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A Business Diet: Bad For The Heart

A Business Diet: Bad For The Heart

The corporate world often involves a barrage of back-to-back meetings, social networking and interstate and overseas travel. With such a varied schedule, routine is often not possible, and therefore the ability to maintain a regular exercise regime and diet plan can be challenging. Sourcing healthy meals on the road can be difficult, particularly when you’re expected to ‘wine and dine’

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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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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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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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Travel Vaccinations

Travel Vaccinations

“Working in the high-pressure corporate environment can be stressful and it takes a toll on the physical and mental health of employees and managers. At O’Connell St Medical Centre we can provide your company with illness prevention (such as on-site flu vaccinations, travel vaccinations, occupational health and injury prevention) as well as health promotion and education strategies.” If you work

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Have Vaccinations, Will Travel

Have Vaccinations, Will Travel

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, six of the top 10 travel destinations for Aussies are Asian countries. Generally, the three recommended vaccines for travellers to the region (especially Southeast Asia) are typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and influenza. Additionally, country-specific jabs are often required, and these can be found on the Travel Vax website. Before you pack your

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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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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that directly affects the joints. In a normal joint, a layer of cartilage covers the ends of the bones. In OA, the cartilage breaks down and becomes thin. This leaves the ends of the bones unprotected, and the joint loses its ability to move smoothly. This leads to the growth of bony spurs (called

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Do You Have Protection?

Do You Have Protection?

For anyone who’s sat among coughers, snifflers, and sneezers on public transport, you probably already know we’re in the thick of flu season That means, if you haven’t already, it’s time for a flu shot – or, at the least, a consultation with your doc about getting one. It’s the same story every year with getting the flu vaccine, right?

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