Potentially rabid monkeys sat on eastern temple tourism site

Rabies. How to reduce your risk



Ask your GP about the risk of rabies if you are going overseas. Rabies is found in over 150 countries, including destinations in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe. Rabies has reappeared in Bali over the last 3 years and over 100 deaths have been ­reported as of June 2011. A risk for ­travellers is

Volcano breakfast buns (egg, ham and cheese filled breakfast rolls)


An easy breakfast or picnic idea for the whole family which kids can help ­prepare. It contains one of the 3 serves of dairy recommended daily for ­children. It can also be made ahead of time and eaten chilled. Serves 4 Ingredients 4 wholegrain rolls 2 slices shaved salt reduced ham, halved 3/4 cup baby

Healthy fitness and fruit concept with Exercise Equipment and fruit lose weight on wooden background

Losing weight. Do it slowly


Have you noticed that crash ­diets don’t work? Rapid weight loss slows the ­metabolism and increases storage of fat. We also need time to establish new eating habits and choices or we simply return to our old ways and regain those kilos, the ‘yoyo effect’. The trick to lose weight and keep it off  is

Fertility declines with age


More couples are delaying their family than ever before and the average age of having a first child is now 31 years. However, fertility reduces with age, especially after 35 years and many women are finding it harder to get pregnant. The woman’s age is the main reason why couples cannot conceive naturally. Assisted reproduction

An Attractive young woman with asthma enjoying the winter outdoors

Asthma. Are you prepared for winter?


As winter sets in, it is a good time to see your GP to review your asthma management. Most asthma attacks are triggered by the common cold and other respiratory viruses which are most prevalent at this time of year. Good control of your asthma reduces the impact of these bugs. What to ask your

Man discussing his prostate with his family doctor

Good news for prostates


BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland which affects nearly all men as they age. The good news is that new drugs have dramatically reduced the need for surgery. The prostate sits just under the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine passes out of the body.

Pertussis. Protect your baby


A recent pertussis (whooping cough) ­epidemic in which a newborn baby died in Melbourne in February 2011 has prompted calls for more widespread vaccination. Pertussis usually starts with a cold. The cough gradually worsens and severe coughing bouts may develop and are sometimes followed by vomiting and a ‘whooping’ sound when breathing in. The cough

Various types of dairy products that contain calcium

Calcium. The missing nutrient


The latest Australian National Children’s Nutrition Survey found that many ­children are not getting enough calcium in their diets. In fact, of all the nutrients, school-aged children were least likely to meet their daily calcium needs. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, especially during childhood and ­adolescence when bones are growing ­rapidly. A

Singapore noodles a delicious low FODMAP recipe

Singapore Noodles


This is a delicious low FODMAP recipe (see article) the whole family can enjoy. Recipe serves 4. Time to make 25 min. Cost per serve $4.69. INGREDIENTS 1 cup (50g) rice vermicelli noodles 2 tablespoons garlic-infused canola oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 small red chilli, finely chopped 100g peeled raw

Loving parents take care of his son mother checking a temperature whilst father is phoning a doctor

After-hours GP helpline now available


In Australia a free GP helpline is now operating in most states to provide after-hours telephone advice when your GP is not available. This will be especially helpful for families with young children, for whom problems often seem to arise in the early hours of the morning! Calls are answered by a registered nurse who