowel, and was hugely relieved to get the all-clear. I posted a description of my experience to my friends on Facebook and got…
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than spend a fortune on ambulances and treatment facilities to care for all those who fall.
* This is the first in an occasional series of articles on must-read, indispensible papers in public health. Forty-one years ago when I started working in public health, there was a parable someone would…
Taking Vitamin D supplements to improve breathing only assists asthma sufferers who can get enough of the vitamin in their…
Public hospitals have a remarkably unhealthy food environment.
Apart from treating the ill and injured, public hospitals are workplaces that – positively or negatively – affect the health and well-being of their employees. Ensuring easy access to healthy food and…