Summer's tiny blood-sucking curse: the mosquito

Summer's tiny blood-sucking curse: the mosquito

Mosquitoes (or “mozzies” as we call them in Australia) and summer go together, especially when it is hot, humid and still. Mozzies can play havoc with your sleep at night, cover the children with itchy bites, and ruin a perfectly good picnic.  Here are ten things you might not know about these blood-sucking, heat-seeking, sleep-wrecking insects.

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’Tis the season for food poisoning

’Tis the season for food poisoning

’Tis the season to be jolly – and no one wants to put a halt to the festivities due to an unpleasant case of gastro or food poisoning. However every year our doctors are called out to see patients suffering from gastro attacks. 

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10 ways to keep your kids sun safe

10 ways to keep your kids sun safe

Summer is coming, and so is the dangerous time of year when UV levels are high. Following sun-smart strategies is a life-long necessity in a country like Australia. Teach your kids to put on their own sunscreen, remember their hats for school, sport and beach, and keep your kids sun safe, for life.

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Is your child continually sick? Here are some possible reasons why.

Is your child continually sick? Here are some possible reasons why.

By Dr Natalie Caristo MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRACGP

The majority of the patients I see when I’m making home visits in the after hours are children. And parents often say to me, “Doctor, he seems to have a cough all the time”, or “She’s always got a blocked nose”. Does your child seem to be constantly coughing (especially at night time), sneezing, or suffering from a blocked nose and waking up feeling tired?

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"Doctor, there's something in my eye..."

"Doctor, there's something in my eye..."

By Dr Spiro Doukakis MBBS, FRACGP, General Manager of Clinical Governance, SA

When practising medicine in the after hours, as I have done for more than twenty five years now, it always surprises me how many patients I am called to see with acute eye complaints or injuries.

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