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Asthma warning after hospitalisation spike, over 55’s at highest risk


Four hundred Australians are dying and up to 40 000 more are hospitalised each year due to asthma, says the National Asthma Council Australia.


Heart attacks decades in the making but never too late to get healthy

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Heart attacks could be decades in the making, with a new study linking high blood pressure in obese children to a stiffening of their arteries later in life.


Beating the germs this winter

Last year the number of flu cases in Australia was up by over 50 per cent, causing many to claim this winter will be our worst flu season ever. However, ‘cold and flu season’ is actually a myth, as the virus lives through every season, whether it may be summer, autumn, winter, or spring.


Surviving menopause with some (self) kindness


Practising self-compassion can help manage menopausal symptoms, writes Dr Lydia Brown. A cooling dash to the fridge is a common coping tactic for the 80 per cent or so of mid-life women who experience menopausal hot flushes. Hot flushes can have a big impact on daily life, especially on sleep, work and mood. But my


Report warns of heart failure epidemic

heart failure epidemic

The health system faces a tsunami of heart failure patients unless dramatic measures are taken to ensure Australians become healthier, a leading cardiac researcher warns.


Bowel screening could save 83,000 lives

bowel screening

More than 80,000 lives would be saved by 2040 if participation in the national bowel cancer screening program increased by 20 per cent, modelling estimates.


Medical cannabis – can Australia be a world leader?

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Health professionals and experts will gather in Melbourne to discuss medical cannabis as the industry moves to position Australia as a world leader in its production.


Binge watching TV a risk for older adults

Are you addicted to Netflix, Stan or SBS on Demand like we all are in the Life Begins At office? Well it could be doing us all more harm than good according to a new study. Binge watching television shows on Netflix may be good for our stress levels but it could be harming the


What we know, don’t know and suspect about what causes motor neuron disease

motor neuron disease

Since 2014, the ice bucket challenge, which involves people pouring a bucket of icy water over their heads, has raised awareness and much-needed research funds for motor neuron disease. While research for a cure is underway, first we need to know what causes it, writes Lyndsey Collins-Praino and Viythia Katharesan.


Women not being offered hysterectomy alternatives


Large variations in the rates of hysterectomies across Australia has raised concerns many women are missing out on less invasive and highly effective treatments for painful female conditions.