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Australia could save $3.4 billion in healthcare costs by introducing a package of taxes on sugar, salt and saturated fat, and sugary drinks, while subsidising fruits and vegetables, University of Melbourne modelling shows.


Regular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a person can make to prevent cognitive decline in the later years, a landmark 20-year study has found.

Australia and India’s leading infectious disease and chronic illness experts are meeting in Melbourne this week to discuss emerging similarities between the two fields of medical science. 

Gradual weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly, new research led by the University Of Melbourne has found.

Australian researchers have identified an electrical switch in the muscle of the uterus that can control labour and may help explain why overweight pregnant women have difficulty giving birth.

As many as 11 million Australian adults, 63% of the population are overweight according to a new global study published in The Lancet today.

A new discovery showing how hair growth activated fat tissue growth in the skin below the hair follicle could lead to the development of a cream to dissolve fat.
In particular, the protein that activated hair follicle growth was shown to also inhibit fat production.

The role of the processed food, tobacco and alcohol industries in tackling lifestyle diseases comes under scrutiny today in a paper published in the Lancet.

Australian men most at risk of developing type 2 diabetes are urged to join a new study that aims to help them lose weight and prevent diabetes – by giving them more testosterone.

In light of growing global obesity problems, Melbourne Institute’s Deborah Cobb-Clarke joins ABC 24 to discuss economic and social research exploring the impacts of pricing and availability constraints on people’s food and drink consumption choices.