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Health Library 2017-09-10T16:20:08+00:00

Online Medical Certificate

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How to see a GP online with Qoctor

July 31st, 2017|Comments Off on How to see a GP online with Qoctor

How to see a GP online with Qoctor We can do practically everything online these days - from banking, to ordering groceries or booking plane tickets. But healthcare has lagged behind. And whilst there [...]

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Dr Sicknote becomes Qoctor- what’s the big idea?

March 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Dr Sicknote becomes Qoctor- what’s the big idea?

Dr Sicknote started out as a bright idea- why not make it possible to see a doctor online? Simple day-to-day things, like medical certificates, carer’s certificates and referral letters might require a conversation with [...]

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5 reasons to get a medical certificate from an online doctor

February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 reasons to get a medical certificate from an online doctor

When minor illnesses strike, the common sense approach is to take some time off to rest and recover. That’s all well and good, but many employers or universities will demand a medical certificate- which [...]

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5 good reasons to get your next carer’s certificate from an online doctor

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 5 good reasons to get your next carer’s certificate from an online doctor

Whether it’s hand foot and mouth disease, slapped cheek syndrome or simply the common cold- viral illness is not much fun for little ones. Depending on the virus in question, they can feel pretty [...]

Migraine

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Migraine- 5 signs you may need preventive treatment

February 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Migraine- 5 signs you may need preventive treatment

Migraine is a common and very unpleasant condition, affecting around 1 in 5 Australians. For some people, it’s only an occasional thing, and doesn’t have too great an impact on daily life. For others [...]

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Migraine- what are the common triggers?

February 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Migraine- what are the common triggers?

Migraine affects about 1 in 5 Australians at some time in life. It’s much more common in women than men, and also affects 1 in 10 school age children. Some people only get migraines [...]

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Headaches- how painkillers can worsen them

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Headaches- how painkillers can worsen them

Could over-use of painkillers be making your headaches worse? There are certain things that your GP should be looking for if you’re suffering from regular headaches. Things that may indicate something to worry about [...]

Gastroenteritis

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Vomiting and Diarrhoea- is it more than gastro?

February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Vomiting and Diarrhoea- is it more than gastro?

Vomiting, diarrhoea and tummy cramps are common symptoms of ‘food poisoning’, ‘gastroenteritis’ or a tummy bug- but if the symptoms don’t settle down within a few days, you may need to be checked over [...]

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Food poisoning-the facts and how to avoid it

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Food poisoning-the facts and how to avoid it

Gastroenteritis, commonly known as “gastro” , is an infection of the gut (intestines). It can range from a mild tummy upset for a day or two, with mild diarrhoea, to severe diarrhoea and being [...]

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Gastro- how to self-treat and when to see a doctor

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Gastro- how to self-treat and when to see a doctor

How to self treat gastro and why seeing your GP can't help Gastroenteritis, commonly referred to as gastro, is an infection of the gut (intestines). It can range from a mild tummy upset [...]

Common Cold

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5 treatments that actually help the common cold

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 5 treatments that actually help the common cold

There are around 200 different viruses that cause the common cold - that’s why it’s so hard to develop an effective vaccine. On average, children will catch 6 to 8 colds per year, and [...]

Sore Throat

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Sore throat- when is an antibiotic needed?

February 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Sore throat- when is an antibiotic needed?

Sore throat (pharyngitis) is very common. It is usually caused by a viral infection or less commonly, a bacterial infection. In addition, you may have: • A hoarse voice. • A mild cough. • [...]

Period Pain

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Endometriosis and painful periods

April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Endometriosis and painful periods

Endometriosis is a condition that affects about 1 in 10 women, most commonly between the ages of 25 and 40. If a woman has endometriosis, the kind of tissue that lines the uterus (womb) [...]

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Period pain- the facts and how to treat it

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Period pain- the facts and how to treat it

Dysmenorrhoea is a medical term for period pain that is bad enough to affect a woman’s usual daily activities. Sometimes non-sufferers don’t fully understand just how bad it can be. Women and girls can [...]

Contraception

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The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

The morning after pill- the facts, and a new 5 day option Unprotected sex, a missed pill, a burst condom-there are many reasons a woman may find herself suddenly worrying about an unplanned pregnancy. [...]

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Do antibiotics affect the contraceptive pill?

February 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Do antibiotics affect the contraceptive pill?

