General Health

Latest health information provided by O’Connell Street Medical Centre

Choose Water

Choose Water

Water is commonly known to be essential for life, yet a recent study at the University of Sydney found that 82% of the Australian population failed to meet their recommended water intake. Although the daily amount of water necessary for hydration is currently debated, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has set the recommended intake for Australia

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Health Warning: Beware The Bats!

Health Warning: Beware The Bats!

With the bat breeding season in full swing over October and November, we are now seeing more winged wildlife inhabiting most parts of Sydney and New South Wales. While it’s well-known that bats usually prefer to steer clear of humans where possible, the breeding season can often bring with it an influx of sick, young or miscarried pups that find

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Sleeping Well

Sleeping Well

Why do we spend almost a third of our life sleeping? Why is sleep so important? At a minimum, the brain controls the most basic functions – from our beating heart to our body temperature. It moves us through the world and processes how we experience it. It allows us to think, create, learn, solve, react, explain, and remember. Every

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Cranberries For Your Bladder?

A glance around the shelves in your local pharmacy will tell you that cranberry extract is extremely popular. It’s mostly used by women when they have cystitis or a urinary infection, but a recent randomised trial suggests you might be best saving your money. The history of cranberry is quite old and stems from North America where Native Americans used

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Probiotics: It’s All About Balance

Probiotics: It’s All About Balance

Perhaps you’ve heard of probiotics? They are microorganisms that have been shown to assist with digestive health, mood (anxiety and depression), and boosting immunity – and they’re probably the best known of the microbiota (the 10–100 trillion microorganisms living inside our bodies, mainly our gut). “It’s a balance of bacteria and it’s all about achieving that balance,” PhD student Amy

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What’s The Difference? Food Allergy And Food Intolerance

What’s The Difference? Food Allergy And Food Intolerance

Food, glorious, food… though that isn’t always the case, unfortunately. In Australia, 10 per cent of infants and almost two per cent of adults are affected by food allergies – one of the highest rates in the world. In terms of food intolerances, up to 25 per cent of Aussies identify as having one. The terms may seem interchangeable but

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Good Form

Good Form

Ultraformer is less painful, and highly effective alternative to surgery for those looking to treat loose, sagging, wrinkled, or uneven skin located mainly in the facial and neck regions (other areas of the body can benefit from the treatment, too). This quick and non-invasive lifting and contouring procedure is now available at O’Connell Medical Centre.

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