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Good cholesterol is key to a healthy brain

For 20 years a research unit at the University of Melbourne has been studying women’s brains as they age, looking for clues as to what we can do to avoid dementia. Having good levels of HDL cholesterol seems to be important.  Read this post

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

How to provide a urine sample and avoid unnecessary antibiotics

Earlier this year I wrote a post on having had several urinary tract infections in the summer. With another summer on the way I’m keen to avoid a repeat, so this month I sat down with an infectious diseases specialist who’s adamant that too many of us are being misdiagnosed with UTIs. Here’s what I learnt.  Read this post

Sunday, October 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

You can be 'fit' and still lose muscle

Jane Brody’s been a health writer for the New York Times since 1976. At age 77 she does two physical activities a day — alternating between walking, cycling and swimming — plus exercises for her back. But she was recently diagnosed with sarcopenia, i.e. the loss of muscle and strength.  Read this post

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Dodging the wave of fatty liver disease

One of the speakers at this month’s Australasian conference on lifestyle medicine predicted a tsunami of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It already affects at least one in five of us. So how do we avoid becoming part of this tidal wave, and if we are, how do we get out of it?  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Exercise and our immune system

We know it builds muscle and bone, and it’s good for our heart and brain, but exercise also seems to boost our immunity.  Read this post

Monday, August 27, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Vigilance is needed with medication, even common ones

Drugs are prescribed to correct imbalances, but often they trigger other imbalances.  Read this post

Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Body wisdom around the house

Last weekend I was up a ladder cleaning. It reminded me that these days especially, I need to be smarter about how I use my body.  Read this post

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

My cholesterol's high, what can I do? (without statins)

After menopause we’re more susceptible to high cholesterol. And while cholesterol may be more a symptom than the real problem, it’s wise to get your numbers in the healthy range. But how do you do that, especially if you don’t want to take medication?  Read this post

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

To stave off dementia, start early

Dementia is now the main cause of death for Australian women, and the message on prevention is to start in middle-age.  Read this post

Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson

Is fish oil still worth taking?

While fish oil has had a reputation for helping to keep our hearts and brains healthy, lately we’ve seen headlines telling us that it doesn’t do much for our hearts at all. Why is that? And is it still worth taking?  Read this post

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | Rhonda Anderson