Health

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.

Why screen time before bed is bad for children

Sleep is an essential part of our development and wellbeing. It is important for learning and memory, emotions and behaviours, and our health more generally.

Health Check: five reasons to put the kettle on and have a cup of...

Growing up, tea drinking was reserved for my grandmother’s visits. Making it followed a strict and fascinating ritual. Take scalding hot water.

The Low-Down on Standing Desks

The Low-Down on Standing Desks

Sitting, it’s becoming fashionable to note, is the “new smoking”. Sedentary behaviour dominates modern life, just as smoking did some decades ago.

How we showed ‘sleeping on it’ really is the best way to solve a...

Have you ever struggled to finish a level of Candy Crush or complete a Sudoku puzzle in the evening but breezed through it the following morning? The reason may please anyone who’s been told they spend too much time in bed asleep.