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A good quality sleep of a sufficient duration is essential to being able to function well both physically and mentally.


Getting a good night’s sleep during COVID-19 confinement can be challenging, but there are ways to get enough shut-eye.


Eating healthy food, exercising regularly and reducing stress are all measures we can take to stay as healthy as possible to fight off infection while we wait for a coronavirus vaccine.

A man taking stairs at Washington-Dulles International Airport in 2013.

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Dropping old, bad habits is hard, but starting new, good ones may not be so difficult. Or so a recent study suggests. Read how a simple sign at an airport made a difference.

If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.


The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there’s no cure for most people. Here’s what you need to know about this silent killer.

The Airds Bradbury residential development has open spaces but these lack the amenities of public parks.

New research shows many good intentions for creating urban environments that promote good health were not carried through. The solutions start with engaging more closely with residents themselves.

We can encourage people to make healthy adjustments to their diets with simple behaviour techniques.

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A lot of money is spent by food producers and retailers to try and influence the type of food we buy and eat. But what can be done to encourage healthier choices?

Neglected and sub-par facilities are one of many barriers to youth participation in sport.

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The first step in reviving a lost sporting culture is to involve young Australians in working out why sport has lost its appeal and how to reverse the decline in youth participation.


It’s not all about the gym and your diet. The places where we live and work shape our health, too.

Better technologies should be adopted in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with childhood cancer.


Better technology to diagnose, treat and manage the disease early enough is needed to improve the survival rates of childhood cancer in sub Saharan Africa.

Eating healthfully adds up quickly.

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Consumers tend to think that healthy foods have to cost more than their less nutritional counterparts. New psychological research looks at how pervasive this is.

Jamestown in Accra, Ghana, is home to many migrants from other parts of the country.

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Vast numbers of people who migrate in search of a better life end up living in marginal conditions that put their health at risk. But individual lifestyle is also an important factor.

Using incentives drawn from game play, the peak-hour crush can be reduced, or avoided altogether.


Using elements of game play, we can create incentives for people to change how and when they make various transport choices in ways that enable the whole system to work better.

Smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising or eating unhealthy foods leads to lifestyle diseases.


Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don’t exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.

There’s something in the tree air and it’s good for you.


There’s something in the air that actually has health benefits when you take time to walk among the plants and trees. What that is exactly is still being studied by scientists.

Fighting fit.

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A global health and disease study shows we’re living longer, but spending more years in poor health. But there are some things within our power to change.

Long walk to fitness.


Fitness devices like Fitbit set an automatic goal of 10,000 steps a day. But this isn’t the magic threshold some make it out to be.

Scottish diabetes rates have rocketed, but there are promising signs.

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The number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the past two decades, with more than 3.8 million people currently affected. Around 10% of them have Type 1 diabetes, which is caused…

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