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30/04/2014 - 5:40pm

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.

22/04/2014 - 7:53pm

While you may consider private hospital cover a useful buffer 'just in case' you ever experience any health ailments, those with pre-existing conditions can also benefit from a health insurance plan, too.

However, the process of obtaining hospital cover - and gaining those benefits - may be a little more complicated than for those who have no existing health issues. However, don't let this put you off making the effort to get health insurance - it could definitely pay off in the long run!

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.

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.

08/04/2014 - 8:12am

Private health insurance holders within Australia are happier with the performance and delivery of their private health insurance funds, with high level complaints significantly decreasing over the past year.

Written by: Jethro Still
03/04/2014 - 8:15am

Minor illnesses such as ear aches and rashes might not seem serious enough for the emergency department, but over 2 million Australian patients visited hospitals in the last financial year with similar conditions.

According to an article published by the Cairns Post, these "less urgent" patients could be costing taxpayers up to $1 billion per year.

It is believed that many of these patients use emergency departments because of GP hours, and were not aware of other options available to them.

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 - 7:24pm

The Australian government has confirmed the sale of Medibank Private after an independently prepared scoping study found no compelling reason for the government to hold on to the private health fund.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann made the announcement on March 26 and it was swiftly followed by a favourable statement from Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank.

26/03/2014 - 8:18pm

With the date of the 6.2 per cent health insurance premium increase fast approaching, many people have become fixated on how much it costs to take out private health insurance in Australia.

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.

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