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Infections: Viruses and bacteria

Infections: Viruses and bacteria

Many human illnesses including common respiratory infections are caused by infection with either bacteria or viruses.
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The common cold

The common cold

The most obvious characteristic of a common cold is that it is common: colds, or upper respiratory tract infections, are the commonest cause of illness in...
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The flu or a cold?

The flu or a cold?

Influenza – the flu – is more than a bad cold, although sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a bad cold and a mild flu. Flu usually comes on...
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Winter sicknesses

Winter sicknesses

There are a number of sicknesses that have a seasonal cycle. For example, in Australia the Ross River virus is around more in autumn (May), while norovirus,...
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Beat the winter health blues

Beat the winter health blues

Winter definitely has its bonuses; ski trips, comfy clothes, football games, log fires, and the right to drink as much hot chocolate as you want! But there are...
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Boost your immunity

Boost your immunity

Tired of catching every cold that goes around the office? The best treatment is often prevention. Here we show you how to boost your immune system through...
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What's the difference between colds and flu?




What is the difference...
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Feel better with homemade cold and flu remedies

When colds and flus strike they can leave you weary, frustrated and desperate for a quick fix. Unfortunately, the only real cure is time and bed-rest, but...
Are you too sick to work out?

Are you too sick to work out?

The alarm goes off at 5:30am for your early-morning run, but you feel like a cold has descended overnight and you're tempted to hit the snooze button and roll...
Winter woes: dealing with seasonal health conditions

Winter woes: dealing with seasonal health conditions

Winter is a great excuse to eat a little more, put our feet up and snuggle up inside with our family. But it can also be a time when we're plagued with winter...

Winter workout gear

Avoid the temptation to hit snooze, blow off your workout and pull the doona back over your head. Rug up in some of our favourite workout wear to brighten up...
Tips for tip-top immunity this winter

Tips for tip-top immunity this winter

Winter is here, and along with the shorter days and cravings for stodgy foods also come the bugs and germs that can cause seasonal illnesses.
Sick leave: Your rights and obligations

Sick leave: Your rights and obligations

We all take sick leave at one time or another. But what are you entitled to, and how much is too much?
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Should you be taking a multivitamin?

Should you be taking a multivitamin?

While these statistics might be enough to have you reaching for an extra-large bottle of multivitamins, dieticians advise that you could be putting your health...
Flu-fighting superfoods

Flu-fighting superfoods

It's time to arm yourself with adequate nutritional tools to ward off all those winter nasties.
Should you get a flu shot?

Should you get a flu shot?

With flu season fast approaching, you may want to consider avoiding this nastiness altogether by getting a flu jab. Health & Wellbeing gives you the lowdown on...
The truth about man flu

The truth about man flu

The existence of "man flu," a condition in which men exaggerate their ailments as a way of gaining extra sympathy and attention from their loved ones, has been...
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Urban cold myths debunked

Urban cold myths debunked

This year, we'll help you get the facts so you can avoid wasting your time and money on ineffective cold and flu remedies.
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'Universal' flu jab just years away

'Universal' flu jab just years away

A revolutionary flu jab that can fight off every major strain of the influenza virus could be just three years away, say US scientists.
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Keep germs at bay this winter

Keep germs at bay this winter

Winter's here and with it comes the dreaded season of coughs, colds and family flu. The genius germs responsible can operate with such ruthless cunning that...
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