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December 2012


Eating cherries 'could cut gout'

Gout attack risk can be reduced by eating cherries. A recent study in the US has found patients with gout, who ate cherries over a 2day period had a 35% lower risk of attacks compared to those who did not. Cherries contain anthocyanins, antioxidants which contain anti-inflammatory properties. This research has been recognised by UK experts as 'good evidence' . To read more see:

Painkillers 'are the cause' of millions of headaches

In the UK, studies have shown that up to a million people have "completely preventable" severe headaches. These headaches are caused by taking too many painkillers, experts have stated. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) have issued a warning in their guidelines for treating headaches. To see the whole story:


Ageing and the city: chronic diseases more prevalent in city-dwellers than country counterparts


Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cancer and asthma are more likely in city-dwellers in comparison to their country counterparts. The University of Sydney has conducted a study in which they followed over 1000 over-45s who had lived in the same area for >20 years. These studies showed that chronic diseases were much more likely in city dwellers. To see the full story:

Breath Work - Health Effects Of The Breath
The way you breathe can affect both your emotional and physical health. By practicing controlled breathing people can reduce common desk-work discomfort and it is also believed that the breath can help with grief relief, tone our abdominals and even help us to even burn fat more effectively.


Stillbirths linked to mother's sleeping position
Australian doctors have discovered a link between the sleeping position of a pregnant women and still births. It has been discovered that women sleeping on their backs, later in pregnancy were six times more likely to have a still-born child.


October 2012


Social Contact Can Ease Pain Related to Nerve Damage, Animal Study Suggests


A new study has found that just spending time with others may reduce pain associated with nerve damage. The animal study carried out at Ohio University found that mice that were paired with others had lower pain responses and fewer symptoms of inflammation in their nervous system than mice that were isolated.

The study was done by lightly touching the paw of mice with allodynia, a nerve-related problem that under normal conditions causes severe pain and a withdrawal response to any stimulus. The mice that had social contact required a higher level of force to induce the withdrawal response than mice that were isolated.

Adam Hinzey, the study lead-author, said that the study suggests that the social environment has an effect not just on human behaviour, but also on physiological responses against nerve-related pain. He believes that the results will help develop new therapies that are centred around social contact  as a way to relieve pain.




High blood pressure linked to sleep problems

There are many studies that show that sleeping disorders affect one's quality of life, as they can cause irritability, anxiety and restlessness. However, a new study has shows that a poor night's sleep can also affect the heart, with  

A new study from the US has shown that sleeping disorders significantly increase a person's chance of having high blood pressure. The two year study found that those people with the least amount of deep slumber, or slow wave sleep, were 1.83 times more likely than those people getting the most amount of deep slumber.

Although their study only involved men, the researchers greatly believed sleep deprivation has the same effects on women. They recommend sleeping for 6 to 8 hours every night.

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September 2012 




New hope for spinal cord injury patients

Damage caused by trauma to the central nervous system could now be reversed. Research recently conducted shows that a new antibody can reverse CNS trauma damage. More information available:


Organic food no better for you: study 

Researchers from Stanford University, have found that there is little evidence to show that organic food is better for you. Organic food does come with less pesticides, but the difference is neglidagble if consumers are making a decision between organic and conventional foods based on their health. For the full story please see:


Holistic approach needed when managing Type 2 diabetes

Research conducted is showing that a holistic approach is the preferred way to treat type 2 diabetes. NPS MedicineWise are encouraging General Practitioners to address their patients regarding blood pressure and lipids as a priority and use this to treat and monitor their diabetes. "Treating high blood pressure and cholesterol substantially reduces absolute risk - compared with focussing on blood glucose control alone - and gives the patient a chance of achieving better outcomes," says Dr Binns. Full story available:


New research: Australian children overdosing on salt

Professor Caryl Nowson reports that of the sample of 238 children of 5 to 13 years of age, seven in ten were overdosing on salt. Nowson said "on average children are eating around six grams of salt a day, about a level teaspoon full, which is four times more salt than they need." High salt intake increases blood pressure and high blood pressure dramatically increases the chance of heart disease and stroke.  Professor Caryl Nowson also highlighted "high salt intake may contribute to obesity risk, as salty foods increase thirst and drive intake of calorie-rich sugary drinks, such as soft drinks". More information and full report available:


Be medicinewise with cough and cold medicines in young children

Parents are being urged to restrict the use of cough and cold medicines in young children as concerns have been raised that these medicines have little eficiancy and could be harmful. New advice suggests paresnt should seek doctor, pharmacist or a nurse practictioner before administering cold and cough medicines to young children (under 12 years). To read the full story please use the link below:


Infant sleep problems do not persist

Researches are reassuring parents that infants around the age of seven months with sleep problems do not show any long term affects. The Victorian study shows persistent sleeping problems will not have long term effects on children's mental or physical health or the child's behaviour. Details available:



August 2012 


Daily dairy could reduce national health spend .

About $2 billion could be saved from the annual healthcare budget if Australians increased their dairy intake, new research suggests. The study from the University of South Australia found that 65% of Australians consume less than the recommended daily serves of dairy, and that improved education around the role that dairy plays in sustaining good health would reduce many health care costs.


