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Risk factors for breast cancer

Next month is breast cancer awareness month. Until relatively recently the standard line about the causes of breast cancer was ‘we don’t know what causes it’. Thankfully that’s changed.  Read this post

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Fit loses out to Fat with type 2 diabetes

Six months ago I wrote a post that revisited the old question of fitness vs fatness. Most research has concluded that overweight or obese people who stay fit have less chance of dying than their slimmer but unfit counterparts. But that's not the whole story.  Read this post

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Are statins good for us after all?

The Lancet is a prestigious medical journal and this month it published a big review of the research on statins (cholesterol lowering drugs). The conclusion: they do more good than harm. But we need to be clear who for.  Read this post

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Can the Sit-to-Rise Test predict how long you'll live?

If you saw the recent two-part BBC TV series How to Stay Young, you might be wondering whether what they said about the sit-to-rise test is true.  Read this post

Saturday, July 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

The healthy way to carry your handbag

We carry so much in our handbags that we can give ourselves neck, back and shoulder pain. But carrying your bag well is actually good exercise.   Read this post

Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Managing a broken hip

While I was away, I stayed with a friend in Canada who’d broken her hip a fortnight before. She’s 73, and she’d tripped over her new puppy and fallen on the concrete. (That’s the cute culprit above.) It’s easy enough to do. But her approach is exactly the one you want to adopt if it happens to you.   Read this post

Monday, May 30, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

How much weight do we have to lift to build bone?

When we see images of women using weights, they mostly look something like this one. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this kind of exercise will build bone. Unfortunately, it won’t.  Read this post

Sunday, May 01, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

7 Tips for a healthy gardening body

Gardening brings fresh food to our back door or front balcony, connects us with nature, lifts our mood, and is a great way to stay fit. But there’s a downside.  Read this post

Monday, April 25, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Walking: mix it up

With the weather cooling down ever so slightly in south-east Queensland, it’s getting more pleasant to walk.   Read this post

Monday, April 25, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Challenging our assumptions about bone density and fractures

A research paper published in the prestigious British Medical Journal last year made a point that few of us appreciate about bone health.  Read this post

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson