Group birthday parties can cut down on presents and reduce the environmental impact of buying plastic toys that are discarded soon afterwards. Photograph: Thinkstock

How many birthday presents are you buying for your children’s friends? How much do you spend on parties where every last child in the class has to (...)

In the mix: the cost of a basket of goods for a person with coeliac disease may be up to 87 per cent dearer than normal goods. Photograph: Thinkstock

Avoiding certain foods can be expensive. Allergies, food intolerance and coeliac disease – a severe reaction to gluten – can add hundreds, if not t(...)

Fodmaps food to include  in your diet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating disorder that can affect one in five adults, predominately women in their 20s and (...)

Australia will refuse entry to asylum seekers who arrive by boat and send them to neighbouring Papua New Guinea, in a pre-election policy prime minist(...)

Michelle McIntosh, lead researcher of Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, says her group plans to start testing a dry-powdered form of oxytocin by early 2014. Source: Monash University via Bloomberg

A hormone treatment based on technology used in Pfizer’s failed inhalable insulin shows promise in fighting the leading cause of maternal morta(...)