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Health News

Working mums feeling increasingly time-poor and stressed

New research shows that working mothers in Australia are feeling the pressure of juggling home, work and leisure time more than ever before.

A joint study conducted over a 17-year period by the University of Newcastle in New South Wales and the University of Hohenheim in Germany used data from the Australian Longitudinal Women Health Study (ALWHS) to explore the effect of motherhood and work on women's perceived time pressure.

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Is your Family Growing?

Whooping Cough vaccine is recommended to be given in the third trimester (28-32 weeks) of each pregnancy and protects newborns until they are 6 weeks old (old enough for their first vaccinations). Pregnancy is a special time in your life and there are steps you can take during your pregnancy to ensure your baby is protected from day one.

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Act FAST and help save a life

This World Stroke Day the National Stroke Foundation is urging workplaces and individuals to act FAST to identify the signs of stroke.

FAST is an easy to remember, simple way to recognise if someone may be having a stroke: Face – has the person’s mouth drooped? Arms – can they lift both arms above their head? Speech – is their speech slurred? Can they understand you? And Time – call triple zero (000) immediately, do not delay.

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Pneumonia Awareness Week

This week marks Pneumonia Awareness Week (7 – 13 May) and Lung Foundation Australia encourages all Australians, especially those in high risk groups, to not underestimate this potentially life threatening lung infection.

Adults aged 65 and over, no matter how healthy they feel, are at increased risk simply due to their age. Find out who else is at higher risk.

Symptoms of pneumonia include difficulty breathing, fever, chest pain, cough or fatigue and can require hospitalization. Don’t get caught off guard, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from pneumonia, such as:

  • Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccination
  • Hand and Home Hygiene
  • Quitting Smoking

Your sex questions, answered

When it comes to talking about your sex life with your GP or gynaecologist, there is no such thing as a silly question. In fact, the more questions you ask and the more your doctor knows about your health, the better care you’re likely to receive. So, if you’ve got a niggling question about sex or your health in general, ask your doctor, not Dr Google.

How to have 'the talk' with your new partner

Picture this: you’re dating someone new after your long-term relationship ended. The dates are progressing well, but you’re yet to take it to the next level. You end up back at their place and things start heating up. You want to have sex, but suddenly your thoughts turn to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), safer sex and that you should really be using protection...

The Damage that One Cheeseburger can do

A single cheeseburger or pizza blowout can alter metabolism, triggering changes linked to fatty liver disease and diabetes, research shows. While a healthy body can recover from one such meal, regular large helpings of rich, fatty food are likely to cause lasting damage, scientists say.

How do hormones affect your sleep?

Up, down or somewhere in between, the levels of your hormones can affect different parts of your health and happiness. We know that hormones govern the menstrual cycle and key points of reproductive life such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause, but how much do they affect other parts of life – such as sleep?

Taking menopause to heart

When you’re going through menopause, it’s not just your hormones that are changing – your heart health can change as well. You may be surprised to know that heart disease is the number-one cause of death for women over 50 years of age. In fact, women are four times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.

The good news is, most forms of heart disease are preventable and menopause is a great time to get proactive about your health. Making heart-healthy changes at midlife can set you up for better health in later life. Best of all, these changes can not only lower your risk of developing other chronic diseases, but can improve your quality of life as well.

Zostavax Vaccine is now Available!

We are offering free government funded vaccines for shingles, called zostavax. All patients between 70-79 years of age are eligbile but anyone may get this vaccine privately by paying for it.

It is highly recommended to avoid getting shingles, which is a debilitating illness and very painful, and avoid the dreaded complication of post herpetic neuralgia which is very distressing.

Free Diabetes Clinics

The practice is offering free diabetes review clinics in which you get a full diabetes assessment, including a heart check (ecg) by the nurse. This is followed by a doctor's assessment.

Bone Clinics

Osteoporosis is a serious silent disease that is underdiagnosed and treated in australia.