For decades, if a woman was started on an antibiotic, it was standard practice for the doctor to ask if she was also taking the contraceptive pill. It was thought that antibiotics interfered with [...]

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The contraceptive pill and blood clots- what are the risks?

February 20th, 2017|Comments Off on The contraceptive pill and blood clots- what are the risks?

The combined oral contraceptive pill (or “the pill” as it’s more commonly known) first became available in America in the early 1960s. It quickly became a trusted method of birth control for millions of [...]

Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction-which medication to choose?

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Erectile Dysfunction-which medication to choose?

Erectile Dysfunction- which medication to choose? There are many medications on the market for Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and it can be difficult to know which one to choose.  Most men have heard of Viagra, [...]

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Erectile Dysfunction-exercises that may help

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Erectile Dysfunction-exercises that may help

Many men experience Erectile Dysfunction ( ED) occasionally- for example if they are under stress. However, for some, the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse can be a [...]

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5 medicines that can cause Erectile Dysfunction

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 medicines that can cause Erectile Dysfunction

5 Medications that can cause Erectile Dysfunction Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a very common health problem- basically, it’s the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Many men experience [...]

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Erectile Dysfunction- 5 common causes

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Erectile Dysfunction- 5 common causes

Erectile Dysfunction,“ ED”  or impotence is the inability to get or keep an erection which is firm enough for sexual intercourse. Many men experience this issue now and then- for example if they are [...]

Premature Ejaculation

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Premature Ejaculation- treatment options

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Premature Ejaculation- treatment options

Premature Ejaculation is when a man ejaculates during sexual intercourse sooner than he or his partner would like. It’s very common- many men experience it now and then. But if it’s happening frequently, and [...]

Men’s Health

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Vasectomy – Everything You Need to Know

June 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Vasectomy – Everything You Need to Know

What is a vasectomy? Sperm is made in your testicles (balls). There are 2 tubes that take sperm from your testicles to your penis - 1 tube for each testicle. A vasectomy is a [...]

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Hair loss in men- causes & treatment

June 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Hair loss in men- causes & treatment

Most men will experience some degree of hair loss during their lives- many have no wish to take any action, but some may opt to seek treatment. So, what causes male pattern baldness and [...]

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Premature Ejaculation- treatment options

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Premature Ejaculation- treatment options

Premature Ejaculation is when a man ejaculates during sexual intercourse sooner than he or his partner would like. It’s very common- many men experience it now and then. But if it’s happening frequently, and [...]

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Hair loss in men- medications that may help

February 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Hair loss in men- medications that may help

Hair loss is a normal process which naturally occurs as men get older. It is thought to affect almost all men at some point in their life, and at least half of all men [...]

Women’s Health

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5 things that can cause a breast lump

October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 things that can cause a breast lump

5 things that cause breast lumps in women Finding a  breast lump can be a scary thing. For many women, the immediate worry is that it could be cancer. The most important thing [...]

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Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

September 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

What is bacterial vaginosis? A normal, healthy vagina is home to a variety of different bacteria. However, in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) the balance is disturbed, and an overgrowth of some of these bacteria occurs. [...]

6 tummy pains women should know about

August 15th, 2017|Comments Off on 6 tummy pains women should know about

We all get abdominal aches and pains now and then- most of the time it’s nothing much to worry about and gets better by itself.  However, certain types of pain can indicate a serious [...]

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The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

The morning after pill- the facts, and a new 5 day option Unprotected sex, a missed pill, a burst condom-there are many reasons a woman may find herself suddenly worrying about an unplanned pregnancy. [...]

  • UTI

What causes a UTI and what can make it recur?

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on What causes a UTI and what can make it recur?

What is a UTI? A UTI is a “Urinary Tract Infection”, also known as “cystitis”. This means that bacteria have entered your urinary tract What is the urinary tract? The urinary tract is made [...]

Sexual Health

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Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

September 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

What is bacterial vaginosis? A normal, healthy vagina is home to a variety of different bacteria. However, in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) the balance is disturbed, and an overgrowth of some of these bacteria occurs. [...]

  • STI

Getting an STI test- what doctors check for

July 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Getting an STI test- what doctors check for

Getting an STI test- what doctors check for Many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) cause no symptoms. That’s why regular testing is important if you are sexually active, particularly if you have many [...]

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How does Chlamydia affect men?

June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on How does Chlamydia affect men?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection/disease (STI/STD) caused by a bacteria (Chlamydia Trachomatis). This means that it is spread by having sex or sexual contact with somebody who has already caught it. If a [...]

