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What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, with more than 19,000 men diagnosed each year. The risk increases with age and is higher in men with a first degree relative with prostate cancer, particularly if the relative was diagnosed before the age of 60 years. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells within

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A guide to improving your skin health during the winter months


Cold weather, low humidity levels and wind make dry skin a common problem throughout the winter months.  To keep skin soft and smooth, keep these things in mind as the temperature drops: Keep showers and baths short and warm (not hot). While long hot showers and baths can feel good when it’s cold outside, they

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Type 2 Diabetes in Children



Once referred to as maturity-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is no longer seen only in older adults. Unfortunately, it is now being detected at younger ages, including in children.  According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), around 400 cases of type 2 diabetes are diagnosed each year in those aged 10 to

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7 Tips to Help Prevent Winter Colds and Flu


Colds and flu are more common in the cooler months, partly due to the fact that we spend more time indoors in close contact with others. But getting sick isn’t inevitable, in fact by practising good hygiene and taking steps to boost your immune system, you can give yourself every possible chance of staying well

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Top Tips for Staying Motivated to Exercise over Winter


As the cold weather approaches and the days get shorter, our motivation to get outside and active tends to wane.  But don’t let good habits slide over the winter months – there are plenty of options to keep you moving. If it’s too cold and dark to walk before or after work, head out for

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Mythbusting – Confused About Carbs


How well do you know the truth about carbohydrates? I need to cut carbs to lose weight. There’s little doubt that cutting carbs will help you to lose weight, particularly if you cut down on energy-dense nutrient-poor carbs. But this isn’t the only way to lose weight and research shows that there is no long

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Male-Pattern Baldness


Male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is the most common type of hair loss and affects all men to some extent as they age.  But for some men, this starts earlier and can result in considerable hair loss.  According to Andrology Australia, significant balding affects about one in five men in their 20s, about one in three

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Women and Heart Disease


While it’s often seen as a disease of older men, heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in Australia, taking the lives of 24 women every day. According to the Heart Foundation, three times as many Australian women die of heart disease as do from breast cancer, but less than 40% of women

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Overweight Children and Obesity


Childhood obesity is a growing problem in Australia, and worldwide.  In 2014–15, more than 1 in 4 Australian children (27%) aged 5–17 years were overweight or obese (20% overweight and 7% obese). The numbers were similar for boys and girls and across all age groups. Carrying excess weight not only affects a child’s physical health

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The Benefits of Interval Training


It might sound complicated, but interval training, also known as HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, simply means alternating bursts of high intensity exercise with intervals of moderate or light activity. For example, if you’re walking you could incorporate a few short jogging intervals throughout your walk. Or on an exercise bike you can alternate