Health

Plant protein linked to longevity

An observational study with 70, 696 participants has shown that eating plant protein is associated with lower risk of death. The study has suggested encouraging a greater intake of plant-based protein as this may be related to better health and longevity. According to the study’s authors, while meat intake didn’t …

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Full fat milk, yoghurt and cheese receives a tick

Based on a substantial review of current research, the Heart Foundation now recommends unflavoured full-fat milk, yoghurt and cheese as a healthy option for Australians, while the limit on the amount of eggs that can be eaten per week has been raised. “We have removed our restriction for healthy Australians …

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Diabetes Victoria getting back to basics on video

Diabetes Victoria is launching a ‘Back to Basics’ campaign during National Diabetes Week (July 14-20), educating people about diabetes, one of the most misunderstood and fastest growing health conditions, in a series of short videos. “Our Back to Basics campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness about all types …

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Research project focus on PTSD in emergency units

UNSW Sydney and insurer EML will undertake a three-year project to better understand and treat the links between post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety in NSW emergency services personnel. The research, to be funded by an Australia Research Council grant, will evaluate an NSW emergency services rehabilitation program …

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Updates to MedicineWise app help ease carer role

Funded by Family and Community Services NSW, updates to the free NPS MedicineWise app now enable carers and healthcare workers of one or more people to keep details of everyone they care for in one app, including details of medicines.   The app updates also allow people who have more …

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Aussie flu vaccine set to begin trials across US

A more effective seasonal flu vaccine developed in South Australia is about to be tested in clinical trials across the US. Dr Nikolai Petrovsky, Flinders University Professor and Research Director of local company Vaxine, says his team has demonstrated that even though flu vaccines provide some protection, a lot more …

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Confirmed: exposure to bacteria begins in womb

Australian researchers have settled a longstanding controversy as to whether the womb is sterile. A new study based on contamination controls has confirmed that exposure to influential bacteria begins in the womb and could help to shape the developing foetal immune system, gut and brain. The study’s researchers gathered amniotic …

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Podcaster’s ‘formula’ is helping Aussies to sleep

“Boring may well be better when it comes to finding your formula for sleep,” says global ‘sleep master’ Drew Ackerman, whose podcast, ‘Sleep with Me’, is said to have three million downloads each week. Mr Ackerman’s ‘formula’, which encourages Australians to get the most out of their bedtime routine, is …

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Impact of climate change on nutrition: new report

Blackmores Institute has released the report, ‘Sustainable Nutrition’, a scientific literature review that assesses climate change and its predicted impact on human nutritional needs, including future access to medicinal herbs and natural medicine’s key ingredients.   Blackmores Institute Director Dr Lesley Braun says it’s important to understand how global warming …

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