Health and Wellbeing
More accurate than the Pap smear the cervical screening test is paving the way forward for prevention and reduction in cervical cancer diagnosis.
More accurate than the Pap smear the cervical screening test is paving the way forward for prevention and reduction in cervical cancer diagnosis.
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.
We caught up with Dr Kent Kuswanto, Epworth obstetrician and gynaecologist to talk all things periods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve got some tips and tasty alternatives to plain water that are perfect for any celebrations during the warmer months!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hypnobirthing has been developed to support and empower women to birth their baby in a gentle and calm environment. After all, birth is a normal and natural part of life!
You’re on a bed in a cold room and you’re heading straight into a machine that looks like a robot donut destined to take over the world. Oh, and you’re not allowed to move…
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.
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.
When you’re faced with a medical emergency, the most important first step is to ring triple 000 and speak with an operator.
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.
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.
The emergency department assesses & treats people with serious injuries as well as those in need of emergency treatment.
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.
Feel like you’re sitting too much? You probably are, but you’re definitely not alone.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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:
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’.
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?
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.
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.
Finding out that you will need dialysis can be really daunting. Here are some things that you should know before beginning treatment.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever thought about becoming an organ donor? Here’s 10 reasons why you should!
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?
What I hope is that in some way, this knead-to-dough advice helps you recognise that without having endured the tough experience(s), and/or those you are still enduring, you wouldn’t be the same you that you are right now.
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.
Hip pain can be caused by a variety of health issues but how do you know when it might be time for a hip replacement?
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.
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!
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
As more and more younger Australians are undergoing knee reconstructions, is there a way to reduce the rate of ACL injuries?
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.
For twenty-three years I’ve been an inpatient in hospital roughly a billion times - here are three things no one tells you about being in hospital.
The kidneys play a vital role in keeping your body healthy, but how can we look after this underrated organ?
Find out how to prepare for thunderstorm asthma and how it affects people with asthma and hay fever.
The diagnosis of kidney disease can be a tough pill to swallow, but it's important to remember that there are still ways to look after your mind, body and spirit.
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.
Every mum and bub will have a unique breastfeeding situation. For mums who are breastfeeding, we’ve got some tips that might help get the milk flowing.
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.
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.
Around 55,000 Australians per year will suffer from a heart attack – that’s one every ten minutes! But how do you know if you or someone around you is having a heart attack? And when do you call 000?
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.
Travelling with a health condition can be tough, but if you do decide to hit the road or head to the airport there are a few things you should consider!
“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”.
Periods shouldn’t be excruciating… Is yours?
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?
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.
If you haven’t been diagnosed then you may have never even heard of these conditions or know what they are, but chances are you know someone who suffers from one or the other.
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?
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?
You've fallen over, you landed hard, you heard something pop and you think 'I’ve broken my ankle!' but, have you really?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.