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Want to live to your 90s? Gain weight, drink more, claims major study

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:42:41 +1200

It's the sort of health news most would toast with a cheeky tipple – but it may have health fanatics choking on their carrot juice.Drinking a couple of glasses of wine or beer a night – while adding a few extra pounds in weight...

Media Files:|caption=Research has identified modest alcohol consumption as one of five key factors linked to a long life. Photo / Getty Images

The 10 biggest dating mistakes millennials make when looking for love

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:10:37 +1200

Finding love is more complicated than ever, especially for millennials looking to navigate their way through the ever-changing dating landscape.And with a myriad of dating apps and websites at our fingertips, it's little wonder...

Media Files:|caption=Being too quick to judge can cause you to miss out on someone who may be perfect for you. Photo / Getty Images

World's first human-sheep hybrids pave way for cure for diabetes, organ transplants

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:05:07 +1200

Human-sheep hybrids have been created by scientists for the first time, opening the door to organs being grown inside the farmyard animals for use in transplants or to cure diabetes.A team at Stanford University successfully grew...

Media Files:|caption=A team at Stanford University successfully grew embryos inside a surrogate for three weeks which had both sheep and human cells. Photo / Christine McKay

Teens eager to show they can handle Cactus fitness programme challenges

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +1200

It was just 5.45am, but more than 30 Dannevirke Cactus students had dug deep, hauled themselves out of bed and were ready for the eight weeks of challenges ahead. "It might seem tough this morning, but it gets easier to get out...

Media Files:|caption=It's 6.30am and Dannevirke Cactus students stop for star jumps on Cole St, during their early morning run last Monday.

The simple way two women lost weight and found happiness

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:42:02 +1200

Shae Tye used to hate exercise.She would do anything to avoid breaking a sweat — like parking her car as close as possible to the shopping centre entrance — and hadn't ever really worked out."I never moved. I was so lazy and I...

Media Files:|caption=Could biking change your life? Photo / Getty Images

'I'm alive today to encourage others': How this man lost 221kg

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:36:22 +1200

An amputee who was dangerously obese has revealed how he lost a whopping 221kg in order to stay alive - and now he's on a quest to help others.Stanley Hollar revealed in a penned letter to Yahoo Be Australia that he's suffered weight...

Media Files:|caption=Stanley tipped the scales at 307kg prior to his dramatic transformation. Photo / YouCaring / Stanley Hollar

The story behind this woman's shocking viral photo

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:29:49 +1200

A former drug addict has revealed the shocking truth behind a viral photo of herself lying unconscious in a hospital bed.Emma Sturgeon was left in hospital after overdosing on a mix of straight whiskey and crushed pills. But now...

Media Files:|caption=Emma Sturgeon ended up fighting for her life after a drug overdose. Photo / Reddit

New Zealand pregnancy study: Are diet fizzy drinks really any better?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

While expecting her first child, Dr Clare Reynolds switched from normal fizzy drinks to diet.It was a rational move - the lesser of two evils, she figured - yet when she checked what research had been done, she found surprisingly...

Media Files:|caption=Dr Clare Reynolds pictured when pregnant with her first child. Photo / Supplied

Woman denied IVF funding as she turns 40 before application processed

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:16:35 +1200

An Auckland woman was turned down for publicly-funded IVF treatment as she turned 40 by the time her application was considered.Tracie Jelavich had applied for treatment at age 39, six months after meeting her now-fiance, Wayne...

Media Files:|caption=Tracie Jelavich and fiance Wayne Matheson hope to have a baby. Photo / Supplied

Seven simple ways athletes take workouts to the next level

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:10:36 +1200

Each time alpine skier Lindsey Vonn hits the slopes at the Winter Olympics, she makes it look easy. But the four-time Olympian's effortless shows are actually a result of nearly two decades of intense training. Olympic-level...

Media Files:|caption=There are a number of tips that can be taken from Olympic-level athletes like Lindsay Vonn, (pictured), and applied to the average hobby athlete. Photo / Instagram: @lindseyvonn

Mum fed daughter bleach to 'treat' her autism

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +1200

A father in Indianapolis last week accused his wife of feeding their child bleach to help cure her autism - something his wife had read about in a Facebook group.Police arrested the 28-year-old mother on Saturday after she allegedly...

Media Files:|caption=The father accused his wife of feeding their child bleach and the mother was later arrested. Photo / Getty Images

Fifty Shades of sex ed: Gynecologist warns of film's bad ideas

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:43:03 +1200

WARNING: This article contains spoilers The Fifty Shades series is full of sex scenes and bad ideas.Christian and Ana, the BDSM-loving couple at the heart of the trilogy, leave much to be desired when it comes to sexual health,...

Media Files:|caption=Dr Lauren Streicher explains how the franchise missed the mark on a gynecological level. Photo / Supplied

Skydiving jump led to years of hell for 25 year-old Hilary Judith

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:18:34 +1200

Imagine you're falling — falling 4500m at 200km/h. And then something goes very, very wrong.Hilary Judith had always wanted to skydive. She longed to see the curve of the earth, feel the wind on her cheeks, and weightless, zooming...

Media Files:|caption=While she recovered in hospital, her condition went downhill. Photo /

Niki Bezzant: Learning to control gut instinct

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +1200

Fodmaps — it's possibly the least catchy acronym in the world (made up from an even less catchy list of classic irritant food types), but it's a very important one for anyone who struggles with bloating, pain and other symptoms associated...

Media Files:|caption=An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not for some with IBS.

A father's stress can change his sperm, says study

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:40:00 +1200

Children of stressed fathers are at greater risk of developing PTSD and depression, according to a new study.Researchers found life's pressures can change the DNA of a man's sperm - leading to brain development changes in his yet...

Media Files:|caption=Photo / Getty Images

The disgusting reason air conditioners smell bad?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:30:00 +1200

There's a disgusting reason why air conditioning units often smell so bad.Scientists have discovered that the stench is caused by dead skin cells from our bodies that are trapped in the units, according to the Daily Mail .The...

Media Files:|caption=Bacteria in AC units that feed on our cells produce a nasty ammonia scent. Photo / Getty Images

'Gross' celeb drink actually good for you

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:20:00 +1200

A drink based on the trendy low carb diet favored by celebrities could help to control diabetes, according to new research.Scientists at the University of British Columbia and Oxford University have shown for the first time that...

Media Files:|caption=Kim Kardashian is a fan of the Keto diet. Photo / Getty Images

Inside Sydney food blogger Jenny Wong's healthy fridge

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:57:54 +1200

This is what is currently inside Sydney food blogger Jenny Wong's fridge.Jenny, also known as See Taste Do by her 21,000 Instagram followers , is on a mission to be healthier in 2018.Because she doesn't store her fruit and...

Media Files:|caption=Food blogger Jenny Wong's super healthy fridge. Photo / Instagram

Bethlehem couple's heartfelt advice to help reduce risk from 'silent killer'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:15:00 +1200

Every 90 minutes in New Zealand another person dies from heart disease.It's a disease which has touched the lives of thousands of people across the country including Bethlehem couple Yvonne and John Flett who are both survivors...

Media Files:|caption=Yvonne Flett (right), who has had a triple heart bypass and husband John, also diagnosed with heart failure last year, are passionate advocates for keeping active. Photo/Andrew Warner.

When is the right time to die?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +1200

We die less readily than we used to. In recent decades, life-support medicine has improved to the extent that millions of lives that might otherwise have been lost are saved with powerful antibiotics, while machines breathe for...

Media Files:|caption=What do we do when our loved ones are dying? Photo / Getty Images