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Your Kids May Just Need a New Name or Game for Veggies

Only 1 in 20 Australians eat enough Fruit and veg daily according to the Australian health Survey 2012. That is just under 6% of the population getting the recommended 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables for adults. While kids need less serves depending on age they need to develop a habit and taste for enjoying vegies daily. It’s easy for kids to develop negative associations with vegies so it is important that parents find ways to change that.

 

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Behavioural Problems in Kids Highly Predictable With Less Sleep

New research suggests, Children who have relatively short night time sleep duration are at high risk for several externalizing behavioural problems. - Medscape Online

 

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The Top 15 Happy Family Behaviors.

Common behaviors of a happy family:  

 

How Good Is Barefoot Running, Hype or Helpful?

There has been a lot of talk about barefoot running of late and with it a lot of confusion. This article will aim to answer some of the questions about barefoot running commonly asked. By Mandy Clarke, Podiatrist, Tyack Health

 

Understanding Hip, Buttock, and Thigh Pain That Is Often Worse At Night

While there can be many reasons and causes for pain in any area of the body by far the most common problem for pain, in the hip/buttock/thigh area, is Glut Med Tendinopathy.  Compression Syndromes are often worse at night and during some activities like walking up steps. By Julia Tyack, Practitioner and founder Tyack Health  

 

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20 Habits That Successful People Share

The most successful people in the world work the hardest, are the most motivated, or just in the right place at the right time…correct? Not entirely.  

 

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Your Body Changes Your Brain

Excerpt from Sarah Berry's article in The Age. The evidence is clear, our bodies can and do, change our brain. Norman Doidge, FRCP(C), is a Canadian-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author. He shares how research into neuroplasticity is broadening what we know and how we can apply it to enhance our health and lives. Sarah Berry's article in the Age was based on an interview with Doidge to get some deeper insights into where this understanding was leading us.Doidge shares this case where he describes a remarkable brain work around. John Pepper, whose diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in his 30s, meant he struggled with the sorts of movements - like walking - that he previously took for granted. He took them for granted because the sorts of automatic movements that we do without having to…

 

How would a Near Death Experience change you?

This is drawn from Fr. Richard Rohr's lecture Dying: We Need it For Life - absolutely worth checking out. (And he drew this stuff from the research of Harvard prof Phillip L. Berman) So here are the repeatedly noted personality changes in people who've undergone a near-death experience - out-of body, or otherwise: 1. An amazing ability to live in the present. Most of us live in the two places where nothing ever happens: the past and the future. But the present is all we have. Every moment is a microcosm of the macrocosm. How you're doing whatever you're doing right now is probably how you do everything.  2. An abiding sense of deep confidence. The untransformed self is inherently insecure and destabilized. The true Self finds a strong and lasting confidence - a sense that things are…

 

How Furry Pets 'Enrich' Gut Bacteria Reducing Risk of Allergies in Infants

Reuters Health have published their results from a small, preliminary study looking at infants in households with furry pets. The finding was that these infants were found to share some of the animals' gut bacteria. This could possibly explain why early animal exposure may protect against some allergies, researchers say. In this study the infants' mothers had a known history of allergy, so the babies were considered at increased risk of also developing allergies. Traditional thinking is that fury pets cause or trigger allergies in such children.

 

Israeli breakthrough in non-invasive prostate cancer test

New-generation cytopathological staining platform could be a reliable diagnostic tool to help determine whether and when to perform a prostate biopsy. Called CellDetect, trials for accurate cancer detection, demonstrated successful detection of prostate cancer cells in urine samples with 91.3% sensitivity and 75% specificity. Current screening tests for prostate cancer deliver a high rate of false positive results (as low as 25% specificity), leading to unnecessary invasive diagnostic tests such as biopsies. CellDetect has proven effective in diagnosing cervical and bladder cancer and it is expected that the technology can be implemented for use in additional cancer detection indications. For the prostate cancer indication, a blinded study is planned to confirm these exciting findings.  ~ Israel21c…

 

Organic Versus Conventional – What New Research Shows.

Debate on organic versus conventional produce and relative health benefits has been going for decades. The good news is we now have enough medical studies to help us make a more educated decision.  The “definitive study” on organic versus conventional produce was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal. It combined the results of the 343 smaller studies comparing organic to non-organic produce.  The main three findings of this study are: Organic produce has more antioxidants. Organic produce has 4 times less pesticide residue. Organic produce has less of the toxic metal, cadmium. So how is this important? In many medical studies, there is evidence that more antioxidants from food may decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Experts still can’t agree if the pesticides you are exposed to with…