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What’s trending: charcoal

With all the technological advances in modern medicine, you’d think that something as old-fashioned as charcoal would be an anachronism in contemporary hospitals. But you’d be wrong. Activated charcoal – which has been treated with oxygen to open millions of pores in its atomic structure – is still the go-to ...

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How one question can help save a life

Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians aged 15-44, with more than 2400 deaths a year, but new research by national suicide prevention charity R U OK? reveals that simply talking to each other could reduce these statistics. The report shows that 73 per cent of Aussies believe ...

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Happy thoughts boost your immunity

A positive attitude can improve your immune system and may help you live longer, according to a University of Queensland study. The research, which followed a group of adults aged between 65 and 90 over two years, found that people who focused on positive information were more likely to have ...

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The growing trend of wellness vacations

Going on holiday used to be all about excess – excess sleep, excess food, excess alcohol. But holidaymakers are now seeking something different, and using their time away to become healthier and happier. Wellness tourism is booming. Recent figures show that $1 in every $7 spent on tourism goes on ...

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Is the next big thing in food no food?

Would you give up food for the same powdered shake every day? Not because you want to drop a dress size, but because you’re, well, bored of food? That’s the thinking behind the powdered shake Soylent. US creator Rob Rhinehart came up with the idea in 2013, when he was ...

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5 future food trends

1. 3-D printed food A machine that “prints” your food in 3-D is like something straight out of 1960s futuristic cartoon The Jetsons. These gadgets, several of which are being tested around the world, use ingredients as edible ink, usually in a dried powder or paste form. The most success ...

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The most germ-filled places in your home

If asked to guess the dirtiest place in the house, the top answers would be the toilet seat or garbage bin, right? True, they can be grimy if not cleaned regularly, but according to the experts, it’s not these usual suspects that are havens for tiny disease-causing organisms. Here are ...

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The health problem you may not know you have

Iron deficiency is more than just a small dietary problem that leaves you feeling a bit tired – experts describe it as the most debilitating nutritional deficiency today. With more than two billion sufferers globally, this condition has even prompted the World Health Organization to form a plan of action. ...

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