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Heart Smart Watches

If you look closely, you will see them on people’s wrists everywhere. Smart watches or fitness trackers claim to count your steps, measure your sleep, calculate calories, document your heart rate, and now, some even test your heart function with an ECG.

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Never Too Young for Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is traditionally associated with older people but with an increasing incidence in those under 50, doctors are encouraging younger people to monitor their bowel health.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

This week is World Breastfeeding Week, every year the world takes the time to recognize just how invaluable breast milk is for new babies around the globe.

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Cervical Screening Tests

More accurate than the Pap smear the cervical screening test is paving the way forward for prevention and reduction in cervical cancer diagnosis.

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Breast Health Awareness

It’s the most common type of cancer in women, with 1 in 8 being diagnosed across Victoria alone. It’s time to talk seriously about breast awareness and cancer care.

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Ovarian Cysts

An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac or pouch which forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts, in most cases are harmless and resolve on their own. If the cyst is cancerous, it requires medical intervention. Ovarian cysts are common in women of childbearing age.

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Catering for Someone with a Food Allergy

With 1 in 10 infants now developing a food allergy, being conscious of what you are buying and how you prepare food is more important than ever.

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Male Infertility

One third of all infertility cases have been linked solely to issues with the male partner. Male infertility is a condition where the male in a relationship affects the child bearing ability of the woman.

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Massage During Pregnancy - Qi Rhythm

We had a chat with Melanie from Qi Rhythm, who provides pre and post natal massage therapy, to discuss the benefits of massage for mothers and infants.

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Endometrios(US) not Endometrios(YOU)

The ever-dreaded menstrual cycle, long known as the beacon of a transition period, literally, between girlhood to womanhood. It’s a customary part of the maturing process of our bodies where us females are taught from a young age that we should expect two things during so: bleeding and discomfort.

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Melanoma - More Than Just a Spot

It’s often referred to as Australia’s national cancer, and we have recently again earned the title of melanoma capital of the world. Keeping this in mind chances are you or someone you might know may be diagnosed with melanoma.

We caught up with Mr Dean White, Dr Phillip Parente and Mr Frank Lin from Epworth Eastern Melanoma Clinic to discuss this disease.

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Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common serious genetic condition in Australian children today, affecting one in every 2500 babies.

There is currently no cure.

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Combatting Concussion

Concussion is a growing concern for athletes and parents alike, so as the footy season kicks off and other sports get underway, how do you know when you should worry about a blow to the head?

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Why Can't I Sleep?

Sleeplessness costs the Australian economy over $66 billion in lost productivity - what does it cost you?

We were joined by Manager of Sleep Services, Darrel Wicks, to discuss sleep and the roles of sleep scientists.

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Mental Health - The Elephant in the Room

With the rates of mental illness on the rise in Australia, particularly in young people, we decided to open up the can of worms and speak to clinical psychologist, Hannah Hawkes, about the elephant in the room.

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Tummy Troubles

Tummy aches can be extremely common in young children. Some are mild and non threatening, others need to be taken more seriously. Here we will run through a few different concerns and how best to handle the pain for your little one.

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Does it Need Stitches?

When your child injures themselves and bleeding is involved it can be scary for everyone. Knowing exactly what to do and when you should be seeking medical attention, can help to take some of the stress out of the situation.

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What is Glue Ear?

Glue ear can be a really common concern for young children. It’s important to know the signs, and when you should seek medical attention.

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Preparing Your Child for Hospital

Finding out that your child needs to be admitted to hospital for surgery or something else, can feel extremely daunting. As a mum of four, I have experienced being the parent of a child needing surgery, multiple times now. What I have learned is that it is best to be as prepared as possible in the lead up.

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Breastfeeding - Tips and Tricks

Breastfeeding - it’s not always a walk in the park, so we caught up with Clinical Midwife Specialist, Heather Anderson and Naturopath and Director of Franjo’s Kitchen, Jo Clark, to chat about their tips for getting the most out of your milk supply.

