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Avoid these epilepsy seizure triggers

Avoid these epilepsy seizure triggers

If you have epilepsy, you’ll know that trying to prevent seizures can be really tricky. Gain better control of your condition by learning to recognise patterns and avoiding triggers. Epilepsy is a disorder of brain function that takes the form of recurring convulsive or non-convulsive seizures, according to Epilepsy Australia. These seizures (or sudden, dramatic […]

Meet your thyroid

Meet your thyroid

Everybody has a thyroid, yet few of us know what it does or how important it is to our overall body function. Here’s what you need to know. The thyroid gland is often thought of as the conductor of the orchestra of the human body, as it secretes hormones that are pivotal to growth and […]

Food poisoning facts

Food poisoning facts

Caused by toxins such as bacteria, parasites or viruses, some food poisoning cases can be fatal. Here’s what you can do to avoid it.  Food poisoning is characterised by symptoms that usually include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The similarity of the symptoms often complicates diagnosis. A thorough investigation of a person’s medical history and of foods […]

Tell your doc about supplements you use

Tell your doc about supplements you use

Supplements can make a difference when you need it most. Just don’t forget to tell your doctor what you’re using. For many of us, popping a handful of supplements has become part of our daily routine. And whether it’s nutrients such as antioxidants, omega-3 essential fatty acids and iron, herbs such as Echinacea, St John’s wort and garlic, […]

You’ve been diagnosed with MS – what now

You’ve been diagnosed with MS – what now

Learning that you have multiple sclerosis can be frightening and overwhelming. Here’s how to cope. Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide. In the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, there were estimated to be 23,700 Australians with MS. If you’ve been diagnosed with MS, you might already know that it’s a lifelong, […]

Always take your asthma medication

Always take your asthma medication

Do you have asthma? Yes, your health is in your hands, but this doesn’t mean you should change your treatment plan without consulting your doctor. Chronic treatment for asthma involves far more than managing physical symptoms. When you feel okay, it doesn’t mean you can stop taking your medicine or change your dosage. It means the medicine is working – and […]

Muscular dystrophy in children – know the signs

Muscular dystrophy in children – know the signs

Muscular dystrophy in children: know the signs Learn to recognise the early signs of muscular dystrophy – and give your child the best possible care. Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited muscle disorders characterised by gradually increasing weakness and degeneration of the muscles that control voluntary bodily movement. Muscle tissue progressively wastes away and is […]

Planning a life with MS

Planning a life with MS

Have you been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? Take the time to plan your future carefully. When you have a chronic disease like multiple sclerosis (MS), life is more challenging due to the unpredictable course of the illness and its symptoms. However, planning helps you to proactively exert some control over your future, instead of being unprepared. Clinical […]

Breakthrough development could cure diabetes

Breakthrough development could cure diabetes

Researchers have discovered how to successfully create insulin-producing cells and believe that their breakthrough research may eventually cure type 1 diabetes. A team of scientists lead by Professor Douglas Melton of Harvard’s Medical School have developed a technique for converting stem cells into insulin-producing beta cells, a breakthrough that could potentially cure type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes […]