Smart eating

The right diet - by prescription

Julie Robotham Australian researchers are learning how the chemical properties of food can interact with individuals to keep us healthy or make us sick.

Smoking ban

What a drag - Iceland moves to make cigarettes prescription-only


Helen Pidd A proposal to outlaw the sale of smokes in shops is on the table.

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Treating depression and anxiety

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


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

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Spike in harm to liver linked to dietary aids

So-called "fat-burning" supplements can cause liver damage, study finds.

Sexy food

The taste of love: what to eat for better sex

Melissa Shedden Want an extra boost in the bedroom? Load up your trolley with these all-natural aphrodisiacs.

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The God diet

The God diet: weight loss for a higher cause

Last Supper

Sarah Berry Many of us are familiar with the struggle to lose weight, for god's sake. But the "Daniel diet" takes things literally, by taking the bible as a health manual.

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The cold-pressed truth: juice cleanses to combat cocaine

Wheat Grass Juice

Sarah Berry We power through our yoga, party at an equally accelerated pace and then furiously go on a fast. We want to have our activated almond nut mylk liquid cake and chew it at least 20 times.

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Why professional athletes recover before you do

fitness, jogging

Laura Hambleton It's a mystery: When we twist our ankle playing tennis, it can take weeks to heal, but when a pro athlete does it, he often misses barely a beat.

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Yoga: why men don't get it

Yoga Man.

Despite its benefits, the poses and the chanting can be too much of a stretch for some males.

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Mood food

How to eat your way to happiness

Generic pic of a woman eating a mango.

Graham Osbourne Can't sleep? Feeling low? You may be suffering from a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

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Shedding light on jet lag

Paula Goodyer JHet lag is price you pay for an overseas trip - but you can reduce its effects

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Making up for lost time

Jetlag alarm bed time

Paula Goodyer Melatonin, sleeping pills, hydration: how to beat jetlag.

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Back ache

Dealing with lower back pain


It hurts and it affects almost every task you do, but effective treatment is here.

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Vitamin D

What to do with if you have low vitamin D


Did you know something as pleasant as a short walk on a sunny afternoon can provide a boost?

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What's keeping you up?

Insomnia, clock.

Paula Goodyer For some people falling asleep is no problem - the real challenge is staying asleep

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Pharmacists axe deal to push dietary products


Kate Hagan Pharmacy owners have axed a deal to market dietary supplements with prescription medicines, saying it had caused a lot of public concern that was damaging the reputation of pharmacists.

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Pharmacists' opposition to pills deal

Chemist Warehouse group are amongst those in opposition to the PGA's deal with Blackmores.

Julia Medew Pharmacists have started advertising their opposition to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia's deal with Blackmores.

Supplemental medicine

Pharmacies to push supplements as 'fries and Coke' to prescriptions


Julia Medew PHARMACISTS have been accused of putting money ahead of patients' interests after the Pharmacy Guild of Australia struck a controversial deal to promote dietary supplements with prescription...

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Diet-aid firm's law suit halts review of its 'outlandish' ads


Louise Hall AN ACADEMIC who complained to health authorities about a company that marketed a herbal spray as ''the most effective slimming solution available in the world today'' has failed to have an $800,000...

Spread the word: medicinal margarine not worth the money


Paris Cowan If you struggle with high cholesterol, you are better off visiting your GP for a prescription than looking for a solution in the supermarket aisles, says a medical paper.