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Uncontrollable Body Habits, Explained

March 19 2019

Few sensations feel as weird as when your body decides to do its own thing. Muscle twitches, hiccups and bloody noses out of the blue can make you wonder exactly who’s in charge. Here, the reasons behind some of the strangest body behaviours – and when you should see a doctor. Random, sharp pains You’re...


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5 Easy Wins When You’re Trying to Eat Healthier

March 18 2019

Changing or overhauling your diet is not easy – but most of those good intentions will crash and burn. That’s because those changes will just be too extreme, not to mention punitive. No sugar or dairy! No carbs after 1pm! Nothing in a package! When those resolutions quickly fizzle, it can feel like you failed....


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6 Signs You May Have a Sleep Disorder

March 15 2019

If you typically have trouble falling or staying asleep, you might often ask yourself: Could I have a sleep disorder? More than 30 percent of Australians suffer from a severe sleep disorder, and there are 90 different types. (Crazy, right?). So, it’s certainly a possibility. But just because you’re having trouble snoozing doesn’t mean there’s...


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5 Exercises to Jump Start Your New Fitness Routine

March 14 2019

Once you’ve made the decision to set a new fitness goal (good for you!), you have to decide how you want to get there. With so much fitness information at your fingertips, it can be challenging to sort through it all to determine a starting place.And in the excitement of starting something new, it’s easy to...


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7 Ways to Stop Restless Legs Syndrome

March 13 2019

Around 5-15 percent of Australians are affected by restless legs syndrome, a brain disorder that causes uncomfortable feelings of aching, itching or crawling, triggering an uncontrollable urge to move the limbs for relief. Symptoms tend to be worse at night, making it hard for people to fall asleep, often leading to sleep deprivation. About 80 percent of people with...


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Why Am I So Itchy?

March 12 2019

Itch, scratch, itch, scratch – toss, turn – repeat. Itchy skin can be maddening – especially when it keeps you awake at night. A number of my patients tell me with a straight face that they’d rather experience chronic pain than the never-ending, sleep-sabotaging misery of unrelenting itch. But unlike pain, which triggers us to withdraw...


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8 Easy Ways to Beat Bloating

March 11 2019

Bloating is one of the most common (and uncomfortable!) gastrointestinal symptoms. “It generally gives people a sensation of pressure or fullness, and some experience distention, where the belly physically stretches out,” says gastroenterologist Dr Richard Saad. Persistent bloating can be a sig­­n of something serious, such as fluid collection or a growth, and should be checked by...


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How To Eat Healthily

March 8 2019

Healthy eating is a pattern. It’s about how you eat over days, weeks and even months. The simple steps in this guide show you how to eat a diet that’s naturally low in salt, sugar and saturated and trans fats. Healthy eating patterns don’t focus on one type of food or one type of nutrient to promote heart health. Heart-healthy eating relies on...


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Fighting Kitchen Germs: Dos and Don’ts

February 28 2019

When it comes to germs, it’s not all about the bathroom. The kitchen is the germiest room in the house. From the countertops and sink to the cutting boards and refrigerator, the kitchen is teeming with billions of microorganisms. But you can tackle those nasty kitchen germs that lurk where you prepare your family’s meals....


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16 Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

February 27 2019

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, immune-mediated disorder. That means the system designed to keep your body healthy mistakenly attacks parts of your body that are vital to everyday function. The protective coverings of nerve cells are damaged, which leads to diminished function in the brain and spinal cord. MS is a disease with unpredictable symptoms that...


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