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280 Australians develop diabetes every day.

That’s one person every five minutes. This July promote diabetes awareness among your friends and loved ones and urge them to take preventative health measures to prevent this disease.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it.

There are different types of diabetes; all types are complex and serious. The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.



Measles Infection can be serious and is very contagious.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) is a combination vaccine.

If you are born after 1966 this can be a FREE vaccine, if you have not had previous vaccines, or can be proven as non-immune via pathology tests.

Before travelling overseas, please discuss with your doctor the need to be vaccinated.

You can book your appointment online via Appointuit or call our friendly reception team at 3261 7000.


With the flu season starting early this year it is very important to get the new flu shot for 2019.

Afluria Quad Flu Vaccine Available Now $17

Afluria® Quad is an Inactivated Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (split virion).

Afluria Quad (Quadrivalent influenza virus vaccine) is indicated for immunisation against influenza in persons aged 5 years and over.


A recent study could change our understanding of the ways in which mitochondria, or the powerhouses of the cells, influence Parkinson’s disease. The latest results fly in the face of current theories.

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative conditions in the United States, and it affects an estimated 1 millionpeople there, plus 10 million worldwide.

The disease causes a gradual impairment of motor skills, with symptoms including tremor and rigidity. Parkinson’s can also lead to dementia, depression, and anxiety.

The primary changes in the Parkinson’s disease-affected brain occur in a small region called the substantia nigra. These dopamine-producing neurons die off, and the region is infiltrated by so-called Lewy bodies, which are abnormal aggregates of protein.

Despite years of research, the mechanisms that underly Parkinson’s disease are unknown. However, recent research implies that mitochondrial dysfunction might be involved.


WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1  — Heart failure is associated with a loss of gray matter in the brain and a decline in mental processes, according to a new study.

They conducted memory and other mental performance tests on 35 heart failure patients, 56 patients with ischemic heart disease (which sometimes but not always accompanies heart failure), and 64 healthy people. MRI exams were used to assess gray matter volume in different parts of the brain.

In heart failure, the heart muscle is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body, while ischemic heart disease affects the supply of blood to the heart.

Heart failure patients had worse immediate and long-term memory and reaction speeds than healthy people. The brain scans showed that heart failure was associated with losses of gray matter in areas believed to be important for memory, reasoning and planning.


According to a 2016 study that was published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, in the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 66 seconds.

In total, the study authors note, about 5.4 million adults live with this condition. It is characterized by progressive memory loss and the impairment of other cognitive functions tied to conducting daily activities.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, so treatments focus on managing its symptoms. It is particularly important for people living with this condition to be able to carry out their day-to-day activities for as long as possible, in order to maintain a good quality of life.

A recent clinical trial conducted by specialists at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus tested the efficiency of implants for deep brain stimulation in helping people with Alzheimer’s to keep living independently for longer.


“Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are,” the adage goes, but what if I could predict your friendships based on your brain activity? This is exactly what scientists have done in a new study.

Popular wisdom abounds in sayings about how friendships are first formed, such as “birds of a feather flock together” and “friends are on the same wavelength.”

And, as it turns out, there is more than just a grain of truth to these age-old concepts.

A new study led by Carolyn Parkinson — who was formerly based at Dartmouth College in Hanover, MA, but who is now an assistant professor of psychology working at the University of California in Los Angeles — shows that the brains of friends respond in very similar ways to the same stimuli.

Friendship, like romance, is a scientific puzzle: why do we befriend certain people and not others? Is it because we tend to unconsciously choose people who are most similar to us, such as individuals of the same age, sex, or educational background?

Are friendships politically motivated, based on an instinctive understanding of social hierarchy? Or, as we may like to believe, are they explained by more complex, intellectual similarities?

The team’s study, published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications, argues that we tend to associate with people whose brains respond in a similar way to our own to the same preset stimuli.


Forearms are integral to hand and arm movement, so pain in this region can be highly disruptive to daily life. Forearm pain can result from a number of different causes, each requiring a different treatment approach.

The forearms are composed of the radius and ulna bones, which span the length of the forearm to intersect at the wrist joint. The location means that the forearm is intrinsically involved in a range of everyday arm or hand movements.

As a result of this, injury or discomfort in the forearm can have a wide-ranging impact on mobility and interfere with daily functioning. For example, forearm pain can make it difficult to type on a keyboard or grip an item with the hand.

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