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12/06/2013 - 4:06pm

New research is set to look into the impact of Vitamin B12 levels on the brain and in particular, dementia. Other aspects of memory and decision making will also be studied.

Six new dementia research grants have been announced by federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek and minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler.

11/06/2013 - 4:30pm

The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has just released their first annual report, which reveals that there is an urgent need for alcohol promotion in Australia to be better regulated.

The AARB is a joint venture between the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth and the Cancer Council Western Australia.

Their report demonstrates that young people are being targeted by inappropriate advertising campaigns involving sports sponsorship, product packaging designed to appeal to the young, and the promotion of excessive alcohol consumption.

11/06/2013 - 4:28pm

Funding towards Aboriginal health organisations has increased in order to improve health outcomes for these groups in the Northern Territory.

The federal government has announced $1.32 million in funding over the next two years for Ninti One - an Aboriginal organisation providing outreach, training and support - to deliver services as part of the Stronger Communities for Children program. 

Written by: Suzanne Still
11/06/2013 - 8:10am

Ron Wakelin-King, chief executive officer of the New South Wales Taxi Council, is urging male taxi drivers around the state to get their health checked.

"Taxi drivers spend their working day on the road, sitting in the taxi for up to 12 hours," said Mr Wakelin-King in a June 9 statement.

Such behaviour can be detrimental to their health - spending most of the day sitting has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.

Written by: Edward Brewer
07/06/2013 - 4:32pm

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have revealed that the location of your home can affect your likelihood of certain health-related habits.

For instance, the likelihood of you being overweight, obese, or a smoker can be affected by where you live.

"In 2011-12, those living in outer regional and remote Australia had higher rates of daily smoking (22 per cent) compared with those living in major cities of Australia (15 per cent)," said Louise Gates, director of health at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

06/06/2013 - 4:40pm

According to the government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO), one of the "golden rules" of having health insurance is keeping your premium payments up-to-date.

Doing so will save you money in the long run, and it will also make sure that you can actually access the medical care covered by your policy if and when you need it.

The following are a few tips to help you manage your policy payments.

How can I make sure I pay on time?

Written by: Jethro Still
06/06/2013 - 4:39pm

Research published in 'Tobacco Control' has revealed that employees who smoke cost their companies much more than their non-smoking counterparts.

There are higher levels of absenteeism among smokers, as well as marked losses in productivity due to regular "smoke breaks", than their are in non-smokers.

Because of this, smokers can set their employers back by up to $5,816 more than their non-smoking co-workers each and every year.

Written by: Edward Brewer
06/06/2013 - 4:36pm

Women are listening to the message telling them to get their cervical screenings done, but there is still some work to do.

The national Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) reached 3.6 million Australian women in 2010-11, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The aim of the NCSP is to encourage regular screenings in order to reduce incidences of cervical cancer, as well as the rate of related deaths.

Written by: Edward Brewer
06/06/2013 - 4:32pm

Men's mental health is being given time of day through an initiative from the federal government and beyondblue.

Beyondblue, a mental health support organisation, is partnering with the Australian government to roll out a new "Man Therapy" campaign.

This campaign is designed to battle the incidence of depression and anxiety in Australian men - a demographic that sometimes avoids identifying as having a mental illness. These men often do not seek support and treatment for these conditions.

05/06/2013 - 4:13pm

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so we thought we'd compile a few things you can do to support this worthy cause and make sure you keep fit and healthy!

Bowel Cancer is a "silent killer" and can develop undetected for quite some time.

According to Bowel Cancer Australia, the cancer can grow inside the bowel wall for years before it spreads to other parts of the body. It is often only then that it is caught.

So, be proactive and consider taking the following steps:

Evaluate your lifestyle