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private health premium increases might be the lowest in years, but that doesn’t mean they’re justified

Private health premium increases might be the lowest in years, but that doesn’t mean...

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Those facing large price increases might drop or downgrade their cover. Wayhome studio/Shutterstock Every year private health insurers raise premiums and every year we rue the hit to our hip pocket. This cycle is heavily...
supermarkets claim to have our health at heart. but their marketing tactics push junk foods

Supermarkets claim to have our health at heart. But their marketing tactics push junk...

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Image: Shuttlestock Supermarkets like to portray themselves as having the health of the community at heart. And in the middle of a pandemic, we’re all grateful supermarkets are still open and, for the most part, the shelves are well...
golden staph bloodstream infection rate stable in australia’s public hospitals

Golden staph bloodstream infection rate stable in Australia’s public hospitals

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Australia is beating a national target for reducing golden staph bloodstream infections associated with public hospitals, with the infection rate remaining stable for the past 5 years, according to a new report by the...
Health Check: Will I Damage My Eyes If I Don’t Wear Sunglasses?

Health Check: will I damage my eyes if I don’t wear sunglasses?

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Sunglasses should be worn at all times when outdoors during the day when the UV index is 3 or above. Amy Humphries/Unsplash The iconic “Slip Slop Slap” campaign was launched in Australia in 1981. Sid the Seagull...
drugs don’t affect job seeking, so let’s offer users help rather than take away their payments

Drugs don’t affect job seeking, so let’s offer users help rather than take away...

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Drug testing risks further marginalising welfare recipients. Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock The Morrison government is having another shot at getting its proposal to drug test people on welfare through the Senate. Welfare, health and drug treatment experts have consistently...
Six Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia

Six things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia

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Challenging and training your brain is important to prevent dementia risk. Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash An ageing population is leading to a growing number of people living with dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term...
halting the oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re following the right process

Halting the Oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re...

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Image: Shuttlestock Only days after the federal government announced a A$1.7 billion vaccine deal to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to Australians in 2021, one of the two candidates has halted its phase 3 trials...
What Is Your Real ‘biological Age’, And What Does This Mean For Your Health?

What is your real ‘biological age’, and what does this mean for your health?

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Biological age calculators are a crude measurement but can be a wake-up call to improve our lifestyle. Lorene Farrugia Age-based risk calculators that work out your “real biological age” are increasingly popular. We hear about...
an app to prevent pregnancy? don’t count on it

An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

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Fertility awareness apps assist women to track when they are at their most fertile each month. From shutterstock.com Fertility awareness apps are being championed as a new approach to contraception. In reality, while the technology...
a covid-19 vaccine may come without a needle, the latest vaccine to protect without jabbing

A COVID-19 vaccine may come without a needle, the latest vaccine to protect without...

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Image: Shuttlestock Vaccines are traditionally administered with a needle, but this isn’t the only way. For example, certain vaccines can be delivered orally, as a drop on the tongue, or via a jet-like device. Vaccines that...