This week's feature stories

Lifestyle

A second chance at love: Why adopt an older pet

Kittens and puppies are very cute, but adopting an older pet can be really rewarding – for both of you.

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Lifestyle

Is laughter really the best medicine?

There's some truth to the saying – laughter really is good for you.

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Experts

10 weight loss goals to focus on (that aren’t your weight)

Don't be a slave to a number – here are a few other ways to track your progress.

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Experts

What you need to know about cataract surgery

Cataract surgery can seem scary – but it's more common than you think.

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Experts

New breakthroughs in breast cancer research

Leading scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research share the latest developments.

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Top wellbeing collections

Community

Closing the gap

Let's work together to create a future with health equality for all Australians.

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Experts

Goal setting 101: A psychologist’s hacks

The science-backed secrets to getting the results you want.

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Community

Jessie + Jillian

When Jessie got on a plane to Indonesia, she didn’t know it would change her life... and her mother's.

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Community

Blizted ’em! How Peter FitzSimons lost 45 kg

The sports writer shares a few gems of wisdom gained.

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Experts

Clenching and grinding: How jaw pain can be treated

Don't put up with stiffness, soreness or clicking of the jaw. Your dentist and physio can develop a treatment plan.

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Travel

Private island buyer’s guide to the Philippines

Imagine making one of these 7,100 islands your own dream retreat.

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Travel

3 ethical conservation projects to check out in Malaysia

From elephants to orangutans, get close and personal with majestic rainforest creatures.

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Travel

5 South African safaris for all tastes and budgets

Explore stunning wilderness and get up close with lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and more.

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Travel

Dragon spotting in Indonesia

Komodo National Park is perfect for snorkelling, diving and exploring – and discovering these amazing creatures.

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Travel

The best ski resorts in China

Hit the slopes at these fantastic destinations.

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Travel

How to access Facebook and Instagram from China

It’s not illegal – it just takes a little know-how.

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Travel

Cape Town: the cosmopolitan coastal city

From the heights of Table Mountain to a colony of African penguins, here are just a few things to discover.

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Travel

Staying safe while seeing South Africa

There’s a perception that South Africa is a dangerous country to visit – but is it true?

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Travel

Lombok: Bali’s quiet cousin

Indonesia’s Lombok and Gili Islands are perfect holiday destinations for a relaxed, authentic tropical break.

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Travel

The ultimate festival of wine

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, something marvellous happens in central eastern France.

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Travel

Inside Intramuros: the walled city of Manila

Intramuros, the walled city at the heart of the current day capital, Manila, was the birthplace of Filipino independence.

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Travel

The coldest hotel in Canada

Every winter, just outside Quebec, the Hotel de Glace is freshly constructed from ice and snow.

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Travel

Top tips for visiting the Taj Mahal

It's one of the most spectacular sites in the modern world. Here's how to make your trip seamless.

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Travel

How to tackle jet lag like a pro

Jet lag is a natural part of international travel, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip.

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Travel

The 10 best New Zealand travel Instagram accounts

Spectacular accounts to inspire your NZ adventure.

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Travel

Travelling to India for the first time

Bright, majestic India can be a culture shock. Here's how to prepare.

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Travel

Singapore: Ecotourism in the big city

Go beyond the skyscrapers and discover rainforests, wetlands and a unique night safari.

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Travel

7 must-have travel apps

The best apps for planning and navigating like a pro.

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Community

Living thoughtfully: Matt and Lentil

How to grow, cook, preserve, trade and live well.

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Community

A conflicted community

In the Colombian mountains armed forces have been in constant conflict for over 50 years.

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Lifestyle

The community garden

As cities grow bigger and living spaces get smaller, connecting with the land is more important than

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Community

The playful community

Play-based projects have taken to the streets changing the way communities connect.

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Lifestyle

The effects of kindness

Can a lawyer change his life by reading a short stack of self-help books in one week?

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Guides

The human heart: An introduction

The average human heart beats 100,000 times a day

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Guides

What’s really going on inside the brain of a baby

Think there’s a lot happening in your head? Try being a baby. Dr Frans Plooij discusses 10 major leaps.

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Guides

The human heart

In the big band that is the human body, the heart is obviously the drummer.

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Travel

5 essential things to do before travelling to the USA

The USA can be a little different to other countries. Here’s how to prepare.

