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May 2014 News

28/05/2014 - 8:17pm

We need plenty of different nutrients to support our bodies, and it can understandably be difficult getting enough variety into your plate on a daily basis.

However, when it comes to the important issue of brain health, Australians may need to start paying more attention to their dietary habits. 

A new survey commissioned by Souvenaid has found that declines in memory function is one of the top age-related health concerns for Australians. The survey was carried out by Galaxy Research and focused on 1,000 respondents from both genders.

28/05/2014 - 8:15pm

When it comes to seeking the right health care treatments for a medical condition or concern, how informed are you about the complete range of options available to you? Do you feel you could make an accurate judgement, or do you wish you had more answers?

The need to be fully informed is more important than ever, as most people will require healthcare services at some point throughout their lifetime. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) the 2012-13 period saw almost 9.4 million admissions in public hospitals and 3.8 million in private hospitals.

23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

Many people use exercise as a way to achieve their goal weight, but it's important to remember that physical activity is crucial for good health no matter what you weigh. It helps build muscle and bone and it can even work as a form of stress-relief in a busy day.

Children are at an especially vulnerable stage of life, where attitudes towards exercise can be entrenched for good.  A new study has emphasised that even children at a healthy weight level should be encouraged to enjoy regular exercise. 

23/05/2014 - 9:43pm

A healthy level of exercise provides a variety of benefits for the human body. The right kind of physical activity can help to strengthen muscles and support better bone health, while improving cardiorespiratory fitness and helping to manage weight.

It's important for everyone to engage in the right level of physical activity for their fitness level and age, but motivation levels can be hard to keep up. The Australian government is hoping to keep Australians engaged through an initiative called Exercise Right Week.

21/05/2014 - 11:43am

It's easy to think about getting active and exercising when the sun's out, but can you keep up your motivation throughout the long cold months of winter? 

A suitable level of physical activity is one of the keys to better physical health, but many people find their dedication starts to disappear along with the balmy weather. While it may be more difficult to get out and about during winter, exercise is essential all year round.

19/05/2014 - 2:25pm

We know how important dental health is for humans, but this issue is equally vital for pet health as well. If you're planning to bring a new cat or dog into your family, make sure you're prepared to look after every aspect of their health - including their teeth and gums.

What are the facts about pet dental health?

16/05/2014 - 6:39pm

Pets are a part of the family in many Australian households, and that's no surprise when you consider how much joy they can bring into your life. Whether you're a cat or dog person, adding a furry friend into your home can be a rewarding experience for both you and your family.

However, it's important to realise that pets do represent a significant commitment. As a potential owner, you will have the responsibility to care for them and ensure they have everything they need to be healthy, safe and happy in your home.

15/05/2014 - 4:42pm

Good health is essential for enjoying life to the fullest and making the most of every opportunity, yet it's the one thing that many Australians also take for granted. Given all the information we have about how to support better health, there are so many ways you can start putting your wellbeing first.

15/05/2014 - 9:18am

The latest federal budget for the 2014-15 period will commit $20 billion towards health and medical research in Australia, which will go some way towards the improvement of healthcare delivery.

13/05/2014 - 9:45pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is coming up and many soccer fans around the world are looking forward to this highly anticipated event. However, if you're preparing to make your own trip to Brazil there are a few extra precautions you are advised to take.

The South Australian government recently released an alert for all citizens travelling to the country, to be mindful of the dangers of yellow fever. While the disease is not a risk in Australia, it is more common among many South American countries - including Brazil.