Posts: Health

16 05, 2017

Punching holes in the Matrix

By | 2017-05-16T14:28:36+00:00 May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

I have always loved the movie ‘The Matrix’.  I watched it again recently with my daughter Meaghan, and I can’t help but be struck by the parallels of the situation that Neo, Morpheus and their allies find themselves in the movie, with the circumstances of a growing number of people who are fighting passionately for […]

20 02, 2017

Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

By | 2017-02-23T12:08:33+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

New health minister Greg Hunt probably choked over his breakfast cereal this morning as he read the blandly titled Report on Government Services 2017, released by the Productivity Commission this week. Read more

18 02, 2017

E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

By | 2017-02-23T12:08:43+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Comments Off on E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists found that people who swapped smoking regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months, had much lower levels of toxic and cancer […]

18 02, 2017

Air pollution linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:00+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Air pollution linked to heightened risk of type 2 diabetes in obese Latino children

Latino children who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution have a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new USC-led study. Read more

14 02, 2017

Study highlights importance of preventing weight gain in adults to reduce type 2 diabetes

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:43+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Study highlights importance of preventing weight gain in adults to reduce type 2 diabetes

A study of over 33,000 people, published in the journal BMC Public Health, indicates that public health strategies that aim to prevent adult weight gain in the whole population have the potential to prevent twice as many cases of type 2 diabetes as strategies that target individuals at high […]

13 02, 2017

Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

By | 2017-02-23T12:09:53+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Dietary guidelines don’t work. Here’s how to fix them

Dietary guidelines come under a lot of fire. They have been accused of not being based on evidence, not being environmentally sustainable and being out of touch with nutritional science. They also fail to change people’s eating habits, as shown in Australia and the US. Read more

9 02, 2017

Maybe moderate drinking isn’t so good for you after all

By | 2017-05-17T14:50:44+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Maybe moderate drinking isn’t so good for you after all

We generally assume moderate drinking (two standard drinks per day) is good for our health.

This idea comes from studies over the past three decades showing moderate drinkers are healthier and less likely to die prematurely than those who drink more, less, or don’t drink at all. Read more