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Advice

The off switch

Transcendental meditation has enlightened and divided since it made it mainstream in the 60s.

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Advice

Brainy facts

There are over 170,000 kilometres of nerve fibres in your brain. Enough to wrap around the Earth 4.5

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Community

The online community

Online communities can be unexpected places of support and friendship.

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Travel

5 lesser-known extreme sports to try in New Zealand

Thrill-seeking adventures for when you've done it all.

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Lifestyle

Sign of affection

Why the love heart is the most iconic icon of all time

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Advice

Mind games

Awarded memory champion Tansel Ali can memorise entire phone books. Meg Mundell puts him to the test

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Travel

7 best travel apps

Fill up your smartphone with these apps to make your trip even better.

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Advice

Are you getting enough sleep?

Do you get enough sleep at night? Chances are, maybe not.

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Advice

Brain myths

There’s a long list of oft-quoted “facts” about the brain that are due for a debunking.

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Community

Community of like minds

Whatever your interests and passions, there's a like-minded community out there waiting for you.

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Lifestyle

Forces of nature

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have consumed mind-altering plants to change their perception

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Guides

Healthy hearts

When it comes to breaking hearts, love ain’t got nothing on the Western lifestyle.

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Lifestyle

Hearts and minds

A look at the growing connection between what we feel and how we think.

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Community

Leading a community

Former principal of Punchbowl Boys High School reflects on the power of community in the classroom.

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Guides

How to be mindful at work

Soothe those office stresses and connect with coworkers to create a fulfilling work environment.

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Experts

4 simple ways to make your work day better

Small things could be impacting your wellbeing at work, Medibank Medical Director Dr Cheng explains.

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In Brief

Natural light: A simple way to boost workplace wellbeing

One simple key to creating a healthier, work environment? Exposure to natural light.

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Experts

The importance of cross-cultural cancer communications

The Cancer Council Victoria explains why knowledge is power.

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Experts

Overwhelmed? Here’s how to beat stress and find focus

Psychologist Alison Hill shares how to boost productivity – and your wellbeing.

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Advice

Bringing your new pet home

Make sure your new furry friend settles in without a hitch.

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Health Check

Can pets make your kids healthier?

Studies show spending time with pets could actually improve kids' health as they grow up.

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Community

CancerAid: A new tool for cancer patients

A new app brings a personalised touch to cancer treatment.

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Advice

5 tips for choosing the right pet for you

Pets bring so much love into your life – but choosing one is a big decision.

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Advice

Travelling with your pet – or leaving them behind

Making travel plans as a pet owner takes a little extra thinking.

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Experts

The best way to prevent hearing loss

Professor David Ryugo from the Garvan Institute shares some expert tips.

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Lifestyle

Can origami help you achieve mindfulness?

Fold your way to a calmer mind. The soothing art of origami can double as a mindfulness tool.

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Lifestyle

7 things I learnt from a 7-day digital detox

Could you use a break to disconnect and recharge?

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Experts

Bowel cancer: 5 facts every man should know

Bowel symptoms aren't a fun topic of conversation – but knowing the facts could save your life.

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Advice

Refreshing summer herbal tea ideas

Naturopath Maya Muckalt on the goodness of tea.

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Travel

The 7 best Australian beaches

How many of these spectacular beaches have you ticked off your list?

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Community

Sydney Story Factory

A creative writing centre that provides workshops, programs and small-group tutoring for kids.

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In Brief

Measuring and supporting corporate wellbeing

Introducing a new tool to help companies understand, measure and improve workplace wellbeing.

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Community

The history of the condom

A look condom use throughout history reveals a lot about changing attitudes to sexual health.

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Experts

5 signs you might need to see a podiatrist

Podiatrist Emily Smith explains how some common issues can be treated.

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Community

7 apps to make you happier

Boost your mood and release stress with these clever apps.

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Community

What it’s really like to float in a sensory deprivation pod

Recharge your mind and body by floating in a dark, soothing bath.

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Experts

How to support a loved one through cancer

Here's how to support a loved one through difficult times.

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Experts

Your 5-minute plan for a healthier day

Ask yourself these four questions each morning and set your day on the right track.

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Experts

Sun protection clothing: A stylish way to stay sun-smart

Sun smart dressing doesn’t have to mean rash vests and legionnaire hats.

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Experts

The easiest way to create a new habit

It's easy to put off making healthy changes if they seem like a lot of work.

