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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

This month we raise awareness for a disease that affects 1 in 13 Australians. Bowel cancer (also known as colorectal cancer) is cancer of the colon or rectum (1). Most bowel cancers develop from polyps, which are small growths located on the bowel wall (2). Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer…
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Burns Awareness

National Burns Awareness Month this year is raising awareness of the correct first aid for minor burns as only a third of Australians understand how to treat these burns at home. Burns can be caused by a number of things- flames, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, hot liquids, electricity, lightning and certain chemicals. All burns require immediate…
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Meningococcal Disease

  Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (or meningococcus). There are 13 known types (or serogroups) of the bacterium and globally the ones that commonly cause disease are A, B, C, W 135 and Y. In Australia, serogroup B causes most disease, especially since the meningococcal serogroup C (‘MenC’) vaccine program began…
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Incontinence, take control

Urinary incontinence is a condition that affects men, women and the elderly. It is defined as the unintentional passing of urine from the bladder, which may be an occasional small dribble or a large flood. It is thought that urinary incontinence affects up to 37 per cent of Australian adult women and 13 per cent…
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Managing eczema

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterised by dry, itchy and red patchy skin. It can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found on the bends of the arms and backs of knees. Causes of eczema may be due to various factors such as genetics, environmental irritants or immune responses. Our…
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Under pressure

Between 2011 and 2012, there were 4.6 million Australians (32%) aged 18 years and over with high blood pressure (greater or equal to 140/90mmHg) or taking medication for high blood pressure. It is estimated that of these 68 per cent or 3.1 million had uncontrolled or under-managed high blood pressure. What is blood pressure? When…
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Pear, Cinnamon and Walnut Strudel

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Serves: 8 INGREDIENTS 750g Beurre Bosc pears, peeled, cored and diced 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon zest 1 lemon 2 teaspoons lemon juice ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup ½ cup sultanas ½ cup walnuts, chopped 100g unsalted butter 1 cup (70g) fresh breadcrumbs 8 large sheets filo pastry…
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Curry, Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Serves: 6 INGREDIENTS 1kg carrots, peeled and chopped into 2cm pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon Herbies curry powder 40g butter 2 large leeks, sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed 500ml apple and carrot juice 1.5 litres vegetable stock 2 teaspoons finely chopped mint leaves 2 teaspoons…
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Ask the Pharmacist Winter Edition

Q: How can I prevent getting a cold this winter? A: The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus. There are over 200 types of viruses that can cause the common cold and this is why it is difficult to develop a vaccine to prevent it. Colds are spread more…
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Winter and Vitamin D Deficiency

It turns out there’s a reason Winter can make us feel a little blue and surprisingly, it’s not caused by Summer withdrawals. Now that the sun has taken a vacation, it’s important to monitor your vitamin D levels so you can stay healthy all year round. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and it plays…
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