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  • Prescription Rules and Requirements In Australia

    Prescription Rules and Requirements In Australia

    Prescription rules govern the sale and distribution of prescription medications in Australia. Here are some key points about prescription laws in Australia. Prescriptions are required to contain the following details. What are the Legal Requirements For a Prescription? Only authorized healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, and midwife practitioners, can prescribe medications.  Some medications…

  • Understanding Muscle Pain: A Comprehensive Guide

    Understanding Muscle Pain: A Comprehensive Guide

    Muscle pain or muscle cramps is a common ailment experienced by people of all ages and backgrounds.  It can significantly impact one’s quality of life, whether caused by vigorous exercise, poor posture, stress, or an underlying medical condition.  In this blog, we’ll explore the causes, symptoms, and management strategies, empowering you to better understand and…

  • Understanding LRTI: Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

    Understanding LRTI: Lower Respiratory Tract Infections

    “LRTI” is a medical abbreviation for “Lower Respiratory Tract Infection.” It refers to infections affecting the airways and structures below the voice box, including the lungs and bronchial tubes. Let us first understand what a respiratory tract infection is. Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are a range of infections that impact different systems of the respiratory…

  • Flight Attendant Health Risks: Does Flying Affect Breathing?

    Flight Attendant Health Risks: Does Flying Affect Breathing?

    The air on the plane contains less oxygen than we usually breathe.  Pilots and flight attendants often have to work in shifts, leading to disruptions in their body clocks and potential health issues. A study by the University of Melbourne identified factors in 930 individuals that contribute to fatigue, sleepiness, shift work disorder (SWD), and…

  • Does Pill Birth Control Make You Gain Weight?

    Does Pill Birth Control Make You Gain Weight?

    Birth control pills prevent pregnancy and generally do not lead to weight gain.  Although it may be possible that some individuals gain weight when taking birth control pills, this effect is usually temporary, minor, and can be managed.  Factors like age, fluid retention, and stress are more commonly associated with weight gain than birth control…

  • Can Birth Control Cause Acne?

    Can Birth Control Cause Acne?

    Acne is a common skin condition we have all faced at some point. Hormones cause it, clogging pores with oil or dead skin cells and forming pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads. But what is the connection between hormones, birth control pills, and acne? Androgens, which are responsible for sebum production (a waxy, oily substance), are present…

  • What Does Genital Herpes Look Like?

    What Does Genital Herpes Look Like?

    Genital Herpes is an infection that stays in your body for life.  Feelings of shame, embarrassment, anxiety, and depression are common, mainly due to the societal stigma surrounding STIs.  Seeking support from healthcare professionals, support groups, or trusted friends and family members offers benefits for coping with the emotional aspects of the condition. Before we…

  • STI vs STD: Understanding the Difference

    STI vs STD: Understanding the Difference

    STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection, while STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. However, what is the difference between STI vs STD? STI is the most up-to-date term. Healthcare providers changed it to “infection” instead of calling it a “disease” to be less stigmatizing for patients.  STI is an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or other…

  • Use of Fake Medical Certificates and Employment Fallout: A Case Study

    Use of Fake Medical Certificates and Employment Fallout: A Case Study

    Online medical certificates have introduced a convenient alternative for individuals seeking validation of their inability to work due to illness or injury.  However, online certificates have also raised questions regarding their reliability, authenticity, and potential for misuse.  Understanding the implications and regulations surrounding online medical certificates in Australia is essential for employers, healthcare professionals, and…

  • How to Get a Medicare Card?

    How to Get a Medicare Card?

    A Medicare Card provides the cardholder with a rebate for medical expenses under Australia’s Medicare system. This provides Australians and permanent residents access to various health and hospital services, either free or at a minimal cost. Funding for Medicare comes from Australian taxpayers, who contribute 2% of their taxable income to support its operations.  Depending…

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