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Travel

7 ways to make plane trips more comfortable

We look at how to make your trip a little easier on the body.

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Community

The history of washing hands

It's been barely a century and a half since hand washing was adopted as common practice by doctors.

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Community

Can urban greening make us happier and healthier?

How can more city-greenery improve our lives? Professor Richard Fuller explains.

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In Brief

A new step in cancer research

Susan Clark from the Garvan Institute explains new steps in cancer research.

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Experts

How stress can cause jaw pain and how to relieve it

Physiotherapist Michael Chan explains how stress and tension can cause jaw pain.

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Advice

7 ways yoga can help you beat stress

Here's why yoga is a fantastic tool against stress, tension and worry.

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Travel

7 ways to spend a weekend in Brisbane

Here’s a handful of ideas for making the most of your visit to Brisbane.

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Community

The art of drinking tea for mindfulness

Here’s how to create a calming ritual out of the simple act of drinking tea.

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Community

Visit Glenmore House: A garden in full bloom

Macarthur farm estate opens its doors this October in a celebration of the beauty of spring.

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Community

Indoor skydiving: Flying without the fear factor

Have you always dreamed of skydiving? Indoor skydiving is the adventure activity for you.

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Health Check

What is single sided deafness?

Here's what you need to know about single sided deafness, and how it can be treated.

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Community

How essential oils can help you relax and recharge

Soothe your mind and boost your vitality with beautiful, natural scents.

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Experts

Why sun safety matters in spring

Being sun smart isn't just for the heat of summer. Stay aware of the UV risk with these tips.

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Experts

Understanding FODMAPS and IBS

Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Take some advice from dietitian Chloe McLeod

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Recommended reading - A-Z guide

Guides

E is for eye health

Regular eye tests are an important way of maintaining vision and identifying eye problems early.

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Guides

I is for influenza

Influenza is a highly contagious virus that produces the classic ‘flu’ symptoms.

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Guides

T is for travel advice

With almost 8 million overseas departures last year, Australians are extremely active travellers.

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Guides

V is for veggie patch

Where would your winter heart be without the veggie patch?

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Guides

Y is for yoga

Originating in India over 5000 years ago, yoga is now commonplace in western society.

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Guides

A is for antioxidants

Kate Gudorf explains the best sources of dietary antioxidants and how they can impact your health.

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Guides

B is for breath

Apart from keeping us alive, breathing is central to many practices of meditation and mindfulness.

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Guides

C is for cycling

Cycling is a great way to experience the fresh air, wildlife, food and landscapes of New Zealand.

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Guides

D is for vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle development and in the prevention of osteoporosis.

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Guides

F is for football

The benefits of physical activity and social interaction through sport are well documented.

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Guides

G is for geothermal mud

Are there health benefits to be found in certain types of mud?

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Guides

H is for herbal remedies

Herbal remedies are fast becoming a popular complement to mainstream healthcare.

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Guides

J is for jump for bone health

We explain how good old fashioned jumping is good for your bone health.

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Guides

K is for K.I.S.S

Know the important signs and symptoms to detect ovarian cancer.

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Guides

L is for lemons & limes

Lemons are found in most backyards and are staples of old fashioned puddings and gin and tonics.

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Guides

M is for microbes

Microbes are tiny single-cell organisms numbering 100 trillion and counting.

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Guides

N is for nutrition

Nutrition and its link to learning is the focus of a recent research report by The Smith Family.

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Guides

O is for obesity

If weight gain continues at current levels by 2025 80% of Australians will be overweight or obese.

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Guides

P is for Pinot Noir

In moderation, red wine may decrease heart disease, prevent cancer and strengthen the immune system.

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Guides

Q is for quinoa

This ancient seed is certainly the flavour of the month in the culinary world.

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Guides

R is for red meat

Red meat may be an excellent source of vitamins and minerals but it must be consumed in moderation.

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Guides

U is for undergarments

The winter chills affect many of us during our coldest season.

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Guides

W is for working

Working with the community is a way of giving back and enriching the fabric of society.

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Lifestyle

S is for salt

An average Australian eats about a teaspoon more salt than recommended for a healthy diet.

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Guides

X is for extra exercise

Extra exercise will reduce your health risks, lift your mood and keep you going strong into old age.

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Guides

Z is for zingiber

Fresh ginger rhizome is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat colds flu and digestive upsets

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