Study – Financial Incentives Motivate Pregnant Smokers to Stop Smoking

A recent study in the BMJ found that pregnant women are more likely to quit smoking if they receive shopping vouchers. Mmm hmmm. Specifically, if Group A includes pregnant women offered routine smoking cessation counselling, and Group B includes pregnant women offered routine smoking cessation counselling AND up to £400 (AUD 800) of shopping vouchers*, …

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Birth Spacing… (Oh Yeah, We’re Pregnant Again.)

Yes, you read correctly, baby #2 is on the way… I have to say “baby #2”, rather than just “#2” because otherwise I keep having “WHO DOES NUMBER 2 WORK FOR?” on repeat in my brain. Sigh. So our boy was born Aug 2013, and baby #2 is due late July 2015. Yep, your maths …

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How your C-section affects your baby’s immune system

Yeah, people don’t talk about this topic much. Whether to C-section or not is such a polarising topic (along with breast-feeding, introducing solids, smacking, and whether it’s OK as a parent to drug yourself with Valium on a long-haul flight so that you sleep for the whole flight while your five kids run riot.)  OK, that last …

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Binge-Eating Disorder: Diagnosis & Drug

This disorder was first described in 1959 however was only added as a diagnostic entity to DSM-IV in 2013. It is defined by recurrent episodes of binge eating at least 2 days a week for at least 6 months. In addition, there is a subjective sense of a loss of control over binge eating, which …

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Study – Cost-effectiveness of common weight loss strategies

Just saw this interesting and topical paper – it looked at the cost-effectiveness of clinically proven non-surgical commercial weight loss strategies for those with BMIs between 25 and 40. A systematic analysis was done of RCTs of weight loss studies of at least 1 year duration – it included two lifestyle programs (Weight Watchers and …

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Meningococcal B vaccine

Our boy had his 1-year vaccines not long ago and the doc mentioned he should have the vaccine for meningococcal B. Essentially she said “should have it, it’s expensive, give Panadol”. Someone obviously skived communication classes in med school.  Thanks for the detailed info. Neisseria meningitidis is a Gram-negative human nasty. Worldwide there are 13 strains …

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Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

OK I mentioned in my previous post that I had bilateral tennis elbow… Well it’s only getting worse. I saw an osteopath last week (my first time!) and he did some hard core massage, mobilisation and cracked my elbow (which at the time gave me such a shock I nearly punched him in the face …

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Think you’re a bad parent? Think again…

We all have those days when we doubt our mothering ability. Except me… because I’m awesome* * Or so I told my boss at work drinks soon after starting on the job (actually I think I shouted it in his face).  CLEARLY the company’s fault for forcing me to drink on an empty stomach. A …

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

My last entry was querying ‘what treatments are effective for carpal tunnel syndrome’. Here’s what the literature says: (1) Non-surgical treatment (other than steroid injections) Ergonomic* positioning & equipment – insufficient evidence.  We all know someone (it may even be you) who uses a ‘special’ keyboard and mouse at work to reduce pressure on wrists – unfortunately …

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Carpal tunnel syndrome query

I read this week on a certain website that my fingers, wrists and hands may be feeling ‘achy and numb’ due to swelling of the carpal tunnel in the wrist (actually I’ve been fortunate I haven’t had these symptoms yet). According to said website, the following things will help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Wearing a …

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