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April 2014 News

30/04/2014 - 6:40pm

Many people feel guilty if they reach for a second or third cup of coffee to get them through that mid-morning slump, but new research suggests that topping up your mug could actually be doing your health a favour.

The study was led by researchers Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju from Harvard University's Department of Nutrition in the Harvard School of Public Health, and examined the relationship between coffee consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes over a four year period.

29/04/2014 - 10:26am

Whenever you travel, you run the risk of having your possessions and bags damaged, stolen or lost in the process. While this is an undesirable prospect, it's no reason to call off your plans for a much-deserved holiday - instead, you will need to take a few measures to ensure your belongings are as safe as possible.

24/04/2014 - 3:48pm

Investing in private health insurance may be even easier for those considering making the decision, as it has been revealed that healthcare workers are the most trusted, ethical and honest of Australian professionals according to public opinion.

The top three spots of Roy Morgan's 'Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2014' all went to those in the healthcare and medical industry, with nurses taking first place and doctors and pharmacists coming in equal for second place out of 30 professions.

23/04/2014 - 8:02pm

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have this week begun trials of a new patient care model set to benefit both those waiting for surgery and healthcare professionals by providing comprehensive patient analysis without the need for travel.

The model, which goes by the name of Computer Health Assessment by Telephone (CHAT), is an over-the-phone and computer-based method of consulting patients who are waiting for surgery.

23/04/2014 - 7:59pm

You may think factors in early life have nothing to do with your wellbeing as an adult, but one US study from researchers at Northwestern University has found some links between the two.

In the study, it was revealed that there may be a link between a lower birth weight and those either breastfed for less than three months or not at all, and higher rates of chronic inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease as a young adult.

22/04/2014 - 8:53pm

While you may consider private hospital cover a useful buffer 'just in case' you ever experience any health ailments, those with pre-existing conditions can also benefit from a health insurance plan, too.

However, the process of obtaining hospital cover - and gaining those benefits - may be a little more complicated than for those who have no existing health issues. However, don't let this put you off making the effort to get health insurance - it could definitely pay off in the long run!

17/04/2014 - 4:10pm

People categorised as 'obese' may run the risk of deterioration of bone density and muscle mass, which further underscores the need for private health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Researchers from the Florida State University have named the link between obesity and muscle mass and bone density "osteosarcopenic obesity" in the May 2014 issue of Ageing Research Reviews.

17/04/2014 - 1:34pm

There are all sorts of costs associated with owning a pet, including the food, toys and pet accessories, as well as the initial cost of purchase. However, one expense Australian pet owners might not associate with their furry friends is insurance - surely, animals don't need to be insured, too?

15/04/2014 - 9:39pm

The essential vitamin, vitamin D, is not as abundant as you'd expect in Australia, with four million Australian adults displaying deficiencies in the vitamin in 2011-2012.

The data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today (April 15), and showed 23 per cent of Australian adults had a vitamin D deficiency.

14/04/2014 - 8:57pm

What if you have had private health insurance in the past, but decided you "don't really need it" or "it's too expensive", and cancelled your cover? Is it possible to rejoin? And how does one do so?