Managing irritable bowel syndrome

20% of Australians experience irritable bowel syndrome or symptoms at some time. These symptoms include abdominal pain, mucus in the stools, bloating, and alternating diarrhoea... Read More

Are you lonesome tonight?

A third of older Australians live alone, and socialising is now proven to be more important than exercise when it comes to quality and longevity... Read More

Exercise and heart health

Did you know that exercise protects your heart (we're assuming yes) but that heart attacks are often triggered by exercise (may be a surprise?). A... Read More

Parenting and health

The National Working Families Report has found that a third of working parents feel work-life balance is adding stress and tension to their family life... Read More

CHOCOLATE GOODNESS!

Chocolate isn't all bad. It has been shown to demonstrate some health benefits, but these benefits are moderated by the amount of sugar and concentration... Read More

Ageing well

Australians are living longer - 80 for men and 84 for women these days - but is it in good health? A Global Burden of... Read More

Slip, slop, slap in November

National Skin Action Week in November, spearheaded by the Australasian College of Dermatologist and Cancer Council Australia, is an important reminder before summer that we... Read More

A spotlight on women’s health

A recent survey of 10,000 Australian women showed that a third suffered depression or anxiety, 4 out of 10 felt lonely (which we know impacts... Read More

Walk faster, age slower

An interesting New Zealand study followed 1,000 participants to find that walking speed in your 40's was correlated with the rate of ageing. Specifically the... Read More

How to get the best out of your GP

84% of Australians see a GP every year, so it's important that this part of your healthcare works for you. We've all probably had good... Read More

Picking a GP is like choosing a friend for life

They are the reliable source you phone and chat about any concerns relating to health and wellbeing for you, your family and friends. A lifelong... Read More

Exercise is important when you’re older

An Austrian study (n=3300) recently showed that people who exercise for 150 minutes each week are more independent in later life. The results indicated more... Read More

Why yoga should be in your daily routine

Yoga has such broad health benefits that almost everyone can take advantage of it: Stress management: 12 out of 17 studies (n =1070) showed improvements... Read More

The Paleo Problem: The Pros and Cons of Eating Like a Caveman

The latest dietary trend - The Paleo Diet. Is it worth trying? The Paleo Diet is based around the idea of eating like our paleolithic... Read More

Tips to help fussy eaters

8 in 10 Australian parents are concerned about their children’s eating habits. Kids refuse foods for a variety of reasons - from colour and texture... Read More

Meditate on meditation

Meditation is growing in evidence so we've started building it into our weekly activities at Osana, including for staff. The compelling evidence includes Greater telomere... Read More

Nuts anyone?

Frequent consumption of nuts protects against coronary heart disease (blockages that lead to heart attacks) - 1 to 4 times per week correlated with 27%... Read More

Treating diabetes with less medications

Diabetes is on the rise in Australia - someone is diagnosed every 5 minutes. Its consequences are significant - up to 35% of Australian suffering... Read More

A global epidemic of our time

In five years, the OECD projects many countries will have more than two-thirds of their population being overweight or obese - 15 years ago, it... Read More

Healthier lifestyle… What’s stopping you?

Clinical care contributes to 20% of a person's health and 80% derives from health behaviours, environment and socio-economic factors. A recent global survey by Pricewaterhousecoopers... Read More

Pilates for back pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a major cause of disability and absence from work - up to 40% of sufferers still have it a year... Read More

Vitamin D for… well just about everything

Shocking news: Vitamin D is not a vitamin. Vitamins are defined as chemical components from food that are required by our bodies to function. Vitamin... Read More

The art of healing

Art therapy is now recognised as an evidence-based counselling session. Clients can explore the meaning behind pictures, and art can evoke both unconscious and conscious... Read More

New Heart Foundation food guidelines

What's changed: For the first time, a limit on the amount of red meat Australians should consume - no more than three lean meals (totalling... Read More

Walk, the talk

Did you know: Harvard research shows walking can reduce the impact of over 30 obesity-promoting genes University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can... Read More

Intermittent fasting – is it safe?

One caution with intermittent fasting is what's missing when you’re only consuming one or two meals per day. Inadequate intake of plant foods We know... Read More

What is FODMAP?

FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates and stand for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. Research led by Australians have shown links between FODMAPs and digestive... Read More

Drink more coffee

Three quarters of Australians drink a cup of coffee every day; 28% drink 3 or more. Fair to say we love our coffee, and the... Read More

Take a breath, just relax

Easy to say, but do we do this regularly? Deep diaphragmatic breathing, using your whole diaphragm, improves attention, mood and reduces stress. It is an... Read More

Everyone should take cold showers

Surely this is joke. Why bother.... well, here's the evidence : Physiological stress to the skin, alternating heat and cold, decreases stress hormones (cortisol) and... Read More

Obesity, we need to talk about it.

Two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese - this is rising and will increase to 70% by 2025. Being overweight or obese can lead... Read More

Exercise for better health, especially when older.

Exercise is so important. For older adults, being able to cover 365 metres in a standardised six-minute walk test have half the risk of dying... Read More

Kidney Disease Risk

Where are our kidneys and why are they important? They’re part of our back wall of the abdominal cavity and GPs can test for tenderness... Read More

Tips on assessing unwell kids

It can be hard to understand severity when kids are unwell – should they stay home, should they see the GP, when should you be... Read More

Depression – disease summary

A serious topic - depression affects 1 million Australians in any given year, and up to 45% of Australians will suffer a mental health condition... Read More

National Diabetes Week

Diabetes is considered the health epidemic of the 21st century with 280 Australians being diagnosed every day and affecting 1.7 million Australians overall (of which... Read More

Feeling more energetic

Feeling more energetic Some stats: Each year 1.5 million Australians see their doctor about fatigue. People that feel more tired - up 60% of obese... Read More

Reducing stress

Reducing Stress Some stats: 1 in 8 Australians report high stress, 1 in 3 experience depression symptoms and 1 in 4 experience anxiety symptoms Stress... Read More

Prepare for winter… and manflu

Prepare for winter... and manflu Some stats: Influenza (flu) is more potent than the common cold which is usually restricted to the upper respiratory tract... Read More

Improving your sleep

Improving your sleep Some stats: Up to 45% of Australians have sleep difficulties - this can lead to health conditions or make existing ones worse.... Read More