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Life in a mask and PPE

Written on May 6, 2020 at 9:49 am, by

In these unpredictable times, the blog updates on eDoc.net have been a bit tardy.  Our excuse is that this site is managed by a coal face team and, to put it mildly, life has been busy.  At the start of January, I flew in Mallacoota, a country town in Victoria, Australia, and provided volunteer medicalMore

Are you at increased risk of Breast Cancer?

Written on September 5, 2019 at 11:29 am, by

It is now recommended that Doctors offer to prescribe risk-reducing medications, such as tamoxifen, raloxifene, or aromatase inhibitors, to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer and at low risk for adverse medication effects. The United States Preventative Health Task Force recommends against the routine use of risk-reducing medications, such as tamoxifen, raloxifene,More

You are what you eat. The Cholesterol story…

Written on August 29, 2019 at 4:45 am, by

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is part of all animal cells. It is essential for many of the body’s metabolic processes, including the production of hormones, bile and vitamin D. However, there’s no need to eat foods high in cholesterol. The body is very good at making its own cholesterol – you don’tMore

Weight for height?

Written on June 20, 2019 at 7:37 am, by

Do you know your ideal weight for your height? What is the normal range? Good health is many things and the focus on weight is only one parameter. I tell my overweight patients that I would prefer them fat, fit and happy than unfit, smoking and thin. Life is a balance. Good health is aMore

HIV screening for everyone!

Written on June 17, 2019 at 7:28 am, by

The US Preventative services task force has released a new recommendation about screening for HIV infection. “Screening for HIV is important so that everyone knows their HIV status, and those with HIV can begin treatment right away,” says Task Force member John Epling, M.D., M.S.Ed. “Today’s treatments help people live long, healthy lives and lowerMore

Cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure

Written on June 11, 2019 at 7:42 am, by

These are the big three for the development of heart and vascular disease. Although each is not a disease, they are the risk factors for the development of diseases. Heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems, aortic aneurysms and gangrene are all caused by these problems. The big surprise though is that none of them cause anyMore

Don’t clown around Doc

Written on May 16, 2019 at 6:41 am, by

Usually when a patient comes in and says ‘I’ve just come in for a check up” there is a reason. A relative has been diagnosed with Melanoma or breast cancer, they have noticed breathlessness on walking up a hill or have had trouble passing urine – to list some of the underlying concerns, not initiallyMore

New Years resolutions

Written on January 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm, by

The New Year is traditionally a time to initiate change. Weight loss, giving up smoking and starting an exercise regime are three common resolutions. With each year we all get a year older. I tell my patients to never complain about getting old. The alternative is worse (not getting old…). Preventative health is all aboutMore

An eDoc gift

Written on December 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm, by

As we approach the festive season eDoc.net will continue to provide comprehensive advice about what is recommended that you do in each year of your life for preventative health. If you would like to give the gift of good health advice to a family member or friend then simply send them a link to www.edoc.net. More

A weighty graph. BMI and life expectancy

Written on December 19, 2018 at 1:15 am, by

I posted this graph six years ago and have since used it 100’s of times to illustrate a pretty mind boggling fact. Bypassing all the problems obesity causes, this graph gets to the one big fact. It puts in a simple way the personal cost of carrying to much weight on your life expectancy. ThereMore

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