health

Government's Health Star Rating Website Taken Down Hours After Release

If you were hoping to check out the government’s new website explaining its upcoming food and drink “Health Star” rating system, you had a chance to see it on Wednesday. However, the site is now no longer active after a decision was made to pull it down.


Know What Drowning Really Looks Like To Help Save Lives This Summer

If you take movies as any indication, a drowning person will thrash around wildly in the water, possibly scream out for help or wave someone over. However, as Slate points out, that’s completely wrong, and drowning doesn’t look anything like people expect.


Ask LH: How Can I Help A Friend Who Seems Depressed?

Dear Lifehacker, My friend hasn’t been herself lately. She seems terribly sad and withdrawn, and I don’t know how to help her. What’s the best way to approach someone who might be depressed?


Remove Makeup With Olive Oil

You know how it goes. I don’t because I don’t wear makeup, but I have it on good authority that there are occasions when you need to remove makeup quickly and might not have makeup remover around. In that case, olive oil can make a decent substitute.


Quickly Test If It's Time To Buy A New Pillow

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Pillows have a limited lifespan. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced yours and want to quickly see if it’s time for a new one, try this simple test.


Older People Have Fewer Hangovers

Rarely does news make me as happy as this. A study of 52,000 people suggests that as you get older, hangovers become less frequent.


Ask LH: How Can I Get By With Less Sleep?

Dear Lifehacker, How can I gain more hours in the day by sleeping less, without any hideous side-effects? Since I was a kid I’ve always felt that sleeping, thought necessary, was time that could be spent in more fulfilling ways. We exist for only a blink of an eye, and every moment counts, so I would rather spend those six hours a day on something else instead of inert in a bed. What can a person legally and safely do to massively reduce, or even eliminate, the need for sleep? Thanks, Sleep Skimper


How To Plan A Sabbatical-Style Career Break

I recently quit my job to take a two-year break. Whenever I mention this to someone, the most common response is a variation of “I wish I could do that.” Most people believe they can’t, and I used to believe I couldn’t either.


Australian Health Check: One Fat Foot In The Grave?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the results from its 2011-2012 national health survey which focuses on chronic diseases. Among the sobering results is the fact that approximately one third of Australian adults suffer from high levels of cholesterol, while over 60% are overweight or obese.


Master Your 'Body Clock' To Eat, Sleep And Work More Efficiently

Why are so many Olympic records broken in the afternoon? Does the body perform differently at this time of day than say, early morning? The team at social sharing app Buffer explains how to tap into your body’s “clock” to find the optimal times for sleep, exercise, work and more.