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 the NDIS?

Short answer: The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a scheme of the Australian Government that funds costs associated with disability.

Long answer:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an initiative implemented by the National Disability Insurance…

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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD

Short answer: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable lung disease characterised by persistent respiratory symptoms like progressive breathlessness and cough.

Long answer:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an umbrella term that includes a number of long-term…

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Does altered gut health contribute to autism?

Short answer: A recent Australian study has concluded that a dysfunctional gut microbiome may exacerbate some detrimental autistic behaviours but is more likely to be a consequence of, rather than the cause of autism

Long answer:

There has been much written about the relationship between our gut and brain. Some research…

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What is perinatal anxiety and depression?

Short answer: Perinatal anxiety and depression are common health conditions that affect people who are expecting or have recently had a baby.

Long answer:

Mums, dads and non-birth parents can all get perinatal anxiety and depression, with up to…

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Why should men take care of their health?

Short answer: Improving men's health from a physical, mental and holistic perspective is of benefit to men, their partners and families, the wider community and the economy.

Long answer:

Statistically, men in Australia are more likely to die from both preventable disease and injuries…

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What is Osteoporosis and can I prevent it?

Short answer: Osteoporosis is a chronic disease related to low bone density which leads to fragile, easily breakable bones (particularly wrists, hip and spine), but with good diet and exercise is largely preventable in the majority of cases.

Long answer:

Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone mineral density, meaning that the bones lose minerals such…

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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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