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Preventing painful pressure injuries

Pressure injuries, also known as pressure sores or bed sores, are something most of us never think about, but they can occur and when they do, they are very painful and can lengthen your stay in hospital. Pressure injuries are localised areas of damage to the skin or underlying tissue, caused by unrelieved pressure or…

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Resolving grief paves way to healing

“The most startling thing about a miscarriage is the light it sheds on what no longer exists: your pregnancy.” “They said I didn’t know him, but I did. I patted him and talked to him and lovedhim, I had hopes and dreams for him and wanted him so much, I knew him, I just didn’t get…

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When the flu comes to town

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is a highly contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. Depending on the strain and our immune system, we can experience anything from mild symptoms to being laid up in bed for two weeks to developing serious complications. Dr Victoria D’Abrera from St John of God Pathology says there are…

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Could I develop type 2 diabetes?

The cause of type 2 diabetes is currently unknown, but research indicates there are a range of associated risk factors. Risk factors which cannot be changed include: having a family history of diabetes being over 40 years of age being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Melanesian, Polynesian, Chinese or Indian subcontinent descent being a woman…

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Murdoch Sleep Centre now open

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep? Or trouble getting back to sleep? Do you snore? Are you very tired during the day? The new Murdoch Sleep Centre at St John of God Murdoch Hospital is now open to provide accurate diagnosis and find the best way to help you overcome your sleeping difficulties. The new Sleep Centre, a collaboration with…

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Snoring can indicate a serious issue

Snoring and night time wakefulness are sometimes caused by a physical problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Snoring is caused by the narrowing of the upper airway. The transition to OSA occurs when the airway collapses. Sleep Physician Dr Scott Phung from Wexford Sleep says snoring, combined with unexplained tiredness and interrupted sleep, can be often attributed to OSA. “OSA interrupts…