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Pain that Keeps Coming Back

With around one in six Australians experiencing back pain each year, it’s not uncommon for us to be complaining about a sore back. For some of us, back pain can be treated and will leave us be, but for others it continues long after the body has healed.

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Summer Tips for Managing the Heat

Well, it's definitely summer in Australia and while our mates in Queensland are literally cooking eggs on their cars (not recommended), it's a good time to check in with loved ones and those who might be struggling today.

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Seizures - What is Happening in the Brain

The brain is a complex organ, hidden within its bony helmet. It controls everything we think and do. When there is a disturbance to the functioning of the brain, such as in epilepsy, the brain’s performance can be affected.

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Life After Stroke

Recovery after a stroke can be daunting but, if we think about the potential we have to get back into life, we can overcome the inevitable tiredness and give it our best shot.

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Living with Arthritis

Arthritis can pose some challenges to everyday activities however, it’s important to learn how to manage the symptoms to continue to live a fulfilling life.

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Summer Drink Recipes

We’ve got some tips and tasty alternatives to plain water that are perfect for any celebrations during the warmer months!

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Tips for Keeping You and Bub Cool This Summer

With the weather warming up, it can be a challenging time keeping cool if you’re pregnant or have a new baby at home.

There are lots of ways, however, you can help to make both you and your baby more comfortable on hot days.

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Infertility

Trying for a baby can be the most exciting time in a couple’s lives, but for those facing infertility it can be frustrating, exhausting and downright heartbreaking. There are so many reasons for infertility; some are temporary and some are permanent, and so many can go undiagnosed for years without specialist attention.

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The Fourth Trimester

There can be a lot of pressure placed on new mums to adapt to life with a new baby, like a duck takes to water. From getting your little one to sleep through the night to mastering breastfeeding, the list of “shoulds” is long and unrealistic.

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Accidental Poisoning and Children

Children are curious. They love to explore and as anyone with a small child will tell you, they love to put things in their mouths. They also like to copy adults and this might include “taking medicine”. Of course, they don’t understand the dangers that some products pose so it’s up to us to protect them.

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Overdose – What to Do in an Emergency

There are two main reasons people overdose and both are frightening for those involved in seeking help for the injured person.

The person affected might make a mistake with their prescription medication, or perhaps, take too much of a drug when getting ‘high’ on an illegal substance. Others may want to cause deliberate harm to themselves. Both require a response from those who are in a position to seek help for the person.

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Tips to Stay Safe at Festivals This Summer

Summer not only marks the return of great weather, long nights and stunning beach days in Victoria—it’s also festival season. Music, art, culture and food abound as a range of festivals kick off around the state. To help you have a safe and productive festival season this year, follow these tips.

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An Epworth Guide to Chickenpox and Measles

Naturally, we all want to protect our kids and, thanks to medical research, safe and effective vaccines have been available for many years to protect children from serious contagious diseases, including measles and chickenpox.

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Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis

Often called the ‘silent disease’, osteoporosis can develop without any signs or symptoms. Here’s some things you can do to help maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.

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Calling an Ambulance

When you’re faced with a medical emergency, the most important first step is to ring triple 000 and speak with an operator.

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When is an Allergic Reaction an Emergency?

In Australia, allergies are very common. Around 1 in 3 people will develop allergies at some point in their life. The most common allergic conditions are food allergies, eczema, asthma and hayfever.

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Tips to Stop a Nosebleed

Nosebleeds are an unfortunate commonality of life and can happen to anyone at any time. However, they’re usually not a signifier of an underlying health issue and can mostly be stopped through basic at home first aid.

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Imaging Safety

Getting an x-ray is not the frightening concept it once might have been. We know so much about all types of scans and the potential hazards and how to avoid them, and technology is rapidly advancing. Some hospitals even boast an EOS now, which allows them to complete scans with 6-9 times less radiation than typical x-rays.

