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Ways to Prevent Osteoarthritis

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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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 Reoccurrence

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 of 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.

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Keeping Pace

Pacemakers have been around for decades but advancements in technology mean this lifesaving device keeps getting smaller, smarter and more efficient. So who needs them and how do they work?

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Recovering from Concussion

Concussion most commonly occurs as a result of sports injuries, traffic accidents or falls. It is not always obvious when a head injury has resulted in a concussion. We look at the signs of concussion, when to present to hospital, and what to do when symptoms persist for several weeks.

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Serious Illness Linked to Poor Mental Health

We barely notice our bodies in good health. We walk around, eat, sleep, work, taking all of it for granted. Being diagnosed with a serious illness changes everything and this often has an affect on mental health.

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Don’t put up with Faecal Incontinence

It’s estimated up to five per cent of the population suffer from faecal incontinence. Sadly, many choose not to seek help for a condition that, in the majority of cases, can be treated simply without surgery. 

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Cutting the Stress for Kids in Emergency

Having to take your child to the emergency department is undoubtedly a stressful experience. But there are ways to reduce the stress, for all of you.

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Psychiatry and the Elderly, what to Expect

Dealing with a loved one’s cognitive decline can be challenging. From forgetfulness to depression and everything in between, the changes in the person’s outlook can almost feel like you are dealing with a different person. Goodness Me looks at old age psychiatry (a.k.a. psychogeriatrics or geriatric psychiatry), what to expect in ageing relatives and where to seek help.

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Seeking Balance

Life with a balance disorder can be debilitating. About 20 per cent of working age people will experience problems with balance in their lifetime which could have an affecteffect on their employment, recreational activities, even simple daily life. 

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Groin Hernia Surgery Explained

Many men will discover a groin hernia – known as an inguinal hernia – when a lump or bulge appears. Symptoms include groin tenderness, discomfit or pain, particularly when straining, bending over, or lifting anything heavy.

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Under Pressure: High Blood Pressure is the Silent Killer

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer in medicine, as it often has done the most damage before you even feel any symptoms. We take you through the signs to look out for, and the treatments to expect if you have high blood pressure.

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Migraines can be a real pain in the Neck

 

Regular headaches or migraines can be very debilitating. When looking for the causes of ongoing headaches, doctors may look to see if the pain is radiating from the neck up. We take you through some of the more common neck issues that could be causing regular headaches or migraines.

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Getting to the Heart of Breathlessness

Breathlessness from exertion in exercise is quite normal, until it is not. Many people experience a marked change in their breathing at some stage in their lives. Goodness Me finds out what to look out for and when to seek medical help if you are experiencing breathlessness.

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Managing the Risk of Stroke

A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted. Without blood flow, the brain is starved of oxygen and cells quickly die. Goodness Me explores ways of managing the risk of stroke.

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I can feel my Heartbeat: Heart Palpitations Explained

Can you feel your heart pounding in your chest? You may be getting heart palpitations. Goodness Me talks to an expert and looks at what to consider when you feel your heart marching to the beat of a different drum.

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Improving Quality of Life for Sufferers of Chronic Pain

When you or someone you care about experiences pain you do everything possible to alleviate it. But imagine if that pain proved resistant to your efforts, persisting way beyond what could be considered normal, or if its source proved difficult to pinpoint. 

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Raise Your Voice

Whether you’re a professional singer, university lecturer, barrister or work in customer service, your voice is quite possibly your most valuable assets. Looking after your voice is essential, and when it comes to disorders of the voice, early detection is the key to a good outcome. 

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Understanding Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can be unsightly and uncomfortable but are they dangerous? What causes them and what can be done to treat them?

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Supporting Someone with Bipolar Disorder

When a family member, partner or friend has Bipolar disorder knowing how to provide the right kind of support, without losing sight of your own needs, can be challenging. 

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Self Image and the Healing Process

While it might not have a direct effect on the disease, some patients find that taking charge of their appearance and maintaining some level of normality during the challenging treatment, can be extremely powerful. The right wig or makeup, even a little pampering, may make the world of difference in feeling a little more spoilt and a little less like a patient. 

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Rebuilding Body and Soul After Breast Cancer Treatment

For breast cancer patients, the end of active treatment signals the beginning of the next phase of their recovery. It can be a time of intense physical challenges and powerful emotions, when the support of expert clinicians and others going through the same experience can make all the difference. 

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Just Press Print

3D printing might seem more at home in the world of design and engineering, but this technology is also making tremendous waves in healthcare.

