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.

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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WHAT IS A STROKE?

Short answer: A stroke is a serious medical emergency occurring when the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted, which prevents brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients, leading to the death of brain cells.

Long answer:

Your brain needs a continuous supply of oxygen and nutrients from blood, supplied by your…

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WHY IS ANXIETY CONTROLLING MY LIFE?

Short answer: Anxiety is excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational anticipation of future threats, caused by a range of physical, environmental and psychological triggers that can create a stress response out of proportion to the reality of the threat.

Long answer:

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried, as these feelings are a common…

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Why am I in pain?

Short answer: Pain is a message between our body and our brain when it is in disorder and can occur due to a combination of physical, mental or emotional causes.

Long answer:

According to Chronic Pain Australia, pain is an unpleasant or uncomfortable body experience caused by…

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What is Diabetes?

Short answer: Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.

Long answer:

Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat….

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