Nosebleeds (also known as epistaxis) are a common problem. The amount of bleeding can vary from slight to profuse. What

Sleep: what happens to your body

Scientists still don’t know exactly why we sleep, although sleep seems to be essential for our health. So what happens


Insomnia is a sleep problem that most people experience at some time in their lives. If you have insomnia you

Bad breath (halitosis)

Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath – breath that smells unpleasant to others. Most people have had bad

Tick removal: First aid and prevention

Ticks are parasites that are found in moist bushland, parks and gardens, especially on the Eastern seaboard of Australia. There

Burns: how to treat

Classification of burns A burn is an injury to the body’s tissue resulting from heat, chemicals, electricity or sunlight. A

Obstructive sleep apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (also known as OSA) is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It

Bee stings

Most people will be stung by a bee at some time in their lives. Usually a bee sting produces a

Medicare refund cheques phased out

From today there will be no more Medicare patient cheques. Patients now need to register their bank details so they

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal, degenerative brain disorder that causes rapidly progressive dementia and loss of muscle control. It

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