Handsome looking man who needs the HPV vaccine

HPV vaccine now approved for males


HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination has recently been approved for males aged 9-26 years. The vaccine protects men from the papillomavirus which causes genital warts and genital cancers. HPV is the most common sexually ­transmitted disease in Australia and infects 4 in 5 people at some time in their lives. There are > 40 types of

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How to avoid getting sick this winter


It’s that time of the year again when viruses are out in force and many people turn to vitamins and pills to ward off colds and flus. However, the best way to avoid winter germs is with a flu shot, a healthy lifestyle and good personal hygiene. Colds and flus are caught in two main

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Bircher muesli


It is important to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Breakfast improves concentration and energy levels and helps maintain a healthy weight by reducing snacking and binge eating. Bircher muesli is a traditional Swiss recipe developed around 1900 by Dr Max Bircher-Benner. It is a moist muesli based on rolled oats soaked usually overnight

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Fears and worries part of growing up


Most children have fears or worries of some kind, which in most cases are short-lived. However, about one in 10 children experience more severe anxiety that stops them from getting the most out of life. Anxiety sometimes runs in families. It can also be learnt by watching others, from scary experiences or from things in

Asian baby with nappy rash having bottom cleaned and nappy changed

Nappy rash. How to prevent it


Nappy rash is common in infancy. ­However, some babies have sensitive skin and get nappy rash repeatedly. Here are some simple tips to reduce the risk. The main causes of nappy rash are moisture under the nappy, overheating and friction (rubbing). Other factors are: Faeces, especially diarrhoea Cloth nappies, nappy liners, plastic pants Bubble baths,

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Fatty liver. The new epidemic


Fatty liver is thought to affect at least one in five adults and is now the most common chronic liver condition in Australia. It reflects a build-up of excess fat in the liver. In the past, alcohol was the key factor in fatty liver but obesity and diabetes are now the ­major causes of this

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Do you have itchy feet?


Tinea (ringworm) is a common fungus that can affect all parts of the skin, hair or nails. It enjoys hot, sweaty conditions and recurs frequently in the warm summer months. Tinea is common on the feet (‘athlete’s foot’) where it typically causes moist, cracking, itchy skin between the toes and scaling on the soles. The

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Iodine supplement vital in pregnancy



About half of the pregnant women in ­Australia are not getting enough iodine, according to the latest research. Iodine is an essential element used to make thyroid hormone which regulates the body’s metabolism and is vital for normal brain ­development. Thyroid hormone is made in the thyroid gland located in the front of the neck.

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Weight control. Four strategies that work


In this article we discuss some strategies that you can put into practice to make weight control work for you! 1. Eat smaller servings A hot topic in weight control is the large portion sizes in the average diet. Most of us eat much larger meals than our bodies need, especially when eating out. We

Businessman suffering from a bad headache and migraine after work

Could your headaches be migraines?


One in 10 Australians gets migraines. However, up to 50% of sufferers are ­undiagnosed and are not getting the ­effective treatment which is now available. Migraine is a moderate to severe headache lasting 4–72 hours. The pain is often ­throbbing and usually occurs on one side of the head. It is worse with movement and


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