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Summer Sun Care

We all love Summer and spending time with our family and friends in the sun, by the pool or at the beach but were you aware that you can get sunburnt on a cloudy day even when it isn’t summer? The sun damages our skin even when we just get a light tan.

The best way to prevent skin cancer is by using sun protection measures. The Cancer Council of NSW recommends we Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide to protect your skin from overexposure to the sun and sun damage.

It is also important to create good life habits. Did you know that unprotected exposure to the sun on children’s delicate skin significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Two out of three children at school today will be diagnosed with skin cancer later in life.

 

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Protecting your skin

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The best form of skin protection is to wear clothing that covers your neck, shoulders, arms, legs and torso.

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Always apply a SPF 50+ sunscreen 20minutes prior to going in the sun. An SPF 50+ filters 98% of UV radiation. Re apply this sunscreen every two hours or after you have been swimming or sweating which may have caused your sunscreen to wear off.

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Wear a broad rimmed hat which will offer extra protection to your face, ears and neck.

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Always head for a shady place; under a tree, shade sail or veranda. Be aware that UV radiation is reflective and bounces off surfaces such as concrete, snow, water and sand, causing sun damage even when you think you’re shaded.

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Wear sunglasses. Your eyes can be damaged from the sun as well. Make sure you wear sunglasses that have a UV filter that meet the Australian standards. (An Eye Protection Factor of 10)

Visit the Cancer Councils sun protection page for more information.

If you are concerned about any spots on your skin or would like a skin check please contact us to make an appointment.

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October – November

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is a painful condition caused by pressure on the median nerve running through a narrow space in the wrist (the carpal tunnel) into the hand. The nerve supplies the feeling sensation to the thumb, index and middle fingers, and aids thumb movement.

 

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Hair Raising Symptoms

Nearly all men and 10% of women will suffer some head-hair loss. The commonest form is male pattern hair loss, which can start as young as 20 and sees the hairline gradually recede from the front. The main risk factors are being male and a family history. There are other causes of hair loss (alopecia), including an under-active thyroid, trauma to hair follicles, some auto-immune conditions and side effects of some medications.

 

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When Periods Cease

Menopause literally means cessation of periods. It happens as the ovaries stop releasing eggs. In theory, this makes menopause the day of the last period. In reality, it is not so simple. Some women may experience issues related to menopause for months and even years. Symptoms vary from minor to severe. It can be natural with age or occur prematurely.

 

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Heat Rash v Urticaria

Heat rash or prickly heat is caused by sweat being trapped under the skin. It is more common in children than adults, with the neck, shoulder and chest the most affected areas. It can come on in hot weather or after sport. There is an itchy "lumpy" rash. While uncomfortable, it is not serious.

 

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Know Meningococcal

Meningococcal Disease is rare but potentially deadly bacterial infection that may progress extremely quickly.

Children receiving routine childhood vaccinations will have been given a vaccine at 12 months specifically for one strain of meningococcal disease.

However, this routine childhood vaccination doesn't protect against every type of meningococcal bacteria. Your child could still be at risk from other types of meningococcal disease.

 

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Pink Month for Breast Cancer Research

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer. It is uncommon in males.

Over 15,050 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women.

Women aged between 50 and 74 are invited to access free screening mammograms every two years via the BreastScreen Australia Program.

It is recommended that women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, aged between 40 and 49 or over 75 discuss options with their GP, or contact BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50.

This year we will be dressing in Pink in support of Breast Cancer research and those fighting cancer, and for our friends and family members that we have lost to breast cancer.

Donations big or small help Cancer Council support women going through cancer treatment.

We will also be holding a Raffle with some beautiful prizes donated from the local community. Please join us for a tasty breakfast and help Brook Medical Centre raise much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research.

 

Update: Thank you to everyone who made a donation or purchased a ticket in our Raffle. We, as a community have raised $1722. Outstanding effort.

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e Health and You.

When booking in for your appointment, you may be asked if you are registered with eHealth or would like to register. This process only takes a couple of minutes but it could be very beneficial to your health in the future.

Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.

For more information or to make a My Health record click here

 

 

 

 

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August – September

Reflux in Infants

Stomach-acid rising into the gullet (or oesophagus) causes reflux. The typical symptom in adults is a burning sensation in the lower chest - "heartburn" but reflux can occur at any age. 

In infants the symptoms can include vomiting or regurgitation, difficulty with feeding, sleep disturbances, crying (especially during or after feeds) and irritability. None of these are absolutely specific. They may be regular or intermittent. It ranges from mild to severe. Reflux can occur in both breast and bottle-fed babies.

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Enlarged Prostate

The prostate gland sits under a man's bladder. As men get older it slowly enlarged. It is thought to double in size between ages 21 and 50 and again between 50 and 80 and we don't know why.

Benign prostate enlargement (BPH) is universal but not all men experience symptoms nor need treatment. It is important to note that prostate cancer can also cause prostate enlargement but is a completely separate condition to BPH.

