Protect yourself from the flu!21-04-2022
Influenza, commonly known as ‘the flu’, is an illness caused by a group of viruses (the influenza viruses) that infect the respiratory tract. Influenza infection usually has different symptoms and causes a more severe illness than most other common viral respiratory infections and may be a life-threatening infection in certain people; it should not be confused with the common cold!
In most parts of Australia, influenza outbreaks are seasonal, occurring between late autumn and early spring. Seasonal outbreaks occur every year and vary from mild sporadic outbreaks to serious epidemics; it is estimated that between 5 and 20% of the population may be infected annually.
Occasionally severe worldwide outbreaks (pandemics) occur involving higher infection rates and more severe disease.
May is Macula Month
May is Macula Month, our annual awareness campaign to help Australians understand their risk of macular diseases. When you understand your risk, and know what to do, you can take early action that could save your sight.
The 2021 Macula Month will be extra special. We’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Macular Disease Foundation Australia. That’s 20 years of impact on behalf of the macular disease community we serve.
This May, we’ll focus on Check My Macula. Check My Macula is a short online quiz that reveals your individual risk factors for macular disease in less than a minute and helps you learn what to do.
Doing the quiz takes just 60 seconds – 60 seconds that could save your sight.
With tens of thousands already taking the quiz, Check My Macula is a hugely successful tool to educate people over 50 about their risks of macular disease. And, of course, to encourage them to have regular eye exams.
Please do the quiz. If you are already living with macular disease, please share the link with your family and friends this Macula Month.
April is IBS Awareness month13-04-2022
The FODMAP Friendly certification (Fodmap Accreditation) program, incorporating the FODMAP Friendly logo, is the only registered certification trademark worldwide certifying FODMAP levels in food products that have been laboratory tested to be low in FODMAP’s. It is designed to enable consumers with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) who are following a Low FODMAP diet to easily identify and select suitable packaged food products. This easily recognisable “FODMAP Friendly” logo assists people with such symptoms to shop and eat with confidence.
Climate change is affecting our health
- Climate change is a change in the world’s weather systems that occurs over decades. Most of the recent changes in our climate have been brought about by human activity.
- These changes will have significant consequences for our health, wellbeing and safety.
- Effects of climate change include increasing air and sea temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, more frequent and increasingly severe extreme weather events and sea level rise.
- Climate change may affect our health and wellbeing through the impacts of extreme events, worsening air quality, changes in the spread of infectious diseases, threats to food and water quality and quantity and effects on our mental health.
- There are things we can all do now to build our resilience to the effects of climate change and help slow its pace.
Give your face a sun-kissed glow
Give your face a sun-kissed glow, that also clears blemishes and covers redness like rosacea with the Eco Tan Face Tan Water.
photo credit @ecotan