Salt reduction in food supply essential - new research
Excessive consumption of salt may be causing as many as 6,000 premature Australian deaths a year, new research suggests. The study backs up National Heart Foundation of Australia's claims that Australia's food supply must improve if we
want to reduce rates of mortality from cardiovascular disease, Australia's number one cause of death.


Play with pets helps toddlers lick infections
New research suggests that babies that grow up with pet dogs may have better resistance to infectious respiratory illnesses during childhood. The study found that babies that grew up with pet dogs suffered from fewer coughs and ear infections and required fewer courses of antibiotics. Living with a cat was also better for a child's health than no pet contact.



Preventing back pain will require rethinking how we work

New research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has shown that nearly 10% of Australians (1.8 million people) have back problems. The study highlighted how back problems significantly hinder productivity of individuals, as 80% of people suffering back problems and disability had an employment restriction. People with back problems were also found to be 1.5 times likely to not be in the workforce at all.


Cyclists beware! Pressure from seats can do lasting damage 

Cycling is a popular and healthy activity enjoyed by many Australians every day, however new research suggests that spending extended periods sitting on a bicycle seat could potentially affect the sexual health of women. Although it is not a new idea, with research dating back many years about the potential sexual health consequences of cycling for males, the study found that the most important factor was the configuration of the bicycle and the subsequent riding position.


Celiac Disease: Not So Rare, Mostly Undiagnosed

The first large population-based study in the United States has found that the prevalence of celiac disease (CD) may be more common than originally thought. A key finding of the survey was that nearly 2 million people are living with CD, yet most are unaware of it.




July 2012

Denis will be away from the 16th - 25th of July. 

Chris will be available for additional hours of Osteopathic Treatment during this time:

Chris availability:

Tuesday 17/07 1-5pm

Thursday 19/07 8.30-12pm

Tuesday 24/07 1-5pm

Thursday 26/07 8.30-12pm 


You will also be able to book in with Mirjam for a lovely massage for additional hours during this time:

Tuesday 17/07

Wednesday 18/07

Tuesday 24/07

Wednesday 25/07


Please call 9386 3005 to book appointments in this period. Online booking is still available for other time periods.  



July 2012


Infant sleep problems do not persist

 Parents of infants with sleep issues can  now be reassured that the problems are unlikely to persist. A study from Victoria also shows the problems will also not have long term effects on their child's behaviour or mental health.


Frailty isn't an inevitable consequence of ageing 
Individauls with type 2 diabetes are at risk of a number of complications from the disease. Although the main complication are health related, type 2 diabetes suffers main concerns such as loss of strength and mobility, this would make it difficult for them to get around the house independently and to go walking. This possibility of 'loss of lifestyle', is far more likely to cause anxiety than the potential for future complications. These immediate concerns, however, don't tend to elicit the same attention from physicians - particularly when it comes to older patients, whose increasingly frailty may be viewed with a certain inevitability.


Drinking tea could lower heart disease risk
New research suggests that drinking three cups of black tea a day, with no milk or sugar, could reduce several risk factors for heart disease. The study, found that drinking black tea for 12 weeks reduced triglyceride levels by 39 per cent in men and 29 per cent in women. The study also found that drinking black tea reduced blood glucose while also increasing HDL or so-called good cholesterol as well as blood levels of antioxidants.



High and low vitamin D levels cause mortality? 

Danish authors have found that both too low and too high vitamin D levels are associated with excessive mortality. In particular, they found people with high levels had a 40% increased chance of dying compared to those with low levels had more than a 200% increased risk of dying over the three years of the study.




June 2012


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June 2012 

Curry spice used to fight bowel cancer

Spicy Curry's may help fight against colon and bowel cancers. Spice turmeric, contains Curcumin, this has been used in clinical trials and has been successful in 'beating' cancer cells in the laboratory. This will now be used in human trials in England. Curcumin's use in fighting cancer cells was first discovered by Professor Will Stewart from England's University of Leicester. It was found that people who ate Curcumin in spicy curry's and other meals in Indian and Pakistani communities were 70% less likely to contact bowel of colon cancer. 


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June 2012 

Exercise, do you know when to stop?

New research has emerged which shows that too much exercise, particularly extreme endurance sports such as marathons and triathalons, can cause structural changes to the heart and large arteries, increasing the chance of sudden death. The US scientists behind the study say that excessive exercise can lead to patches of fibrosis, or scarring, in the heart. This can increase the likelihood of potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms.


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June 2012 

Booklet to help blokes keep check on health

WA Mental Health Minister Helen Morton launched a new booklet Western Australia designed to encourage men to take better care of their health and wellbeing. This book discussed a large variety of lifestyle and health topics as well as listing support groups, programs and services available to men. Mrs Morton said the new free booklet was a useful tool for Australian Men of all ages, and was easy to comprehend for both them and their families.


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June 2012

Childhood CT scans can triple risk of brain cancer, leukemia

A new study has found that children who have just two CT (computed tomography) scans of the head during their developmental years, may triple the risk of developing brain cancer in later life. Undergoing five to ten scans during this time could also triple the risk of leukaemia. An Australian expert played down these findings, saying that the risk posed by ionising radiation from the scans is well-documented, and merely highlights the importance of only using the technology when necessary. The findings by researchers from the University of Newcastle in England were based on a study involving almost 180,000 participants who had CT scans between 1985-2002, at 70% of hospitals in Britain. The study was published in The Lancet today.


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