It’ll be lonely this Christmas

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For many Christmas is a time for family and celebration. However, for many others it is a difficult time and can serve as a trigger for many mental health issues.

According to the excellent charity Beyond blue over 3 million Australians are living with depression. It is normal for a person’s mood to fluctuate but to feel persistently sad is not considered normal.

Major depression or depression primarily involves a persistent feeling of low mood.

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MED meets Minister Hunt

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My Emergency Dr would like to thank The Health Minister Greg Hunt for giving our Melbourne staff the opportunity to spend time with him on day 16 of his 18 day ‘Walk for Autism’.  Greg was very interested to hear about the work MED has been doing with Eastern Melbourne PHN and other health services around Australia.   And what a surprise for Dr Roslyn when she picked up the call for her next patient and it was The Minister himself !!! 

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Pilot program marks milestone in healthcare

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The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) have teamed up with My Emergency Dr (MED), an Australian-owned and operated company, to commence a pilot program at South West Rocks.

This innovative pilot has been developed specifically for the South West Rocks community in collaboration with MNCLHD, MED, NCPHN, local General Practices, Japara Aged Care-South West Rocks and local pharmacies.

The pilot utilises the MED App,

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Childhood Asthma

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It ain’t easy, being wheezy:

Asthma is a very common health problem in children in Australia and the winter months are when symptoms will be at their peak.

Many children, especially babies and toddlers are affected by wheezing, the predominant symptom of asthma. During these episodes they will often require the same treatment as an asthmatic. However, many of these children will not grow up to be affected by asthma.

Wheezing can be triggered by common viruses such as those causing the common cold,

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Constipation & You

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Constipation is a common health condition that affects adults, children and the elderly. It is the passage of hard, dry stools that are often infrequent or difficult to pass and is one of the most common health conditions that brings a patient to see their doctor for advice.

 

Constipation can be caused by many lifestyle factors that are simple to fix. Risk factors for developing constipation include:

  • A change in routine
    Normal bowel motions depended on the regular and rhythmic contraction of the bowels that is regulated by the body’s internal clock.

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Researchers Investigate the Role of Arsenic in the Development of Diabetes

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A five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will help researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago answer basic questions about the role of arsenic in the development of diabetes and examine the mechanisms by which selenoproteins - found in the human body in 25 different forms - counter the effects of arsenic.

Colorectal Cancer: Routine Colonoscopies and Early Detection Can Save Your Life

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Newswise imageHaving a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer is not on anyone's list of favorite activities. However, with colorectal cancer ranking as the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, undergoing the outpatient procedure as per the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidelines may be one of the smartest things you can do for your overall health.

UC San Diego Researchers Launch Combination Drug Trial to Eradicate B-Cell Malignancies

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Newswise imageFueled by a multimillion dollar grant from the state's stem cell agency, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with local biotechnology company Oncternal Therapeutics, have launched a phase Ib/II clinical trial to evaluate the combined effectiveness of a standard of care drug with a novel monoclonal antibody that target B-cell malignancies, which include leukemias and lymphomas.

Majority of Mining-Related Injuries and Illness in Illinois Go Unreported

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Illnesses and injuries associated with working in Illinois mines are substantially underreported to the federal agency tasked with tracking these events, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration requires reporting of injuries and illness sustained while working in mines in the U.