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Chlamydia infection- what are the complications?

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Chlamydia infection- what are the complications?

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia. It is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, Chlamydia infection usually affects the neck of the womb (cervix) and the womb [...]

Chlamydia

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5 things that can cause a breast lump

October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 things that can cause a breast lump

5 things that cause breast lumps in women Finding a  breast lump can be a scary thing. For many women, the immediate worry is that it could be cancer. The most important thing [...]

Why you can’t easily see a doctor online? Finder Award Finalist

October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Why you can’t easily see a doctor online? Finder Award Finalist

Qoctor- the new online way to see a doctor or get a prescription!   With Qoctor, getting an online medical certificate, prescription or referral letter is simple, safe and affordable. We are [...]

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Cupping- does it really work?

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Cupping- does it really work?

Keeping an open mind about alternative treatments like cupping Western medicine is traditionally slow to adopt new ideas and there are some notable examples where effective alternative treatments have been ignored by conventional [...]

  • thunderstorm asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

October 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

Thunderstorm Asthma- learning from the past & preparing for next time What Happened in Melbourne back in November 2016? 9 people lost their lives, hundreds of people were hospitalised and thousands of people were [...]

Genital Herpes

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Genital Herpes- from silent to symptomatic infection

February 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Genital Herpes- from silent to symptomatic infection

Genital Herpes Genital Herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two forms– HSV1 and HSV2. HSV1 usually affects the mouth, as a cold [...]

  • PCOS

Understanding PCOS- 10 key facts

July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Understanding PCOS- 10 key facts

Around 1 in 10 women are thought to have “polycystic ovarian syndrome” , also known as PCOS - so it’s pretty common. There are a few ways to make a proper diagnosis of PCOS- [...]

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Acne- getting the most from creams & gels

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Acne- getting the most from creams & gels

Acne is a very common skin condition- whilst it is most prevalent amongst teenagers, unfortunately it sometimes continues into adulthood. There are many good treatment options: most people start with over-the-counter products available from [...]

Hypertension

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Home blood pressure readings- a guide

February 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Home blood pressure readings- a guide

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of a busy doctor’s surgery, you may find your blood pressure readings always seem a bit higher than usual. This is called “ white coat hypertension” and it’s [...]

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High blood pressure-5 ways to reduce it

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on High blood pressure-5 ways to reduce it

We live in a “pill for every ill” culture- but it’s important to remember that how we live affects our health- and we have the power to do something to tackle our health problems [...]

Rosacea

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Rosacea- a common skin problem

February 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Rosacea- a common skin problem

Rosacea (also known as Acne Rosacea) is a very common skin condition, which can cause a lot of distress to sufferers. Symptoms include facial flushing, redness, dilated blood vessels, pimples and pustules. Sometimes there [...]

Travel Health

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The Measles Outbreak- what do I need to know as a parent?

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on The Measles Outbreak- what do I need to know as a parent?

The Measles Outbreak: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent? What is Measles? Measles is caused by an extremely contagious virus (contagious means that it spreads quickly from person to person). It [...]

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Confused about meningitis vaccines for kids?- know the facts

July 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Confused about meningitis vaccines for kids?- know the facts

What is Meningitis? Meningitis strikes fear into the hearts of parents, and rightly so- it’s a medical emergency that can rapidly become life-threatening. Meningitis occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the fluid and outer [...]

  • zika virus

Zika Virus- the essential facts

June 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Zika Virus- the essential facts

In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about the Zika virus- there is particular concern about pregnant women who plan to travel to areas where Zika infection rates are [...]

Ross River Virus- the key facts

June 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Ross River Virus- the key facts

In the past year or two there has been more media coverage and public awareness in Australia regarding the Ross River Virus. But what exactly is it and who can get infected? Ross River [...]

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Gout- 6 things that may reduce attacks

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Gout- 6 things that may reduce attacks

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by formation of crystals around the joints. These crystals are made of uric acid, a substance that comes, in part, from the breakdown of certain foods in [...]

Common infections

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Cold Sores- what treatments actually work?

What causes cold sores? Cold sores are an occasional nuisance for some people, but for others they can be a more frequent and troublesome problem. 1 in 5 people suffer from repeated bouts of [...]

Cold Sores- what treatments actually work?

September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Cold Sores- what treatments actually work?

