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?
Bowel Cancer Written by Meghan Betts Bowel (or colorectal) cancer is the second most common cancer in Australians and is particularly prevalent in those over 50 years of age. Symptoms of bowel cancer include a change in bowel habits, thin bowel movements, blood in the stools, abdominal or rectal pain, fatigue or weight loss. It … Continue reading Bowel Cancer
Depression in older adults Submitted by junomedical.com Depression affects more than 300 million people globally and the number increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015. According to the latest estimates by the WHO, depression is currently the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Nearly half of the people living with depression in the … Continue reading Depression in Older Adults
Science not Silence! By Meghan Betts Thousands of people across Australia rallied together for the ‘March for Science’ on Earth Day 2017 (Saturday 22nd April) as part of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economics and government. Demonstrations were held around the world, from the North … Continue reading March for Science
Over recent years there has been a surge in products containing live cultures of ‘good bacteria’, or ‘probiotics’, that claim to aid digestion, ease intestinal problems and keep your gut microbiota (the microbial population that lives in your gut) balanced and healthy. But are these probiotics as good for you as they seem? In … Continue reading Should we all be taking probiotics?