Mind and body Better health
Alcohol
Two friends enjoying orange juice Quit alcohol Giving up alcohol for a month: is it worth it? On the face of it, giving up alcohol for a month seems like a healthy choice. But does embarking on a stint of ‘binge sobriety’ result in long-term health benefits? Karen Fittall Karen Fittall Journalist
Server holding tray of food and alcoholic drinks Effects of alcohol The truth about alcohol and cancer Most of us associate risky drinking with liver problems, but did you know alcohol is linked to at least seven types of cancer? Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
A hungover woman Effects of alcohol The truth about ‘hangover cures’ Hair of the dog, greasy food and coffee – do these popular hangover fixes actually do anything? Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
Eye care
An elderly man kissing an elderly lady on the cheek Vision problems What you need to know about glaucoma You’ve probably heard of glaucoma before – but how does it actually affect your vision? Here is an overview of what you might need to know about glaucoma. Judith Ngai Judith Ngai Health writer
Eye testing equipment Vision problems The facts about macular degeneration Age-related macular degeneration, also known as AMD, is the leading cause of blindness and major vision loss in Australia. Here’s everything you need to know about macular degeneration. Judith Ngai Judith Ngai Health writer
A person's eye while being tested Eye checks Eye checks: a health essential Did you know eye checks aren't just for those of us with poor vision? Karen Makin Author Karen Makin Bupa optician
Gut health
A woman holding her stomach Gut health Why is my gut doing that? Gurgling, bloating and belly ache… the digestive system can do strange things sometimes. Here’s what might be causing those symptoms. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A toilet Gut health Do you need a colon cleanse? It’s easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding colon cleansing, but there’s no evidence that the procedure is effective. Angela Tufvesson Angela Tufvesson Journalist
A pile of vegetables and healthy foods Gut health Promoting gut health The secret to boosting our immunity could all come down to promoting good bacteria in our gut. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Health professionals
Mature women laughing and drinking tea GPs Health checks in your 50s As you enter into your golden years preventative health is really important. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Nurse looking at baby GPs Health checks for babies and children From the moment we are born, and even before, we undergo a series of tests to ensure we are on the right track to good health. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
A family has some fun while on a hike in the mountains GPs Health checks in your 40s Turning 40 is often a time where there’s a renewed focus on health. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Healthy Homes
Two women reading on picnic rug smiling Healthy Homes Travel from home? While we are unable to travel, celebrate Book Week this year by escaping to another world and another time! Anna Oesten-Creasey Health writer Anna Oesten-Creasey Writer
Woman drinking coffee out of eco-friendly cup Healthy Homes Stay Beautiful Australia! Let’s celebrate Keep Australia Beautiful Week by ditching the plastic and getting green. A small change can make a big difference. Anna Oesten-Creasey Health writer Anna Oesten-Creasey Writer
Woman sitting on floor potting indoor plants Healthy Homes Are plants good for mental health? Indoor plants are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Not only do they improve the look of your space – they can even improve your mental health. Madeleine Slater Madeleine Slater Writer
Hearing loss
A boy holding a tin can with string to his ear Hearing loss Hearing aid myths Like mobile phones and virtual reality, hearing aid technology has also made enormous progress, leaping into the future. Here are six of the greatest myths and misconceptions around modern hearing aids. Christie Cooper Christie Cooper Journalist
A little boy with his parents at the beach Hearing loss Australia's favourite sounds revealed A recent survey has provided fascinating insight into the sounds which strike a chord with Australians. The results might not be what you’d expect, with the “city of churches” shying away from the gong of church bells and those in sunny Queensland longing for the crunch of footsteps on fresh snow. Christie Cooper Christie Cooper Journalist
A woman listening to music with headphones Hearing loss Protecting your hearing from loud noise Once our hearing is damaged, it’s often irreversible. Hearing loss is commonly caused by listening to loud noises for extended periods of time. But it is preventable. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Mens Health
A couple in bed under the sheets Reproductive and sexual health STIs: your need-to-know guide Knowledge is power. Learn how to avoid, treat and recognise the symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A couple on the couch Sexual health What strategies can help low libido? Low sex drive can be challenging to discuss, but avoiding it might strain your relationship. Learning more about what can help is a good place to start. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A man and woman sitting on a couch Reproductive and sexual health The truth about low libido Sexual desire can ebb and flow, but an ongoing state of low libido can be fueled by health and lifestyle factors. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
