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Amblyopia (lazy eye)

Amblyopia is a common cause of reduced vision in children. Amblyopia is sometimes also known as 'lazy eye'. Usually one eye is affected, but both may be affected in some cases.

Eye Health

Full blood count (FBC)

A full blood count (FBC), or complete blood count (CBC), is a common blood test that measures the number and status of different types of blood cells, including red cells, white cells and platelets.

Tests & Investigations

Female infertility

There are several factors that can affect a woman's fertility. Treatments are available for many of the causes of female infertility and assisted reproductive technology such as IVF can help some women get pregnant.

Babies & Pregnancy

Male infertility

Male infertility is a major factor in 30 to 50 per cent of couples having trouble conceiving. Male infertility usually results from low numbers of sperm or poor quality sperm.

Men's Health

Lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that usually affects the genital area. It can cause itching, pain and scarring, and most often occurs in older women. There are several treatments available.

Women's Health

Kawasaki disease

Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness that causes inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis) and a high fever. Most children make a full recovery, but some develop heart problems.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Vertigo

Vertigo is a term used to describe a false sensation of movement or spinning. Attacks of vertigo can last from a couple of minutes to a few hours.

Hearing Health Symptoms

Coeliac disease: tests

There are several tests available in Australia, including blood tests, gene tests and biopsy of the small bowel, that can help diagnose or rule out coeliac disease - a disease that affects the bowel.

Tests & Investigations

Fatty liver

Fatty liver is a condition most commonly found in heavy drinkers or people who are obese or have diabetes. There are usually no symptoms.

Gastrointestinal Health

Liver cirrhosis

Cirrhosis of the liver, which may be caused by drinking too much alcohol, is a severe and irreversible liver disease, where healthy tissue is progressively replaced by scar tissue (fibrosis).

Gastrointestinal Health

Hepatitis C infection

People infected with hepatitis C virus can develop chronic (ongoing) infection. Treatment with antivirals can cure hepatitis C and prevent the complications of chronic infection.

Gastrointestinal Health

Liver cancer

Liver cancer can start within the liver (called primary liver cancer) or come from other parts of the body and spread to the liver (called secondary liver cancer, or liver metastases).

Gastrointestinal Health

How your food is digested

The digestive system is a series of hollow organs such as the stomach and small intestine. Digestion starts in the mouth with the production of enzymes to break down carbohydrate and then moves to the oesophagus. 

Gastrointestinal Health

Stretching: an illustrated guide

Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of your muscles and their associated tendons, and oppose the shortening and tightening of muscles that can occur immediately after vigorous exercise, and as a product of ageing and inactivity.

Exercise & Fitness

Asthma treatments

Asthma treatment involves working with your doctor to create an asthma management plan, taking asthma medicines as needed, avoiding asthma triggers where possible and following lifestyle advice.

Asthma

Asthma: reliever medications

Reliever medicines work as bronchodilators - they relax the muscle around your airways, making the passages themselves wider. They are used as the 'first aid' treatment for asthma symptoms.

Asthma