Mood boosters

7 ways to combat depression and anxiety for free


Linda Moon Can't afford therapy? Here are some ways to combat depression that don't cost a cent.

ED truths

The truth about eating disorders


Jodie Irvine "A person with an eating disorder may act as though they don't want to get better but that is a hallmark of the illness, not of an individual's desire to be attractive."

Love & loss

You don't have to 'get over' the death of someone you love

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Zoë Krupka The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

Consumer feminism

The drug companies that are using feminism against you


Miri Forbes A US drug company is using the language of feminism to rally public support for the FDA to approve their new sexual dysfunction drug, flibanserin. But this isn't about gender equality, it's about profit.

The one thing fueling our social media addiction

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Caitlin Dewey What if no one could see the number of likes on your Facebook and Instagram posts?

Happy tears

This is why we cry when we are happy

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LIVIA GAMBLE Yale psychologist Oriana Aragon's new study has shed some light on why we cry when we are happy.

Forever young

Want to live to 120? Here's how


Sarah Knapton A new British study suggests that slowing the ageing process is more achievable than people realise.

Out of office

Why you should stop checking your email after hours

Hands of a woman using her mobile phone.

SARAH BERRY This is the flip side of instant gratification on the internet.

New study: Women feel stress more than men


A new study shows women are feeling stress more than men, while both sexes say the pressure is affecting their mental health.

Passion project

Why hobbies are so important


Jane Mathews Every woman needs a passion project, writes Jane Mathews.

Baby animals

This baby otter learning how to swim is the cutest thing you’ll see today


Sam Laird and Patrick Kulp “Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter."

Real talk

Let's have an honest conversation about women and chin hair

Dr Gina Barreca author of It's Not That I'm Bitter.

Dr Gina Barreca For years I hid my tweezers the way alcoholics conceal bottles.

Sexual dysfunction

'Don't want to have sex? Take an antidepressant'


Petula Dvorak When doctors don't take female sexual dysfunction seriously.

Untimely change

What it's like to go through menopause as a young woman


MICHAELA FOX Early menopause can be devastating, writes Michaela Fox.

Going viral

Breastfeeding photo goes viral after Facebook removal

Emma Bond has received hundreds of messages of support from around the world.

Facebook deleted this photograph of a mother breastfeeding her baby, but instead of disappearing quietly, it's gone viral.

Sexual harassment

A woman walked around New York City for 10 hours and filmed every catcall she received


And the results, while predictable, are still shocking.

Workplace stress

Is your boss making you sick?


Rebecca Shannonhouse Having a bad boss can make your work life a misery, but it can also make you sick, both physically and mentally, researchers say.

Lucky charm

Superstition might not be so silly, research says

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LIBBY HAKIM Ever knocked on wood, carried a charm to a job interview or worn your lucky undies to a big game?

How surviving breast cancer changed my life

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Three breast cancer survivors reveal how they have used the experience to transform their lives.

Fact or fiction?

Ice cream 'helps older women to have babies'


Sarah Knapton Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Facing your health

Your face can reveal how healthy you really are


Cassy Small Face reading has been used for centuries to diagnose and treat ailments.

Strong v skinny

Why this fitness motto is so dangerous

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Anna Medaris Miller Research suggests that "strong is the new skinny" is only half the truth.


Apple and Facebook offer to freeze eggs for female staff

Silicon Valley's no-bump perks to keep women working: Egg freezing is an increasingly popular option for women wanting to delay having children.

Facebook has started offering female staff up to $20,000 to have their eggs frozen and Apple will pay for its female employees to go through the same process from January.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg donates $US25M to fight Ebola

Fighting funds: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has donated $28.7 million to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

Jessica Guynn Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the Ebola epidemic is at a critical phase and he and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $28.7 million to stop it becoming a long-term global health crisis.

Stress less

Why modern women might stop outliving men


John Bingham Women are losing the ability to outlive men because of the pressure of juggling full-time work and family, study reveals.


Talking parrot returns to owner after four years speaking Spanish

An African grey parrot, similar to Nigel, who went missing for four years.

A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner - and the bird now speaks Spanish.

Life less frantic

Experts say it's important to clear your 'mind clutter'

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LAKSHMI SINGH Spring cleaning is great, but when was the last time you undertook a mind audit?

Pregnancy health

Five early-pregnancy binge-drinking myths busted

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Radhika Sanghani New research says that women who binge drink before realising they're pregnant are considering having abortions out of fear of harm caused to their unborn babies. But is their concern justified?

Research: tampon test 'could detect ovarian cancer'


Yolanda Redrup Tampons can be used to detect ovarian cancer in affected women, a study by US researchers has found.

Shared experience

Chocolate tastes better when you eat it with someone else

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Rachel Feltman Sharing an experience might make it more intense, a new study suggests.

