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30 September 2015


In the Spotlight

Why is hayfever (Allergic Rhinitis) such a problem in Australia?

Hayfever is a condition that affects as many as 1 in 4 Australians and can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. While some may view the symptoms as inconvenient, they can actually impair your performance at school and/or work, sport and leisure...
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Focus on Spring Allergies

Why do some people experience allergies?

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Allergies are the immune system’s incorrect response to allergens (foreign substances). Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance,...
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Allergy and the immune system

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The immune system is the body’s key mechanism of defence against infection, but also the system responsible for pathological allergic reactions to harmless substances...
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The symptoms and treatment of hayfever

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Hayfever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic disease which affects many people worldwide. Rhinitis means ‘inflammation of the nose’,...
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What is seasonal allergic conjunctivitis?

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Conjunctivitis is a very common reason for having an uncomfortable, red eye. There are a number of causes for conjunctivitis, including bacteria, viruses and, importantly, allergies...
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Top Health News

Medicare to list 30-minute breast cancer treatment

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An innovative radiotherapy technique that has the potential to revolutionise the treatment of early breast cancer will become available...
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Depression linked to Alzheimer’s disease

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There is a strong link between symptoms of depression and cognitive decline, new research from Edith Cowan University has found...
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Flu jab provides significant protection against heart attacks

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If you’re over 50 and get the flu jab, you’ll not only help to keep the dreaded lurgy at bay but you could also reduce your risk of a heart attack...
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Falls most common cause of injury and the numbers are rising

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More Australians are being hospitalised for injuries, with falls both the leading cause of injury hospitalisation and the type of injury that has...
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Mathematical models to treat Parkinson’s disease

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Scientists are now taking advantage of sophisticated software and IT tools to personalise medical care and deliver patient outcomes...
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Health benefits of dog ownership explored

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Man’s best friend is set to become his lab partner, with the launch of a research node on the health effects of dog ownership...
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Food craving is ‘hard-wired’ in the brain

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Researchers have found that food craving activates different brain networks between obese and normal weight patients...
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Video of the Week

Associate Professor Frank Thien on treating hayfever

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Laughter is the Best Medicine!

George works in a local nursing home looking after the elderly.

During the admission procedures he always asks new arrivals if they’re allergic to anything and if they are, he prints it on an allergy band which he places on their wrist.

One day, he asks a new arrival, "OK, Esther, I have just one more thing to ask you. Are you allergic to anything?"

"Yes I am," replies Esther. "I’m allergic to bananas."

Later that morning, Esther’s son comes storming angrily into the office shouting, “Who's responsible for labelling my mother 'bananas'?"
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