The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the human neck. Thyroid cancer develops when the thyroid cells mutate and multiply to form a tumour. Below are a few essential facts about thyroid cancer. Causes of thyroid cancer Thyroid cancer is caused by changes in a person's DNA that stimulate the thyroid cells to become cancerous. Some people develop the disease as a result of hereditary factors. Other risk factors that may expose a person to the disease include exposure to radiation and iodine deficiency.
29 January 2019
Hearing is an essential part of one's health. Without being able to hear properly, one would not be able to enjoy life to the fullest. Even a simple conversation cannot take place without hearing. This is why hearing aids were introduced — to help those with hearing problems hear better and improve their quality of life. With technological advances, hearing aids have also improved. There are now hearing aids suited to all needs, including those of young children and babies.
27 December 2018
If you have diabetes, here are two reasons why you should be visiting a podiatrist on a regular basis. The podiatrist will be able to alert you to the presence of infections or ulcers that you may not have noticed. Even if you take your medication correctly and consciously avoid consuming foods that will cause blood glucose spikes, you may still occasionally experience high blood sugar levels (as there are many other things that can affect the amount of glucose in your blood, including illness, stress and medications like statins, hormonal contraceptives and steroids).
8 November 2018
Did you know that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world? This malignant and aggressive form of skin cancer affects thousands of Australians every year, representing 75% of all skin cancer deaths. Thankfully, if found early, melanoma is very easy to completely cure. That's why it's so important that you visit a skin cancer clinic for regular check-ups and keep an eye on your skin between appointments. However, while most people know that looking out for skin cancer signs is important, many don't know where to look.
28 September 2018
Varicose veins are a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide, some of whom are not aware of their condition. It is characterised by visible veins in the feet and legs and is treated in a variety of ways by a vascular specialist or surgeon. This short article aims to explain the condition in more detail, from symptoms to treatment. What Are Varicose Veins? Most people have heard of varicose veins but do not know what they are or what causes them.
29 August 2018
All types of cancer affect one's quality of life in a certain way. Prostate cancer is not different, but in this case, it affects one of the most sensitive areas in men—their intimacy and sexual lives. After prostate cancer treatment, one may be worried about their ability to be intimate and meet their partner's needs. The truth is, this is a genuine concern. That's because of the risks that surround prostate cancer treatment, be it surgery or radiation.
29 June 2018
Many Australians spend a lot of time and effort caring for their loved ones. Conditions such as child disability, elderly diseases and other similar conditions can exert emotional and physical drain on caregivers. For a caregiver to provide high quality care, they also need to take some time to recharge. Respite care can be offered to caregivers in many different ways. From in-home care to community centres, the flexibility of respite care is aimed at making the services very convenient for caregivers.
17 May 2018
A dental emergency can be quite a nightmarish situation; having to rush to the nearest dental clinic to get treatment for cracked, bleeding tooth or an excruciating abscess can be a very distressing experience. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of ending up in this type of situation. Read on to learn more. Invest in a mouth guard Many people enjoy participating in contact sports such as boxing, wrestling and rugby.
5 May 2017
A pre-employment medical assessment involves a full head-to-toe examination to make sure you're in good health before starting work. The tests include your weight, vision, hearing and blood pressure. If you have particularly high blood pressure, you should already be on a treatment plan with your doctor, possibly involving the use of medication to bring things back to normal. But if you're just concerned that your blood pressure might be a bit on the high side and want to reduce it, there are a few things you can do to help in advance of your medical assessment.
18 April 2017
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that will not only ensure you have healthy teeth but also enhance your smile. A lot is often expected of you after you get your braces, particularly in terms of care. Unfortunately, braces can take quite some time to work, especially if you are an adult because they work by directing your teeth in a given direction and this will usually take longer for adults.
4 April 2017