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Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor

To reduce the risk of incontinence, it’s essential to maintain the strength of your pelvic floor muscles. We look at some exercises to help you strengthen your pelvic floor.

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Supporting a Loved One Diagnosed with Cancer

Providing support for a loved one who has been diagnosed is often a highly emotional and confronting challenge. Supporting roles can range from being a full-time carer to just doing your best to be there for a friend when you can.

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Five Ways to get Active This Weekend

The weekend is a perfect time to break free from the shackles of work and get active. But being active doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym or swinging kettlebells, and you’ll be pleased to know there are many ways to get active across Victoria that can complement your lifestyle. Here are five of them:

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Social Phobia

Remember that time you walked into a quiet room and unintentionally became ~that person~ making the loudest noise? Be it a meeting, an exam, or even a movie theatre. Your body flushed with embarrassment, humiliation, maybe even guilt?

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Why Do My Breasts Hurt?

Most women will experience breast pain at some stage in their lives. But what’s causing it? And how do you know if you need to go to a doctor? We look at some of the most common causes of breast pain and tips for relieving pain. 

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Mental Health Jargon Buster

Understanding mental health better is critical to knowing how to improve it. To empower people to make informed decisions about their own mental health and provide adequate support to others, we’ve busted some mental health jargon. Here are the key words and terms you should know:

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Cancer Staging

When diagnosed with cancer, your doctors next step will be to assess the size of the cancer and where it has started to grow. The area where your cancer has started to grow is referred to as ‘primary’ and if it spreads to other parts of the body, these areas will be referred to as ‘secondary’ or ‘metastases’.

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Back to School: Sports Injuries

The kids are finally back at school and parents rejoice, but school brings its own challenges with homework, the dreaded nits, and the far too common sports injuries. Why is it that kids can play all summer long with no more than a scratch but they’re back at school a week and have torn the knee out of their new school pants and have a broken ankle to go with it?

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Five Ways to Relax and Restore This Weekend

As we all know, relaxation is essential if we’re to stay physically and mentally well. It helps reduce anxiety and stress, it lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and relaxes our muscles.

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Tips for Managing Menopause

For many people, going through menopause can be an extremely uncomfortable experience. Whilst there is usually no avoiding menopause, there are some things that you can do to manage your symptoms.

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Life on Dialysis - What to Expect

Finding out that you will need dialysis can be really daunting. Here are some things that you should know before beginning treatment.

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Fear of Cancer Recurrence

One of the most common challenges faced by cancer survivors is a fear of the illness returning. This fear can likely come and go for significant periods of time, effecting physical wellbeing and often the ability to simply enjoy life and plan for the future.

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Chemotherapy - What to Expect

A cancer diagnosis is one that sends an emotional shockwave across the lives of both patients and their loved ones. However, early detection and advances in treatment can increase the potential of transforming cancer into a potentially manageable illness requiring regular monitoring.


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Dyspareunia: Painful Sex

So what exactly is Dyspareunia? Does it affect everyone? Is it common? Here’s some things you need to learn about a condition that you’ve probably never discussed.

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Should we Trust Doctor Google?

Let’s face it. It’s almost impossible not to seek out health information when we’re worried or unwell, despite warnings that we shouldn’t necessarily rely on Dr Google for advice. What could be easier than reaching for our phone or laptop to investigate?  

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Dementia: What Does It Look Like?

Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a specific, singular disease, rather a collection of symptoms that are caused by neurological disorders affecting the brain.

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Choosing the Right Contraception for You

With the variety of options that exist today, how do you know which method of contraception is the right one for you. We look at different types of contraception to keep you informed of the different options available.

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Maternity Wear

Congratulations on your growing bump! It’s such an exciting time and you’re no doubt feeling a mix of emotions...happy, scared, thrilled, tired! And a whole lot more! One thing you might be wondering about is how you’re going to dress your new shape. But we’re here to make that a little bit easier!

