September 26, 2015

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Chocoholics often cling to medical advice which suggests chocolate can be good for us. Regularly eating small amounts of dark chocolate – which is packed with antioxidants, protein and essential minerals – is said to reduce the risk...

March 13, 2015

Do you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomorrow? Many of us do. When we allow this pattern to continue, however, daily stresses and traumas have a way of building themselves up in our psyches, and even in our bodies, causing chronic...

March 2, 2015

Maximise your chances of ageing well. 


How did I get to be an expert on ageing? Well, like all of us, I’m ageing myself, but I’m also the daughter of a 90-something-year-old mother and I’ve worked with older people for most of my 35-year career. For the past 15 years,...

February 21, 2015

From playing a tune to hanging out with a pet, a time-out can help you banish the buzz of anxiety. 


1. Play an instrument

Listening to music reduces the stress hormone cortisol in the body andlowers blood pressure. But creating your own is even more beneficial, a study...

September 18, 2014

What do fish heads, orange peel and grape skins all have in common? They’re rich in vitamins and minerals but often end up in the bin. Fiona Baker looks at a new project that aims to convert garbage into health-giving gold.


One company’s food waste could be transformed...

September 14, 2014

There wasn't anything that could bring singer Pharrell Williams down in his hit song "Happy." Turns out he was on to something.



Being happy and optimistic can prolong your life, help you manage stress, lower your risk of death from cardiovascular disease and even help...

September 3, 2014

Good news for runners: A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease – whether you plod along or go at race speed.



Researchers studied mo...

September 1, 2014

Iron is a very important mineral, and can be found in many foods that you might not expect. 



It is estimated that in Australia, up to five per cent of the population hasiron deficiency or anaemia. Iron is a mineral required to transport oxygen through the blood and is...

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