Health

The science behind why you love a weekend lie-in

Sleeping in over the weekend is one of life’s great pleasures. Yet some of us are much better at it than others.

The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this...

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.

Why children who sleep more get better grades

Sleep plays a fundamental role in the way we learn. Emerging evidence makes a compelling case for the importance of sleep for language learning, memory, executive function, problem solving and behaviour during childhood.

Want to do something good for your health? Try being generous

Every day, we are confronted with choices about how to spend our money. Whether it’s thinking about picking up the tab at a group lunch or when a charity calls asking for a donation, we are faced with the decision to behave generously or not.

Wired and tired: why parents should take technology out of their kid’s bedroom

Australian children are among the youngest users of the internet in the world, starting as young as eight years old.

Whether they’re using mobile phones, iPads or the TV, most children and teenagers will use their devices daily to chat to their friends or to access entertainment and education.

Do Sweetened Drinks Really Cause Heart Failure?

Do Sweetened Drinks Really Cause Heart Failure?

Drinking two or more sweetened drinks a day increases the risk of developing heart failure by 23%, according to a recent study.

Why sleep could be the key to tackling mental illness

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness – a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders.

Why everyone should embrace their inner sloth

Each year there’s an autumn weekend which is anticipated with particular glee: the one in which the clocks go back. The prospect of an extra hour in bed is certainly enticing, and the Sunday has duly been labelled “National Sleep In Day”.

Daylight savings is linked to injuries and heart attacks, is it time to scrap...

It is estimated that more than 1.5 billion people across the world are exposed to changes brought about by Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Alert and ready for action: why it’s time to ban energy drinks for under-18s

Energy drinks are highly sweetened, caffeinated beverages that are packaged in brightly coloured, slimline containers. They’re sold virtually everywhere.

Advertised as “enhancing alertness and performance”, energy drinks are regularly promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.