Medical Notes-March

Why men won’t take their medicine: Why is it that men in Australia and other western countries are less likely than women to take an effective role in looking after their own health? It appears that the poor health status of men is complicated by the fact that men are more likely to shy away from medical treatment of any kind.

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Walking off the blues

health_matters.gifA half hour brisk walk can immediately improve the mood of depressed working carers by giving us the same kind of pick-me-up we may seek from smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee or binge eating a University of Texas study has found. It is one of the first studies to show that exercise can have a positive effect right away.

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Proof positive: laughter is the best medicine

Other MattersHaving a great sense of humour is probably good for your heart as well as your social life according to the latest research.

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When allergies can be fatal

health_matters.gifFor most people who experience allergic responses to food, insect venom, medication and other things like latex, the symptoms are usually minor. However, some can suffer from anaphylaxis (anna-fill-axis), the most severe form of allergic reaction which is potentially life-threatening.

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