Risks and illnesses

A focus on gastroenteritis

26 May 2021

The inflammation of the stomach and intestines, known as gastroenteritis, is typically caused by a virus, bacterium or a parasite.

Insect repellents – The facts

8 April 2021

It takes just one imperceptible bite for the transmission of what could be a life-threatening disease, which makes us ask: ‘How can such a tiny, fragile insect cause so much pain, suffering and annoyance?’ (Webb 2016)

Why Adults Also Need Bacterial Pneumonia Vaccinations

15 May 2020

This year in particular the focus of Lung Foundation Australia’s Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 13–20) is very much on members of the community who are the most vulnerable, numbering among them those impacted by lung disease and lung cancer, but also people aged 65 years and older.

COVID-19: What we do know

28 February 2020

Every morning we wake to new information, data and articles on the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 and the illness it causes, COVID-19. This makes it difficult to keep track of what we do now know – and there is still plenty that we don’t unfortunately – and how it could impact us.

 

The Measles-Go-Round

17 January 2019

It’s a topic we have covered before, but all current evidence points to the fact that it is not going away anytime soon – Measles!

Typhoid's looming threat

24 August 2018
A colleague told me how she had managed to get typhoid fever while working at a holiday resort in Mexico back in the early 1980s - one meal taken in the nearby town proved to be her undoing.

Watching out when bats are about

8 February 2018

BAT: Noun /bæt/ Order Chiroptera: the second biggest order within the animal division (class) of Mammalia with over 1,300 species; found in most places except for the two Poles and a few Pacific islands.

Resistant STI prompts advice for all ages

26 July 2017

Bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics is hardly news, but when it’s a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhoea and the level of resistance means that some cases have been impossible to treat using available antibiotics, that’s alarming!

A few fishy tales about worms

8 June 2017

If you have a dog at home you’ll know full well that Buddy or Bella must be wormed regularly - for their sake as well as your own, so you don’t become infected too.

Hepatitis E for ‘epicure’

26 April 2017

A news article published in the last couple of weeks has provided a reminder that we aren’t immune from many of the diseases that are prevalent in other regions of the world, even developed ones; not when we are such avid travellers.