Living with back pain

If you are over 35 and have no back pain you are one of the lucky ones. A staggering 80 per cent of Australian adults experience back pain at some stage in their lives, writes David Goding. Most back problems stem from a strain in the muscles, ligaments or joints. Stress, a lack of exercise, […]
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Menopause – 3 things you’re not too young to know!

1» Smoking can result in early onset of the menopause Smoking hits fast forward on the menopause remote, expediting onset by up to seven years. A recent study found that smokers who chugged 20 or more a day encountered menopause at an average age of 46, while in non-smoking healthy women it was 53. The […]
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Generic food brands – what’s the difference?

Are you paying for sexy packaging or added nutritional cred? David Gooding investigates the divide between our supermarket favourites and the generic brands. When the first generic products first hit shelves in 1977, they barely made a dent in sales. Thirty-five years later they’re dominating grocery aisles and don’t look like going away any time […]
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Health benefits of self-meditation

Meditation may ease inflammatory conditions including psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, suggests a new report published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity. In a small experimental study, participants in an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program – focusing on the breath, mental content and bodily sensations while walking, sitting or practising yoga – experienced notably smaller […]
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Ovarian cancer – know the symptoms

Often labelled a ‘silent killer’, ovarian cancer has symptoms you should look out for. Learn to identify these and aim for early detection, writes Dr Evelyn Lewin Ovarian cancer is commonly referred to as a ‘silent’ disease, assumed to creep up with no warning – at least until it’s too late. The overlooked truth, however, […]
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Foam roller Vs spiky ball

Self-massage using a foam roller or a spikey ball feels good, but it can also alleviate pain and prevent further injuries. But which is more effective? Problem: Generalised pain or tightness; stretching fascia, or connective tissue. Solution: Foam roller “Foam rollers are great for stretching fascia, or connective tissue in the body,” says physiotherapist Alex […]
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How to eat like a female fitness model

 For 30-year-old fitness model, Emily Skye, it used to be about getting skinny and slaving away on the cardio machines. It then became all about nourishing her body to becoming strong, working out and becoming healthy. Her food philosophy Don’t diet – instead just make clean eating part of your lifestyle. Learn as much as […]
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6 common autoimmune conditions

Catching autoimmune disease early can help reduce the level of damage and inflammation, so make sure you see your GP if you notice any of the following signs of these more common autoimmune conditions: Psoriasis:  The immune system treats normal skin cells as pathogens and tries to grow new ones, causing overgrowth of skin cells. […]
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Do vitamins boost your workouts?

If you think that vitamins, particularly antioxidants such as A, C and E help maximise your workouts, think again. There’s emerging evidence that antioxidant supplements may adversly effect: Insulin benefits of exercise “One previous small study found that trained and untrained people who dose up on antioxidant supplements impair important exercise training adaptations such as […]
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4 common melanoma myths

What are the greatest melanoma myths? We ask Pascale Guitera, dermatologist at Melanoma Institute Australia. Myth #1: The worst melanomas are the very dark ones. Truth: Variation of colour is actually the thing to look out for, meaning if a mole has two or more different colours – pink, blue, brown, etc. Bad melanomas are not […]
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