Health care price transparency: Fool’s gold, or real money in your pocket?

The news is full of stories about monumental surprise hospital bills, sky-high drug prices and patients going bankrupt. The government’s approach to addressing this, via an executive order that President Trump signed June 24, 2019, is to make hospitals post their list prices online so that patients supposedly can comparison shop. But this is fool’s gold—information that doesn’t address the […]

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To cheat or not to cheat? Researchers uncover the moral dilemmas of doping

Elite athletes are less likely to take banned substances if they consider the morality of what they are doing, and not just the health consequences of doping, according to a new study led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In the study, conducted in UK, Denmark, and Greece, 1,500 athletes were asked to […]

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Sickly sweet or just right? How genes control your taste for sugar

You might love sugary doughnuts, but your friends find them too sweet and only take small nibbles. That’s partly because your genes influence how you perceive sweetness and how much sugary food and drink you consume. Now our recently published study shows a wider range of genes at play than anyone thought. In particular, we suggest how these genes might […]

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Will She or Won’t She? LaLa Anthony Discusses Whether She Wants Baby No. 2

Satisfied with her son! LaLa Anthony gave birth to Kiyan, now 12, in 2007, and she told Us Weekly exclusively whether she and her husband, Carmelo Anthony, have plans to give him a younger sibling. “I think I’m done,” the actress, 39, told Us at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s American Image Awards 2019 earlier this week. “My son […]

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High-dose, immune-boosting or four-strain? A guide to flu vaccines for over-65s

Flu vaccines work by exposing the body to a component of the virus so it can “practise” fighting it off, without risking infection. The immune system can then mount a more rapid and effective response when faced with a “real” virus. Three types of influenza vaccines are available in Australia: “standard” vaccines that contains four different strains of influenza a […]

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Do essential oils have any healing benefits, or are they just a fad?

Using the essential oils of plants and flowers to improve one's health or mood has been practised since ancient Egyptian times. But aromatherapy, as we now call it, is currently having a boom. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are buying and using these botanic compounds in a bid to improve health and wellbeing. Vara Maranda, who has practised and taught […]

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Bimekizumab Demonstrated Long-Term Maintenance of Complete or Almost Complete Skin Disease Resolution for Psoriasis Patients in BE ABLE 2 Extension Study

Brussels, Belgium – 2 March 2019 – UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, presented positive data from the Phase 2b BE ABLE extension study of bimekizumab in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis, which showed nearly all BE ABLE 1 responders completing 60 weeks of bimekizumab treatment maintained complete or almost complete skin clearance. The results are the longest-term data so […]

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Does exercise help or hurt your heart?

In our image-conscious, social media-saturated society, it is easy to forget there are benefits to exercise beyond just looking good. Like the way exercise can affect your heart health. “One in two men and one in three women [in Australia] will die from cardiovascular disease,” says Adelaide cardiologist Professor Stephen Worthley. Can too much exercise put strain on the heart?Credit:Stocksy […]

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Should You Work Out if You Have a Cold or the Flu?

To avoid getting a cold or the flu, you take every precaution: You got a flu shot, you spritz hand sanitizer everywhere, and you keep your distance from coworkers with cold or flu symptoms. You even committed to the gym harder than Harry and Meghan Markle have committed to each other after learning that regular moderate exercise strengthens the immune system, one study review suggests. But then, ugh, […]

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