January 2017

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Is Dry January Beneficial?

Did you have a booze free January? According to our resident GP, Dr. Sam, "With the festive season well and truly over, the month of January is usually time for sober session to kick in - or as our friends in the UK would call it, "Dry January". Whilst he agrees that abstaining from alcohol for 31 days is a great way to make up for any over indulgence; it's important to note that any short-term health benefits will be erased if previous drinking patterns return. As January comes to an end, we caught up with Dr Sam to hear more about his thoughts on this campaign and his advice on what a “safe” amount of alcohol is to drink.

Category: General Medical
New Year Dental Habits

Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to be healthier but do your health resolutions for 2017 include improving your dental health? Healthy teeth can lead to a better smile and overall better health, so if you've decided to make your teeth a priority this year, follow Dr. Emma's four simple steps to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.

Category: Dental Health
The Healing Power of Hugs

Could a hug a day keep the doctor away? According to psychologist and mental health blogger, Dr. Happy, "Research has shown that hugs cause us to feel “warm and fuzzy” inside as well as more socially connected. Hugs, and physical contact more generally, improve the intimacy of our close relationships and they’re even beneficial for our social relationships too. They lower blood pressure and some studies suggest they might even alleviate fears and anxieties. Physical contact with a loved one has also been found to slow heart rates and reduce stress." In this article, Dr. Happy discusses the healing power of hugs. 

Category: Mental Health
Understanding Anaesthetic

When it comes to medical procedures, an anaesthetic is usually required; however, patients are often unclear about the various types of anaesthesia. To help clear up the confusion, we asked Dr Sam Hay to explore the differences between local, regional, twilight and general anaesthesias, so that we can understand what it is and how it works.

Category: General Medical
The Cost of an Ambulance Ride

Just like an insurance policy on your house, we know we need ambulance cover but hope we never collect on it. Unfortunately accidents and other medical emergencies happen and an ambulance needs to be called to transfer patients to hospital quickly while providing care. Patients being transferred between hospitals and medical appointments may also require an ambulance. The ambulance is often the first of many medical bills. But exactly what does it cost to take a trip in an ambulance?

Category: Emergency Care
Caring for your Eyes this Summer

We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun during the summer months, but many people neglect to show their eyes the same level of care. A day of fun in the sun can result in short and long-term damage to your eyes. It is possible for your corneas to be sunburned. Follow these steps to ensure your eyes aren’t at risk of premature ageing and burning this summer. 

Category: Optical Health
Reducing Sugar in your Child's Diet

Celebrity chefs and weight loss experts have been encouraging us to eat less sugar for some years. Sugar is partly to blame for more than 60% of Australian adults who are considered to be overweight or obese. PhD researcher Masoor Shariff compared sugar consumption to drug abuse and found some similarities in changes to the layout of our brain cells. With the evidence mounting against sugar, what can you do to wean your child off their high sugar diet?

Category: Nutrition
Preventing Nausea During Pregnancy

Morning sickness is one of the early signs of pregnancies. Tell-tale nausea usually starts at week four and for most women finishes by the 14th week however nausea and vomiting can continue throughout the pregnancy for some. While symptoms are often worse in the morning, some women can feel unwell at any time of the day and suffer from morning sickness all day. 

Category: Maternity Care
Healthy Broccoli, Apple and Bacon Salad

We might be into a new year, with the ‘naughty food’ season behind us, but healthy food doesn’t need to be boring. If you’re the kind of person who likes an explosion of different flavours and textures, then this salad is definitely for you. This recipe by Scrummy Lane combines crunchy broccoli, fresh apple, sharp cheddar cheese, flavoursome bits of bacon, salty peanuts, a zing of raw onion and a creamy and light dressing. Delicious by itself or you can serve it with grilled fish or meat too. We hope you enjoy! 

Category: Recipes
The Importance of Financial Fitness in the New Year

The New Year has begun, and while some of you may have kicked off your New Year’s resolutions of a better diet, more exercise, spending more time with family, it's also important to think about your financial fitness. According to Money and Insurance Expert, Bessie Hassan from finder.com.au, "Financial fitness doesn’t necessarily need to be as scary as it may sound. It’s simply a matter of lining up your expenses so you can see where your money is being spent. Don’t let financial stress put a dampener on 2017. By establishing good habits now, you’ll be able to have a happy and financially healthy New Year! With this in mind, Bessie has provided a quick financial fitness guide for 2017.

Category: HIF News
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