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Woman’s Health

Supporting Vaginal Health with Probiotics

March 22, 2017

Women’s urogenital tracts abound with bacteria – when we have a dominance of ‘good’ bacteria, the vagina is healthy, but when ‘bad’ bacteria dominates, we can run into problems like bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candida infection (thrush).

While taking an oral probiotic, which may have additional benefits, can be the perfect tool for maintenance of vaginal health, a pessary may provide a fast-acting boost in good bacteria in times of imbalance.

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Folic Acid And Fertility – Doing More Harm Than Good?

May 25, 2016

No woman who’s expecting, or expecting to expect, can avoid the advice, from any doctor or health site worth its salt: Take folic acid.

But with levels of infertility, multiple miscarriages and failed IVF attempts on the rise, we need to take a closer look at our genetics – the MTHFR gene could be the key to conception.

The MTHFR gene directly dictates if folic acid, folinic acid or 5-MTHF is the best way to improve your folate levels for successful conception.

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Managing Asthma – Your Step by Step Guide

March 9, 2016

Asthma can be a frightening condition to experience and horrible to witness.

One in ten people in Australia has asthma and it affects people of all ages.

In conjunction with intelligent application of conventional medicine and natural therapies, asthmas impact can be managed.

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72 Million Tears for Johnson & Johnson

February 26, 2016

The American multinational company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $US 72 million to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to using their talcum powder.

Jacqueline Fox had previously noted that she used two of the company’s talc-based products — Baby Powder and Shower to Shower — as feminine hygiene products for more than 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago.

The verdict opens up the floodgates for pending claims against Johnson & Johnson where there is currently 1200 lawsuits in the US from customers who claim they were not warned about the risks.

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Paracetamol Increases Risk of Asthma in Babies

February 17, 2016

Pregnant women may need to rethink taking paracetamol for pain relief as research has shown modest associations with taking paracetamol during pregnancy with a risk of developing asthma in the infant/child.

Worryingly the research also indicated that babies who were given paracetamol in the first 6 months of life were almost a third more likely to develop asthma.

The next time mums to be or parents reach for the paracetamol, think about these potential ramifications and reconsider whether there may be other less harmful options.

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Polypharmacy – Too Much of a Bad Thing for Our Elderly!

February 12, 2016

Do you know someone who has more than four types of medication in the bathroom cabinet?

Rather than improving health outcomes, it’s a major cause for alarm – polypharmacy (the use of four or more medications by a patient) leads to an increased risk of frailty or death in our elderly as shown by research conducted by an Australian cohort.

Half of Australians over 65 years of age take at least five different types of medicine (prescription and non-prescription). Among over 75-year-olds, the numbers are even higher.

As health practitioners we need to provide better alternatives and perhaps think about reducing or stopping many medications altogether to minimise drug related problems.

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Female Viagra – Now In a Pink Pill

August 28, 2015

A little pink pill, designed and marketed to increase female libido, has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee.

The pharmaceutical company who owns the drug Sprout Pharmaceuticals, now wants to start working with international drug regulators to market the product globally.

Critics say that hypoactive sexual desire disorder is a condition has been partly created by drug companies seeking to cash in on what could be normal behaviour.

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Birth Weight a Factor in Childhood Cancer

July 15, 2015

An important piece of the puzzle in how to possibly prevent or reduce childhood cancers has recently come to light.

A study released July 2015 in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology announced that the occurrence of childhood cancer rises as birthweight increases.

This finding, in conjunction with other genetic and environmental factors will advance more accurate treatment protocols and advice when addressing these insidious and devastating childhood diseases.

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Lose Weight and Lose Your PCOS!

December 12, 2012

Can cutting sugar and losing weight be the key to getting rid of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for good?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health condition associated with weight gain, acne, infertility and abnormal hair growth.

The contraceptive pill is not the only option for sufferers. Losing weight quickly with PCOS is difficult, but taking the right steps can help you begin to slim down.

Find out what else can you be doing to ditch your PCOS today!

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