Infografic: Leading A Healthy Lifestyle

Infografic: Leading A Healthy Lifestyle

Good nutrition, combined with physical activity, are important parts of a healthy lifestyle. Your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and promote your overall health. Check and share our infografic to lead yourself and your friends to a healthier lifestyle. Also read our article: […]

Organic farming matters - just not in the way you think

Why organic farming matters – just not in the way you think

Is organic agriculture the solution to our global food system challenges? That’s been the premise and promise of the organic movement since its origins in the 1920s: farming that’s healthy, ecological, and socially just. Many people – from consumers and farmers to scientists and international organisations – believe that organic agriculture can produce enough nutritious […]

How do we measure well-being?

How do we measure well-being?

Opinions differ on the definition of well-being. Yet there’s a growing consensus that it cannot be reduced to material consumption and that other aspects of life, such as health and good social relations, are essential to being well. Increasing well-being is generally accepted as one of the essential components of social progress, but if different […]

Waist circumference is a simple way of predicting disease

Explainer: overweight, obese, BMI – what does it all mean?

Australians are getting fatter and there’s no dispute over how this increasing weight is affecting our health. Different methods of assessing body fat can give different interpretations of just how much excess weight a person is carrying, but all methods point in the same direction when applied over time. The most common measure of body […]

Mind over matter: cynics, it seems, triple their risk of dementia

Mind over matter: cynics, it seems, triple their risk of dementia

I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life were three times more likely to develop dementia. The researchers who did the work took into account the […]

Depression can break your heart, literally

Depression can break your heart, literally

Having a “broken” or a “heavy” heart is a description often used by people who are feeling down or depressed. It turns out they’re not that far off the mark. People with depression are three to four times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those without depression, irrespective of a prior history of […]

Knowledge is power… but it won’t help you lose weight

Researchers have been telling us for decades that being overweight is not good for our health. Medical journals are full of articles that link overweight and obesity to just about every disease and illness in existence, including mental health problems. Not only that, but in my field of the developmental origins of health and disease, […]

Physical health ignored in people with mental illness

Physical health ignored in people with mental illness

Australians with serious mental illness are living on average for 10-32 years less than the rest of the population, mainly due to preventable and treatable diseases like diabetes. No wonder, these early, preventable deaths have been described as a scandal. Clearly, people with mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not benefiting […]

Health Check: is snoring anything to worry about?

Health Check: is snoring anything to worry about?

There’s nothing quite like the sound of snoring as the ultimate sleep interrupter. But snoring can be more than just a frustration to those in your vicinity. Sometimes snoring is linked to more serious health problems, such as obstructive sleep apnoea. An emerging line of research suggests snoring may directly contribute to cardiovascular health problems. […]

Stalking your ex on Facebook is creepy … and bad for you

Stalking your ex on Facebook is creepy … and bad for you

New research from Dr. Tara Marshall at Brunel University has found that Facebook surveillance of ex-romantic partners may disrupt post-breakup recovery and personal growth. That’s bad news, because earlier this year Veronika Lukacs found that almost 90% of people keep tabs on their exes using Facebook. In the Brunel study, bad breakups were linked to […]

Are you really anonymous online? Your friends on Twitter may give you away

Are you really anonymous online? Your friends on Twitter may give you away

As you browse the internet, online advertisers track nearly every site you visit, amassing a trove of information on your habits and preferences. When you visit a news site, they might see you’re a fan of basketball, opera and mystery novels, and accordingly select ads tailored to your tastes. Advertisers use this information to create […]

Sex and other myths about weight loss

The estimated annual health care costs related to obesity are over $210 billion, or nearly 21 percent of annual medical spending in the United States. Americans spend $60 billion on weight loss products each year, trying everything from expensive meal replacement products to do-it-yourself programs on the latest cell phone apps. We gather weight loss […]

Music training speeds up brain development in children

Music training speeds up brain development in children

Observing a pianist at a recital – converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano – can be a powerful emotional experience. As a researcher of neuroscience and a pianist myself, I understand that the mastering of this skill not only takes practice, but also requires complex coordination of many different brain […]

Why so many people regain weight after dieting

Why so many people regain weight after dieting

Anyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be. It seems like it should be simple: Just exercise to burn more calories and reduce your calorie intake. But many studies have shown that this simple strategy doesn’t work very well for the vast majority of people. […]

What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits? Two experts explain the evidence

What do we know about marijuana’s medical benefits? Two experts explain the evidence

More and more states and districts have medical cannabis programs or will vote on medical cannabis ballot initiatives.What does the available research suggest about medical cannabis, and why do we know so little about it? We have no political position on cannabis legalization. We study the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana, and its related […]

Does an anomaly in the Earth’s magnetic field portend a coming pole reversal?

Does an anomaly in the Earth’s magnetic field portend a coming pole reversal?

The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space by charged particles such as protons. Without a magnetic field, our atmosphere would slowly be stripped away by harmful radiation, and life would almost certainly not exist as it does today. You […]

We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

We could prevent millions of cancer deaths each year with knowledge we already have

Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel has released 10 recommendations to accelerate a new national effort “to end cancer as we know it.” These initiatives, focused mainly on the U.S., will almost certainly extend the lives of some cancer patients in the future. However, cancer deaths worldwide are estimated to increase by over 50 […]

Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

Do Americans want to buy ‘smart’ guns?

Recently legislators and special interest groups have pushed for greater availability of “smart” guns as a safety and crime-reduction tool. Then-USA-President Barack Obama called for more research into “smart” gun technology in January 2016, and that April issued a memorandum calling for government-led research into smart guns as well as potential use by some federal […]