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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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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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Get Your Flu Vaccination Now

Get Your Flu Vaccination Now

From April onwards, the 2018 flu shot will be available from GP surgeries and other immunisation providers. It seems like only yesterday flu season was in full swing, but as we head into autumn, that dreaded colder weather is on its way. For the best chance of developing immunity against the flu, why not organise your family’s flu vaccinations now?

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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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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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The Rise Of The Superbug

The Rise Of The Superbug

Large scale misuse of antibiotics is contributing to an ever-growing issue in health care: antibiotic resistance and the threat of ‘superbugs’. It’s tempting to think that antibiotics are a cure-all, but in many cases, they won’t help at all. We need to ensure that antibiotics are reserved for instances where they are truly appropriate, or else they may lose their

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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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