Newsletter June – July 2021

Covid Vaccination

As you read this, the Covid Vaccination roll out will be well underway.

Phase 1a started first and included aged care residents and staff, quarantine and border force workers and certain frontline healthcare workers. This was estimated to be 1.4 million doses.

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One of the most common health issues searched about on the internet is haemorrhoids.

It is estimated to affect 300,000 Australians each year. These are essentially a "varicose Vein" at the anus and can be internal (inside the rectum) or external. Risk factors related to pressure such as constipation or heavy lifting, sitting on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. There may be a genetic tendency.

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The tonsils sit half way to the back of the throat and are part of the immune system, helping trap infections. They are particularly important to young children with less developed immune systems. Unless enlarged or infected we generally don't even know they are there.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hypertension

High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is estimated to affect nearly one-third of Australian Adults.

Risk factors include a positive family history , being male, older age, being overweight, consuming excess salt and insufficient exercise.

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Medical Cannabis

Since legalisation there have now been well in excess of 100,000 approval granted to prescribe Medicinal Cannabis in Australia.

Like all medications, it does not work for everyone. It is also not a cure for any medical condition. The largest number of approvals to prescribe have been for chronic pain. Other more common reasons include cancer symptoms (e.g. pain, nasuea and chacexia), insomnia, and Parkinson's.

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