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A step-by-step guide for planning a funeral

Organising a funeral can at first seem like an overwhelming and complicated process, made even harder by the emotional stress that usually follows the loss of a loved one. In light of this, many people these days are enlisting the aid of funeral directors to pre-plan their own funeral in order to make the task easier for those they leave behind. In other cases, where a funeral was not pre-planned, families tend to consult funeral homes for help regardless, especially since they know exactly what you’re going through and will do what they can do to make the process bearable.


How to Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies should never be ignored; if you don’t see an emergency dentist as soon as needed, you may be risking an oral infection or permanent tooth loss that could otherwise be avoided. Note a few tips for handling different dental emergencies so you have the best chance of recovery and don’t aggravate any injuries to the mouth and jaw as well. Pain and swelling  Some people mistakenly put aspirin directly on the area inside the mouth and gum line that is swollen or in pain, but aspirin and other such painkillers may burn the sensitive tissue of the gum.


Five Things You Can Do During Skin Cancer Action Week

Skin Cancer Action Week runs from November 20 - 26, 2016. The purpose of this week is to build awareness of skin cancer, a condition that affects two in three Australians before the age of 70. Wondering what you could do to get involved with Skin Cancer Action Week on a personal level? Here are some ideas to consider: 1. Build awareness through social media. Regardless of which social media sites you use, consider building awareness by posting informational, educational or inspirational articles or videos about skin cancer.


Winter Skin Care Tips

When winter arrives, it brings with it a new set of challenges for your skin.  Although the sun may have gone, central heating, icy wind, and rain can all cause your skin to dry, chafe, and crack, potentially leading to wrinkles and a dull complexion.  Here are some top tips on winter skincare to keep you looking healthy and glowing this winter! Consult a pro If you tend to suffer from skin problems, it’s a really good idea to have a chat with a therapist at your local spa or salon.


Teaching Your Child To Wear Their New Prescription Glasses

If your child has problems with their vision and is prescribed glasses from a young age, they may be anxious or self-conscious about wearing them at first. Here are some tips on how to teach your youngster to wear their new prescription glasses with pride! Check for comfort If you notice that the child is continually removing the glasses, check that the fit is still comfortable and correct. Kids grow quickly and their glasses can become too tight, causing them to pinch over the bridge of the nose or behind the ears.


Managing depression in private home care

Elderly patients who are in home health care are often vulnerable to depression. Depression is often co-morbid with a range of other disorders that elderly people are vulnerable to including heart disease, Parkinson’s disease as well as other persistent diseases. Depression can increase the risk of hospitalisation, so identifying and managing the signs of depression in elderly patients can help them to stay independent for as long as possible. Here are some ways home health care can help to manage depression.


Preparing Your Child for Braces

No one likes going to the family dentist. Some may dislike it a little, others may detest it a lot. But everyone could think of something they’d rather be doing than going for an annual check-up, a new filling or operative surgery, and top of the list of loathers are children getting orthodontics braces for the first time. This unwelcome rite of passage for many teenagers is often assumed to be a painful, harrowing experience that will leave them in agony for days afterwards.


Caring for a family member with HIV/AIDS

If you have a family member with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), it can be extremely important to give them both physical and emotional support to help manage their journey through the illness as gently as possible. Here are some ways that you can help a loved with HIV/AIDS. Help them get to appointments There is a growing understanding of how to manage HIV in its earliest stages to help control the progression of diseases.


How to look ten years younger

Lots of people dream of looking younger, but very few are willing to endure the expense or discomfort of plastic surgery. Fortunately, there are lots of effective ways to get back that youthful glow without resorting to invasive, costly surgical procedures.  Here are a couple of simple steps you can take to look several years younger.  Treat your skin well Few things reveal your age faster than the condition of your skin.


Important Things You Need to Include in Your Health Journal

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t a walk in the park. With a need to keep an eye on nearly everything you consume and do, it is easy to overlook many things and jeopardise your health. A health journal can go a long way in helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Simply, the journal is a comprehensive record of your health that keeps track of nearly all health aspects related to your life.


Easy Ways to Improve Your Golf Swing by Increasing Your Mobility

Your golf swing is most effective if you follow the correct swing sequence, where the lower body turns first, followed by the upper body, your arms and finally the club head. If your whole body moves simultaneously, it is much harder to develop good speed. Because you need to isolate the various body parts involved in the swing, your body’s mobility is of utmost importance. Fortunately, improving your mobility doesn’t have to be hard.


Protecting Your Feet When Playing Sports

When you take up any type of sport or just start jogging on your own, you need to be very careful about protecting your feet. Blisters are common for runners and those who are constantly on the field, and stress fractures, torn ligaments, and other such injuries can keep you off your feet for weeks if not months. You can protect your feet with a few simple tips; keep these in mind before your next game or time around the track.