Truly wondrous

Scientists say there may be life after death

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Katie Kenny A large-scale study shows patients experience real events after their heart stops beating.

Puppy love

You really do love your dog like it’s a baby

Star of New Girl,? Hannah Simone, with her adorable dog Maggie.

Rachel Feltman Science is here t o back you up.

Melancholy history

Why sadness might be advantageous for humans

Girl On Bed

Laura Vitto Our theories of sadness have evolved significantly over the past few thousand years.

Science breakthrough

First womb transplant baby born in Sweden


Rebecca Smith Two more women are expected to give birth by end of year after womb transplant.

Giving thanks

How to feel more satisfied with life

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Evelyn Lewin Want to feel more satisfied with life? You don’t need to change anything except your attitude.

New research

Young girls 'mimicking mothers' body image fears'

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John Bingham Girls as young as seven are learning to worry about their own bodies by hearing their mothers voice anxieties, research suggests.

Health fads

These popular health crazes could be doing you more harm than good


RACHEL CLUN While there's nothing wrong with taking up a new exercise or diet regime, there are a few current fads that it's best to avoid.

Happiness project

A case for not doing the things you love


RACHEL CLUN Do you like ice cream? Then don’t eat it -- at least not every day.

9 insanely cute photos of puppies swimming


Your day isn't complete until you've met Popsicle and Monty.

'Raising Awareness'

Hidden camera: Woman's cleavage stared at 38 times to 'raise awareness'


Sarah Oakes The message is (apparently), 'if everyone else is checking out your breasts you might as well be checking them out too.

Disordered eating

The ugly secret I kept hidden for close to a decade

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Sally Slater After all, what right have I, a privileged white girl who was handed everything on a silver platter, to be a screw-up?

New research

How exercise can help depression

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Melissa Healy Breaking a sweat can feel like a lifeline when stress threatens to engulf us - so how does it actually work?

Speedy meditation

How to feel more mindful in five minutes


Aileen Nakhle Even five minutes of meditation can help you feel centred.

Bare necessities

I bought nothing new for a year

Sash Milne.

Josefa Pete Could you go a year without buying anything new? Here's how one woman is meeting that challenge.

History of contraception

Watching this video will make you clutch your modern contraception to your heart


Effie Mann This will make you SO grateful for your birth control.

Empowering speeches

14 powerful speeches every woman should watch


These women's words will make your heart soar.

Mod contraception

Innovative ways birth control is being reinvented

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Matt Petronzio Birth control pills and traditional latex condoms have been among the most popular and effective methods of contraception for decades. But innovators think it's time for an upgrade — not only to increase protection, but also to establish safe sex as a basic human right.

Road testing 'Cuddlr'

I tried out Cuddlr, the 'Tinder for cuddling', and all I got was severely creeped out

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Caitlin Dewey The app, which promises to connect consenting adults for safe, fun, nonsexual snuggling, relies on the same geolocation technology as Tinder, Grindr and their ilk.


Finding balance

The three key aspects of fitness

'Mental escapism may … leave you unprepared for the difficulties that crop up on the rocky road to success.'

Raewyn Ng Yes there are aesthetic reasons for getting in shape, but we need to look at the big picture to achieve wellness.

Selling 'happy pills' to kids is not a smart idea

The 'Happy Pills' toy being sold at a Port Melbourne toy shop.

Yolanda Redrup A Port Melbourne cafe and children's toy shop has come under scrutiny from health experts and the state's consumer affairs body for selling "Happy Pills" to children.

Mental health

Where is the support for carers of the mentally ill?


Polly Chester Devasted after witnessing the suicide attempt of a loved one, Polly Chester asks why there is no support for careres of the mentally ill. Hero headline: 'I tried not to throw up, cry or scream'


How to live a longer, healthier life

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Evelyn Lewin Want to be healthier and live longer? The answer may be as simple as sitting less.

Happy thoughts

The power of positive thinking


Aileen Nakhle "Stay positive" - it's what we say when life throws a curve ball. But what good will that really do? Well for starters, it might add years to your life.

Breathe in...

You're probably breathing all wrong


Sarah Laurie We breathe instinctively, yet over 97 per cent of us do so ineffectively.

Stress less

Is there an easy way to cure your anxiety?

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Alexandra Cain Everyone experiences anxiety. It’s part of the normal range of human emotions. If you think you have never been anxious, you’re probably in denial.

21 Cats Better at Photobombing Than You


The photobomb is more than a quick and easy prank — it's a work of art.

Male birth control

Male birth control could be here by 2017 - but will anyone take it?

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Radhika Sanghani Vasalgel, male birth control, could be available to the public by 2017 in the form of an injection. But would anyone have it - and would women really be able to relinquish responsibility?

New study

'Fat shaming' does not help people lose weight, experts say


Making overweight and obese people feel bad about their size does not encourage them to shed excess kilograms, researchers found.