General Health

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The Critical Two: What Your Teen Needs

The Critical Two: What Your Teen Needs

You may be aware of what a baby needs to be healthy, but do you know what your teenager should be eating? When your teenager was a baby, it was easy to keep them satisfied. They drank breast milk or formula, and you knew they were getting all the nutrients and nourishment they needed. However, as they got older, it

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A Bowel Broadcast: How To Remain Regular

A Bowel Broadcast: How To Remain Regular

Being embarrassed about your bowel movements can encourage a lack of understanding. There is a common misconception that having regular bowel movements means you go at least once per day. Regular means daily, right? Wrong. Regular is what normal means to you. If, for as long as you can remember, your bowel movements occur every second or third day, or

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Remove The Allergens In Your Home

Remove The Allergens In Your Home

If you have seasonal allergies or allergic asthma, your home can be a health hazard. Removing allergens may just make all the difference to your health and well-being. No one wants to feel like their home is making them sick. However, as those with seasonal allergies and allergic asthma will know, it just as well could be. If you’re coughing,

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What Are Energy Drinks Really Doing To Your Body?

What Are Energy Drinks Really Doing To Your Body?

While they are marketed as a mental and physical performance booster, what are they really doing to you? In the refrigerators of many supermarkets and convenience stores, you’re sure to see a range of brightly coloured cans and bottles, promising to give you that much needed “lift” to get through the day. While those claims might be valid, at least

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Am I Really Seeing Red?

Am I Really Seeing Red?

Colour blindness can affect the way we perceive the world around us, but it needn’t be a cause for concern unless you want to take to the skies. People affected by colour blindness have difficulty distinguishing between colours as easily as the rest of the population. The colours that usually cause difficulty tend to be greens, yellows, oranges and reds.

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Has Plain Cigarette Packaging Helped?

Has Plain Cigarette Packaging Helped?

New evidence suggests that fewer people are taking up smoking thanks to the introduction of plain cigarette packaging. It’s no secret that smoking tobacco damages your health and can lead to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, heart problems and lung disease. According to figures published by the Australian government, as many as 15,000 Australians die each year from preventable smoking-related

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A Balloon Could Curb Our Obesity Epidemic

A Balloon Could Curb Our Obesity Epidemic

With obesity and its associated medical problems on the rise in Australia, can a new type of gastric balloon help people change their eating habits? The Australian Medical Association reports that over 60% of Australians are obese, making obesity the biggest public health challenge facing the country. But we’re not alone – obesity is also a struggle for other developed

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Lifting To Avoid Injury

Lifting To Avoid Injury

Approximately 3.7 million Australians have back issues, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2014-15 National Health Survey. Furthermore, it is estimated that between 70% and 90% of the population will have lower back pain at some point during their lifetime. One of the ways to protect your back and prevent injury is to use a proper lifting technique when

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Anaphylaxis Can Kill: Do You Know How To Help?

Anaphylaxis Can Kill: Do You Know How To Help?

Anaphylactic shock is a serious medical emergency. Knowing how to recognise the signs and administer first aid could be the difference between life and death. Anaphylactic shock is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It typically affects more than one system of the body and usually occurs within 20 minutes of exposure to the allergen, which can be a food,

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New Year = New You

New Year = New You

The coming in of another year also tends to bring a time when we look back on the past, but more importantly, forward to the new year ahead. It’s a time to consider the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Here are some suggestions for healthy changes you might like to

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