December 2020 – January 2021

Gestational Diabetes

This is a rise in blood sugar during pregnancy, which generally returns a to normal after giving birth. It affects 3%-8% of pregnant women and typically starts between week 24 and 28, hence there is routine blood testing for glucose at this stage of pregnancy. The test is a glucose tolerance test where blood is taken before and after consuming a glucose drink.

 

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’S)

The term Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI'S) applies to a group of infections that are predominately spread by sexual contact. The group is diverse in both symptoms and severity. it includes Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C (some people do not classify this as an STI), Syphyllis, HIV (AIDS) and Herpes Simplex.

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Shin Splints

Shin splints are a common condition seen in runners and those who play sports involving running and rapid acceleration.

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Over 65 and Exercising

Work on strength, balance and coordination.

We often think of exercising as running, swimming or other cardiovascular type pursuits. This is important for fitness, but other exercises can be just as important. As we get older resistance (or weights) based exercise maintains bone strength and also muscle mass. This reduces the chances of getting osteoporosis (brittle bones) and sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass). you are never too old.

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Migraine

A migraine headache is a particular form of headache characterized by being one-sided and accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light. It can be preceded by a sensory warning (aura) such as flashes of light or tingling.

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Christmas Cake Recipe

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