During the COVID-19 pandemic, more smokers are wanting to quit. So how can we best support them?
We found less than half of all eligible foods carried health star ratings, and those that did were skewed towards foods with higher ratings. It's time to make ratings mandatory.
We don't yet know if people with asthma are more susceptible to serious outcomes if they get COVID-19. But there's plenty asthmatics can do to minimise the impact of any viral infection.
Large and small particulates in fire smoke can irritate the the thin lining of the respiratory tract, causing throat irritation, coughing and breathing difficulties.
Bushfire smoke is making it difficult for some people to breathe. Those with asthma are at particular risk, but not everyone with the condition has been diagnosed. Here's what to look out for.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them?
Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.
Women who have had a heart attack are less likely to be given an angiogram (a special X-ray to detect blockages of the heart), rehabilitation, or medication than men.
New research shows women receive sub-optimal care after they have a heart attack and are twice as likely than men to die six months after the attack.
Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol.
There's growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
Kids play and explore. It’s up to us to make sure they can do so safely.
A new study has reported injuries are the greatest cause of death in Australian kids.
Your best option for treating the pain of sciatica is to seek advice, remain physically active, and wait it out.
Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
A new analysis published today looks at the salt content of bread products sold in four major supermarkets.
While we've been trying to minimise sugar and fat intake, it seems we’ve been overlooking one of the biggest dietary killers of all – salt.
Common over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen offer little proven relief for back pain.
Although common, back pain has many causes, and a quick drug fix is not the answer. But there are things you can do to get back on track.
Sometimes people having a mini stroke can experience visual loss, dizziness or vertigo.
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People having a mini stroke can experience a variety of symptoms. The most important are weakness on one side affecting the face, arm or leg – or all three – or speech disturbance.
We need protein and calcium, but shouldn’t have too much fat and salt. So what’s the verdict on cheese?
It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.
People with a chronic illness find it challenging to keep to their medication regime.
Patients with chronic illness need support and encouragement to take their medications. SMS messaging is a simple, cheap and seemingly effective way to keep them on track.
The food industry has made the most of our taste for salt by hooking kids from an early age.
Kids are eating way too much salty food even though it leads to high blood pressure in adulthood as well as increased risks of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease.
Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the world.
People seeing a doctor for low back pain are often told to take paracetamol. But a study published today shows the drug is ineffective for the condition and its prolonged use has harmful side effects.
A rise in the co-payment for medicines may lead to an increase in the rates of discontinuation for some drugs.
Apart from proposing a co-payment for visiting doctors, the last federal budget also contained a proposal to increase the level of co-payments for medications. The government seems to have given little…
To your health.
In 1954, the first director-general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Brock Chisholm, famously stated: “Without mental health there can be no true physical health.” More than half a century later, we…
Reducing Australians’ salt intake by 30% could save 7,000 lives a year.
While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt. And we’re paying the price with our health; a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure…
More than one in ten Indigenous Australian adults report having trouble getting around – and current licensing rules don’t help.
Tony Abbott spent most of this week in North East Arnhem Land, part of his long-held hope “to be not just the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”. We asked our experts: what stories…