Health and Lifestyle

Reducing salt would save thousands of lives

Media Release 25 February, 2020 Further evidence adds weight to call for urgent action on salt targets Most people get a blood pressure lowering benefit from eating less salt and the less you eat, the more you benefit, but for older people and those who already have high blood pressure …

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Stranger Things star boosts awareness for disorder

Actor Gaten Matarazzo III, who plays Dustin Henderson on the Netflix series “Stranger Things” is spreading awareness for a rare disorder that he was born with. Mr Matarazzo was born with cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), in which the most prominent features are missing or abnormal growth of the teeth and collarbones. …

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Smoke pollution advice

Media Release 24 February, 2020 National approach “urgently needed” for smoke pollution advice Experts are calling for an independent national expert committee on air pollution and health protection to be urgently established following the catastrophic bushfire season in Australia. In a paper published online today by the Medical Journal of Australia …

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Brisbane residents, this is why you’ve been sneezing

Brisbane’s grass pollen levels over the past two months have been up to four times higher than levels recorded anywhere in Australia (since comparative records have been kept). The head of Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Allergy Research Group and of the AusPollen network Professor Janet Davies, was invited to …

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Half of women unhappy with sex lives

Media Release 24 February, 2020 Most young women unhappy, stressed about their sex lives: Study A study conducted by the Women’s Health Research Program at Monash University has reported, for the first time, an overall picture of the sexual wellbeing of Australian women between the ages of 18 and 39. …

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Iron – a key nutrient to Closing the Gap

New research highlights the importance of adequate iron in supporting early childhood development in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Early childhood anaemia (during 6 to 23 months of age) was found to more than double the risk of development vulnerability among these children in their first year of full-time …

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Virtual games help people stand and walk in rehab

Media Release 19 February, 2020 Virtual reality video games, activity monitors, and handheld computer devices can help people stand as well as walk, the largest trial worldwide into the effects of digital devices in rehabilitation has found. Participants used on average four different devices while in hospital and two different …

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Memory games: Eating well to remember

Media Release 18 February, 2020 A healthy diet is essential to living well, but as we age, should we change what we eat? UTS research fellow Dr Luna Xu has studied data from 139,000 older Australians and found strong links between certain food groups, memory loss and comorbid heart disease …

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Mediterranean diet, good for the gut

Studies published in the journal Gut prove that eating a Mediterranean diet for a year, boosts the types of gut bacteria linked to ‘healthy’ aging, while reducing those associated with harmful inflammation in older people. The research Researchers analysed the gut microbiome of 612 people aged 65-79, before and after …

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Don’t let the heat get you beat

Hot weather is a major influence on sedentary behaviour, however Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kate Battocchio says it’s important to remain as active as possible. Examples of sedentary behaviour include: Sitting or lying down while watching television or playing electronic games. Sitting while driving a vehicle, or while traveling. Sitting or …

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