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May
10
2017

Energy drinks can be dangerous for teens with heart issues

Energy drinks can be dangerous for young people with heart issuesHigh amounts of sugar and caffeine can aggravate underlying heart issues, causing fatal arrhythmias To many adolescents and young adults, energy drinks have become essential for getting through the day. But they carry a serious risk of sudden death, a new study finds. An international research team, led by Dr. Fabian Sanchis-Gomar of Madrid, Spain, has concluded that energy drinks are the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths in young, healthy individuals. The main concern is that these beverages can easily aggravate underlying heart issues. Because of their high amounts of caffeine and sugar, dangerous arrhythmias can easily develop in the hearts of young people who drink them. Many people already balk at the high amounts…

Apr
4
2017

Nut Co-Allergies Fewer Than Indicated by Positive Tests

A new study shows that virtually all test subjects allergic to peanut were in fact not clinically allergic to other nuts, despite positive skin or blood test results for those other nuts. An oral food challenge, administered by an allergist, was found to be the most accurate way to determine nut co-allergies. Specifically, the researchers found that almond might be introduced into the diet of patients with peanut allergy without the need to perform skin prick tests, sIgE or oral food challenges because 100% of subjects in their study actually passed the almond nut oral challenge. A summary of the study is included below… Nut allergy tests ‘inaccurate’29 March 2017 6Minutes.com.au Skin and blood testing is an inaccurate way of identifying nut co-allergies, experts warn. That’s because people…

May
26
2016

Doctors Liz and Tibby Form 2016 Oxfam Trailwalker Team

Dr Tibby (GP at our Bundilla Clinic) and Dr liz (GP at our Brightwater Medical Centre) will be participating on 17th June in the Brisbane Oxfam Trailwalker. This is a 100km non-stop walk around D'Aguilar National Park (west of Brisbane) which will see teams walking through the night (up to 48 hours) to raise money for Oxfam). Liz and Tibby’s intrepid team has modestly called itself … Blisters On Buderim. Oxfam Australia works with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. Together, we are promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching skills to grow food and advocating for their basic rights. By supporting Oxfam Trailwalker, you are making a significant difference to people living in poverty around the world.Oxfam also offers disaster…

Oct
13
2015

Brisbane Flu Strain Hits Hard

Queensland is in the midst of its worst flu season on record, hit hard by a strain not included in the free vaccination program. Around 15,000 cases of influenza have been reported in the state so far this year, roughly 5000 more than in the same period of 2014. More than 10,000 cases involved the so-called Brisbane strain of Influenza B. The government-funded flu vaccine provides protection against Influenza A California, Influenza A Switzerland and Influenza B Phuket, but not the Influenza B Brisbane strain. Source: 6Minutes September 2015

Jul
21
2015

Four Allergy Myths Worth Busting

Allergies are on the rise across the developed world and hay fever and eczema have trebled in the last 30 years. Yet allergies are an area of much confusion and concern. Although 40% of people report having a food allergy, in fact only 1-5% do, and allergists commonly report spending most of their consultations refuting firmly held beliefs that have no scientific foundation. Theories about allergy – some from medical research and some from lifestyle “gurus” – have led to conflicting information, making it hard to know what to believe. Because of this,Sense About Science worked with me and a number of allergists, immunologists, respiratory scientists and pharmacists to produce Making Sense of Allergies, a guide tackling the many myths and misconceptions about allergies. One common myth – something…

Mar
5
2015

Paracetamol Not Suitable for Long-term Use

Long-term use of paracetamol poses a small increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a review of eight studies. This means doctors should consider advising their patients on alternatives for long-term treatment, says researcher Professor Philip Conaghan of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine. His team analysed several studies relating to the use of paracetamol and published their results in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Two studies found a correlation between an increased relative rate of mortality from 0.95 to 1.63 and increasing doses of paracetamol. Four showed a link between paracetamol use and an increased risk ratio of cardiovascular problems, while another found an increased rate of gastrointestinal…

Feb
17
2015

What is the Paleo Diet?

