Salad

Welcome to your weekly dose of SALAD (Short Answer Long Answer Day). Each week we cover a health related topic for those who either want the short answer (too long didn’t read) or prefer to nerd out with a more detailed long answer and associated source material.

What is a bleeding disorder?

Short answer: Bleeding disorders are a group of conditions where there is a problem with the body’s clotting process, resulting in heavy and prolonged bleeding caused by factors such as surgery or injury.

Long answer:

Bleeding disorders are relatively rare health conditions where a person’s blood doesn’t clot properly. If…

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How do I manage arthritis?

Short answer: Arthritis is a complex joint disease that can be managed with the assistance of various clinicians, including your GP, physiotherapist and dietitian, who can assist you with various treatments and long term self-management.

Long answer:

Arthritis is not one disease but an umbrella term relating to over 150 conditions that…

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What is heart disease?

Short answer: Heart disease is a broad term for a variety of disorders and conditions that affect the structure and function of the heart muscle.

Long answer:

Heart disease is a group of conditions that includes coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure…

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What is Dementia?

Short answer: Dementia is an umbrella term for a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, creating a decline in effective thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

Long answer:

The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease, alcohol related…

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How do I get rid of headaches and migraines?

Short answer: Whilst over-the-counter medications and visits to your GP may be the first port of call for sufferers of headaches and migraines, allied health practitioners can play an important role in assisting with pain management and lifestyle adjustments to prevent occurrence and frequency.

Long answer:

Headaches are common, with around 15 percent of Australians taking pain-relieving medication at any given…

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Why do some people take their own life?

Short answer: The factors that can influence a person’s decision to take their own life are many, varied and complex, but commonly relate to mental health issues and/or difficult life circumstances.

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We are living in challenging times, exacerbated by the Covid 19 pandemic. According to Suicide…

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When should I start exercise after giving birth?

Short answer: If you've had a vaginal birth – with no complications which might impact your ability to exercise – gentle exercises like walking can be started as soon as you feel up to it, but if you’ve had a caesarean or ‘difficult’ birth, it's best to wait until you feel ready and have had the ok from your doctor to do so.

Long answer:

Always consult with your doctor or midwife before you start any postnatal exercise program or…

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What is Asthma?

Short answer: Asthma is a lung disorder characterised by narrowing, inflammation and constriction of the airways (the tubes which carry air into the lungs) causing shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing.

Long answer:

Asthma is a chronic or long-term lung condition affecting the airways that transport air into…

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Why do my bones ache?

Short answer: Because our bones are made mostly of collagen, they are living, growing tissue, subject to disease and deterioration, and our pain may be a signal that the normal function or structure of the bones has been affected.

Long answer:

Bone pain is an extreme tenderness, aching, or other discomfort in one or more bones….

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how can I stay healthy on the job?

Short answer: The easiest and best way is to educate yourself on safety practices and take a holistic approach to your overall health to keep your mind and body in the best possible shape.

Long answer:

According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve a…

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