The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

The five habits  that can add more than a decade to your life

People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, according to a major study into the impact behaviour has on lifespan. Researchers at Harvard University used lifestyle questionnaires and medical records from 123,000 volunteers to understand how much longer people lived if they followed a healthy diet, controlled their weight, took regular exercise, drank in moderation and did not smoke.

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Study Shows How Fasting For 3 Days Can Regenerate Your Entire Immune System

Study Shows How Fasting For 3 Days Can Regenerate Your Entire Immune System

By now, you may have heard about the amazing potential health benefits of fasting. While many believe it’s an unhealthy and even dangerous practice, the science says otherwise. Even intermittent fasting, which involves restricting your eating time to an 8-10 hour window rather than going without food entirely, has proven to have many health benefits. Think […]

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New depression genetic risk factors identified

New depression genetic risk factors identified

New genetic risk factors associated with major depression have been identified in the biggest study of its kind, providing new insights for prevention and treatment.

Professor Naomi Wray, from UQ’s Institute of Molecular Bioscience and QBI, helped lead the international study, which identified 44 genetic variants associated with major depression – 30 of which were previously unknown.

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You are probably not getting enough sleep, and it is killing you

You are probably not getting enough sleep, and it is killing you

Rocker Warren Zevon is often credited with coining the mantra that’s been embraced by everyone from partying college kids to early-morning exercise evangelists: “You can sleep when you’re dead.” Or as Bon Jovi put it, “Gonna live while I'm alive, I'll sleep when I'm dead.” It’s an intoxicating thought, but the truth is that not getting enough sleep is literally killing us. That’s what neuroscientist Matthew Walker, who directs the sleep and neuroimaging lab at UC Berkeley, says in his book, ‘Why We Sleep,’ which was published in October 2017.

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1 in 59 children has autism, CDC says

1 in 59 children has autism, CDC says

One in 59 US children has autism, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new estimate is a prevalence rate of 1.7%, up from one in every 68 children (1.5%) in the 2016 report, which was based on data from 2012. The new figure was derived from 2014 estimates for 8-year-olds diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 11 communities across the nation.

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Opinion: Suicide has always been a part of my family, yet I’m repeatedly silenced when I try to talk about it

Opinion: Suicide has always been a part of my family, yet I'm repeatedly silenced when I try to talk about it

Last year, when I was travelling overseas, I met a lovely woman called Cristina. We immediately talked as if we were old friends, and like people who’ve known each other forever, we talked about family. Cristina came from a large and loving European clan, and naturally wanted to know about mine. When she learned that my mother was dead, the first thing said was, “I’m so sorry.” Next she asked how she died. Normally I’d just fudge an answer but this time I told the truth. “She killed herself.

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World experts call for Australia to act on devastating HTLV-1 virus

World experts call for Australia to act on devastating HTLV-1 virus

The obscure but devastating virus affecting thousands of people in central Australia is a “very significant problem”, according to international experts on HTLV-1. The UK’s leading human T-lymphotropic virus clinician said he was “shocked by the extraordinary rate” of infection among central Australian Aboriginal communities, and warned that governments and health professionals needed to mount a “strenuous effort” to tackle the problem.

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