Heralded for its long list of health benefits, the Paleo Diet has made its way into the mainstream over the past few years thanks to numerous best-selling books and TV celebrities such as My Kitchen Rules chef Pete Evans spreading the word about Paleo. Pete's book Family Food has enjoyed much success, and Paleo based food blogs and programs are springing up all over the internet. Converts are raving about the diet in their social circles and gyms, leaving many of us wondering what exactly is this Paleo diet we keep hearing all about? Also referred to as the "Primal", "Caveman" or "Stone Age" diet, the Paleo Diet is based on core principles from our hunter-gatherer, ancestral lifestyle. Although at first glance it may appear to be another new fad diet, Paleo is actually about returning to a…

Jan
21
2015

Link Made Between Uncontrolled Asthma and Mental Health Disorder

Adolescents with poorly controlled asthma are putting their mental health on the line, report Australian researchers. Their survey of 533 people aged 12-25 with asthma shows just over half have K10 scores which suggest they are likely to have a mental health disorder. This is double the rate in the wider adolescent population. A survey report released by Asthma Australia calls for GPs to better educate young patients on the management of their condition. It also highlights the need for additional training and support for GPs. The data shows few adolescents take their daily preventive medications, with many relying heavily on reliever medications such as Ventolin. “These young people’s reasons for not taking medications regularly included feeling well (and therefore feeling that the medications…

Dec
30
2014

Hungry and Overweight

When we think about people suffering from malnutrition, those struggling with obesity don't usually come to mind. We often relate malnutrition and hunger with people living in poverty or in developing countries where access to food is limited.  It is possible, however, to be overweight and malnourished. For some, it doesn't seem to matter how much they eat, they're still hungry. Why? Because they're eating the wrong foods. While many preach that "a calorie is a calorie" and that the sources of calories don't matter, this simply isn't true. From a nutritional standpoint, 100 calories of lollies is not equivalent to 100 calories of broccoli. The body requires micronutrients - vitamins and minerals - to function properly, and when these aren't received the body becomes malnourished. This can…

Nov
19
2014

No Bull, Energy Drinks are a Mother of a Problem

Energy drinks should be regarded as a public health risk, says the World Health Organisation, which wants doctors to be vigilant for signs of caffeine intoxication, withdrawal and dependence. The organisation wants tighter controls for the drinks, which are becoming increasingly popular with children and adolescents around the world. The labelling, distribution and sale of the drinks should be better regulated, say WHO researchers. The most popular brands in Australia are Red Bull, V and Mother. The researchers conducted a literature review that shows concerns in the scientific community about the potential adverse health effects of the popular products are “broadly valid”. “The risks of heavy consumption of energy drinks among young people have largely gone unaddressed and are poised…

Oct
23
2014

Curve Lurve- Are you showing your breasts the lurve they need?

Breast Awareness- What does it really mean? Breast awareness means getting to know your breasts so you know what's normal for you and actively taking care of your pair. Once you're familiar with how your breasts look and feel, you'll be able to pick up any changes, and generally feel more confident that your pair is in perfect shape.To be breast aware, follow this simple process and remember to repeat each month:

Look - at the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look.

Lurve - your pair. Feel all of your breasts and nipples looking for anything that isn't normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line and under your armpit too.

