Relay for Life. Activity to honour others. Exercise to remember, to mark, to say I am doing something for others who cannot, who have not, who will not in the future be able to. Read more
This is our focus at Pioneer Health this month. In addition to getting together a team of at least 18 doctors, nurses and office staff to run or walk around Centennial Oval we are fundraising for the Cancer Council culminating in a Concert the weekend before the Relay for Life on 22nd March. Apart from the organisation involved in getting people registered, motivated and physically ready, it reminds us of how lucky we are to be able to participate in physical activity and enjoy all the health benefits that flow from it: positive mental health, strong bones, good cardiovascular health. Just this last weekend, Pioneer Health entered three teams in the Albany Classic Triathlon, taking out 2nd in both male and female events. A fabulous event, blessed by beautiful weather, it was a great advert for getting involved in exercise. The range of entrants was very wide - there were National Triathletes and local athletes in their 60’s, who may not be able to run the 100 metre dash in under 12 seconds anymore, but can still show stamina and strength to do an Olympic distance Triathlon in under 3 hours.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by Dr Russell Young
This is a question I am asked regularly by patients. The answer to the question, unfortunately, is often not straightforward. This is because tiredness, or “fatigue” as doctors prefer to refer to it, is a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Unusually severe and prolonged fatigue is usually caused by an underlying medical or psychological problem. For this reason, I tell my patients, that regrettably I do not have an “energy pill” to treat their fatigue. The best way to address the patient’s fatigue is to find the underlying cause for their fatigue and treat that underlying cause. The fatigue should improve or resolve with treatment of the underlying cause.
Patients presenting with fatigue can be challenge for doctors. This is because fatigue is the single most nonspecific symptom in medicine. Pretty much any psychological or medical condition can cause fatigue. This can make fatigue a “diagnostic challenge” for doctors. For some patien ...Read more
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Dr David Tadj