Managing sweaty feet in work boots

Many people who do manual labour and need to wear heavy workboots find that they have sweaty feet. Not only does this feel uncomfortable, but it can also lead to unpleasant side effects such as skin infections and foot odour. Here are some tips if you find your feet sweating excessively.  Head to the pharmacy for deodorant and foot powder It’s a good idea to choose a deodorant that is specifically designed for feet.


Space maintainer for children's mouths

For some children, adult teeth may be slow to come through or may be absent. This can be due to genetic issues which can lead to missing teeth or the teeth being lost because of an accident. Here are some reasons you might want to consider a space maintainer.  Maintain space for the adult teeth to come through If your child has a very overcrowded jaw, they may lose a baby tooth, but this may not leave enough room for the adult tooth to come through.


What It's Like To Have LLETZ Surgery

Evidence suggests that Australia’s rates of cervical cancer are “among the lowest […] in the developed world”. One of the reasons for this is the country’s excellent cervical cancer screening program, and if you’re a woman between the ages of 25 and 65 it’s essential that you attend your smear tests every 2-4 years. It’s this very program that keeps those numbers down: the overwhelming majority of women who would develop cervical cancer never do, because it’s caught before it’s even begun.


Warming Up for MMA

Combat sport injuries at mixed martial art (MMA) clubs are very common, yet despite strict safety protocols even the most well managed club will see it’s fair share of swollen fingers, twisted ankles and sore backs. Whilst a trip to your local medical centre, physiotherapist or GP may be all that’s needed to get you fighting fit again, taking preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of injury is the best approach. Following these simple tips will help you to increase the flexability of your muscles and reduce the liklihood of strains and tears.


Preparing for Your Pre-Employment ADF Medical

Before joining the armed forces, you will have to undergo a pre-employment medical and fitness test. Understandably, this is a vital aspect of passing your selection for the Army, Navy or Air Force, as it allows these organisations to assess whether you have a base level of fitness that will enable you to operate in physically challenging environments, and it ensures that you are fit and healthy. The pre-employment medicals and tests can generally be split into two main areas that test physical strength and stamina, as well as health and wellbeing.


Treating your child's strawberry birthmark

Strawberry birthmarks, also known as haemangiomas, are one of the most common vascular issues in childhood with 1 in 10 children developing the markings. They appear within a few weeks of birth and can range from light markings to large and dark markings on the skin. They do not tend to be dangerous, but parents often choose to get them treated to avoid embarrassment for the child later on.  How do I know if my child has a haemangioma?


Take one tablet - when you should head online for medical advice?

With a growing number of medical apps and websites, more and more patients are consulting the internet before they consult their general practitioner. Here are some tips on when it’s a good idea to get some professional medical advice.  How confident are you in describing your symptoms? In many cases, it can be hard for patients to adequately assess whether their own symptoms should be called mild, moderate or severe. Equally, it can be hard for nonmedical professionals to describe a cough or cold or many other physical symptoms.


Four Things That Can Help Someone Who Has Dentures and Dementia

If you are taking care of a loved one with dementia, there are a number of challenges you have to meet on a daily basis, and if your loved one has dentures, you have to help him or her take care of them. There are several things that can help. Depending on your situation, you may want to check out the following four tips: 1. Labels When someone has dementia, he or she may forget his or her dentures any time the dentures are out of his or her mouth.


5 Reasons To See a Podiatrist

A podiatrist is a medical professional who specialises in the treatment of conditions which affect your feet. Below is a guide to 5 common conditions which require the care of a podiatrist. Foot Pain If you are experiencing pain in your feet, it could be the result of a wide range of conditions. Bunions, heel spurs, pulled muscles, tendons or ligaments or tendons and arthritis can all cause pain and discomfort.


Four Hearing Aid Accessories To Use When Exercising

Wearing hearing aids won’t impact your ability to exercise or play any type of sport you enjoy. However, when you have an active lifestyle, it’s sensible to take steps to protect your hearing aids from being knocked around during high-impact activities and getting wet and dirty when exercising outdoors. When moisture from rain or sweat gets into your hearing aids you’ll notice moisture droplets in the earmold tubes. This can make sounds seem muffled and you may not be able to pick up loud or high-frequency noises as well as you could before your hearing aids were damaged.


Factors That Trigger A Fungal Nail Reinfection And Effective Ways To Prevent Recurrence Of The Condition

Fungal nail infection may recur easily if you don’t observe the necessary precautions needed to keep the infection at bay. A severe fungal nail infection may deter you from working out and even walking properly. You are also at risk of losing your nail or nails permanently. Below are precautionary measures and foot care tips to help you keep fungal nail infection at bay. Athlete’s Foot Athlete’s foot is one of the main issues that might trigger a recurrence of your fungal nail infection.