Learn - what is normal for you! Breasts…

Sep
30
2014

Lifestyle Tips for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Seven new dietary and lifestyle 'guidelines' could help doctors better communicate with patients about how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. “Individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease make decisions about diet and lifestyle on a daily basis and need to act on the best evidence available to them,” says the paper published in the journal Neurobiology of Ageing. One guideline recommends limiting intake of saturated and trans-fats, based on well-controlled studies that show high intake increase the rate of decline in cognitive abilities with age. Another says vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains should replace meat as primary staples of the diet. At least three recommendations focus on the role of multiple vitamins that reduce Alzheimer’s risk, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin…

Aug
11
2014

Studies Claim an Aspirin a Day Keeps Cancer at Bay

If everyone aged between 50 and 65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a significant reduction in the number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks, leading preventive health experts say. In assessing the prophylactic use of aspirin, researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Cancer Prevention conclude the benefits of the drug outweigh the harms. Their analysis of recent systematic reviews shows an aspirin a day can significantly reduce the risk of developing – and dying from – the major cancers of the digestive tract including bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer. The findings published in Annals of Oncology could be a game-changer in preventive health, says lead author Professor Jack Cuzick. “Whilst there are some serious side effects…

Jul
7
2014

Protein Powder is a Waste of Time and Money - Unless You're an Elite Athlete

In a society that's becoming obsessed with high protein diets, the advent of mass produced protein powders couldn't come soon enough. Yet, the lowdown from nutritionists is that protein powders, which are usually taken post workout, won't do the average consumer much good unless they happen to be an elite athlete. According to leading nutritionist, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, most Australians are consuming more than enough protein in their diet already. While Stanton concedes muscle recovery after prolonged exercise is better with protein (and carbohydrate), she says there is no need for anything other than a glass of skim milk after a workout. "Those just playing some sport or even an ordinary visit to the gym will be fine with milk or a normal meal afterwards," she says. "The popularity of…

Dec
30
2013

Driving With Hangover Can Be Just As Bad As Being At .05

Something to consider the morning after Christmas/New Year parties... Driving with a hangover is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, according to new research. If suffering from a hangover isn’t awful enough, now international studies show that the effects of intoxication last longer than measurable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) which means even after sobering up driving performance is likely to be impaired. International research presented today at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) 2013 Conference suggests that driving in a hung- over state should be avoided. In a Dutch study, healthy volunteers drove on a simulated highway the night after a drinking session averaging about 10 alcoholic drinks. Compared to the same tests…

Nov
25
2013

Coffee May Reduce Risk of Skin Cancer Returning

Drinking four cups of coffee a day could help prevent further development of Basel Cell Carcinoma (BCC) in patients with a history of the disease, a study suggests.The research examined caffeine consumption in 1325 Australians with histologically confirmed BCC and SCC over an 11-year period.Findings showed that those who drank the largest quantity of coffee had a 25% lower risk of BCC compared with those who drank the least, amounting to between none and one cup per day.However no link was seen between coffee consumption and the subsequent risk of SCC. Joe Hartley

Oct
4
2013

Flu Vaccination Recommended During Pregnancy

Flu vaccination rates in pregnancy remain low, with only one-quarter of women opting to have the jab, Australian research shows. Those who were vaccinated said they were simply following their doctor’s advice, indicating health provider recommendation has a strong influence on a pregnant woman’s decision to vaccinate, researchers from the University of NSW’s school of public health and community medicine found. Lead author of the study, Louise Maher said more than half of the women surveyed “had no idea they should be vaccinated or that vaccination was available and free.” “Our study showed that if a healthcare provider recommended a flu vaccination in pregnancy nearly 80% of women said they would do it,” she said. And the odds of vaccination were increased if the recommendation came from…

Aug
28
2013

Senior Role Model - Banana George Water Skis Way To Health

Here is an impressive role model for Sunhsine Coast seniors striving to live healthy active lives. Born in 1915 in Toledo, Ohio, George Blair grew up to become a successful New York businessman. But as he approached his forties, his lower back began causing him pain. He visited the doctor and water skiing was recommended for exercise, stretching and strengthening. Soon afterwards George began skiing at a local water ski club. He became famous for balancing a step ladder on a wooden disk while being towed at high speed behind a motorboat. He would carefully set the ladder up and slowly climb to the top as the boat circled in front of the spectators. The crowd cheered with delight as he perched at the top, casually pulled out a banana, peeled it and ate it. Eventually Chiquita banana company…

Aug
9
2013

Chiropractors To Stop Bagging Vaccinations

Every chiropractor in Australia is will be ordered to remove all anti-vaccination material from their websites and clinics in a major crackdown on the profession. The demand by the Chiropractic Board of Australia has come after long-running warnings about rogue elements duping patients with ill-informed information on the alleged dangers of vaccinations.