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Living with Osteoarthritis

Life with osteoarthritis can certainly be painful, but are there any dietary changes that can help you feel better? We look at some of the food myths and theories surrounding osteoarthritis

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Dealing with Exam Stress

Unlike numbers, you can’t always be divided into neat little fractions, when you subtract something from your life you will feel an emotional response, and when you think about your value as a person, the correct answer is immeasurable #TheLimitDoesNotExist. You are a person, you are not just a number.

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Caring for Your Kidneys

The kidneys play a vital role in keeping your body healthy, but how can we look after this underrated organ?

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Baby Burping Basics

With a whole lot of crying and feeding going on, all newborn babies will experience wind and burping can be done in a number of different ways.

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Five Ways to Reduce Rib Pain During Pregnancy

There are a number of reasons for rib pain during pregnancy, including your baby kicking your insides - it’s out of love, we’re sure! We’ve got some tips on how to relieve the discomfort.

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MOVE for Mental Health

Research has shown regular physical activity has a positive influence on sleep, mood, relationships and other lifestyle-related changes however, with 1 in 4 Australian's diagnosed with a mental illness the level of sedentary behaviour in this population group is startling.

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How to Survive Flu Season

It often starts with feeling a little sleepy or lethargic and before you know it, you’ve got the flu and it’s too late! Find out how you can keep well this flu season.

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Bald, Bold and Beautiful

“Will I lose my hair?” is often one of the first things asked when discussing chemotherapy as a treatment option and the answer is, “Maybe”.

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Menopause Hormone Therapy

Feel like you’re living on your own private, 500-degree, hot sun? Women can have a rough trot when it comes to hormones! What is Hormone Replacement Therapy and how can it help?

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The Sugar-High You Don't Want

A lot of people joke about a ‘sugar coma’ when indulging in too many sweets, but for some people it’s a very real risk. Find out what you need to know.

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Recognising Concussion

People often think of concussion as blacking out or becoming unresponsive, but it can be much more, or less, than that. So, what actually is concussion?

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Taking a Fall

We’ve all experienced feeling like we’ve got two left feet and tripped on nothing at all, but who is really at risk of having a fall?

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Stomach Pain You Shouldn’t Ignore

There’s no one answer to tummy pain. You can get a stomach ache from eating too much, laughing too much or doing too many sit ups, but when should you worry about abdominal pain?

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How to Spot Dehydration

We’ve all seen dehydrated fruit, right? The perfect snack! Apricots are typically around 81% water, falling just short is the human body which is about 75% water. When that balance is thrown off, it may be known as dehydration. So what is dehydration and what are the warning signs?

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Can Words Hurt?

It’s like a knife in my shoulder! My disc has slipped. My leg is dead. I have pins and needles!
As creatures who like to communicate, we often describe our experiences, whether good or bad, through metaphor and simile. Pain is one experience that is very hard to describe, so how is the language we use going to affect our pain?

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Weak at the Knees?

Every year around 8000 Australians experience their first kneecap dislocation, with many going on to suffer repeat dislocations. Goodness Me explores why our knees take a knocking and why surgery is often the best solution for a dislocated patella.

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Breaking Down Bariatric Surgery

Surgery for weight loss has become an increasingly common solution to the rising incidence of obesity. But, as with any procedure, a patient exploring bariatric surgery has a number of options to consider. Goodness Me looks at who bariatric surgery might suit, what is involved and what to expect a typical day’s meals to look like post-surgery.

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Can’t Keep Your Eyes Open?

If this is happening to you on a regular basis you could be suffering from excessive sleepiness, a condition that can and should be treated.

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Dense Breast Explained

Not sure what dense breast is? Or how dense breast affects your breast screenings? Breast Surgeon, Mr Su-Wen Loh (FRACS), explains everything you need to know.