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July 2012 News

Written by: Suzanne Still
31/07/2012 - 2:25pm

Australia's heart problems could be more widespread than many people realise, as research shows that people are generally three kilograms heavier than they were ten years ago.

Chief executive of the Heart Foundation NSW Tony Thirwell explained that people need to be more vigilant when it comes to their diet and levels of physical activity.

"If we are what we eat than it is vitally important that people are having a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat and weekly servings of fish as well as low fat dairy items," commented Mr Thirwell.

Written by: Jethro Still
30/07/2012 - 4:31pm

Keeping stress levels low in the workplace is a challenge that many managers come across, but research has suggested that pets could be the answer to their problems.

The Australian Veterinarian Association explained that people are generally healthier and happier when they own pets, as they allow individuals to feel like part of a community.

Dr David Neck, President of the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, said: "Those who live in cities and have stressful jobs can really benefit from having a four legged friend to come home to.

Written by: Suzanne Still
30/07/2012 - 4:30pm

One of the most common health complaints in Australia is headaches, with one in three people suffering their effects at least once a month.

Results of the survey from the National Prescribing Service (NPS) show that as many as ten per cent of Australians could feel the effects of headaches every week - but pinpointing the causes is not an easy process.

Half of those who reported having more than one headache a week said they had sought advice from their doctor, but only a third had kept a record of their symptoms and other information about this problem.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/07/2012 - 3:37pm

Elderly people are being advised to seek protection from the flu, after several cases were identified across aged care facilities.

Victoria's chief health officer Rosemary Lester emphasised that it is still not too late to have a flu vaccination.

Over the past few weeks, Dr Lester revealed that residential care facilities have not only seen flu outbreaks, but also the spread of respiratory problems.

Written by: Suzanne Still
27/07/2012 - 3:20pm

One of the greatest risks to human health is over-eating, not a lack of exercise as some studies suggest, scientists have found.

A team from Hunter College in New York assessed members of the Hadza tribe to find that their levels of physical activity were much higher than they were for Westerners.

However, when their metabolic rate was taken into consideration, it was not shown to be any different.

It had been assumed that the hunter gatherers would burn more calories a day than adults in the US and Europe, but this was simply not the case.

Written by: Jethro Still
26/07/2012 - 3:57pm

A growing number of youngsters between the ages of 16 and 24 are experiencing back pain due to a lack of physical activity, latest findings suggested.

Carried out by Mintel, the study revealed that it is an issue for 34 per cent of people in this age group, making them only slightly behind the over-65s (38 per cent).

Michelle Strutton, head of household and OTC Healthcare Global Insight at Mintel, said that too much time sitting down can lead to back pain.

Written by: Suzanne Still
26/07/2012 - 2:15pm

Yoga is often used by people as a relaxation method and now scientists in the US believe they have found out why.

Experts from UCLA discovered that yoga can reduce the biological processes that lead to the immune system's inflammation response - a reflex that can lead to all sorts of chronic health problems.

Helen Lavretsky, senior author and a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, explained that yoga can be especially useful for lowering stress among dementia caregivers.

Written by: Suzanne Still
25/07/2012 - 3:02pm

Changing to a new private health insurance provider could be a much easier process than many people realise, as policies are designed to be transportable.

It is advised that you compare health insurance at least once a year to make sure the cover continues to meet your needs and budget.

Written by: Jethro Still
25/07/2012 - 1:35pm

With the 2012 Olympic Games just around the corner, sports fanatics are being advised to keep their health in mind as they sit back and watch the sporting action.

Hours of sports coverage will be on television over the coming weeks, so the Dietitians Association of Australia is recommending that people find time for some physical activity of their own.

The problem with vegetating in front of the TV is that it can be tempting to indulge in unhealthy snacks, which over time will put people's wellbeing under threat.

Written by: Jethro Still
24/07/2012 - 4:30pm

Incorrect advice on the health benefits of packaged foods could be leading many Australians to think they are eating more healthily than they are, a meeting has concluded.

The National Heart Foundation and the Cancer Council have raised their concerns after an intergovernmental forum on food regulation pointed out that there is no independent verification of the health benefits of certain produce.

Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Cancer Council Ian Olver said that the government is as much at fault for allowing this situation to arise.