What causes cold sores? Cold sores are an occasional nuisance for some people, but for others they can be a more frequent and troublesome problem. 1 in 5 people suffer from repeated bouts of [...]

  • ringworm

Ringworm- is it caused by a worm?

August 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Ringworm- is it caused by a worm?

Is ring worm caused by a worm? Sometimes when we tell a patient that they (or their child) have “ringworm” they are horrified – often they don’t realise it’s not caused by a worm [...]

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Slapped Cheek Syndrome- the key facts

May 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Slapped Cheek Syndrome- the key facts

Slapped Cheek Syndrome is one of those slightly odd viruses that frequently crops up in schools and childcare facilities. It is caused by a virus called Parvovirus B19 (you may have heard of dogs [...]

  • hand foot and mouth disease

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease- 10 key facts

May 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease- 10 key facts

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease can be caused by a number of different viruses-  Coxsackievirus A16 is the most common, and Enterovirus 71 is the second-most common. With many other childhood viral illnesses, infection gives lifelong immunity- [...]

Skin conditions

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5 things that can cause a breast lump

October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on 5 things that can cause a breast lump

5 things that cause breast lumps in women Finding a  breast lump can be a scary thing. For many women, the immediate worry is that it could be cancer. The most important thing [...]

Why you can’t easily see a doctor online? Finder Award Finalist

October 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Why you can’t easily see a doctor online? Finder Award Finalist

Qoctor- the new online way to see a doctor or get a prescription!   With Qoctor, getting an online medical certificate, prescription or referral letter is simple, safe and affordable. We are [...]

  • cupping

Cupping- does it really work?

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Cupping- does it really work?

Keeping an open mind about alternative treatments like cupping Western medicine is traditionally slow to adopt new ideas and there are some notable examples where effective alternative treatments have been ignored by conventional [...]

  • thunderstorm asthma

Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

October 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Thunderstorm Asthma- why it happens and how to prepare yourself

Thunderstorm Asthma- learning from the past & preparing for next time What Happened in Melbourne back in November 2016? 9 people lost their lives, hundreds of people were hospitalised and thousands of people were [...]

Hair loss in men

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Hair loss in men- causes & treatment

June 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Hair loss in men- causes & treatment

Most men will experience some degree of hair loss during their lives- many have no wish to take any action, but some may opt to seek treatment. So, what causes male pattern baldness and [...]

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Hair loss in men- medications that may help

February 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Hair loss in men- medications that may help

Hair loss is a normal process which naturally occurs as men get older. It is thought to affect almost all men at some point in their life, and at least half of all men [...]

Sleep Apnoea and Sleep Disorders

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Melatonin- does it work and is it safe?

May 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Melatonin- does it work and is it safe?

Melatonin- does it work and is it safe? Insomnia is not much fun. And having a child in the house who won’t sleep can be distressing and exhausting for the entire family. [...]

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How to tackle insomnia

April 18th, 2017|Comments Off on How to tackle insomnia

Insomnia means difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or a tendency to wake up early in the morning and being unable to return to sleep. The ideal amount of sleep varies from person to person, [...]

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Snoring- could it be sleep apnoea?

April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Snoring- could it be sleep apnoea?

Snoring happens when the throat relaxes during sleep, leading to irregular airflow and vibration of the airways. There are several factors that can lead to snoring, including the anatomy of the mouth and throat, [...]

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Sleep Apnoea- understanding this common sleep disorder

April 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Sleep Apnoea- understanding this common sleep disorder

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea or OSA (pronounced " sleep apnia", and spelt "sleep apnea" in the U.S) is a breathing condition that affects people when they sleep. It’s common - as many as 4 in [...]

Workplace Health

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Common health issues faced by tradies

August 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Common health issues faced by tradies

Tradies face many challenges to their health. Whilst physical injury is often the first thing that springs to mind, there are many other health issues that need to be considered. With around 9% of [...]

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Shift work- the negative effects on health

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Shift work- the negative effects on health

Shift work is any job that is done outside normal daylight hours. It doesn’t have to be overnight to qualify- for example, a gym instructor who works early mornings and evenings would qualify as [...]

influenza

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The Flu Vaccine- who should have it?

April 4th, 2017|Comments Off on The Flu Vaccine- who should have it?

Influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious viral infection. It usually spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with the virus from contaminated surfaces. It commonly causes fever, muscle [...]