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Vaginal Thrush

Thrush is caused by the fungus candida albicans. While it is part of healthy vagina flora, in certain circumstances it can multiply excessively and lead to typical thrush. About 75% of women will experience thrush at some stage while some get it frequently.

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Iron for Vegetarians

Iron defiency is a potential problem for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet. This is particularly the case for women whose daily iron requirements (especially in reproductive years) because of menstruation are greater than for men. Iron is essential for red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. Iron deficiency leads to anaemia, which causes fatigue, headache and weakness.

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June – July 2017

Wee Problem, Big Solutions

Being unable to control the bladder remains silent because most people don't talk about it. Yet it affects about 13% of Australians.

Severity ranges. Stress incontinence is when urine leaks in response to (for example) movement or any pressure in the pelvis. Urge incontinence is when you need to go to the toilet quickly or else!

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Be wary of Croup

Croup is a viral infection of the throat and windpipe (trachea) and typically affects children under fiver years though children up to eight years can contract it. The hallmark symptom is a harsh, dry, barky cough, mostly at night.

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For the Fainthearted

People may feel dizzy and pass out for many different reasons. Some matter, most don't.

A true faint (vaso-vagal episode) leads to brief unconsciousness because blood pressure drops, blood vessels dilate, or the heart rate slows. When blood pressure to the brain is not maintained we lose consciousness, usually for only a few seconds, go pale, and perhaps feel a bit unwell for a time afterwards. Some people will go through life never fainting whereas others are prone to it.

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April – May 2017

Helping with Learning Difficulties

There are many possible reasons why your child may fall behind in their schoolwork - anything from not getting along with the class teacher to ADHD or a hearing problem. Learning problems need to be detected and remedied early.

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Teething Babies

During teething an infants first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called "baby teeth" or "milk teeth") subsequently emerge or 'erupt' through the gums. They typically arrive in pairs, the lower two incisors come first at 6-8 months of age, before all 20 teeth take a few years to erupt. This is sometimes called "cutting teeth", but emerging teeth don't in fact cut through the gums but hormones released cause some cells in the gums to die and separate, allowing the teeth to come through.

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Thyroid Tests Serve A Function

The thyroid gland in the front of the neck controls the metabolism of the whole body. Sometimes the gland becomes overactive or underactive. This happens most often in women over 50 who have a family history of thyroid problems or pernicious anaemia (vitamin B12 deficiency).

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Flu Vaccinations

Brook Medical Centre is now taking bookings for your annual Flu Vaccination, which are bulk billed consultations.

FLU SEASON is generally July – August , so no need to rush. Indeed you have better immunity if you have the immunisation late April or May.

We are pleased in 2017 to be able to immunise with quadrivalent fluvaccine, which is more effective, with good immunity  to 4 different serotypes. This  vaccine  will cost $20 if you are not eligible under the National Influenza Vaccination program. This  can be paid upon arrival for your appointment, as we stock this and almost all  travel vaccines here at Brook Medical Centre.

Free influenza vaccine 

Under the National Influenza Vaccination Program, free seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine is available for the following people:

  • all people aged 65 years and over
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 6 months to 5 years (new)
  • all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over
  • pregnant women
  • people aged 6 months and over with medical conditions predisposing to severe influenza,(and you may wish to discuss with your regular GP if your medical condition is covered)

 

Chronic conditions include :

  • Cardiac disease,  cyanotic congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure
  • Chronic respiratory conditions, including suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe asthma
  • Other chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow up or hospitalisation in the previous year, including diabetes mellitus, chronic metabolic diseases, chronic renal failure, and haemoglobinopathies
  • Chronic neurological conditions that impact on respiratory function, including multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and seizure disorders
  • Impaired immunity, including HIV, malignancy and chronic steroid use
  • Children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy .

 

Please contact us to book an appointment in one of our Doctors

 

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Newsletter – February – March 2017

Finding The Balance

Vertigo and dizziness, affecting about 1 in 10 people throughout their life, needs an accurate diagnosis as treatment depends on it.

Vertigo is usually when the inner ear (or balance centre) is affected - conditions such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis (inflammation of the inner ear), Meniere's disease and migraines. Read more

Swat Pesky Ross River

 This viral infection, spread by mosquitos, typically causes joint inflammation, muscle pain and fatigue. These symptoms generally start 3-21 days after being bitten and can include rash and enlarged lymph glands. For some, symptoms are so mild or can mimic a flu-like illness, that they do not even know that they have it. Read more

Travelling With Peace of Mind

There is an old saying that travel broadens the mind and loosens the bowels! Whenever we travel, the change of environment can affect our gut bacteria. However there is a difference between gastroenteritis (an illness) and having slightly looser stools.

Travellers' diarrhoea is an infection where you typically get diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and some aching, headache and fever. Some may get vomiting but this is not common in true travellers' diarrhoea. It can be due to either a virus or bacteria. It is more common in tropical  and less developed countries. Read more

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