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Community spirit shining light on Australians affected by bushfire crisis

Imagine waking up each morning with a tight chest, burning throat and a smoke-choked city cloaking the sun, with air quality levels measuring ‘extremely hazardous’. This is the situation we are currently facing in Australia, and those of us fortunate enough to live in metropolitan areas, are the lucky ones. Although not yet half-way through…

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Can eating allium vegetables protect against bowel cancer?

New research, released last month, has suggested allium vegetables such as garlic and onions may help to protect us against bowel cancer. A team of scientists from First Hospital of China Medical University investigated whether high amounts of these vegetables could prevent the development of bowel cancer. In results published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of…

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Exercise may hold the answer to more diverse gut microbiome

A new study has uncovered the effect of exercise on our health through adjusting the balance of the gut microbiome. The study, Aerobic Fitness and Gut Microbiota, suggests a person’s physical activity levels might affect the bacterial diversity of their gut, and thus influence their overall health. In the paper, appearing in the journal Experimental…

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Smartphones driving mental health crisis among young Australians

It’s no coincidence the mental health of young Australians has never been worse at the same time their mobile phone use is at an all-time high, according to 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry Prof McGorry declared the epidemic in a plea ahead of last week’s Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Forum, in Adelaide, on February 7.…

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New & expecting fathers to benefit from $26 million Government funding boost

Perinatal support will soon be offered to new and expecting fathers as part of a $26 million Federal Government funding boost aimed at better protecting the mental health of parents. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced this week (Tuesday, February 12) the funding would be available as grants to organisations including the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death…

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