Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints. An attack of gout usually comes on very quickly and the joint becomes red, swollen and very painful. Gout most commonly affects the big toe but can occur in other joints including the hands, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric
Tooth decay is on the rise in Australia, particularly among children. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 42% of children aged 5-10 years have experienced tooth decay in their primary (‘baby’) teeth. Yet a recent National Child Health Poll conducted by the Royal Children’s Hospital found that almost one in three
Short-sightedness is currently the most common global eyesight disorder. It affects both children and adults. Researchers have determined that there are more than 1.45 billion myopic people in the world today and that the number of people who suffer from myopia is increasing. Here in Australia, myopia is proving to be a growing problem. Research
Dementia isn’t one specific disease, but instead a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. This can interfere with the person’s social and working life. According to Dementia Australia, dementia is now the second leading cause of death among Australians.
While there’s no one Mediterranean diet, this style of eating plan is typically rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and fish but relatively low in red meat and dairy products. Sweets and processed foods are occasional treats and wine is consumed in moderation, with a meal. There is now a significant amount
Gestational Diabetes (or GDM, for short) is diabetes which first presents during pregnancy and which usually resolves after a woman gives birth. However, women with GDM are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. GDM affects approximately 5% of pregnancies in Australia, although women from certain ethnic backgrounds (particularly those of
In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to prioritise our health. But whether it’s skimping on sleep, eating too many takeaways or neglecting the gym to stay back at the office a few too many times, putting your health at the bottom of the priority list isn’t a good solution when it comes to saving
If the cold weather and shorter days have you feeling down, you’re not alone. Many of us feel more positive and energetic in the spring and summer months and less so as winter hits. For some people, though, the winter months can lead to a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
Do you remember when your mum would tell you to come inside and put a jumper on, or the cold will be the death of you? Well it’s time to find out if she was telling the truth! Being exposed to cold will cause a cold Colds are caused by viruses, not the weather. The
As the temperature drops and we look for ways to keep warm during winter, the risk of accidental burns can increase. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe at home this winter. Heaters. Whether gas or electric, always check your heater before you start using it each winter, to ensure that it’s working