Health

Study reveals best way to exercise to live longer

Exercise that gets you puffed reduces your risk of early death, according to a large Australian study that might prompt changes to exercise guidelines. A six-year study of 204,000 people from NSW aged over 45 years found those who did vigorous exercise regularly were 13 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those who did moderate exercise. Vigorous activity ...

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20% of British teens have accessed E-cigs

One in five British teenagers has tried e-cigarettes, a study has found. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University said 16 per cent of these had never otherwise smoked, while they also found e-cigarettes were “strongly related” to drinking amongst teenagers. One of the study’s authors, Professor Mark Bellis, warned that such “rapid penetration into teenage culture of what is essentially ...

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Kids’ alcohol sips ‘send mixed message’

Children allowed an occasional sip of wine at the dinner table may be more at risk of drinking as teenagers. Of 561 children in a US study, those given a taste of alcohol by the age of 11 were four times more likely to have been drunk or to have experienced binge-drinking by the time they were in high school. ...

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Cancer fears in France over implants

France’s national cancer institute says there is a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 cases of the rare disease – anaplastic large cell lymphoma – since 2011, linked to the silicone breast implant. Given the rarity of the cases, the ...

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Hep A scare continues: Berries could affect 100 schools

Students and staff at nearly 100 schools and childcare centres across Australia may have contracted hepatitis A from contaminated frozen berries, federal Labor says. In Victoria 53 schools and childcare centres have raised the alarm about the health of staff and students. Another 22 institutions in South Australia and 18 in Queensland may also be affected. “The latest figures are ...

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Experts warn: Parents need to get teenagers off their screens

Parents need to get teenagers off their screens and moving in order to stave off long-term health problems, experts say. Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation say secondary school students are watching more screen media than ever before. Nearly 60 per cent of teens have access to at least three TVs at home and 40 per cent have ...

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Frozen Mixed Berries recalled: Hepatitis A infections expected to rise

Health experts expect the number of Australians to contract Hepatitis A from frozen berries to increase after three new infections emerged in Queensland. Eight people have now contracted the virus after eating frozen mixed berries, including three diagnosed in Victoria, two in NSW, and the three Queensland cases reported on Monday. A ninth person, also from Queensland, has tested positive to ...

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How oily fish can mend a damaged heart

Eating oily fish has long been known to keep your heart healthy but scientists have also found it can mend a damaged heart. Diets high in omega-3 fatty acid foods could also help fix damaged blood vessels faster, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, a study has discovered. About seven million people in the UK suffer from some form of ...

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How to Prep your Hair for Autumn

Hairdresser Nina Ibrahim offers her best tips for hair management in autumn, a season often seen as the most difficult for hair care. As we approach autumn, many of us begin to panic about our hair. It seems as the leaves fall, so too does our hair, turning dry and brittle and difficult to manage. Below are three tips to ...

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Video Games Help Doctors Diagnose Patients at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In a world first, doctors at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have used computer gaming technology to help better diagnose patients suffering from a heart rhythm disease. This life threatening, electrical disorder kills 12% of Australians by stopping the heart from pumping blood effectively – causing sudden death.  Using the same technology that powers video games, researchers have been able ...

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