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Deep Brain Stimulation: A Pacemaker for the Brain

Deep brain stimulation has been used for many years for treating essential tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Earlier this year, Epworth Richmond implanted a DBS device on its first patient, who travelled from Western Australia to have the surgery. We look at what deep brain stimulation involves and how the first patient fared from it.

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A Look Inside the Body: Medical Imaging Explained

Medical imaging has come a long way since the days of the humble X-ray alone. There are now many choices available to doctors to view the inner machinations of the human body. Here we outline the most common forms of medical imaging, what they involve and what to expect from an appointment. 

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Throat Cancer: New Research Shows HPV Link

Mouth and throat cancers have long been linked to smoking, and there is a high prevalence of these cancers amongst smokers. However, there are increasing numbers of people with throat cancer from other causes, such as high alcohol consumption or people who test positive to a particular strand of the human papillomavirus. Goodness Me finds out more about mouth and throat cancers and what to look for.

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Sports Injuries: When to Seek Medical Help

Staying active through sport and exercise is great, but when an injury happens, it is important to know when to seek help. Epworth’s head of Emergency, Dr Ron Sultana, takes us through to most common sports injuries and when to seek professional assistance

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Complimentary Therapies to Consider During Cancer Treatment

We all want to be better sooner, so it’s not uncommon to look into complimentary therapies to complement traditional medicine while undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. We speak to the experts about alternative treatments and why it’s valuable to talk to your specialist.

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Heading Off Hay Fever

Does the idea of spring approaching have you cringing and running for cover? When you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) dreams of springtime picnics and longer sunny days are frequently overshadowed by chronic sneezing and itching. 

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Tomosynthesis: A New Tool for Detecting Breast Cancer

Mammograms are a big part of both detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. A new kind of mammogram called tomosynthesis lets radiologists get a more accurate and detailed view of breast tissue. We investigate what breast tomosynthesis involves.

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Depression in the Elderly

Depression remains the most common mental health challenge in the elderly. It is often under-diagnosed and consequently, under-treated, causing a real challenge for the patient and their families.  

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When Morning Sickness Lasts All Day

Many women experience a bit of nausea during pregnancy, especially during the last weeks of the first trimester. But for some mums-to-be, their nausea and vomiting are so bad that they can’t even get out of bed, and living a normal life is simply impossible. This condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. 

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When to see a Dietitian

There is an enormous amount of misinformation readily available regarding nutrition, which spreads quickly through social media. Epworth Accredited Practising Dietitian Emma Caldwell, takes us through some of the reasons to see a dietitian, and more importantly, what differentiates a dietitian from someone providing dietary advice.

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Get Active to Manage Stress

Stress. It’s an expected response to adverse or dangerous situations. A small amount can be a good thing, increasing our energy and helping us to focus on things we find challenging. Too much can seriously affect our quality of life and contribute to a range of physical and mental health problems. 

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What's Involved in Breast Reduction Surgery?

Have you ever wondered what's involved in breast reduction surgery? Epworth Plastic Surgeon Dean Trotter talks to our Goodness Me blog to explain what you can expect, and what is involved with the reduction procedure.

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Why Does Hair Change Colour and Turn Grey?

Most of us find our first “greys” by the time we turn 30, usually at the temples, then later, across the scalp. While many people find the salt and pepper look appealing, others go to great lengths to conceal these locks.

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The Importance of Bowel Screening

With more people aged 50 and over opting to have regular bowel screens, the incidence of bowel cancer has been on the decline. As June’s Bowel Cancer Awareness month wraps up, Epworth Gastroenterologist Dr Wayne Friedman explains it’s still a good idea to get screened if you’re slightly younger, or are in a risk group.

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Exercise Improves Outcomes for Cancer Patients

Up until fairly recently, the advice to cancer patients during treatment was to rest as much as necessary. But a revolution of sorts is underway as the remarkable, positive affect exercise can have on a patients’ ability to cope with treatment and their future health is revealed.

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Which Stretch is Best?

Whether you’re a daily walker, a cross-fit fanatic or play basketball for the local club, launch into your activity without warming up and you risk getting sidelined with an injury. But is there a right way to do it?

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Sentinel Node Biopsy Explained

One of the most recent advances in the diagnosis of the spread of breast cancer is the use of a sentinel node biopsy. So what does it involve and what has it replaced?

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Breast Cancer in the Family: What are the Chances?

Around one in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer by the time they are 80. When a diagnosis of breast cancer occurs, many family members worry that there may be an inherited genetic link. So how do you know whether your family is at risk?