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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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Flu Vaccine: A Worthwhile Precaution

Flu Vaccine: A Worthwhile Precaution

The Australian Government recommends that the annual seasonal influenza vaccination be given to “any person aged six months and over who wishes to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with the flu”. Seasonal flu comes with a substantial health burden increasing risk of illness and death, particularly in vulnerable populations such as the elderly or diseased. For example, influenza may

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Alcohol And Water Aren’t Made To Mix

Alcohol And Water Aren’t Made To Mix

What’s a summer holiday without a few beers and a get together at the nearest beach or creek? It’s seems to be a part of Aussie culture to have a couple of drinks and a swim, but the dangerous mix of open water and drinking alcohol means you could be heading into trouble. Australia day lands on a Friday in

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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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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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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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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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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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