Jul
29
2013

Breast Cancer in Men and Women

Breast cancer is the most common female cancer accounting for 20% of all female cancers. One woman in every eleven will develop breast cancer at some time. Risk factors associated with breast cancer are increasing age (especially over the age of 50), family history of breast cancer, previous female cancers, early onset of periods, late menopause, having no children or having children over the age of 30, alcohol consumption, being overweight and previous hormone treatments. Breast cancer day encourages us all to be ‘breast aware’ – men included. Most people don’t realise that men can get breast cancer but men do have breast tissue just less than women. Breast tissue in men lies just below the nipple. While breast cancer is rare in men it accounts for approximately 1% of all breast cancer. Men…

Jul
21
2013

Diabetes and Osteoporosis Sunshine Coast

Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 It was almost 3 years ago when the United Nations passed a resolution which recognised diabetes as a serious global threat. And with more than 246 million people across the world suffering, it really is an increasing problem. November 14 marked World Diabetes Day, which aims to spread awareness of this disease which is sweeping the globe. The first step is to understand what Diabetes is. Diabetes occurs when the blood sugar level is too high. This is caused by the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin or the body not using the insulin properly. High blood sugar causes tiredness, increased thirst and increased urination. Many diabetics do not have all these symptoms and their diabetes is only diagnosed during routine screening or because they have developed…

Jul
17
2013

Asthma Treatment - Sunshine Coast

Do you suffer from wheezing, coughing (particularly at night), chest tightness, difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath? These are symptoms of Asthma. Asthma is common and can start at any age. Asthma affects 1 in 4 children, 1 in 7 teenagers, and 1 in 10 adults. It is commonly associated with allergies which can cause hay fever, eczema and hives. What is asthma? Asthma affects the small airways in the lungs causing the typical symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. It is due to inflammation of the airways which causes the airways to narrow.Not everyone has ALL the symptoms. A persistent cough (especially at night), coughing or wheezing after exercise, coughing when exposed to perfumes, cold air or cigarette smoke may be due to asthma. All people’s…

Jun
11
2013

Medical Trivia to Impress Your Sunshine Coast Friends

The term diabetes came from the Greek Aretaeus of Cappadocia. It meant to ‘pass like a siphon’ and refers to the excess urine that is passed. The term mellitus comes from Latin and means honey which refers to the sweet taste of the urine. Myo means muscle, cardium refers to heart and infarct comes from the Latin to plug or cram referring to the blocking of the artery. Hence myocardial infarction meaning heart attack. Asthma is derived from Greek and means ‘noisy breathing’. George Papanicolaou was born in Greece. He moved to America after World War I and studied vaginal cytology. He recognised that abnormal cells taken from the cervix could be a predictor of possible future cervical cancer. As a result of his work the cervical smear screening program was established. The cervical screening…

Jun
5
2013

Mens Health Checks Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast men need to take better care of your health. Make a pit stop at Bundilla Clinic for your men’s health check. Is your ‘registration’ up for renewal? Would you pass a personal ‘roadworthy’ test? Now is the perfect time to make an appointment for your Pit Stop Men’s Health Check.  In today’s society, men are more reluctant than women to take control of their health and wellbeing, which can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and preventable illness. Statistics show that in almost all areas of health, men have higher and younger mortality rates than women. Five men die each hour from conditions that are potentially preventable, and in 2006 more than 48,000 men developed diseases such as type 2 diabetes and even prostate cancer (now the most diagnosed cancer in Australia per year). The…

Owners of Bundilla Clinic have oppened The Paleo Place cafe in Caloundra.