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Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia with around 12,000 people diagnosed in Australia each year. The symptoms of lung cancer can often be vague and mimic those of other conditions, so it’s important to know what your cough is telling you.
The signs and symptoms of lung cancer can include:

  • a new cough that has persisted for 3 weeks or more
  • A changed cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • A chest infection that won’t go away
  • Chest Pain and/ or shoulder pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • A hoarse voice
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite

If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage there is more chance of a better outcome.

Please make an appointment with your GP if you have any concerns.

High fashionable sports drinks offer improved sports performance and recovery but is this at the expenses of your teeth?

Athletes who regularly sip on sports drinks are bathing their teeth in sugar and mild acid, just the recipe for dissolving tooth enamel and promoting tooth decay. The risk is greater if a mouth guard is used after consuming a sports drink.

To prevent this problem, rinse the mouth with water immediately after your sports drink.

During strenuous exercise, especially in hot weather, the body needs more than just water replacement. Taking some carbohydrate helps the body conserve muscle, maintains blood sugar levels and delay fatigue.

Many common disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and mental illness can run in families. If you have knowledge of your family health history, it may be possible to predict, prevent or treat health problems that have affected previous generations.

Recording your family health history

Record all current and past health problems, noting if possible the year and or age at which a diagnosis was made or a family member died. Start with your own health record and that of your family members including your parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and your children (if any). It is important to note the health history of your relatives on both your mother’s side and your father’s side of the family. Then add the details of your partner’s family. Where you have had more than one partner, also record their details if possible.

Try to complete 3 and preferably, 4 generations for each side of your family and your partner (or partners) family. To get this information, it may mean that you have to consider contacting family members with whom you are seldom in contact. Of course it may not always be possible to know or find out the health history of every family member for a number of reasons, including adoption, lack of family contact or missing medical information.

Sharing your family health information with your doctor

It is important that your doctor is kept up to date on your family health information. As new information becomes available, add it to your chart, record the date you updated the information and share it with your doctor.

Often the patterns that run in families can best be seen if put in the form of a family health tree. You may like to do this for yourself, working from your health table, or simply take the table of information to your doctor.

The Pines Family Practice would like to Welcome Dr Susie Muir to our practice. Susie emigrated to Australia from Scotland in 2007, Dr Susie has worked in a number of hospitals around the country doing a variety of specialties. She is interested in most areas of general practice and is passionate about practicing up to date evidence based medicine. Dr Susie likes to try and understand all aspects of her patients life in order to provide individualised care to enable happy healthy living.

Dr Susie is available for appointments Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm

Call and make an appointment now! 55981300

Or make an appointment online from our webpage

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Our earlier post said  “Those travelling to Asian or some African countries are at risk”, however there is currently NO risk of catching Chikungunya in Australia.

Australian travellers have caught the disease elsewhere and developed symptoms in Australia and thus get reported as cases. This disease is certainly one to be aware of. It may one day get to Australia, as the mosquito which carries Chikungunya is the same one that transmits dengue fever, and Dengue has been reported in North QLD.

Chikungunya – What is it?

 

Chikungunya is another disease caused by a bite from one of the world’s most deadly animals- the mosquito! Chikungunya is a word from the language of the Makonde people who live on the border of Tanzania and Mozambique. It means ‘that which bends’ which might describe the appearance of those suffering from the severe joint pains and swelling while they stumble painfully along.
Those travelling to Asian or some African countries are at risk. The mosquito which carries Chikungunya is the same one that transmits dengue fever. It bites during the day and night, both inside and outside, often around buildings in urban areas. The virus which the mosquito carries from person to person is closely related to Ross River and Barma Forest viruses.

Often 3-7 days after a bite from an infected mosquito the transmitted virus causes: sudden high fever, severe joint aches (especially hands, wrists, ankles and feet), headache, muscle aches, back pain and often a rash. The symptoms typically resolve after 7-10 days. Joint pains and stiffness can linger for weeks or even years. There can occasionally be more severe problems. Most people recover quickly without any ongoing problems.

Travellers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites:

  • · Long sleeved shirts, long trousers, hat
  • · Insect repellent
  • · Consider permethrin treated clothing and gear (boots, trousers, socks, tents)
  • · Sleep under a mosquito net or in a mosquito proof room

There is no specific treatment for Chikungunya.
More serious conditions should be excluded (such as dengue and malaria).
Treatment includes rest, fluids and simple pain relief (eg anti-inflammatory).

USA – Salmonella

A total of 316 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 37 states in the USA.
According to the US Centre for disease control: Contact with live poultry and their environment can be a source of human Salmonella infections. Live poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean and show no signs of illness. When in contact with live poultry, you should always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, not let live poultry inside the house, not let children younger than 5 years of age, older adults, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other live poultry. Also, do not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live poultry and clean any equipment or materials associated with raising or caring for live poultry outside the house, such as cages or feed or water containers.

MERS-CoV – update Saudia Arabia

Worldwide, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 136 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 58 deaths. (WHO). Cases so far are known to have been acquired from unknown natural exposure in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates.
Right now, more than 850,000 of an expected 3 million pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, which takes place October 13-18, 2013. Pilgrims may return home immediately after Hajj but must depart Saudi Arabia by approximately November 13, 2013. WHO considers risk of MERS-CoV to individual pilgrims for the upcoming Hajj to be very low; however, MERS-CoV infection should be considered in any traveller developing fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of returning from Saudi Arabia.