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Work and your health

(7 days ago) The most common health issues for office workers include musculoskeletal injuries such as repetitive strain injury (RSI). The rate of injury is highest in younger workers. Contributing factors may include job inexperience, lack of adequate training, and a tendency to work in jobs that present an increased risk of injury, such as retail.

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Managing your health

(2 days ago) health assessment if you have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (every three years). If you are over 50, it is important to have the tests above as well as to have: breast checks and mammograms (for women, check yourself regularly and have a mammogram every two years.

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Running and jogging

(2 days ago) Health benefits of running and jogging. Regular running or jogging offers many health benefits. Running can: help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise. strengthen muscles. improve cardiovascular fitness. burn plenty of kilojoules. help maintain a healthy weight.

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Health checks for men

(8 days ago) Health checks at home. Make health checks and staying well part of your regular routine. This will help you stay healthy and pick up potential problems early. Things you can do at home include: skin checks – check your skin regularly for unusual moles or freckles and look for any changes in the colour, size or shape of any spots. See your

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Regular health checks

(3 days ago) Regular health checks can identify any early signs of health issues. When you have a health check, your doctor will talk with you about your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle, including your diet, weight, physical activity, alcohol use and whether you smoke.

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Types of doctors and health professionals

(3 days ago) These health areas require the skills not only of doctors and nurses, but of other health professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and social workers. The combination of health professionals who look after your healthcare needs forms your healthcare team, each with their own role. Your doctor or GP

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Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and health issues

(1 days ago) Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are generated in the vicinity of power lines, mobile phones, mobile phone towers, broadcast towers and similar transmitters. Whether or not EMF can harm human health is a controversial issue. Scientific evidence does not demonstrate a causal link between typical exposures to EMF and adverse health effects.

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Body mass index (BMI)

(6 days ago) Body mass index (BMI) is an approximate measure of your best weight for health. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared (m 2 ). BMI is intended for adults only, as children and adolescents are constantly growing. This makes it difficult to have set values for BMI cut-offs for young people.

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Conditions and treatments

(9 days ago) Popular in conditions and treatments. Cholesterol - healthy eating tips. Have your cholesterol and triglycerides checked by your doctor regularly. Ovarian cancer. About 90 per cent of ovarian cancers occur in women over the age of 40. Like most cancers, risk increases with age.

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Climate change and health

(2 days ago) Climate change is a change in the world’s weather systems that occurs over decades. Most of the recent changes in our climate have been brought about by human activity. These changes will have significant consequences for our health, wellbeing and safety. Effects of climate change include increasing air and sea temperatures, changes in

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Mobile phones and your health

(6 days ago) Mobile telephones and health effects, 2010, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. More information here.; IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, 2011, World Health Organization. More information here.; Mobile phones and health 2004: Report by the Board of NRPB, 2004, Documents of the NRPB, vol. 15, no. 5, Radiation

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Health information and health products online

(2 days ago) A 2010 Nielsen study showed that searching for health and medical information was among the top 10 internet activities for online Australians over 16 years of age. We go online to find health information for a range of reasons, including to: Gather more information about a medically diagnosed disease or illness.

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Nutrition needs when you’re over 65

(1 days ago) The guidelines were developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with input from many food and nutrition experts, as well as members of the community. They are based on the best available science about the types and amounts of foods and dietary patterns that may promote health and wellbeing, and reduce the risk of diet-related

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Talking through problems

(1 days ago) Social worker (at your school or local community health centre) Kids Helpline – telephone counselling service for children and young people aged 5-25 (24 hours, 7 days) Tel. 1800 55 1800; Lifeline (24 hours, 7 days) Tel. 13 11 14; ReachOut forums; Beyond Blue (24 hours, 7 days) Tel. 1300 22 4636 – or chat online (1 pm to 12 am, 7 days)

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Canoeing and kayaking

(4 days ago) Health benefits of canoeing and kayaking. Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Specific health benefits include: Improved cardiovascular fitness. Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle.

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Chemicals in the home

(8 days ago) The Victorian Poisons Information Centre (Tel. 13 11 26) received 41,410 calls in 2017 – an average of 113 calls per day. Of this total, 85 per cent were calls about exposure to a poison; and 18,485 related to children under 15 years. Some people who are poisoned end up in hospital, and some die. So, it pays to know what chemicals are in your

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How to eat healthily

(6 days ago) National health survey: first results, 2017–18, 2019, Australian Bureau of Statistics Eating away from home, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government. Fat, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government. Healthy meal and snack ideas, 2015, Eat for Health, Department of Health, Australian Government.

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Resistance training – health benefits

(2 days ago) Health benefits of resistance training. Improved muscle strength and tone – to protect your joints from injury. Maintaining flexibility and balance, which can help you remain independent as you age. Weight management and increased muscle-to-fat ratio – as you gain …

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Meat and poultry

(3 days ago) Meat and poultry contain protein, which is important for growth and development, and other nutrients your body needs, such as iodine, iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Avoid processed meats to minimise your intake of salt and saturated fat. Choose lean cuts of meat and poultry, and follow the recommended serving size.

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Down syndrome and health

(1 days ago) A physically active lifestyle is recommended for general health and to combat this tendency. Neck problems In a small minority of children, there is increased mobility of the atlanto-axial joint. This is the joint that connects the two neck bones directly under the skull (known as the atlas and axis). This condition is known as atlanto-axial

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Slow transit constipation

(2 days ago) The type of surgery chosen depends on the location and extent of the affected bowel, and the health and age of the child. Options include: A colostomy is formed, where the bowel is re-routed through an artificial hole in the abdominal wall, and a colostomy bag is fitted. Sometimes, a temporary colostomy is …

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Kissing and your health

(Just Now) NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 606 024 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days) Things to remember. Kissing can transmit many germs, including those that cause cold sores, glandular fever and tooth decay. Saliva can transmit various diseases, which means that kissing is a small but significant health risk. It’s not all doom

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Sexuality explained

(6 days ago) A parent’s guide to their child’s sexuality, headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Department of Health, Australian Government.; About sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status discrimination, Australian Human Rights Commission.; All about being gay, ReachOut, Australia.; Factors affecting LGBTI people, Beyond Blue, Australia.; A language guide: trans and gender

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Walking for good health

(Just Now) Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.

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Diabetes and oral health

(1 days ago) Diabetes is a common disease among Australians, affecting almost 1.5 million people (around 7.6 per cent of the population). The first signs and symptoms of diabetes can occur in the mouth, so paying attention to your oral health can also lead to earlier diagnosis and …

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(8 days ago) Young people (13-19) Parents can offer information and guidance to support young people through their teenage years. Good nutrition, physical activity and sleep are important. Challenges include dealing with family issues, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, sex and relationships.

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