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13/05/2014 - 9:43pm

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the findings of their latest Australian Health Survey, and the results reveal some interesting facts about the state of our nutrition habits as a nation.

30/04/2014 - 6:40pm

Many people feel guilty if they reach for a second or third cup of coffee to get them through that mid-morning slump, but new research suggests that topping up your mug could actually be doing your health a favour.

The study was led by researchers Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju from Harvard University's Department of Nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health, and examined the relationship between coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes over a four year period.

24/04/2014 - 3:48pm

Investing in private health insurance may be even easier for those considering making the decision, as it has been revealed that healthcare workers are the most trusted, ethical and honest of Australian professionals according to public opinion.

The top three spots of Roy Morgan's 'Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2014' all went to those in the healthcare and medical industry, with nurses taking first place and doctors and pharmacists coming in equal for second place out of 30 professions.

23/04/2014 - 7:59pm

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 - 4:10pm

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 - 9:39pm

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 - 8:53pm

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 - 9:14am

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 - 9:13am

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 - 8:23pm

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.

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