Don’t let the cold weather get you down: Beating the winter blues

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If the cold weather and shorter days have you feeling down, you’re not alone.  Many of us feel more positive and energetic in the spring and summer months and less so as winter hits. For some people, though, the winter months can lead to a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

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Does being cold actually give you a cold?

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Do you remember when your mum would tell you to come inside and put a jumper on, or the cold will be the death of you? Well it’s time to find out if she was telling the truth! Being exposed to cold will cause a cold Colds are caused by viruses, not the weather. The

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Preventing and Managing Burns

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As the temperature drops and we look for ways to keep warm during winter, the risk of accidental burns can increase.  Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe at home this winter. Heaters. Whether gas or electric, always check your heater before you start using it each winter, to ensure that it’s working

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5 Top Tips to Help You Avoid Winter Weight Gain!

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As the weather cools down, along comes the temptation to curl up in front of the TV rather than get outside and to switch from fresh fruit and salads to heavier meals.  But you can stay healthy and avoid winter weight gain with these easy tips. Make a pot of soup. Soups are both easy

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Mechanisms to reduce the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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If you dread the week (or weeks) leading up to your period, you are not alone. According to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, up to 30% of women experience unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms just before menstruating.  For some women the problem is worse than for others and can significantly affect their quality of life.

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All men should know about these key health checks

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Men have a reputation for avoiding the doctor and not always prioritising their health. But regular health checks can pick up problems early, well before you develop any symptoms of disease.  This can help to prevent future health problems, or pick them up early, when they are easier to treat. Your doctor can explain the

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Great ways to ease the pain when your child has a cough or cold

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Unfortunately, winter brings an increase in the risk of coughs and colds, particularly in young children, who have a lower resistance to infection. Coughs and colds often come together and are usually caused by viruses. They don’t usually need treatment with medications, and antibiotics won’t help.  Most colds will get better on their own, within

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How to Tell if You Have Coeliac Disease

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Coeliac disease is a condition where the gluten found in food causes damage to the lining of the intestinal wall, preventing nutrients from being properly absorbed. According to the Coeliac Society, it affects approximately 1 in 70 Australians but around 80% remain undiagnosed. The symptoms of coeliac disease vary widely and while some people have

Self Care Activities for Dealing with Depression

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Feeling down or sad from time to time is a normal part of life. Usually, these feelings don’t last long but if you’re feeling down or sad most of the time and it starts to impact on your daily life you may have depression. Depression affects how you feel about yourself and makes day to

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Helpful Tips When Dealing with Children Who Have ADHD

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ADHD is a developmental disorder which begins in early childhood.  It is estimated to affect one in 20 children in Australia and is more common in boys.  In some children, these symptoms improve as they get older, but others will continue to have symptoms as adults. It’s normal for children to be restless and distracted

 

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