Category Archives: Health

Healthier population eases Australia’s disease burden

Measuring the number of years living with an illness or non-fatal burden indury or premature death, The Australian Beureau of Disease Study reports an overall improvement in health of Australians between 2003 and 2015.   Released in a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), they conclude that 38% of total burden of diseas experienced by Australians in 2015 could have been prevented by reducing exposure to the risk factors identified in their study.

‘The 5 risk factors that caused the most total burden in 2015 were tobacco use (9.3%), overweight & obesity (8.4%), dietary risks (7.3%), high blood pressure (5.8%) and high blood plasma glucose—including diabetes (4.7%).’ said AIHW spokesperson Mr Richard Juckes. 

For the first time, living with illness or injury caused more total disease burden than premature death.  In 2015, the non-fatal share was 50.4% and the fatal share was 49.6% of the burden of disease.

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World’s first camel cheddar and camel whey vodka to be unveiled

Summer Land Camels is the home of wild camels from Central Australia providing riding tours on their farm and a range of substitute luxury end dairy products.   The popularity of camel milk continues to catch on due to the higher fat and protein content compared to yields from the cow.  CEO (pictured), Jeff Flood partnered with Michael Reeves from Pure Artisan Cheese  in a year long process of research and development to produce the world’s first camel cheddar.

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The new genetics testing platform

The advances in science in modern times allows us to become more proactive with our healthcare.   Understanding our genetic makeup may help lower the risks of developing an illness or disease we may have biological predispositions to.  A leading ASEAN company, Genecare, is one genetics testing company that allows clients to better understand their risks.  The company makes use of whole genome sequencing to detect a client’s genetic variance and susceptibility to diseases or abnormalities.  Once ready, the results will be uploaded onto Genecare’s app called NexTx (Google Play Store or Apple Store).

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New Western Sydney trail promises fun for families and serious runners!

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 12.20.33 PMWhether you’re an experienced runner who clocks up the kilometres on a weekly basis or a mum to young ones keen to introduce them to the joys of outdoor fun – get ready for Western Sydney Parklands Trail Run, a brand new outdoor event for runners of all ages and experiences.

Taking place in the spectacular Western Sydney Parklands – Sydney’s Biggest Backyard on Saturday 22 June, 2019, the inaugural event offers up four course distances: 35km, 19km, 11km and a 4km Family Fun Run. There’s also a 1.6km Kids Dash for youngsters who are fresh to the running scene.

We’re thrilled to give competitors a taste of the beauty and diversity of our parklands. With more than 60 kilometres of tracks and trails, spanning over 5000 hectares from Blacktown in the north to Liverpool in the South,  Sydney’s Biggest Backyard offers a unique range of challenging terrain, combined with breath-taking views, natural bushland settings, award winning playgrounds and picnic facilities”,  said Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Western Sydney Parklands.

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Basics to Building Muscle with Rafe Brooks, Elite Athlete

Building muscle is a huge component of many fitness enthusiasts idea of a healthy body.  It holds many benefits within it, for example, increased muscle mass means a faster metabolism, stronger connective tissue and supporting muscles decreasing the chance of injury and for some people, more aesthetically pleasing which can increase self-confidence and happiness.

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A fine line between pleasure and weight gain

The size of your brain’s pleasure and reward processing sensors could be behind increased body fat in adolescents and potentially obesity later in life, new research by Monash University has found.

Published in Nature Scientific Reports on last month, the study results showed there was a strong link between body fat and size of the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) – also known as the ‘pleasure centre’ of the brain – in adolescents.

An individual’s body fat percentage was also found to correlate with the size of their medial orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) – a region at the front of the brain that is involved in reward processing of food cues.
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