Digestive System Overview
The digestive system is made up of a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus.
However deliberate our efforts are to slow down the ageing process, it is an inevitable component of human evolution.
What your family tree says about your health.
If Mum has had breast cancer, does that mean you will too? Karen Fittall investigates the genetic link to 10 of Australia’s most common health conditions – and what you can do to stay healthy.
Heart disease kills an Australian every 10 minutes, so why do most of us ignore the simple things we can do to prevent it? Men and women have different risk factors, says dietitian Lisa Yates, but small changes can improve the health of your heart.
It’s thought one in three of us suffers from fatty liver disease – and most of us don’t even know it. Could you be at risk? Specialist liver disease researcher and clinical nurse Nicole Tresize explains
Soy is among the top eight most common foods that can cause a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) in some people,
Do you have these symptoms? These symptoms of coeliac disease vary considerably.
Been out in the cold, wind and rain too long? Chilled? Most of us know that weather-battler who cycles in 2°C and doesn’t give a sneeze about it. Yet some of us just look at the wind and find ourselves laid horizontal spluttering expletives for two weeks. Well, contrary to popular belief, it’s not specifically bad weather that gives us cold sores, colds and flu.
Remember this is your time and your health, so at your appointment be confident, honest and open, the doc is there to help and support you.
Food allergy occurs in around 1 in 20 children and in about 1 in 100 adults. The majority of food allergies in children are not severe, and will disappear with time. The most common triggers are hen's egg, cow's milk, peanuts and tree nuts. Less common triggers include seafood, sesame, soy, fish and wheat. Peanuts, tree nuts, seeds and seafood are the major triggers for life-long allergies. Some food allergies can be severe, causing life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis.
What is a food allergy?
An allergy is an exaggerated immune system response to something the body believes is foreign. This results in an overproduction of a particular type of immunoglobulin (such as IgE, IgG or IgA) when the person encounters the allergen.
What is iron and what does it do?
Iron is involved in the formation of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen via the blood to every cell in the body.
Blood pressure is the pressure of your blood in the arteries as the heart pumps it around the body. And too much of that force – high blood pressure – is not a healthy thing to be carrying around with you.
As the name suggest PMS refers to symptoms that reoccur in the second half of the menstrual cycle (also known as the luteal phase)
Want to know the health secret that can save you $$$ thousands of dollars? It’s so simple you will kick yourself in years to come if you don’t do it. Ok here it is – the health tip of a life time…
Migraine and headaches
Just as a heavy cold is not the flu, a bad headache is not necessarily a migraine.
More women (18%) than men (6%) are likely to have this type of chronic, episodic headache.
Heart attack warning signs
Know the warning signs of heart attack. These warning signs vary and usually last for at least 10 minutes
Exercise & Cholesterol
Need to break through the confusion surrounding cholesterol? Read on to discover the truth of this misunderstood fat & learn how to exercise effectively to obtain your optimum levels.
Are you safe from the sun?
With over 300 Victorians dying each year from skin cancer, we don't think anyone can afford to be complacent; particularly when skin cancer is preventable.
Preventing osteoporosis with exercise
Regular physical activity on a long-term basis has a particularly important role in maintaining healthy bones. Exercise can maintain and increase bone strength by increasing bone mass or by slowing age-related bone loss. Muscle strength is also increased, which is important for supporting the joints and preventing falls.
Broken Bones?, Who Gets Osteoporosis?
Women are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis than men. Women generally have less bone stock than men to begin with and there is a rapid decline in the production of oestrogen by the ovaries after menopause.
Understanding heart disease - risk factors
By Dr Alan Goble, Cardiologist
Most people who develop heart disease have recognised risk factors which have contributed to the cause of the disease. The so called "major risk factors" include a raised cholesterol level in the blood, raised blood pressure and smoking.
Link between the waistline size & cancer
New research conducted by The Cancer Council Victoria shows that a waist measurement of over 100cm for men, and over 85cm for women, significantly increases the risk of cancer.
The Cancer Council Victoria research about Obesity & Cancer
Our Obesity Prevention Campaign is based on new Cancer Council Victoria research. By sharing our findings with you through this campaign, we are hoping we can reduce the human cost of cancer in our community.
Preventing Cancer, Be physically active
There is convincing evidence of an association between physical activity and reduction in the risk of breast and colon cancer. This is a comparatively new area of cancer research and it is possible that further associations will be found.
Do you sometimes feel you are carrying excessive fluid? Often this can be after surgery, during pregnancy or inflammation after an injury etc. Fluid retention, swelling and inflammation can be alleviated through a form of a massage that almost feels like a soothing caress called “Manual Lymphatic Drainage”.
Gill Stannards from radio RRR talks about Indigestion, reflux, heartburn, GERD/GORD – call it what you like but the short of if is that acid from the stomach goes in the wrong direction and irritates the oesophagus