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02 February 2016

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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when a number of metabolic abnormalities (including insulin resistance and obesity) occur at the same time in an individual. Individuals who have the syndrome are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus than those who do not...
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Hot Topics

Living with depression: Nina’s journey with depression and raising a family

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Kids notice signs of depression in their parents. Talking to them helps them understand and understand it’s an illness not their fault...
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The link between cancer and obesity

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The Cancer Council considers obesity as a factor in increasing the risk of cancer. Read for more information on the link between cancer and obesity...
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Risk factors for prostate cancer

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The main risk factor for prostate cancer is age. Prostate cancer is rarely diagnosed before the age of 40. After 40, the incidence rises rapidly...
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Hand washing with alcohol based gel

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Hand washing with hand sanitizer decontaminates the hands without using water. It is an important hand hygiene technique when water is unavailable...
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Top Health News

1 in 2 Australians affected by eye problems

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More than half (54%) of all Australians report having at least one long-term eye health condition, with nearly half the population wearing glasses or...
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‘No-drill’ dentistry stops tooth decay

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A University of Sydney study has revealed that tooth decay can be stopped, reversed, and prevented without the need for the traditional ‘fill and drill’ approach...
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Hospital admission for drug related poisonings

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Poisonings from recreational drug and alcohol use account for 9% of all poisoning-related hospital admissions, says a new University of Sydney study...
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A simple saliva test could replace blood tests for heart failure

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Research on a new non-invasive method of screening for the ‘silent killer’, heart failure, by testing saliva instead of blood being developed at QUT, has received a...
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Reducing heatwave and other summer risks

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As temperatures head over 40C, the need to closely monitor vulnerable younger and older people with health issues is high – particularly with the increased risk...
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Diabetes drug could protect the heart

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New research has shown the promising potential of a new glucose-regulating drug to protect the heart from scarring, a common complication of diabetes that can cause heart failure...
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Chronic disease and mental health links ignored

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Health services need to be urgently overhauled to treat people with two or more chronic conditions who experience higher rates of depression, anxiety and...
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Video of the Week

Breast Cancer: The risks, signs & symptoms, screening and how to assess your own breasts

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Recipe of the Week

Warm Quinoa Salad

This recipe is suitable for people who follow a vegan or cholesterol lowering diet, as well as those who are lactose and gluten intolerant.
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Laughter is the Best Medicine!

The phone rang. The lady of the house answered

"Yes?" "Mrs. Ward, please." "Speaking"

"Mrs. Ward, this is Doctor Jones at the Medical Testing Laboratory. When your Doctor sent your husband's samples to the lab, the samples from another Mr. Ward were sent as well and we are now uncertain which one is your husband's. Frankly, it is either bad or terrible."

"What do you mean?" Mrs. Ward asked.

"Well, one Mr. Ward has tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other for AIDS. We can't tell which is your husband's."

"That's terrible! Can we repeat the test?" questioned Mrs. Ward.

"Normally, yes, but Medicare won't pay for these expensive tests more than once."

"Well, what am I supposed to do now?"

"The people at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep with him."
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