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23/04/2014 - 6:59pm

You may think factors in early life have nothing to do with your wellbeing as an adult, but one US study from researchers at Northwestern University has found some links between the two.

In the study, it was revealed that there may be a link between a lower birth weight and those either breastfed for less than three months or not at all, and higher rates of chronic inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease as a young adult.

17/04/2014 - 3:10pm

People categorised as 'obese' may run the risk of deterioration of bone density and muscle mass, which further underscores the need for private health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Researchers from the Florida State University have named the link between obesity and muscle mass and bone density "osteosarcopenic obesity" in the May 2014 issue of Ageing Research Reviews.

15/04/2014 - 8:39pm

The essential vitamin, vitamin D, is not as abundant as you'd expect in Australia, with four million Australian adults displaying deficiencies in the vitamin in 2011-2012.

The data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today (April 15), and showed 23 per cent of Australian adults had a vitamin D deficiency.

14/04/2014 - 7:53pm

When it comes to maintaining one's health, many Australians have a different opinion as to what's best to nurture a healthy body. Whether your approach is to eat super foods with every meal, you rely on a brisk walk every evening, or practice plain old traditional medicine, what works varies according to who you're talking to.

03/04/2014 - 8:14am

The amount of Australians using added vitamins, minerals and supplements to boost their health is significantly increasing, which could indicate we're becoming more aware of the importance of looking after our health with the right nutrients.

According to research from Roy Morgan, the number of Australians aged 14 and over taking vitamins, minerals or supplements in an average six months increased from 36 per cent of the population (6,614,000 people) to 42 per cent (8,001,000 people) in the year to January 2014.

03/04/2014 - 8:13am

Plenty of Australians may believe health insurance is something that can wait until they have reached their golden years. However, new research from the University of Adelaide shows the younger generation of Australians have higher levels of certain health conditions than older generations at the same age.

31/03/2014 - 7:23pm

Many people would assume that a quick trip between two Australian ports would not require a travel insurance policy, especially when being treated by the onboard doctor.

Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel website assures its visitors that Medicare benefits are payable for people ''travelling between two Australian ports''.

However, there are some conditions that could revoke your right to claim Medicare benefits when treated on an Australian cruise ship, as 64-year-old Sandra Barrett recently found out.

25/03/2014 - 7:16pm

Ten new medicines will be available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) from April 1 this year, according to Minister for Health Peter Dutton.

Designed to treat a range of illnesses, from diabetes to skin conditions, the addition of the new medications to the PBS should benefit many Australian families.

In particular, tocilzumab (sold as Actemera), used to treat arthritis in children, has been added to the PBS at a considerably lower cost, making this important treatment more accessible to affected families across Australia.

19/03/2014 - 8:54pm

Retirement is a big step for anyone. Deciding when to leave your job and enjoy your golden years can be one of the largest life-changing decisions you ever make.

However, sometimes this decision is made for us when, due to illness or injury, we are no longer able to participate in the workforce.

Whatever your reasons for retiring, it is important to consider how your health insurance needs may change.

19/03/2014 - 12:29pm

Businesses across Queensland are expected to benefit from a government investment directed towards corporate health and better lifestyle choices for employees.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the $1.4 million funding to be delivered as individual grants under the Working for Wellness Program in a March 11 statement.

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