Drugs

Pfizer pullout means some patients are missing out on drugs

Pharmaceuticals

Mark Metherell Patients are missing out on urgent medicines because Australia's biggest drug supplier has opted out of an industry-wide distribution system.

Roxon rejects plea on drugs

Nicola Roxon.

Kate Hagan Health Minister Nicola Roxon rejects a plea from a coalition of 60 health groups to expand the government's list of subsidised medicines.

Elderly left in dark on sleep drugs danger

Amy Corderoy HEALTH SLEEPING medication that is linked to falls and fractures is still being taken by many elderly people, a study of patients from a Sydney hospital has found.

Drugs prescribed for osteoporosis linked to increased risk of cancer

Denis Campbell LONG-TERM use of drugs prescribed for osteoporosis may be doubling the users' risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus, a study warns.

Healing thoughts

Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Yoga on the beach, meditation, exercise, fitness, health.

Sarah Berry A new study finds meditation is far more effective than morphine for alleviating pain.

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Mocktail matches: Alternatives to alcohol

Olivia Riordan Adventurous sommeliers are leading the way in offering apt alternatives to alcohol, writes Olivia Riordan.

Ask the expert

Nine simple food swaps for a healthier diet

Young woman eating popcorn

Susie Burrell Sometimes the difference between healthy eating or not is a few simply dietary swaps to take you from a B minus in nutrition to a glowing A plus - and just a warning, some of these simple swaps may...

Sex and obesity

Lose weight for better sex

Overweight

Matty Silver With obesity rates on the rise, the effects of being overweight have attracted increasing attention, but one aspect of this problem is too often overlooked - the impact on male sexual dysfunction.

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Food facts

Ten things you didn't know about fat

Slice of bread with heart shaped butter

Tom Sanders Our understanding of fats - including which ones are actually good for us - is evolving.

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Chew on This

How to have a healthier working day

healthy eating

Paula Goodyer Not long ago Washington Post fitness columnist Vicky Hallett floated the idea of Workout Wear Friday – a call to action to allow workers to wear exercise clothes to the office one day a week.

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Ice dependence

Ice: The drug that’s hard on the head – and hard on families

drugs

Paula Goodyer It’s never easy when someone you love becomes dependent on a drug – but in the case of ice, you also have to cope with their chaotic behaviour.

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The new blockbuster nutrient?

Spices and spoons

Sarah Berry The 'new' blockbuster nutrient is actually really old. There are some fairly audacious statements being made about the benefits of turmeric.

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Finally ... caffeinated chips

It's a thing: Powdered caffeine

chips

Humanity's most popular pick-me-up now comes in a salt shaker.

Chew on this

This seven-a-day habit could save your life

SMH GOOD LIVING 081107 - Plate, knife and fork. PIC JENNIFER SOO.

Paula Goodyer Eating more vegies can protect our health - so how come only seven per cent of us eat enough?

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Prickly Pete Evans' passion

Pete Evans

Sarah Berry Pete ''Activated Almonds'' Evans isn't afraid of cooking up a little controversy for his cause.

Baby fat grown in adults could help them lose weight

The excess weight carried by one in four children and more than 60 per cent of adults is contributing to an increase in chronic diseases across Australia.

Amy Corderoy Humans are capable of growing new '‘baby fat'’ that could actually help them lose weight and become healthier, a study has found.

Treating depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety – can over the counter pills really help?

Depression

Paula Goodyer For many herbs and supplements claiming to improve mental health the jury is still out.

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How depression hurts the heart

heart

Paula Goodyer Depression isn't all in the mind - it can cause changes in the body that raise the risk of heart disease

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Your food is no cleaner than mine

Green Smoothie

L.V. Anderson BuzzFeed unveiled "a two-week detox plan that's actually realistic" this week, and it made me want to throw a head of broccoli at my computer screen.

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Rising rates

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: World Health Organisation

Grave

Nina Larson Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.