Posts Tagged ‘ Chronic Pain ’

How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2

May 25, 2016
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As you saw in my previous article , breathing can help improve the tone of the Vagus Nerve. This has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels, reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and even reduced risk of dying from cancer. A 2016 article talked more about the link between stress and cancer, saying that stress acts…

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My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016

April 5, 2016
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My number 1 health tip for 2015 was to MOVE MORE, and no doubt you would’ve seen one of the countless articles talking about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. Some articles called prolonged sitting worse for your health than smoking or obesity, and 60 Minutes did a great story which I posted outlining the…

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When to worry about back pain (and when not to)

March 11, 2016
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Here is a great article I just read which outlines in basic terms the key differences between back pain that is straightforward and musculo-skeletal in nature, and back pain that is coming from a more serious underlying condition. A lot of times when the pain is severe it can be extremely concerning, and this article…

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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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New Warnings on Anti-Inflammatories

October 8, 2014
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I just read an article on the Medical Observer website which said that the Therapeutic Goods Administrator (TGA) “will ramp up warnings on NSAID packages after a safety review found over-the-counter diclofenac was associated with liver damage and that NSAIDs in general were linked to adverse cardiovascular effects”. The TGA has now suggested that these medications come with the…

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Paracetamol for back pain?

August 7, 2014
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I guess a lot of you saw the recent articles (such as this one in The Australian) questioning the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain. This is newsworthy because it is probably the first thing a doctor would recommend for back pain, so we want to know if it actually works. It has very few side…

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The accuracy of information on Wikipedia

June 18, 2014
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Thanks to the internet, we have access to more information that ever before. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to figure out whether something we read on the internet is true or not. Wikipedia is a site that always comes up very high on search engines, so if you’re ever looking to come up with a…

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Should you rest or stay active with low back pain?

June 10, 2014
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In this post I’m going to discuss the results of a study which has found that when you suffer a back injury you are better off staying active than resting. Now, it may not seem terribly important, I mean, how bad could a couple of days on the couch be? Well, here are the stats:…

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

May 1, 2014
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Being a massive nerd, I found this article incredibly interesting. If you’re a sufferer of chronic pain you will find it interesting too. Chronic pain is a very complex situation. It’s a lot more involved than just the same pain you had for a minor injury hanging around for a long time. For example, there can be…

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