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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?

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Make it a Healthy, Happy Easter

It’s easy to get carried away at Easter and turn a day of indulgence into a four-day chocolate binge. But it is possible to have a healthy Easter without having to sacrifice the sweetness.

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Spider Bite? Treat it Right

Australia is home to many of the world’s most venomous spiders, but the majority are relatively harmless to humans. Do you think you can tell the difference? And would you know how to treat a venomous bite?

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Breast Screening Vital for Early Cancer Detection

Regular breast checks are something many women think about doing but tend to put off. Epworth medical oncologist Dr Ross Jennens urges all Australian women to take advantage of free breast screening once they turn 40.

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Not so Risky Business: The Truth About Radiation Oncology

While a cancer diagnosis can be a very confronting time, many patients also worry whether the treatment will bring additional health issues down the track. Here we explore some of the common queries about radiation treatment.

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The Top 8 Annual Health Checks to Consider

The beginning of the year is a great time to get your health in order for the year ahead. Particularly as we get older, we are more vulnerable to a whole range of illnesses and diseases, some that have no warning signs or symptoms.

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So You’re Pregnant... What Now?

Once that pregnancy test comes up positive, it can feel like you need an interpreter and a Masters degree just to understand what will be expected of you over the next nine months and beyond.

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What Makes You Tick?

One of the latest advancements in the area of coronary artery disease is the use of bio-absorbable stents. This new technology is an alternative to coronary artery by-pass, whereby clogged arteries are replaced by grafting an artery from another part of the body so the coronary arteries can function effectively. 

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Skin Checks: Are You At Risk?

Every adult should check their skin at the start of summer. That’s the key message coming from Epworth HealthCare's Director of Dermatology Professor Rodney Sinclair.

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Does Your BMI Really Matter?

Many people don’t realise that a traditional body mass index (BMI) calculation is not the best way to measure excess weight, with more and more people now turning to body composition scans to better understand and manage their health.

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When to Visit the Emergency Department

Most of us could comfortably treat a minor scrape or manage a low-grade fever at home, but if you, or someone close to you, is seriously hurt or becomes very unwell it’s time to visit the Emergency Department.

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Don’t Let Food Poisoning Spoil the Party!

It’s summer time, but before you fire up the BBQ or start setting up the buffet table take a moment to think about safety and avoid a nasty bout of food poisoning. 

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When the Sandman Doesn't Bring You Sleep

Feeling dozy during the day? Struggling to get to sleep at night? You are not alone. Adults are increasingly suffering from a lack of sleep. So how much sleep does your body actually need, and how can you tell if you have a sleep problem?

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Managing Everyday Anxiety

It is normal for individuals to experience feeling stressed or worried following a stressful or high pressure situation. These tips can help manage some everyday anxiety.

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Depression: More Than Just a Low Mood?

Depression is more than just low mood, it’s a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health. Often people who are suffering from depression, lose interest in work and hobbies and generally find it difficult to manage from day to day.