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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X, is a collection of risk factors which together increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that 20-30% of Australian adults are affected. Risk Factors Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when...

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Iron Deficiency

Iron Deficiency

Iron is an important mineral which is needed for many different functions in the body. Its main role is to help in the formation of haemoglobin in red blood cells, which carries oxygen around the body. A deficiency of iron can result in anaemia, with symptoms...

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How much exercise do I need to do?

How much exercise do I need to do?

We all know that there are benefits of being more active. Yet the 2017-2018 Australian National Health Survey found that almost half (45%) of Australian adults (aged 18 to 64 years) didn’t exercise for the recommended 150 minutes per week or more, and only 15% met the...

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Mumps, Measles, Rubella and Chickenpox

Mumps, Measles, Rubella and Chickenpox

Mumps, measles, rubella, and chickenpox are infectious diseases that may occur during childhood. Children are more likely to be infected as they haven’t yet developed immunity to them and they tend to gather in groups and come into closer contact with each other. They...

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Reducing Diabetes Risk

Reducing Diabetes Risk

Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, estimated to affect 1.7 million Australians. In fact, 280 of us are diagnosed each day – that’s one every five minutes. And many people with type 2 diabetes remain undiagnosed. The majority (85-90%) of people...

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Managing Morning Sickness

Managing Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy and often goes away by the end of the first trimester, but in some cases may continue for the duration of pregnancy. The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown, but it's thought to be caused by changes in hormones...

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Heart Health

Heart Health

Heart disease is Australia’s single leading cause of death. In 2017, heart disease claimed the lives of 51 Australians each day – that’s one person every 28 minutes. While both men and women are affected, men are more likely to develop heart disease than women....

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Facts about the Flu Vaccine

Facts about the Flu Vaccine

Commonly called “the flu”, influenza affects between 5 and 20% of Australians each year and has been estimated to result in around 300,000 consultations with general practitioners (GP) annually. Having the influenza vaccine won’t guarantee that you won’t get flu, but...

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Preventing Bowel Cancer

Preventing Bowel Cancer

It doesn’t get as much attention as other types of cancer, but bowel cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia. It is estimated that 1 in 12 Australians will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.  It can occur at any age but is more common...

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Confused About Healthy Eating?

Confused About Healthy Eating?

If you’re unsure about what to eat, you are certainly not alone. There’s plenty of confusing and conflicting information out there when it comes to good nutrition, but unfortunately, much of it isn’t evidence-based. While they may not be as exciting as the latest diet...

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Choosing the Right Contraception

Choosing the Right Contraception

If you’re having sex and don’t want to fall pregnant, then contraception (birth control) is a must.  However, there are many options available and it is important to choose the right one for your needs.  Using the contraception you choose correctly will increase your...

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Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition where a person’s breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. It occurs due to partial or complete blockage of their airway while sleeping. Someone with OSA may stop breathing for anywhere between a few seconds and 90 seconds...

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Summer Water Safety

Summer Water Safety

Most of us enjoy spending time around water in the summer months, from heading to the beach to relaxing at home around the pool. But whether at home, visiting friends or family, or on holidays, it’s always important to keep safety in mind when near water, particularly...

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Top Tips for a Healthy Gut

Top Tips for a Healthy Gut

There’s increasing evidence about the importance of gut health for our overall health and wellbeing. After all, it’s not much help eating the perfect healthy diet if we are not digesting our food properly.  What’s more, digestive problems can make us feel unwell and...

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Healthy Eating when Travelling

Healthy Eating when Travelling

Whether due to limited healthy food choices, lack of kitchen facilities or the temptation of energy-dense foods and all-you-can-eat offerings, maintaining healthy eating habits can be more challenging when travelling. However, with some forethought and planning, it is...

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