Summer’s Severe Weather Warning

With Summer officially beginning last week, Australia has now entered the Severe Weather Season (SWS).

Meteorologist’s are helping us prepare this year, as strong global climate indicators have predicted another warmer than average severe weather season with an increased risk of bushfires, heatwaves and severe thunderstorms.

So even on the sunniest of mornings, be sure to pack your umbrella just in case of a late afternoon storm!

The Bureau of Meteorology have released a Climate Outlook Overview which compares the past few summer months to the upcoming summer climate of 2017/2018.

  • The summer (December to February) rainfall outlook, issued 30 November 2017, shows no strong swing towards a wetter or drier conditions for most of Australia.
  • December is likely to be wetter than average for southeast Australia, extending up into southwest Queensland.
  • Summer daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer than average.
  • Summer nights are likely to be warmer than average.

This end-of-month Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent conditions and a look at which drivers are influencing the climate.

The Benefits of a Healthy Christmas

With the holiday season quickly approaching, food is everywhere! From festive Christmas parties to dinners and catch-ups with family and friends, this time of year certainly tends to centre around food! This is why that this time of year is often accompanied with a few extra kilograms or a few bouts of abdominal pain, caused by overeating.

The reason that we get that uncomfortable feeling of tummy pain after a big meal is quite obvious- When the stomach is overloaded, food takes longer to digest. Therefore the food stays in the stomach longer and leads to bloating and constipation.

With normal sized meals, food is broken up into small pockets and moved through the intestines in waves of contracting and relaxing, contracting and relaxing. But, when the stomach is overloaded it is forced to move too much into the intestines at once. The intestines are jammed, like a traffic jam, and hardly anything moves. This causes weary muscles, and a longer transit time.

As a result of this longer transit time, more water is extracted from the stool, and therefore it becomes dry and compact, making elimination painful.

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Travel and Thrombosis

Planning on travelling overseas this coming holiday season? Don’t forget to pack your compression socks to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

 

What is DVT?

DVT happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein somewhere in the body. It is most common in the deep veins of your lower leg (calf), and can be very serious.

There is evidence that long-haul flights (lasting over four hours or over 4000 kms) can increase your risk of developing DVT. The risk is mainly the result of sitting down for long periods of time, which can happen during any form of long-distance travel, whether by car, bus, train or air.

 

Symptoms 

Many of the blood clots that cause DVT are small and don’t produce any symptoms. Your body will usually be able to gradually break them down with no long-term effects.

Larger clots can partly or completely block the blood flow in your vein and cause symptoms such as:

  • Swelling of the affected leg.
  • Pain and tenderness in the affected leg
  • Difficulty standing and weight bearing on the affected leg.
  • A change in the colour of your skin; for example, redness
  • Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch.

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MOVEMBER

Have you noticed the amount of luscious and groomed moustaches making an appearance on men’s faces around your hometown this November? These “moed-up” Men might be taking part in “Movember”, which is a men’s health initiative that helps to raise money to support Men’s Health on a global scale.

This annual charity event takes place across the month of November. It encourages men to grow a moustache, to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health projects.

Movember targets the most prominent health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The Movember Foundation has one primary goal- to stop men dying too young. Continue reading

Melbourne Cup 2017- Jon Snow ruled out due to leg injury

New Zealand-trained stayer Jon Snow has been ruled out of the Melbourne Cup following a veterinary examination on Saturday which was required due to an ongoing leg injury.

His left foreleg, which was injured during last month’s Caulfield Cup, was graded two for soreness on a scale of one to five by veterinarians. This concludes that Jon Snow is been found to be lame, and is not be permitted to accept for the Melbourne Cup by The Victorian Racing Club Committee.

This decision means that New Zealanders will not get the chance to cheer on a Kiwi-trained runner in tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup- and this has caused immediate controversy.

Trainers, Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are disappointed with the decision that Jon Snow can not run in the A$6.2 million race. They believe that there is “nothing wrong with the star stayer.”

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