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11/06/2014 - 9:41pm

While there are many harmful strains of bacteria, the human body is also a natural home to many different types of beneficial bacteria and other organisms. In particular, the natural bacteria found in the human gut have been linked to several important roles in human health and wellbeing.

These include assisting the digestive system and even supporting better immune function. A new study has found a link between exercise and the variety of bacteria located in the gut, providing further clues to the role these organisms play in human health.

10/06/2014 - 8:32pm

Many people choose to take multivitamins or other health supplements in order to top up on nutrients they may be missing out on through their normal diet. Others choose to look into herbal remedies or traditional folk medicines as a complement to modern health care.

10/06/2014 - 8:31pm

June 9-15 is International Men's Health Week, and it's the perfect opportunity to learn more about what you can do to protect your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The event is all about celebrating the everyday achievements of boys and men everywhere, while getting healthier in the process.

Men's Health Week is focused on two main components. The first looks at the factors in male environments that can influence health outcomes, while the second is about resolving issues and creating positive environments.

28/05/2014 - 8:17pm

We need plenty of different nutrients to support our bodies, and it can understandably be difficult getting enough variety into your plate on a daily basis.

However, when it comes to the important issue of brain health, Australians may need to start paying more attention to their dietary habits. 

A new survey commissioned by Souvenaid has found that declines in memory function is one of the top age-related health concerns for Australians. The survey was carried out by Galaxy Research and focused on 1,000 respondents from both genders.

28/05/2014 - 8:15pm

When it comes to seeking the right health care treatments for a medical condition or concern, how informed are you about the complete range of options available to you? Do you feel you could make an accurate judgement, or do you wish you had more answers?

The need to be fully informed is more important than ever, as most people will require healthcare services at some point throughout their lifetime. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) the 2012-13 period saw almost 9.4 million admissions in public hospitals and 3.8 million in private hospitals.

23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

Many people use exercise as a way to achieve their goal weight, but it's important to remember that physical activity is crucial for good health no matter what you weigh. It helps build muscle and bone and it can even work as a form of stress-relief in a busy day.

Children are at an especially vulnerable stage of life, where attitudes towards exercise can be entrenched for good.  A new study has emphasised that even children at a healthy weight level should be encouraged to enjoy regular exercise. 

23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

A healthy level of exercise provides a variety of benefits for the human body. The right kind of physical activity can help to strengthen muscles and support better bone health, while improving cardiorespiratory fitness and helping to manage weight.

It's important for everyone to engage in the right level of physical activity for their fitness level and age, but motivation levels can be hard to keep up. The Australian government is hoping to keep Australians engaged through an initiative called Exercise Right Week.

21/05/2014 - 11:43am

It's easy to think about getting active and exercising when the sun's out, but can you keep up your motivation throughout the long cold months of winter? 

A suitable level of physical activity is one of the keys to better physical health, but many people find their dedication starts to disappear along with the balmy weather. While it may be more difficult to get out and about during winter, exercise is essential all year round.

13/05/2014 - 9:45pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is coming up and many soccer fans around the world are looking forward to this highly anticipated event. However, if you're preparing to make your own trip to Brazil there are a few extra precautions you are advised to take.

The South Australian government recently released an alert for all citizens travelling to the country, to be mindful of the dangers of yellow fever. While the disease is not a risk in Australia, it is more common among many South American countries - including Brazil.

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.

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