Walking off the Blues

health_matters.gifA half hour brisk walk can lift depression and give you the same kind of pick-me-up we may seek from smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee or binge eating a University of Texas study has found. It is one of the first studies to show that exercise can have a positive effect - immediately.

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Medical Notes-June

health_matters.gifKiller epidemic now in full flight

It is estimated that approximately seven per cent of the adult Australian population has Type 2 diabetes with 100,000 new victims being reported every year.

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Medical Notes-May

health_matters.gifMaking small changes to your lifestyle can have a significant impact on how long you will live, UK research has shown. As part of the European Epic study, Cambridge University has looked at over 25,000 men and women aged between 45 and 79 years since 1993 concentrating on their diet, environment, lifestyle and health.

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Mental health services receive $1.8 billion boost

health_matters.gifThe Australian Government has committed an extra $1.8 billion over five years to help redress chronic under-funding of the mental health system. Working carers of mentally ill people should benefit from the funding which will provide a major increase in clinical and health services.


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The Art of Dying

health_matters.gifIn Australian culture death is still a taboo subject and even those who have a strong religious faith may not wish to openly discuss it. Once upon a time, death was a fundamental part of family life. Surrounded by family and friends, people died at home and everyone grieved together and consoled one another.

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