Posts By: Dr Stephen Windley

Tips for exercising

The decline in ‘incidental’ activity in modern western life has significantly reduced daily energy expenditure. While a return to the pre-industrial revolution days is unlikely, the addition of certain activities as part of daily living can help to compensate for the decline in overall energy expenditure. Remember, all movement burns energy and energy burned results in a decrease in body fat. Here are some ways of doing this: • Don’t sit when you can stand: standing requires you to carry your own body weight and any activity where the body weight is not supported helps burn energy. • Don’t drive… Read more »

Cholesterol tests

What is a cholesterol test? A cholesterol test is a blood test that measures levels of fatty substances called lipids in the blood. Cholesterol is one type of lipid. Why is a cholesterol test done? Raised cholesterol levels can cause cholesterol to be deposited within the walls of arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This build-up in the walls of the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis, puts a person at significant risk of heart disease and stroke.  Abnormally high cholesterol levels may not give you any symptoms, so a blood test is the best way to check… Read more »

Antibiotics and Children

What are antibiotics? Antibiotics are compounds that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and fungi.  They are very useful medicines and have saved the lives of many children with serious illnesses such as meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia (‘blood poisoning’). Antibiotics can also be used to treat more common bacterial infections in children, including middle ear infections and skin infections. Bacteria and viruses Used correctly and when needed, antibiotics are among the most valuable medicines we have. But only bacterial and fungal infections can be treated with antibiotics. They have no effect on viruses. Many infections, such as simple… Read more »

Anaemia

What is anaemia and what causes it? Anaemia occurs when the concentration of the body’s red blood cells, or the oxygen-carrying pigment contained in them, haemoglobin, falls below normal levels. It is often a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Broadly speaking, there are 3 main causes of anaemia. Blood loss, for example, through heavy menstrual periods or gastrointestinal bleeding from an ulcer. Defective red blood cell production, which can result from nutritional or vitamin deficiencies or a chronic illness where the bone marrow does not work properly. Red blood cell destruction, which may be due to hereditary factors, some… Read more »

Acne

What is acne? Acne is a skin problem that usually happens in your teens. Your skin gets greasy, its pores get blocked and you get blackheads, pimples or cysts. Acne can occur in infants, but it is usually only mild. What causes acne? In their teens, both young men and young women have more male hormone (testosterone) in their blood. This hormone makes the sebaceous glands at the bottom of the hairs on your face, back or neck churn out too much oil (called sebum), which then gets clogged in the pores. Bacteria can grow in the trapped oil in… Read more »

Childhood Immunisations

There are a lot of myths,old wives tales and talk about these vaccinations. Before you decide for or against them, please inform yourself about the pros and cons of vaccinating your children. There has been a decline in vaccine-preventable diseases over time, but theses diseases are on the increase due to children not being vaccinated and also from visitors from overseas where vaccinations are not readily available. We have had a measles outbreak over the last 12 months in Queensland because of overseas visitors. Measles is one of the most severe and highly infectious diseases of childhood. It remains a… Read more »

MY HEALTH RECORD

The federal government has launched My Health Record which aims for more effective and more efficient health care for all Australians.  Doctors @ Carindale Mall is registered to assist with any queries, registration, as well as to upload your shared health summary to My Health Records.  A three month opt-out period will be held from 16 July 2018 to 15 October 2018 for individuals who do not want to have a My Health Record, a link for which is supplied below. www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/opt-out-my-health-record

What is Coordinated Veterans Care?

The team at Doctors @ Carindale Mall are committed to providing the best level of care for our patients. With this in mind we would like to offer all our eligible veterans to become a participant in our Coordinated Veterans care Program What is the Coordinated Veterans Care (CVC) Program and how do I benefit from the program? The CVC program will help you and your Doctor improve the management of your health, especially with regard to preventative care, chronic disease management and care planning. The CVC planning involves a detailed look at your physical, psychological and social needs to devise… Read more »

Fever and what it means

Introduction Fever is frightening to parents and this can sometimes be due to misinformation. Old fashioned ideas that fever can cause brain damage or will trigger convulsions results in frantic attempts to control fever. A fever is a sign that something is wrong. A useful analogy is a warning light in a car indicating something is not right. Treating a fever is like treating the warning light without finding out why the light is on. So understanding fever will help allay some of these anxieties. What Causes Fever? Fever is the body’s sign that it is fighting infection. The fever… Read more »