Mental Health

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Predicting The Future Of Alzheimer’s

Predicting The Future Of Alzheimer’s

What if scientists could tell you whether or not you would get Alzheimer’s disease? It seems like a far-off fantasy, but that is the reality thanks to a new blood test. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that involves the death and degeneration of brain cells and their connections. It’s the most feared disease after cancer, with 160,000 Australians currently

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Winter: An Asthma Trigger

Winter: An Asthma Trigger

While asthma can occur at any time of the year, it can also be more prevalent in winter. What can do you, and what should you look out for? One in nine Australians has asthma, a respiratory condition that resulted in 39,500 hospitalisations in 2014-2015 alone. Close to 97 percent of asthmatics surveyed by Asthma Australia said a virus or

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Breathe In The Serenity

Breathe In The Serenity

Did you know that something as simple as changing the way you breathe can positively affect your mood? Most of us take breathing for granted. It’s not something we really think about, and unless we’re having respiratory issues such as asthma or a chest infection, we don’t tend to notice changes in our breathing over the course of the day.

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Is Worrying About Your Health Making You Sick?

Is Worrying About Your Health Making You Sick?

It’s well-known that a negative mindset can affect physical health, but sometimes those thoughts can be overwhelming and difficult to control. For those struggling to keep their worries in check, help is at hand. At some point you may have joked that someone you know is a ‘hypochondriac’ because they are always worried about their health, or are convinced that

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End Of Year Stress

End Of Year Stress

Today research is suggesting that up to 80% of all illness is stress related, or, at the very least, illness is exacerbated by stress. At this time of year, everything becomes busier and stress levels rise. For some, it can be an extremely difficult few weeks leading up to Christmas. This long-term “stress-response” state can, over time, start to damage

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Preventing Ingrowing Toenails

Preventing Ingrowing Toenails

Ingrowing toenails can be extremely painful, causing redness, swelling and infection. In the most severe cases, an operation which removes all or part of the affected nail may be needed to help clear the infection and relieve pain. This should be a last resort, as complications including chronic pain can follow the procedure. Many ingrowing toenails can be avoided or

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Nature’s Little Helper: St John’s Wort

Nature’s Little Helper: St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has graced the shelves of herbalists worldwide for centuries. This useful little plant, with its jaunty yellow flowers has proven to be a mainstay in herbal medicine. It is used for treating complaints as diverse as depression, anxiety, abdominal pains, alcoholism, earaches, menopause and insomnia. The key to its healing reputation lies with two key

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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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Mental Health – ‘it’s Ok To Say’

Mental Health – ‘it’s Ok To Say’

Mental health has been receiving a lot of press recently, and perhaps rightly so. With members of the British Royal Family spearheading a charity campaign in the UK, and recent data from Australia revealing suicides at an all-time high, there has never been a better time to talk about mental health and what can be done to protect it. It

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Simply The Rest

Simply The Rest

It’s time to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Stick to a Schedule In order for us to function at our best, adults require around eight hours of sleep per night, so do yourself a favour and stick to a sleep routine. Stay Focused When bedtime rolls around, the aim is to wind down, not distract or excite

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