Every now and again there is news about yet another case of a meningococcal outbreak in Australia. According to the Meningitis centre Australia, ‘Bacterial meningitis is aggressive, develops quickly and can lead to permanent disability or death in a matter of hours. It is fatal in approximately 50% of cases and accounts for around 170,000 … Continue reading Increasing incidences of Meningitis in Australia
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Simon and Samantha Daff were in for a rude shock when they learnt that their newborn son Jackson suffered from metachromatic leukodystrophy, a rare condition. Their eldest daughter Mackenzie, 4, was diagnosed with the same diseases just weeks before. “We went from not sleeping at all to getting the news — I haven’t slept as … Continue reading Are rare diseases really rare in Australia?
All of us have heard about Lewis Carroll’s fictional work Alice in Wonderland. In the book, Alice goes through a series of hallucinating experiences when she falls into a deep hole, while following a rabbit. These included illusions like being just ten inches tall and acquiring different sizes after eating a cake. What Alice experienced … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Forget implants, forget the pill, forget tubal ligation and vasectomies(ugh!). Simply download an app on your phone and voila! You have a tool for fertility tracking and planning pregnancies literally at your fingertips. Reports suggest that tens of thousands of women have already downloaded the Natural Cycles app on to their smartphones. Founded by … Continue reading Ditch the pill, switch to app
By Meghan Betts What is osteoporosis? In osteoporosis (which means ‘porous bones’) bones become weak and fragile which means that even a minor bump or accident can result in a broken bone known as a minimal trauma fracture. These can result in chronic pain, disability, loss of independence and premature death. Brittle bones usually … Continue reading Osteoporosis
What is osteoarthritis? By Meghan Betts Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that usually gets worse over time. As the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in the joints degrades (breaks down), the bones start to rub together causing pain and swelling (See Figure 1). As joints become stiff there is a loss … Continue reading Osteoarthritis
Screening for cervical cancer Meghan Betts You can follow Meghan at Let’s Talk Medical The National Cervical Screening Program initiated in 1991 currently provides cervical screening tests via a Pap smear. Pap smears do not detect or diagnose cervical cancer; however, they are important for identifying cellular changes or abnormalities which may be … Continue reading Screening for Cervical Cancer
By Meghan Betts Increasing evidence suggests that a disruption of the healthy human microbiome (i.e. communities of microbes, their genetic content and their interaction with the human host) is linked to an increased risk of developing allergic diseases. Studies have shown that newborns who later develop either asthma or allergies commonly have … Continue reading How the microbiome affects the development of allergies
By Meghan Betts Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antimicrobial medicines, as well as poor hygiene and poor infection prevention and control, and is an increasingly serious global health concern. There are various steps that can be taken at every level of society to reduce the impact and … Continue reading Superbugs – how do you stop them?
By Meghan Betts Globally, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming an increasingly serious public health concern. In particular, the development of antibiotic resistance – due to the frequent and commonplace use of antibiotics in modern society – has become a highlighted medical issue in recent times. Antibiotic resistance is now considered to be one … Continue reading Are we at risk of a post-antibiotic era?