With spring here and the weather warming up – sometimes – we will be coming into the hay fever season.
Perth has one of the highest incidents of hay fever or allergic rhinitis in Australia, as it has the wheat belt in the East, and all those Easterly winds! [Read more…]
Be flu smart.
The annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu, and from then passing it on to someone else. Flu vaccination is very important for people who are at-risk of complications from influenza, and for those in close contact with at-risk people.
The flu is very easy to spread, especially when in close contact with other people. You can catch it when an infected person coughs or sneezes as they release small virus-containing droplets into the air. [Read more…]
Our digestive systems are the unsung workaholics of our bodies, toiling around the clock to break down and absorb nutrients from the food and fluids we consume.
Within this ongoing cycle, our large intestine – often referred to as our gut – is the office hero. Though perhaps we should say office heroes, because it is actually the populations of tiny organisms that live in our gut that keep us healthy.
These microorganisms are also known as the microbiota, gut flora or gut bacteria. And strange as it may seem, your gut is home to a lot of them – billions, in fact. There many different types of gut bacteria, with most of us having more than 1000 different species.
Even though we can’t see them with the naked eye, we cannot underestimate the important role that our gut bacteria play in not only our digestive health, but our immune system and mental health. Part of their duties also involve the absorption of essential nutrients, protecting us from harmful bacteria and even influencing inflammation. [Read more…]
Breast health: what’s normal and what changes to look out for.
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. One may be larger than the other, a different shape to the other or you may have an inverted (pulled in) nipple or nipples.
Breasts can also change a great deal throughout life at different ages and life stages. Breasts can even change over the course of your menstrual cycle, feeling different on day 1 compared to day 14.
When it comes to breast health, the important thing to learn is what’s normal for you. We spoke to Jean Hailes specialist Dr Sonia Davison to learn what breast changes are to be expected throughout life and when you should seek advice from a health professional. [Read more…]
We all know the guilty feeling of giving up a New Year’s resolution halfway through January. Here is one healthy change for 2017 that isn’t too difficult to get right. It doesn’t involve running a marathon or starting a new fad diet. It’s a simple step, but an important one that points you in the right direction to help prevent chronic disease and potentially an early death. [Read more…]
No one can possibly tell you what it feels like to be pregnant, to give birth to a baby or to become a new parent. These are deeply personal experiences and are different for everyone. It is a time of great change and challenge, often bringing feelings of joy and celebration, and potentially also feelings of worry and anxiety. [Read more…]
When you’re in the depths of worry or anxiety, it can be hard to focus on anything but your racing thoughts. You can feel stuck inside your head, inside a situation that won’t let up … on a loop with no end in sight.
So how do you break the cycle of worrying thoughts? With mindfulness and meditation? With stress-relieving or relaxation techniques? [Read more…]
Before we get started, here are a few handy facts:
- The Pap test (also called the Pap smear test) is a simple test that checks for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer
- The cervix is a part of the female reproductive system that connects the top of the vagina with the base of the uterus (womb)
- Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a virus called HPV, which is short for human papillomavirus and also known as the ‘wart virus’.