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 pap smears 1 since screening every two years began for 18-70 year olds in 1991. Pap smears…

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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 as walking, jogging, cycling or swimming.  However, these activities in fact mainly involve a type of exercise…

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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 minerals and collagen (protein). They are a living, constantly changing tissue, with certain bone cells creating new…

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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 peak age for ability to conceive (make a baby) in your early 20s, then comes a slow…

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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 us drink at levels that cause long term health problems. As a result, thousands of Australians die…

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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 in different ways, such as a hand placed on the shoulder, reassuring pat on the back or…

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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 is unfortunate, because lifestyle changes and treatments are available that can help you reduce or manage your…

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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, particularly in the liver. The body then uses the cholesterol to: 1) build the outer walls of cells;…

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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 during pregnancy, infants and children up to the age of six. Mercury is found naturally in the…

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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, then consolidating it into your long term memory. This is essential for learning and memory. Myth (2)…

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