Don’t let anything get between you and the wide world.

Please note that the following is not medical advise and should not be taken to override the advice of an accredited medical professional such as an endocrinologist.

You know what they say about travel. It’s nourishing for the soul. It’ll change your life, but never forget that “what can go wrong probably will go wrong.”

There is so much to consider when travelling. Itineraries, flight times, exchange rates, potential illnesses and keeping your person and belongings safe. But there’s slightly more to consider if you have Type 1 diabetes. As…


It’s that age-old Texan wisdom. Use it to your advantage.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” — Anon

Remaining healthy involves developing a proactive attitude towards life, the self and others. This attitude can be the driver for, and indeed the result of maintaining sustainable healthy habits over a period of time.

One of the key ingredients is consistency. There are many helpful habits listed here in this thread relating to nutrition, sleep and regular exercise, and all of these are tremendously important features of what many call a healthy life…


Go.

London company Layer is cutting a new path.

Wheelchairs seldom offer a perfect fit. Users often have to settle for a one-size-fits-all model, or else endure lengthy waiting periods while custom designs are drafted and the product is manufactured and eventually shipped.

This might all be about to change. Benjamin Hubert’s London-based design studio, Layer has recently unveiled Go, its prototype 3D-printed wheelchair. …


We’re super excited about this announcement!

Here at Health&, we’ve been busily building tools to help you live a healthier life.

Whether it’s mid-morning at the GP, or midnight with the little ones, we all need simple health answers fast, and that’s why we started by capturing the knowledge of Australia’s top doctors, and integrating this into hundreds of information resources for you and your family.

Preventative perfection

Now, we’re so excited to announce the launch of your newest health companion, the dashboard! …


Some tips to keep your kids happy well into semester two.

If you’re a parent to a child at school, you might be relieved that semester one is almost done. And whilst we can’t avoid the odd sick day, there are some tried and true ways to help protect your kids from the nasties of the playground.

Head lice

These tiny blood-sucking critters spread through casual contact with a person who has them. The lice are most commonly found on the scalp, often behind the ears. However, they can also infest eyelashes and eyebrows.

Even though they are quite common, head lice…


Photo by Hans Eiskonen.

Let’s cut through the noise to take a look at Zika.

Concerns about the Zika virus are growing fast, with stories appearing in the media on a daily basis. This virus, as we described in our previous post, has been known for several decades. But a few weeks ago it was first suspected to cause birth defects in babies born to mothers with the infection. Ever since then, it has become a hot topic of public discussion.

The virus, which is transmitted via mosquito bites, has been identified in many countries including the US, and now in Australia too. However…


The shot can’t substitute a healthy diet.

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently approved a weight-loss drug called Liraglutide. Liraglutide, (it will be sold in Australia as ‘Saxenda’) mimics the body’s own appetite-suppressing hormone GLP-1.

It’s a daily injection that makes you less hungry.

The new drug is designed to last for longer periods than its natural counterpart (GLP-1), so the medication only needs to be taken once a day. And in trials, it has been shown to help overweight people lose 5–10% of their body weight.1

Hopefully, once a person has reached their target weight loss, they can stop taking the drug and continue…


Where the magic happens…

Is 1,3,7-trimethylxantine coursing through your veins?

Also known as caffeine, this helpful chemical can be found in many drinks (and a few foods), including tea, cola and ‘energy’ drinks, but good old-fashioned coffee is by far the preferred delivery method for Australians. We love it, and coffee loves us back: it makes us more alert, more productive and more energetic.

“Coffee is a way of stealing time that should by rights belong to your older self.” — Terry Pratchett

Where would we be without it?

Probably still in bed…or at the pub.

Before coffee was introduced to Europe, around about the 17th century, alcohol was the…

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