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Are Your Children at Risk If You Have Skin Cancer?

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After being diagnosed with skin cancer, most patients are worried about their own prognosis for the future. However, when you’re a parent, you also face the added worry of whether your children will befall the same fate. Here’s all you need to know about whether your children are at risk of getting skin cancer if you have it, and how you can protect them for the future. Is Skin Cancer Genetic? Read More»

Say Bye Bye To Nighttime Dry Eye By Giving Your Ceiling Fan The Heave-Ho!

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Spring has already arrived in Australia, and the temperature is starting to rise. It’s hard sleeping at night when you are hot, so it is not surprising you are already using the ceiling fan to keep cool. However, waking up with dry eyes every morning is starting to be a strain. What you probably haven’t realised is there is a connection between your ceiling fan use and your sore eyes. Here’s everything you need to know about exposure keratitis but were afraid to ask! Read More»

Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids tend to develop during a woman’s childbearing years and can cause fertility problems. Uterine fibroids are growths that develop on and in the uterus and can cause the uterus to expand. These growths are not cancerous, but they can alter the length of a woman’s menstrual cycle, cause pelvic pain and increase menstrual bleeding. It’s not fully understood why women develop these growths, but an oestrogen and progesterone imbalance is thought to contribute to uterine fibroids developing. Read More»

Preventing Injuries in Contact Sports with Mouth Guards

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According to studies conducted by Kerr IL (1986), there is a significant decrease in the number and severity of injuries reported by athletes in sports where the athletes were required to wear a mouth guard. They include hockey, cricket, American football, boxing and rugby. Mouth guards work like shock absorbers. A direct blow to the face transmits shock waves through the skull, leading to fracture of the front teeth. If the blow is severe, the transmitted force may lead to a fracture of the lower jaw and if the waves travel towards the base of the skull, it may lead to a concussion. Read More»

What Happens When You "Fail" A Smear Test?

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If you’re an adult woman in the Western world, chances are you go for a smear test every few years. Mostly these tests come back just fine, but occasionally you’ll receive an abnormal result. So what happens next in those circumstances? The good news is that it’s not usually as big a deal as you might imagine–so don’t panic, and simply follow your doctor’s advice through a few simple steps. Read More»

Know Your ABCs When Inspecting For Skin Cancer

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Protecting your skin from direct exposure to the sun is essential all year round. Some people assume that they can slack on their sun protection routine during the colder months but in reality, ultraviolet rays will also be present as long as you are receiving some sunshine. But since you’ll be outside more often, sun protection should be a high priority during the hotter months. In addition to having a skin care routine in place to protect yourself from UV exposure, you should also carry out self-inspections on a regular basis to detect if something is off kilter. Read More»

Getting medical practice accreditation in Australia

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Getting accredited bestows recognition of quality and safety of care on any medical practice in Australia. It gives assurance of high standards of service users, managers, funding bodies and all other stakeholders. Accredited medical practices have a competitive edge over those that are not and accreditation provides access to the Practice Incentives Program (PIP), a quality improvement service program that enhances a practice’s ability to benefit from a range of financial incentives. Read More»

Three ways to look after your sexual health

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Looking after your sexual health is important for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Here are three steps you can take to ensure that you maintain good sexual health. Visit your area’s sexual health clinic on a regular basis If you are sexually active, it is crucial to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on a regular basis. These types of tests can be conducted at a sexual health clinic. Read More»