1 in 2 women and  and 1 in 3 men over the age of 65 suffer from an osteoporotic fracture! Which is associated with severe morbidity and mortality

We encourage all over 70 year olds  to have an osteoporosis  assessment through a  bone densitometry  and book into our free ‘bone clinic’ which offers advice on all aspects  of bone  and fall prevention.

All postmenopausal women are encouraged to have the same checks.

Best Snacks for Brain Health

Did you know that of all the organs in your body, it’s your brain that uses the most energy? That’s why it’s important to feed your brain steady and nutritious fuel throughout the day. That way, you can think clearly, skip the 3pm ‘brain-fog’ and get through the day without reaching in desperation for the biscuit barrel.

As Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella explains, there are healthy ways to snack and unhealthy ways to snack. "The best snacks for brain health keep your energy stable throughout the day, rather than on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs," says Sandra. “They need to be low in sugar and rich in protein, which helps to steady your blood sugar levels, and healthy fats.

"Healthy fats, in particular the omega-3 fat called DHA, actually make up part of our brain and are vital for brain development and function. This is why foods that are high in DHA, such as oily fishes like salmon, sardines and tuna, are often referred to as 'brain food'."

Silver Linings: optimism and your health

If you think the way you think doesn't count for much, then think again.

Optimism is a way of seeing the world in a positive light. Optimistic people focus on the good parts of a situation and expect that good things will happen in the future. 

Whether you are a ‘glass half-full’ kind of person can also say a lot about your health and your life choices as well. Don’t believe it? This is what some of the research says:

  • A large study of men and women in Finland found that those who were more optimistic exercised more regularly and ate a healthier diet with more fruits and vegetables, and were less likely to be smokers and binge-drinkers
  • Another study of more than 100,000 postmenopausal women found that the optimists in the group were less likely to die from heart disease
  • Various other studies have found that optimistic people, on average, have lower blood pressure, cope better with stress, are more likely to have positive body image, show better recovery from cancer and heart surgery, and are less likely to become depressed

Although the link between optimism and good health is quite strong, so far the research does not tell us what the link actually is, or exactly which factors are at play.

Poor Diet Danger Only Second to Smoking!!

Poor diet is now recognised as a major contributor to the burden of disease in Australia, only second to tobacco use, a new report shows.

Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, mental and substance use disorders, musculoskeletal conditions and injuries caused the most burden, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011 study.

Yet, around one third of these chronic disease and injuries could have been prevented by reducing exposure to the modifiable risk factors. These include tobacco use (9%), diet (7%), high BMI (5.5%), alcohol use (5%), physical inactivity (5%) and hypertension (5%).

Commenting on the findings, Public Health Association of Australia CEO Michael Moore says the results confirm that what Australians eat is more important than previously thought. “There is an urgent need to address Australia’s diet to curb disease,” he says.

Australian Burden of Disease Study: impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2011- summary report

ASCIA Guidelines

ASCIA (Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Limited) is the peak professional body for allergy and clinical immunology in Australia and New Zealand.

Allergic diseases are amongst the fastest growing chronic disease and public health issues in Australia and New Zealand, affecting around 20% of the population. They include food, insect and drug allergies (including life threatening severe allergic reactions called anaphylaxis), asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and eczema. Allergic diseases, particularly food allergy and drug allergy, are increasing in prevalence, complexity and severity.

ASCIA has developed a range of resources for health professionals, including Clinical Updates, Action/Treatment Plans, Checklists, Position Papers/Statements and Guidelines. On their website you can find comprehensive guidelines on issues such as

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food allergy
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunotherapy
  • Immunisation
  • Infant feeding
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Allergy tests

Visit their website to see their resources, www.allergy.org.au

Locations & Directions

Platinum Medical Centre

18 Banfield Street (ATO Building) Chermside Q 4032

Tel: 07 3861 4455 | Fax: 07 3861 4444
Email: reception@platinummedical.com.au

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
  • Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
  • QML Pathology