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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. 
Does Your Child Have a Food Allergy?

Does Your Child Have a Food Allergy?

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know that nine common foods are responsible for over 90% of allergic reactions? According to our resident GP Dr. Sam, "Cow's milk, egg, peanut, sesame, soy, tree nuts, wheat and shellfish are the main culprits”. But what exactly causes a food allergy and more importantly why are they becoming increasingly more common in Australian kids? Well, current research indicates that a fear of allergies to foods such as peanuts has led many parents to delay when they introduce these types of foods to their babies. Despite their best intentions though, Dr Sam says that this has in fact compounded the issue – “as ALL foods must be introduced early in a baby’s diet.” In this latest article for HIF, Dr. Sam sifts through the facts to discuss what all parents really need to know about food allergies.

Living With Migraines

Living With Migraines

Dr. Sam Hay

Do you suffer from migraines? If you do, you're not alone. According to GP, Dr. Sam, "Overall 12% of Aussies are estimated to suffer a migraine at some stage in their lives, that's nearly a whopping 3 million people! Striking most commonly in our thirties, migraines carry significant social, economical, and personal consequences." So what exactly are migraines and what do we need to know about them? We caught up with Dr. Sam to find out more. 

Is Dry January Beneficial?

Is Dry January Beneficial?

Dr. Sam Hay

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.

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