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What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
How is it diagnosed, can it be treated?

What Is Multiple Sclerosis? – Overview Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common chronic, neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) among young Australians. According to the latest survey reports, one in 3000 young Australians are affected… Read More

KIDNEY STONES
What are they, how do they form, how are they treated?

The basic function of the kidneys is to regulate levels of fluids, salts, minerals, and other substances. They help regulate electrolyte levels that are important for the body to function and remove waste and excess fluids from the… Read More

GOUT
What is it, what causes it, can diet help prevent gout?

Gout – An Overview Gout is a form of complex inflammatory arthritis characterised by sudden, severe attack of pain, redness, swelling, and stiffness in joints. Gout often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, however,… Read More

Acne, What causes it and how is it treated? | Manage My Acne Better

What can I do to manage my acne better? All of us experience occasional spots and pimples at some stage in our lifetime, especially during puberty, but some people experience intense pain and suffering through acne outbreaks. It… Read More

Skin Cancer Prevention and Screening

Skin cancer refers to the rampant growth of abnormal cells in the skin. It is probably the most common and most recognisable of all cancers and affects more people worldwide than all other types of cancer combined. According… Read More

How To Manage Jet Lag | Southbank Medical Centre

What is Jet Lag? |  How To Manage Jet Lag Jet Lag also known as “desynchronosis” or “time-zone change syndrome” is a temporary sleep disorder associated with traveling across two or more time zones. Jet lag is common… Read More

How To Prevent Osteoporosis | Southbank Medical Centre

Osteoporosis (porous bones) is one of the most common diseases of the bone and is characterised by deterioration of bone tissue and low bone mass. As a result of this disease, the bones become thinner, more brittle and… Read More

How To Manage Insomnia | Southgate Medical Centre

What is Insomnia? | How To Manage Insomnia Insomnia or sleeplessness is the most common sleep disorder in the world. People suffering from this disorder either experience difficulty falling asleep, or maintaining a good night sleep, or both. Depending… Read More

Constipation In Children | Prevention And Treatment

Childhood constipation is a common problem and affects more than 10% of children living in Australia. Children with constipation may pass fewer than 3 stools in a week, experience irregular bowel movement, and/or the stool is dry, hard,… Read More

Thunderstorm Asthma | Southbank Medical Centre

Thunderstorm asthma is an extremely rare but potentially dangerous phenomenon that is triggered by a combination of warm weather, high grass pollen levels, and stormy conditions resulting in a large portion of the population developing severe asthma and… Read More

Prevention And Management Of Burns In The Home

Prevention And Management Of Burns In The Home Burns are an extremely common occurrence in Australian homes, they can occur from many sources including BBQ’s, boiling water, touching other hot surfaces or mishandling chemicals. Small children and elderly… Read More

PMS Treatment Options | What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

What is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS?) | PMS Treatment Options Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) previously referred to as Pre-menstrual Tension (PMT) as the name indicates is a set of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms usually experienced by a woman about a… Read More

Augmented Reality In Healthcare

Augmented Reality (AR) sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but it’s not as far fetched as you might think. This new wave of AR technology is set to transform the healthcare system, helping doctors… Read More

Flying Through Airport Security When Travelling With Medication

Flying Through Airport Security When Travelling With Medication If you’re planning an airplane trip and are concerned about the effect of restrictions on carry-on items, rest assured that you’ll be able to bring what you need with you… Read More

Telehealth: Making healthcare more accessible, faster, better and cheaper

Telehealth: Making healthcare more accessible, faster, better and cheaper Rapid advances in information technology and increasing internet speeds have combined to act as a catalyst for the adoption of a range of digital based healthcare services in Australia… Read More

Travel Medication: Packing the essentials

Travel Medication: Packing the essentials For some, packing a suitcase before going travelling can be a difficult task whether you’ve packed too much and struggling to fit it all in your suitcase, or plain and simple you just… Read More

Thunderstorm Asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma On the 21 November 2016, there was a freak asthma thunderstorm in Melbourne that resulted in more than 8500 people seeking medical treatment by Melbourne doctors in emergency departments and sadly, 9 people died. This was… Read More

The Future Of Healthcare: Cancer And The Impact Of Personalised Medicine In Australia

The future of the healthcare system is ever evolving as consumer demands shifts and the advancement of technology rises. More so there has been an increasing focus on personalised medicine in Australia in order to better predict risk… Read More

Malaria Medication: Information And Tips For Travel

Travelling overseas can be an exciting and rewarding experience, giving you the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. However, without proper planning, even the best-laid plans can go terribly wrong. Travelling to an exotic location?… Read More

Motion Sickness Medication: How To Treat Travel Sickness

Motion sickness (aka travel sickness or kinetosis) occurs when there is confusion between the movements that you perceive with your eyes and the movement sensed by your vestibular system. It is a common sickness and it can occur… Read More

The Future of Healthcare: Implications of Integrating A Cloud Computing Service

Cloud computing systems have been integrated within various industries across the globe with astounding success stories. While the impact of sensitive issues like security breaches and privacy issues are still being debated, the pros of implementing a cloud… Read More

Recommended Vaccinations For Overseas Travel

The adage “prevention is better than cure” is especially relevant before embarking on any kind of travel overseas. Travel to overseas countries may expose individuals to certain infectious diseases that are not prevalent within Australia and may prove… Read More

