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Diverticular Disease: Understanding risks and management

Diverticular Disease: Understanding risks and management

July 9, 2014 | Digestion, Men's Health, General, Women's Health
Diverticulosis is the result of pouches forming on the intestinal wall. The small pouches that form are called diverticula and they protrude from the outer wall of the colon. The most common risk factors that lead to diverticular disease are age and diet. Why someone develops diverticular disease is unclear, but could possible involve...
Wet Macular Degeneration Treatments Comparison

Wet Macular Degeneration Treatments Comparison

July 8, 2014 | Eyes
Exudative macular degeneration is a condition caused by neovascularisation (abnormal blood vessel growth) in the choroid. This lies between the sclera (outer structure) and retina (which contains the cells...
Contraception Hormonal Methods - A full review

Contraception Hormonal Methods - A full review

July 7, 2014 | Hormone replacement, Women's Health
There are a number of hormonal contraception methods available. People may taut one method as the best choice, but the optimal contraceptive method depends on a woman’s biology, health, and personal preferences.
Vaccinations for International Travel - Common vaccinations

Vaccinations for International Travel - Common vaccinations

July 6, 2014 | General
Travel is an enjoyable or essential part of life for many people. However, particular diseases or illnesses may be associated with one or more regions of the world. Contracting one can be particularly unpleasant for travellers, especially if they may...
Treating Acid Reflux in Pregnancy: Understanding options

Treating Acid Reflux in Pregnancy: Understanding options

July 5, 2014 | Digestion, Women's Health
The stomach controls the initial stages of digestion. The cells of its inner lining produce hydrochloric acid (HCl) to break down food passing into it from the oesophagus. This acid may travel back up this tube toward the...
Gastroenteritis: An overview of treatment considerations

Gastroenteritis: An overview of treatment considerations

July 4, 2014 | Digestion
Gastroenteritis, which is more commonly known as gastro, is caused by an inflammation or infection in the digestive system, particularly in the lining of the intestines. Each year, close to five to ten million people from all over the globe die from...
Lyme Disease: 6 Dangerous Myths

Lyme Disease: 6 Dangerous Myths

July 3, 2014 | General
There are a number of misconceptions about Lyme disease. Educating yourself about the realities of the disease can help you reduce the likelihood of contracting Lyme disease or improve your ability to recover from it. Below are some of the most...
Epistaxis - A greater understanding of nosebleeds

Epistaxis - A greater understanding of nosebleeds

July 2, 2014 | Ear, Nose and Throat
Epistaxis is the medical term for a nosebleed. Most cases of epistaxis are of a minor self-limiting nature. In some instances however, the nosebleed can be severe or recurrent. Nosebleeds are so common, almost everyone either...
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Current evidence based management principles

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Current evidence based management principles

July 1, 2014 | Digestion, Constipation, Diarrhoea
Depending on the diagnostic criteria employed, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects approximately 11% of the population globally and is estimated to affect 10 to 20% of the Western population. In Western...
Probiotics overview - Effective uses, safety and actions for digestive conditions

Probiotics overview - Effective uses, safety and actions for digestive conditions

June 30, 2014 | Digestion, General
Probiotics are defined as "live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host ". Early in the 20th century, investigators first discovered that intestinal flora could be altered,...
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