Newsletter – August – September Edition

Febrile Fits

These are seizures in children (generally between six months and five years) due to rapid rise in temperature. Up to one in 20 children will have these. Whilst frightening to watch, they do not cause brain damage and are not a prelude to epilepsy.


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Male Hormone Deficiency

There is much controversy over low testosterone levels in men, also known as andropause or "male menopause". It is not clear cut, like in women where menopause is marked by the cessation of periods.


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Covid Vaccine Update

The vaccine rollout continues around the world at an unprecedented pace. There has been much publicity about potential side effects. there is a small (around 1 in 300,000) risk of blood clots. A joint statement by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis society of Australia and New Zealand (THANZ) focused on this.


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Iron Intake for Vegetarians

Iron deficiency 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) 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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Common mistakes people make using an inhaler

Asthma affects up to one in five people throughout their life, and inhalers are mainstay of treatment. They are classified as symptom relievers (which are used as needed to relieve symptoms) and preventer inhalers (which are used on a regular basis to reduce symptoms and attacks).


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