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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.

Understanding Anaesthetic

Understanding Anaesthetic

Dr. Sam Hay

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.

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know that 70,000 Aussies are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease? According to health professional Dr. Sam, "Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious in the sense that we don't really know what triggers the immune system to attack our body this way, but we do know the main risk factors. IBD is a serious condition, but if you look after yourself, it shouldn't rule your life." In this article, Dr. Sam explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease entails, factors that may affect IBD risk, and the treatment that is available.

Lung Disease

Lung Disease

Dr. Sam Hay

"Imagine having to think about every breath you take. Every single one. Each breath taking every effort you have. According to Dr Sam, "That's what it can be like living day to day with a chronic lung disease. It's a massive problem in Australia, causing about one in seven deaths. Some lung issues are temporary, your friendly doctor can help fix them with a bit of TLC or a course of antibiotics. But there are more serious lung problems that if left untreated can really effect our quality of life. In this article, Dr Sam discusses the symptoms we need to be aware of when it comes to the health of our lungs.

 

Melanoma Exposed.

Melanoma Exposed.

Dr. Sam Hay

Did you know by the time you get home from work each day, 35 Australians will have been diagnosed with Melanoma. Even worse five will have died. According to Dr. Sam, "While it’s a relatively rare skin cancer, only making up 2% of all skin cancers, it’s the deadliest. It grows and spreads quickly and that’s why it causes 75% of skin cancer deaths in Australia". With this in mind Dr Sam provides a comprehensive overview of the the facts surrounding Melanoma and what we we do to prevent it. 

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