General Advice When Travelling With Medication

Travelling overseas for a vacation is among the most exciting situations for most people. However, not enough thought is given to making preventive health-related arrangements prior to embarking on a trip.  Travelling with medication overseas involves careful planning… Read More

Women’s Health & awareness of heart disease

Heart disease is the No.1 cause of death of women in Australia, with 24 women succumbing to this silent killer every day.   According to the Heart Foundation, heart disease is three times more likely to cause death… Read More

Cold & Flu -Symptoms & Treatment

Winter is fast approaching and with this cold season also comes the season for colds and flus. Many people confuse the two terms as being the same but catching the flu is much more severe than the cold…. Read More

Mums exercise for Women’s Health

Struggling to find time to exercise as a busy mum? You’re not alone – it’s easy to forget healthy lifestyle habits when you have other people to care for. Unfortunately, this often results in a disregard towards women’s… Read More

Six Steps to Reduce your Cancer Risk

  In 2016 it was estimated that more than 130,000 Australians were diagnosed with cancer. It’s the leading cause of death, accounting for around 3 in 10 deaths in Australia. The good news is that at least one… Read More

Taking Medications Correctly

  Around 50% of people, on average, don’t take their medications correctly. This can increase the risk of illness or harm to your health. Fortunately there are ways that may help you stay on track.   Medication non-adherence… Read More

Mythbusting: Dairy Foods & Calcium

  Myth:  Dairy foods are the only way to get calcium in my diet: What the research says:  While dairy products are a good source of calcium, they are not the only ones. Calcium is also found in… Read More

Good Sleep

  While it’s easy to skimp on sleep when there are other competing priorities, getting enough sleep is more important than you might think.   It’s now recognized that good sleep is a significant contributor to our health… Read More

Mythbusting: Nuts, Weight & Health

  Let’s see what the research says regarding some common myths about nuts….   Myth: Eating nuts will increase my cholesterol levels. What the research says: Nuts are high in fat, but they are cholesterol-free (as cholesterol is… Read More

THE DANGERS OF SITTING

Could too much time in the chair send you to an early grave? According to an increasing body of research, the answer is unfortunately yes. On average, adults sit for about 9 hours each day, and much of… Read More

Pump down the Pressure

  Each time your heart pumps out blood, it creates a force that pushes against the walls of your arteries (blood vessels). Like your hand pushing down on your thigh, this force is called pressure. When blood pressure… Read More

Christmas Cheer – Don’t Overindulge!

  The end of the year is a time when many people overindulge when it comes to alcohol. While a glass or two is fine for most people, having a few too many isn’t good for our health… Read More

Erectile Dysfunction Explained

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, or impotence, you’re not alone. In Australia, about 1 in 5 men over the age of 40 report that they are unable to get or keep an erection that is sufficient for… Read More

HOW TO HANDLE HAYFEVER

  While many people welcome the start of Spring, if you’re the 1 in 5 Australians who suffer from Hayfever, this may be your least favourite time of the year. Hayfever is the name commonly used to describe… Read More

Children and peanut allergy

A peanut allergy is when your child’s immune system reacts to a normally harmless protein in peanuts. Allergic reactions can be mild such as skin welts, tingling mouth and stomach symptoms. However, some can be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). 1,… Read More

Truth behind children and lies

It can be upsetting if your child tells a lie. However, the reality is that lying is common for children. And it’s not because they’re bad – children lie for understandable, developmental reasons. 1, 2 For instance, under… Read More

Change coming for cervical screening

In 2017 pap smears for screening and prevention of cancer of the cervix will come to an end. They’ll be replaced with HPV tests, 1, 2 which are considered more effective. 3 You may have mixed feelings about… Read More

Best exercise for weight loss

Best exercise for weight loss It’s essential to combine exercise with a healthy diet if you want to lose weight. But what type of exercise is best? Aerobic and Resistance training For many people exercise means activities such… Read More

Strong advice on bone health

Osteoporosis is a bone-weakening disease that affects 1.2 million Australians in their older age. However building healthy bones requires attention throughout our whole lives, beginning in childhood. What is osteoporosis? Your bones are made up of calcium, other… Read More

Be Informed About Fertility

If you’re planning to only have children when you’re older, knowing how your age may affect your fertility can help you make better informed decisions. Women The quality of each woman’s eggs decreases with age. So after a… Read More

The Cost of Alcohol to Health

Alcohol is the most widely used social drug in Australia. While most people don’t drink to excess, unfortunately two out of five Australians binge drink, with surveys showing this number may be increasing, and one in five of… Read More

Touch and massage as therapy

Touch and massage are much more than just a feel-good way to be nice to people and pamper yourself. There is a body of research that shows they can achieve personal and health benefits. Touch can be provided… Read More

Put PMS behind you

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is defined as symptoms that appear in the days leading up to the menstrual period (bleeding). With nine out of ten women experiencing symptoms, many accept PMS as a normal part of being female. This… Read More

Cholesterol and Fat – The good and bad

  Cholesterol and fat are both essential for good health. However, if the balance of specific types of cholesterol and fat isn’t right, they can also lead to illness and disease. Bad cholesterol Your body naturally produces cholesterol,… Read More

Mercury in fish – keep to the limits

While seafood is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it does also contain mercury – and too much mercury can damage the body’s nerves and immune system. This is a particular concern for the baby… Read More

Sleep mythbusters

Let’s put to rest some common myths about sleep. Myth (1) – Your brain is inactive during sleep. In fact, your brain is very busy. Among its activities is sorting and processing information on what happens each day,… Read More