Codeine deaths more than doubled in Australia 2000-2009

November 11, 2015
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As you’ve no doubt recently heard, there are calls to make codeine a prescription drug. It is currently an over the counter pain reliever and something that a lot of people routinely use. Chances are you have used it yourself and if so, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. A new report published…

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Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline

October 12, 2015
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A new study, which followed 382 75 year-olds for 8 years, has concluded that low levels of vitamin D “may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults”. The subjects were examined to test their episodic memory, semantic memory, visual perception, and executive function. They found that participants with signs of dementia had lower levels of vitamin D…

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Longer Work Hours Increase Risk of Stroke

September 17, 2015
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A new study has found that working more than 55 hours a week “significantly increases your risk of having a stroke”. abc.net.au broke the story this week, citing a study conducted on over 600,000 people over the past 8 and a half years. Key findings of the study included: People working 55 hours a week had a…

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How exercise changes your brain

September 8, 2015
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An article in The New York Times this week has shed light on the changes that take place in the brain in response to exercise. The story focused on a series of brain scans performed on a lady who started exercising at the age of 77 and went on to set numerous world records in masters track and…

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How many of us have Disc Herniations?

July 27, 2015
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How many of us have Disc Herniations?

As an Osteopath I see a lot of people with disc injuries. People are understandably concerned about doing damage to their discs, as they play an important role in the structural integrity of the spine, and live very close to nerves and the spinal cord, so they can cause a lot of pain and other…

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Rest First? Or Seek Treatment?

May 29, 2015
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What I’m going to look at in this posting relates to how quickly one should start addressing a complaint of low back pain. Historically, people suffering from low back pain have been told to rest, sometimes for very long periods. It’s time to right this wrong. I have treated plenty of people who 20 years…

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