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What do women need more but rarely get enough?

What do women need more but rarely get enough?

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Here’s a quick riddle to kick off your day…What do women need more than men but rarely have enough of?

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Exercise - we had it, some of us lost it, but now we need it more than ever before.

Exercise - we had it, some of us lost it, but now we need it more than ever before.

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Exercise - as we get older its mandatory not obligatory.

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Often feel pretty ordinary? It could be Perimenopause

Often feel pretty ordinary? It could be Perimenopause

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Perimenopausal? Never heard of it? Read more....

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Mens suicide-more common than we think

Mens suicide-more common than we think

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We may groan and complain about them. But at the end of the day we love them dearly and we wouldn't do without them.

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Life is so precious

Life is so precious

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Around 7 years ago I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy when I was hospitalised with sustained Atrial Fibrillation (AF). I was very sick and this was serious for both myself and my unborn child.

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Anxious? Who me, and two-thirds of women I know?

Anxious? Who me, and two-thirds of women I know?

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A survey of over 15,000 Australian women has revealed two-thirds feel anxious or on edge, with women aged 18 to 35 most likely to feel the strain.

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How do women shape up as we mark Women’s Health Week?

How do women shape up as we mark Women’s Health Week?

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In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes it’s easy to let the basics slide, particularly when it comes to health and wellbeing.
If that sounds like you, this week is Women’s Health Week, an important opportunity to reflect on our wellbeing and take some time out to tend to our physical and mental health. It’s also the chance to note some interesting women’s health statistics, while looking to the improvements we can make.

As we walk, run or Zumba our way into Women’s Health Week, here’s what you need to know…

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Adversity doesn’t define us

Adversity doesn’t define us

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“Your daughter is unlikely to survive. Her injuries are too great.” These are the words the emergency doctor said to my parents following the accident.

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Fending off the flu

Fending off the flu

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As the temperature begins to drop, Australia is bracing for another flu season. And if last year is anything to go by, 2018 could be a shocker. In 2017, the influenza outbreak was the worst in a decade, and a quarter of a million people were formally diagnosed with the virus.
As we brace for winter 2018, here are the top tips for fending off the flu...

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Today I Had My Yearly Mammogram

Today I Had My Yearly Mammogram

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I have that sick feeling in my stomach. The nervous butterflies have been there for the last few days. Not the good ones either.

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Osteoporosis - "That only happens to old people, doesn't it?"

Osteoporosis - "That only happens to old people, doesn't it?"

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Well, it depends what you mean by “old”.  Certainly, if you consider over 50 “old”, then you are right – because more than 4.7 million people over 50 in Australia have poor bone health, and subsequent increased risk of fractures. However, even quite young athletes, such as distance runners, can have very low bone density, and suffer stress fractures.

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Physio, Pilates and your Pelvic Floor

Physio, Pilates and your Pelvic Floor

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A pelvic floor – we all have one (males and females), but, like most of our body parts, we don’t think much about it until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, something goes wrong with our pelvic floors pretty darn often. In fact, according to statistics, over 5 million Australians experience bladder or bowel control problems. This translates to 1 in 3 women having some type of urinary incontinence. However, most women seem to just accept this as “part of the package”, and very few seek help for this most treatable of issues.

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Let's Talk About Dementia

Let's Talk About Dementia

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Dementia is an umbrella term for a cluster of symptoms that affect cognition, behaviour, and functioning.

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Trying to Conceive? Here's what you should know about pre-pregnancy diets

Trying to Conceive? Here's what you should know about pre-pregnancy diets

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Happy New Year! The New Year always brings lots of resolutions, for example, to lose weight and/or exercise more. It is also the time when women start thinking about pregnancy. The first step is to conceive, in other words, to get pregnant. And a common question that my patients ask me is - when should you stop drinking alcohol and start eating like you are a pregnant?

Here is an excerpt from my book “Mum’s guide to..pregnancy” by Dr Maria Boulton (available through www.drmariaboulton.com) that answers that question and also discusses the accuracy of pregnancy tests.

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Don't ignore your bowel

Don't ignore your bowel

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I’m a gastroenterologist, it would be professionally embarrassing to be diagnosed with bowel cancer.  So I dutifully fronted up for my second colonoscopy recently, and I bought my sister along with me to support her through her first time.  She can’t quite reconcile that I work and socialise with the doctor who performs my colonoscopy, that I have the procedure performed at the endoscopy unit where I work each day, or that I return the favour every 3-5 years for several nurses, doctors and friends when they are due for their colonoscopy.  She feels the same way about my GP who is a good friend and doesn’t turn a hair when I turn up for my PAP smear. 

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The essential art of self-care

The essential art of self-care

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When was the last time you did something just for yourself, had some much-needed ‘me time’?

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The frightening truth about childhood obesity

The frightening truth about childhood obesity

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What can we, as parents and caregivers, do to ensure a bright, healthy future for ourselves and our families? Read our top five tips for a healthy lifestyle for our children.

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Finding calm within uncertainty

Finding calm within uncertainty

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Humans make decisions every day of their lives - what to eat, what to wear, who to interact with.

For some of us those decisions are more significant or have the potential to have serious consequences. For example doctors aim to practice evidence-based medicine where science points us in the right direction, but sometimes we don’t have a definite answer.

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10 Tips for empowering women through self defence

10 Tips for empowering women through self defence

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“One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognised pandemics of our time.” Nicole Kidman

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Ditch the diet for good

Ditch the diet for good

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I went on my first diet at age nine and continued on the diet carousel well into my late 20s developing some pretty damaging eating practices and body image issues along the way.

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Hormonal mood swings – they’re not in your head

Hormonal mood swings – they’re not in your head

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From puberty to menopause, women have shifting levels of hormones but it’s only in fairly recent times that researchers have discovered links between these fluctuating hormones and our range of emotion.

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The power of a debrief with friends

The power of a debrief with friends

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For many women, getting the opportunity to go away for a few days may not be feasible and that’s ok.

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Anxiety – Is it more common than we think?

Anxiety – Is it more common than we think?

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I know that I have become more paranoid. I am acutely aware that bad things can and do happen to any of us at any time, with no warning signs.

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Who me? A binge drinker? I only drink at events

Who me? A binge drinker? I only drink at events

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I’m secretly cringing as I type this but it’s the truth and it’s the case for many women. 

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