Oral care
Teeth care tips COVID-19 and dental hygiene Q and A Bupa Dentist Dr Malcolm Duff answers some common questions about COVID-19 and dental hygiene. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Teeth care tips Taking care of your oral hygiene amid COVID-19 Bupa Dentist Dr Malcolm Duff explains why looking after our teeth and gums is an important part of taking care of ourselves at this time. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
The side profile of a woman Teeth care tips The daily grind: why is my jaw sore? Problems with the temporomandibular (jaw) joint can be painful. We look at the likely causes, and what you can do about it. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
Seasonal health
Lozenges Seasonal health Cough drops: lollies or lozenges? Lozenges of every colour and flavour often share shelves with lollies, but can they help a sore throat or tickly cough? Or are they just another sugar hit? Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
woman wearing hat smiling Seasonal health Sunburn through clothes - what you need to know Most people understand the need to wear sunblock or SPF protective moisturiser. But did you know you can also get burnt through your clothes? Johanna Young Johanna Young Sun-safe ambassador
Man with children at home working Seasonal health Why get the flu shot? The flu is not just a bad cold. Influenza is a highly contagious and potentially life threatening viral infection, that’s spread through coughing and sneezing. The best protection against it is getting the flu shot. Susannah Newman Susannah Newman Health writer
Skin care
Collagen Jar Skin care The truth about collagen I tried collagen powder – here’s what happened. Tracy McBeth Tracy McBeth Journalist
Girls applying sunscreen Skin care Spotting the signs of skin cancer We hear a lot about Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, but there are other far more common types many of us know little about. Carol Kilkenny Author Carol Kilkenny Health writer
Sleep
Woman in bed listening to music Self care What is a bedtime routine – and do you need one? Having trouble sleeping? This article, which explains how to wind down for a better night’s sleep. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A woman sleeping with an eye mask Better sleep The importance of sleep Getting enough sleep may be the single biggest improvement that you can make for your health. Sam Wood Sam Wood's smiling face Personal trainer and leading expert in the health & fitness industry
A woman sleeping Sleeping tips Bedtime meditation techniques to help you sleep Lying in bed at night with a million thoughts? Why not try these bedtime meditation techniques to see if it can help you get to sleep. Dinethra Menon Dinethra Menon Journalist
Smoking
A vape pen Vape The truth about e-cigarettes and vaping Convinced yourself that vaping is a better choice than smoking? Read up on the risks and you might change your mind. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A woman holding a cigarette Effects of smoking The benefits of quitting smoking If you decide to quit smoking, you’re already making a positive step for your health and wellbeing. No matter your age, your body will start to reap some benefits almost immediately. Dr Rob Grenfell Author Dr Rob Grenfell Former National Medical Director
Two friends at a cafe Quit smoking Tips to help you cope with setbacks after you quit smoking We look at some common setbacks people may face when quitting smoking and give you some tips to help. Jane Dickenson Jane Dickenson Health writer
Travel
Wanaka landscape Travel New Zealands Top Destinations for 2021 New Zealand is one of the world's most coveted travel destinations – and with its sheer diversity of alluring landscapes and cosmopolitan hotspots, it’s for good reason. Nicola Easterby Nicola Easterby Travel Blogger
Man and woman on holiday laughing on a beach Travel Travel health: a helpful guide Preparing for travel can sometimes seem like a stressful task. But with a little knowledge, preparation, and planning, you can minimise the risks to your health and have an enjoyable holiday. Marianne Kirby Marianne Kirby Writer
Car driving down a long raod, blue sky over head. Feet stick out the window in the breeze. Travel Holidaying at home: See Australia your way With international destinations off the cards, Aussies are excitedly seeking some downtime spent in their own ‘backyard’.
Womens health
A woman using her laptop Menstrual cycle Understanding menopause: what it is, and why it happens The ‘change of life’ is more of a gradual shift over years than a sudden finale. Understanding what is happening may help you navigate this phase. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A woman sitting on her bed Menstrual cycle How to manage menopause Menopause symptoms can be challenging, but there are a range of strategies that can help. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer
A woman turning on the air conditioning Menstrual cycle How do you know if you’re going through menopause? It’s helpful to be familiar with the signs of menopause and know when – or if – you need medical intervention. Trudie McConnochie Trudie McConnochie Writer