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Osteoarthritis – what actually works?

 

Osteoarthritis affects over two millions Australians. Unfortunately, the number of sufferers is on the rise for this chronic and painful condition. It is therefore no surprise that there are many different treatments on the market for people seeking relief. Read on for advice on what actually works.

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of chronic arthritis. It causes persistent joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It mainly affects hands, knees and

Decembeard for Bowel Cancer Australia

December is Decembeard for Bowel Cancer Australia. It’s a hair-raising fundraiser held during the month of December that encourages men to grow a beard to raise awareness. It also raises much needed funds for bowel cancer.

Did you know that bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer? That’s why Decembeard is so important. Above all, Decemberard’s goal is to have an impact on our health future where no one dies of bowel cancer. Also, for all those diagnosed, to receive the support they need.

 

Bowel cancer and men – the facts

National Skin Cancer Week

With summer only a few weeks away, we need to think about the skin we live in. 18-24 November is National Skin Cancer Action Week. During this week, Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together to remind us of the risks of UV radiation, the need for sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.

Sadly, more that 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year. While by the age of 70, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer.

 

#OwnYourTone

This National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer,...

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Movember

A simple conversation amongst two mates about the disappearance of the moustache in 2003 led to an idea that resulted in Movember. 15 years later, Movember has campaigns in 21 countries and has raised more than $730 million to fund over 1200 men’s health programs.

The three key men’s health issues that Movember focuses on are prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

 

What Movember is doing to help men

Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. Men are dying on average six years earlier that...

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World Obesity Day and Children

11 October 2018

World Obesity Day launched in 2015 to promote solutions to end the global obesity crisis. Its aim is to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Despite all the health warnings, almost two thirds of Australian adults are overweight or obese. Also, one in five children are classified as overweight.

Childhood Obesity

Obesity in children occurs when the energy intake from food and drinks is greater than the energy burned through physical activity. As a result, this extra energy gets stored as fat and is a health risk to children.

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Sleep Awareness Week

1 – 7 October is Sleep Awareness Week. It’s hard to imagine this but by the time we reach the age of 80, we would have probably spent about 28 of those years asleep. But why do we sleep?

Sleep is an important part of your daily routine as you spend about one-third of your time doing it. Quality sleep and getting enough of it at the right times is as essential to survival as food and water. Without sleep you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories,...

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Healthy Ageing

As the proportion of older Australians is growing, it is important to discuss the topic of healthy ageing. In Australia, more and more people are living full and productive lives well into their 80s and 90s, therefore, a lifetime of good health enables older Australians to continue to contribute socially, culturally and economically to the wider community.

In 2016, 15% (3.7 million) Australians were aged over 65 and over and this proportion is projected to grow steadily over the coming decades. By 2056, it is projected there will be 8.7 million older Australians (22%...

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Pain Awareness Month

September is International Pain Awareness Month and one in five Australians experience chronic pain. Therefore it is fitting to address the growing problem in Australia and around the world.  This month, various organisations come together to raise public awareness about pain and pain management. It’s important for those living with pain to know that technology, research, understanding and pain management techniques are at the forefront of public awareness. Quite often, pain is an invisible illness and it has a great impact on individuals and their families.

What is Pain?

The International Association for...

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Good Posture in Children

Parents, how many times have you heard yourself say to your child “stand up straight” or “stop slouching”?  We all know that trying to get our child to sit up straight or avoid slouching is a common struggle. But did you know that good posture is just as important as eating healthily, getting enough sleep and exercising. Poor posture can lead to neck pain, lower back pain and even carpal tunnel. It can also cause long-term abnormal bone growth and be linked...

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Tradie Health Awareness Month

This month of August is Tradie Health Awareness Month. So all tradie’s listen up. We know it’s hard work being a tradie. Waking up at dawn, getting straight into a physically demanding job and the prolonged strain on the body over long hours all adds up. It’s not surprising that according to statistics from Safe Work Australia in 2016 “labourers accounted for the highest percentage of serious musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) claims with the highest frequency rate”. This was three times higher than the rate of all employees.

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