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Arthritis

Arthritis

Dr. Sam Hay
Did you know arthritis affects about one in eight Australians? According to Dr Sam, "The term ‘arthritis’ means inflammation or swelling of the joints, and it’s a general name given to a big cluster of conditions. Whilst there are over a hundred conditions that fall under the ‘arthritis’ banner, over 95% are caused by osteoarthritis,  rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Regardless of the underlying cause, the main symptoms are relatively standard – joint pain, swelling, and stiffness.  Regrettably, Arthritis, no matter what the cause is not curable, however, it’s definitely manageable". In this article Dr. Sam discusses how early intervention can delay the progression and offers his advice on how we can make living with arthritis easier?
What Is Endometriosis?

What Is Endometriosis?

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know that 76 million women worldwide suffer with endometriosis? But what exactly is it. According to professional GP, Dr. Sam, "The term endometriosis has its roots with the word ‘endometrium’. This is the lining of the womb (uterus) that changes with the normal menstruation cycle, shedding away to cause your ‘period’. In endometriosis, little patches of this lining occur in places they shouldn’t – all through the pelvis and abdomen – attached to your ovaries, bowel, abdominal wall, and every other organ that gets in their way. Influenced by the natural cycling of hormones, these patches grow and change just like a normal endometrium should, consequently inflaming and irritating tissues around them. A variety of symptoms result, but the most classic are pain and infertility." In this article, Dr. Sam breaks offers his advice on the symptoms to look out for and the treatment options available.

Why am I So Tired all the Time?

Why am I So Tired all the Time?

Dr. Sam Hay
"I’m so tired!" How often do you say this? How often do you hear other people say it? According to Australian GP, Dr. Sam, "Of all the patients I see every week, it seems at least half of them book an appointment because they are tired. Fatigue is one of the most common, yet unexplained complaints GP's are presented with. Part of the reason for its prevalence, is that almost any illness can have tiredness as a symptom. The good news is it's very unlikely that your lack of energy is something sinister. The most likely cause of fatigue is stress - our lives are just too busy." In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Sam offers his expert advice on some of the causes – and how to deal with them.
Managing Back Pain

Managing Back Pain

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know that back pain is incredibly common? According to medical professional and HIF blogger, Dr. Sam, "If you’re an Aussie, then you’re almost certain to suffer a bout of back pain at some stage in your life, in fact 80% of us do. It’s just far too common, associated with more global disability than any other condition." We chatted to Dr. Sam to get his advice on everything you need to know about back pain. Including the serious red flags to look out for, what can help to prevent back pain and what can help ease the pain and aid recovery.

Why Are Regular Cervical Smear Tests So Important?

Why Are Regular Cervical Smear Tests So Important?

Dr. Sam Hay
Despite the benefits of cervical screening, many women don’t attend their appointments, which has previously led to an increase in women getting cervical cancer. According to GP, Dr. Sam " This year we can expect about 1000 Australian women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, with only 70% expecting to survive beyond five years." With these alarming statistics in mind, we caught up with Dr. Sam to get his advice on everything you need to know about cervical screening. Including how often you should be screened, the future of screening, what’s involved and when a trip to your GP in advance of your screening appointment might be needed.
World No Tobacco Day -  The Cold Hard Facts About Smoking

World No Tobacco Day -  The Cold Hard Facts About Smoking

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know that today is World No Tobacco Day? This day is all about the dangers of smoking, not only to each individual’s health and wallet, but to everyone worldwide According to medical health professional Dr. Sam Hay, "By 2030 – 8 million people will die every single year from tobacco use. That’s the entire population of Switzerland or the United Arab Emirates, or all of Sydney and Brisbane combined – each and every twelve months." In this article Dr. Sam presents the cold hard facts about smoking, that in some ways, can be even more confronting than those images on the ciggie packs that have been in place for more than 10 years.

What is Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)?

What is Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)?

Dr. Sam Hay

We’re all familiar with the ‘2&5’ rule, not to mention the popular raw food movement. For many Aussies however, enjoying raw fruit and veg simply isn’t an option. Enter ‘Oral Allergy Syndrome’, or OAS to its friends. A relatively common condition which causes a range of different reactions from tingling tongues, itchy throats and swollen lips to more serious consequences like vomiting and abdominal pain. In some extreme cases, although uncommon, OAS can even trigger life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The thought of being unable to snack on a juicy peach or crunchy carrot made us curious -  what are the symptoms and triggers of OAS, and how can it be treated? Thankfully, our resident GP Dr. Sam Hay was on hand to tell us more...
 

Understanding Postnatal Depression and PNDA

Understanding Postnatal Depression and PNDA

Dr. Sam Hay
Did you know that one in seven Aussie mums suffer from post-natal depression? According to medical professional Dr. Sam, "It’s a condition that effects all women, of all cultures and all ages. It can occur with the first baby, the fourth, or with every single baby a mum has. Recent understanding of mood disorders in mums has broadened, leading to a more universal term of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety – PNDA – rather than just ‘postnatal depression’. PNDA can pop up out of the blue for the most stoic of mums who have always been well. The greatest risk however lies with mums who have had past episodes of depression, anxiety, and especially PNDA." In this article, Dr Sam describes the symptoms to look out for and most importantly how to understand PNDA and how to deal with it. 
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