Health

Healthy travelling: what your patients should know

Travel Health Specialist Dr Sarah Chu Fifty-two per cent of Australian travellers went to destinations that have increased risk of travel-related infection in 20151. Considering overseas travel is on the rise in Australia, it is important that healthcare professionals are well versed in travel medicine, particularly tropical medicine. It is …

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Five tips to manage osteoarthritis

By BioCeuticals nutritionist and herbalist Stephanie Berglin The pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis can make even the simplest of daily tasks difficult and painful, from walking and writing to opening bottles. More than 1.8 million Australians are affected by osteoarthritis, making it the most common form of arthritis in …

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Four natural remedies for bone and joint health

By nutritionist, dietitian and senior educator for BioCeuticals, Belinda Reynolds. Most of us take the ability to move without pain for granted, which is why National Pain Week (July 25-31, 2016) seeks to highlight the 28 per cent of Australians suffering from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This figure means …

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Is a child at risk of autism? Don’t ‘watch and wait’ to find out

Australian children with undiagnosed autism will continue to fall through the cracks unless screening programs are overhauled, according to a leading UNSW child psychiatrist. Children with undiagnosed autism will continue to fall through the cracks unless there is a fundamental change to the way developmental checks are undertaken in Australia, according to a leading …

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Study finds no method reliable in assessing suicide risk

An Australian study has found suicide risk assessments of mental health patients give results only slightly better than chance, prompting calls for a review of the way treatment resources are allocated. The study has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the tools used by medical professionals to assess suicide risk in mental health …

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Spuds associated with increased risk of high blood pressure

Higher intake of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes and hot chips is associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension in adult women and men, according to a study published by the BMJ recently. The US-based researchers suggest that replacing one serving a day of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes with a serving …

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Study of media’s impact on statin use wins national award

A study that found Australians cut back or stopped taking statin medications after an ABC TV Catalyst program questioned their effectiveness has won the 2015 MJA MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research. The prize is awarded to the best original clinical research article published in the Medical Journal of Australia in the previous calendar …

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Surviving cancer – at what cost?

Understanding how chemotherapy-induced nerve damage impacts on the quality of life of Australia’s cancer survivors is the goal of a new survey launched by the University of NSW (UNSW). Phil Mendoza-Jones had been operating his marketing and advertising consultancy for more than 10 years when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He endured seven …

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