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Blood pressure and your brain

You probably associate blood pressure with heart health. And fair enough. But you mightn’t realise that heart health is a risk factor for brain health. So now we’re looking at whether blood pressure that creeps up in middle age could be a red flag for dementia.   Read this post

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson

Are you fit for surgery?

If you need an operation, don’t leave everything up to the surgeon. Hopefully they’re wonderfully capable, but there’s plenty you can do to ensure a good outcome.   Read this post

Monday, April 24, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson

Life After Menopause. My book is here!

The full title is Life after Menopause: 5 Key Habits of Healthy, Vital Older Women Read this post

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson

How do we make smart supplement choices?

If you saw the Four Corners TV program on supplements earlier this month you’d know that Australians spend more on vitamins and other supplements than on prescription drugs. Yet there’s no strong evidence that most supplements work.  Read this post

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson

Believe it or not you might need more salt

I can remember talk of people taking salt tablets when I was younger. For the most part I look back on that as a misguided idea that lived and died in the past. But it’s worth giving thought to your salt intake, especially in summer, and especially if you’re prone to cramps.  Read this post

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Rhonda Anderson

Is ultra-cheap food really a bargain?

As Dick Smith points out, in the scramble to match Aldi, Woolies and Coles have to pay a pittance to local food producers and manufacturers. That’s meant the dumping of home-grown brands like SPC Ardmona.  Read this post

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Depression: maybe it's not a chemical imbalance after all

That’s been the standard explanation for a long time. Our serotonin levels are too low. The reason for the imbalance is often a mystery, but there’s a lot of it going on.   Read this post

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

High cholesterol? Look after your liver

It’s big and busy, but tucked behind your rib cage your liver is easily forgotten. Which is a pity because it’s way more important than we realise.  Read this post

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

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