Do fitness challenges really work?

The clock's ticking - is it possible to reach your fitness goal by Christmas?

NEDAHL STELIO Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Queenslanders are more likely to buy supermarket home brands than interstate shoppers.

MARC MONCRIEF Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.


The birth injuries no one talks about


KASEY EDWARDS Damage from vaginal birth is much more widespread than generally assumed.

Are some sugars better than others?

Sugar is sugar no matter what form it's in.

JANE HOLROYD Is there any merit in binning your white sugar and stocking your pantry with agave syrup, coconut sugar and other trendy (but expensive) ingredients?


'It's not an old man's disease': mum-to-be shares life-saving message

Michelle on her wedding day in January 2014.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Michelle White is 29 weeks pregnant, but she will never complain about the aches, pains or discomfort that go along with carrying a baby.

We need to relieve our verbal constipation about poo

Bowel health is still a taboo subject for many Australians.

Paula Goodyer It's time to flush our toilet anxieties.

Telstra launches internet doctor service


David Ramli Telstra has launched a new video- and phone-based medical service it hopes will help reduce the spread of infectious diseases by bringing healthcare into people's homes.


Does my child need antibiotics?


EVELYN LEWIN While we all want to help our children recover quickly when sick, antibiotics are not always the answer.

Is placenta consumption really beneficial?

Doubts have been raised about the benefits of placenta consumption.

Sarah Knapton and Letitia Rowlands The debate about the benefits of placenta consumption is far from over, with new research suggesting the practice might be dangerous.

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Certain foods make you feel ghastly and gassy.

Susie Burrell Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.


Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

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Staff writers A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Groupon recalls counterfeit condoms

About 400 customers bought the counterfeit condoms between March 12 and April 10.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Counterfeit condoms sold through the online marketplace Groupon Australia have been recalled because of possible defects..

Smartphones blamed for decline in sex lives

Smartphones might be harming our sex lives.

It has brought continents together and transformed the way we shop and keep abreast of world events and the weather. However, according to researchers, one presumably unintended consequence of the digital revolution could be a marked deterioration in the average couple's sex life.

Good news: science says coffee is good for you

There's no need to worry about your daily dose of caffeine.

David Templeton For centuries, coffee has caused a stir over health impacts, good or bad, with many people resigned to accept it as a guilty pleasure.

New mum's cancer warning

Nina Langley looks at baby Teddy shortly after delivery.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Nina Langley and Ed Cusick should be basking in the joy of new parenthood. Instead the couple's first weeks at home with baby son Teddy is overshadowed by the first-time mum's cancer diagnosis


Hungry, ratty, angry... you must be hangry

Better reach for that sandwich: being hangry can lead to poor parenting.

Nilufer Atik Are you prone to making bad or rash decisions? Do you sometimes struggle to think clearly? You could be suffering from a new affliction.


The trend for post-birth corsets and waist training

Some women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures

CATHERINE RODIE In what is becoming an increasingly popular trend, women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures.

How brain training helped me recover from postnatal depression

Recovering from depression isn't simple and there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer.

Megan Blandford Put simply, I had to re-train my brain. And it was a real process, not just a moment between 'not good' and 'better'.


Why I'm not quitting sugar

Banning sugar may not be the best idea.

Nicola Jackson Sugar is a hot topic at the moment. There is no denying that high-sugar foods and drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis, and we should minimise our sugar intake. But I'm not quitting sugar. 

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Leaked: This image of Cindy Crawford never has and never will be featured in Marie Claire.

AMBER ROBINSON Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.


Five reasons to hug more

Hugging feels great and and is good for us.

Aileen Nakhle Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Helping shed those Christmas kilos

Stomach, fat

Denise Mooney A slew of meal delivery businesses wants to help you slim down after the silly season.

5 ways to beat sleep deprivation (without getting any more sleep)

Louise Wedgwood There's no failsafe way to get 8 hours sleep (sorry) and no substitute. But here are five things other busy mums do to feel more rested.


Mum bedridden for two years after drinking tainted soy milk

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Melissa Iaria The makers of Bonsoy have agreed to compensate victims in a record $25 million class action settlement over soy milk which contained dangerous iodine levels.


Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

The benefits of reheating pasta

Truffle pasta.

SARAH BERRY Doctors have found that has found that reheating pasta makes it healthier than the original meal.


Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'


LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Beth Whaanga's post-mastectomy photos go viral

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AMBER ROBINSON A Brisbane mum of four has released intimate photos showing the realities of preventative breast cancer surgery.

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When your unborn twin is your children's mother

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LETITIA ROWLANDS An amazing case from the archives gives a glimpse into the fascinating ways the human body can work.

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Relationship counselling is welfare, and it works


JENNA PRICE Let's not reject relationship counselling just because it's a suggestion of this government: someone can give you a hand at understanding how to deal with conflict, how to deal with money, how to make compromises.


Why 'outsourcing' parenting is the new village


Kasey Edwards It may take a village to raise a child, but it wasn’t until I searched the Huggies box for instructions on how to put on a nappy that a horrifying realistion dawned on me: the village had packed up its motor home and left long ago.


'Won't an only be lonely?' and other comments a mum of one doesn’t need to hear

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JO HARTLEY I can quite confidently say that I’m happy to continue my journey on the path to Destination Single Child. So why is it that other people find that idea so hard to accept?

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Who are the anti-abortion campaigners?

Anti-Abortion protestors chant out the front of the Fertility Control Clinic, 118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

Meg Watson Who are the pro-lifers who give their free time to protesting abortion, and why do they do it? Meg Watson spent some time with pro-life advocates to get their side of the story.

Gender neutral parenting: new book reveals our secret prejudices


KASEY EDWARDS A new book reveals all the common gender traps that parents fall into - despite their best intentions.

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Aussie thalidomide victims to share payout

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Nick Toscano and Mark Russell The multinational owner of the company that distributed controversial drug thalidomide in Australia has agreed to pay $89 million in a settlement with Australian and New Zealand claimants.

Viral video

Video: Groom's pregnant mistress attacks bride at wedding

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What happens when a heavily pregnant mistress storms a wedding reception? Not even the bride is safe.


Let's not ruin our chances with antibiotics


Ian Musgrave Antibiotics have changed our lives more profoundly than almost any other medical intervention outside of vaccination. And we can't mess this up.

Therapy helps mums of kids with autism

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Andrew M. Seaman Soon after children are diagnosed with autism, their parents may benefit from learning problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges to come, researchers say.

Mastering the 'mum date'

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KATE FRIDKIS Becoming a mother and finding new 'mummy friends' can sometimes feel like learning how to date all over again.


Syndrome X: Woman dies at 20, but was still like a toddler


A woman who suffered from a rare genetic condition that prevented her from ageing has died, having never developed beyond the size of a toddler.

Why a dirty weekend can do wonders


SHELLY HORTON Just like you take your car in for a tune up, your relationship needs attention to keep it running smoothly - and a dirty weekend is a great relationship pick-me-up.

The three of us

SUNDAY LIFE, October 6th 2013. The Three of Us. Erin O'Dwyer with her baby twins Ambrose and Clancy.

Photo credit: Paul Harris

Life threw Erin O'Dwyer an unimaginable curve ball when she found herself facing single parenthood with twin boys.

Being a single parent

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Julie Roulston The first years of single parenting were intense, but also special in their own right. Here's what I learnt along the way.

New York and mother guilt

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AMITY DRY A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in New York city made for a tough decision for Amity Dry.

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My mother-in-law drives me crazy


ELLY TAYLOR Counsellor Elly Taylor gives advice to a new mum who doesn't agree with the way her mother-in-law does things.

Why we shouldn't judge struggling parents

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Scott Beveridge When we have children we just have to wing it and cope as best we can, hopefully with the support of a strong family network, says a dad of two.

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What I've gained since becoming a mum

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Michaela Fox Amongst the myriad sacrifices of motherhood, my transition to motherhood was very positive. I now have three daughters and I have gained far more than I have lost.


Why we need palliative care for babies

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Dominic Wilkinson In Australia, there are around 1200 infants who die every year before their first birthday. So why are there no palliative care services available to these babies or support for their families?

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What do you really want for your kids?

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JODIE BENVENISTE It seems there are seven main things parents want for their children. So what do you want for your little ones?

Facebook parenting group slams door on haters


Julie Power Vicious cyber bullying by mothers towards other mothers has prompted the managers of one of the largest Facebook communities for parents to tell the mama trolls to shut up or get off.



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Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

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