Normal Ranges and Disturbances for Common Electrolytes

by lyndalampert,
Lynda Lampert
Zoe Youl and
Zoe Youl
Tracy Edwards
Tracy Edwards
Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, she works in a "see and treat" model of care and also works with the Rapid Assessment Team, where she is required to fulfil both clinical and educational duties. Tracy has experience as a Practice Nurse and has held other management positions including Acting Quality and Clinical Risk Manager. Tracy is particularly interested in vascular health and has run several extra vocational programs focused on prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tracy was a finalist in the Future Leader category, South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards 2011, and won a South Australian Premiers Travelling Scholarship in 2011/12.
on Aug 29, 2014

Electrolytes are chemicals in the body that help to regulate normal functioning. Like acid-base balance, these elements also need to be kept in balance or the body may experience disease.

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World War One's Role in the Worst Ever Flu Pandemic

by John Mathews
John Mathews
John Mathews has been a research epidemiologist in Papua New Guinea (1964-68), Melbourne, Oxford (1972-75) , Darwin and Canberra. He has been Foundation Director of The Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin (1984-1999), deputy to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia (1999-2004), and professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne since 2004. In recent years, he has modelled the epidemiology of pandemic influenza, and used record linkage to show the effects of low dose radiation from CT scans in childhood in contributing to excess cancers in later life.
on Aug 29, 2014
The pandemic flu virus spread around the world in several waves, causing illness in 20% to 50% of infected people and death in 1% to 5%.

The great influenza pandemic of 1918-19, often called the Spanish flu, caused about 50 million deaths worldwide; far more than the deaths from combat casualties in the World War One (1914-18). In fact, it may have killed between 3% and 6% of the global population.

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Why Doesn't She Just Leave? The Realities of Escaping Domestic Violence

by Sarah Wendt
Sarah Wendt
Sarah has a background in social work. She is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, and researches violence against women, particularly domestic violence. She wrote Domestic Violence in Rural Australia (2009): The Federation Press, and Domestic Violence in Diverse Contexts: a re-examination of gender (2014): Routledge. She been published in numerous high-ranking, international academic journals including Health & Social Care in the Community, International Social Work, Journal of Social Work, British Journal of Social Work, Journal of Rural Studies, Affilia: Women and Social Work and Australian Social Work. Her current research projects explore the impact of domestic violence on women’s citizenship, the role of religion in domestic violence, service provision for Aboriginal communities experiencing family violence, and how workers talk about domestic violence with men.
on Aug 26, 2014
A young woman sitting against a wall.

"Why doesn't she just leave?" is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. The answer is far from straightforward.

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Health Check: What’s Your Gut Feeling About Probiotics?

by Chris Forbes-Ewan and
Chris Forbes-Ewan
Chris Forbes-Ewan works at Defence Nutrition at DSTO-Scottsdale, Tasmania. He has more than 25 years experience as a Defence nutritionist, and has conducted extensive research on the nutritional requirements of soldiers across a wide range of military occupations. For nearly two decades Chris has also represented Australia on international technical panels aimed at improving the health, nutritional status and military performance of troops.
Paul Capela
Paul Capela
Paul Capela is a Food Science Specialist /Microbiologist presently employed by DSTO in Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia. In 2001, Paul obtained his BSc. (Food Science and Technology) from Victoria University and then in 2006 obtained his MSc. (Research) at the same university. His research involved the investigation of cryoprotectants, prebiotics and microencapsulation of bacterial cells in improving the viability of probiotic organisms in freeze-dried yoghurt. This work yielded two journal publications in Food Research International. Since 2006, Paul has been investigating food science and microbiological aspects of Defence rationing systems, particularly CRPs, to enhance military performance of ADF members while in training and on operation. In addition, Paul has been evaluating the efficacy of commercially available water purification systems for removing microorganisms from contaminated field water. In Jan 2014, Paul returned to Australia after a 12 month placement at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Massachusetts USA, as a part of a Defence Science Fellowship.
on Aug 22, 2014
A boy eating yoghurt.

You don't usually have to look far to find news about the virtues of probiotics, but should you go out and seek probiotic-laden products to cultivate a healthier gut?

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Weighty Matters: Why GPs Shouldn't Be Afraid of the Scales

by Duncan MacKinnon
Duncan MacKinnon
I am a rural GP anaesthetist working in the Bega Valley. I have interests in GP education, population health and chronic pain management.
on Aug 20, 2014
A young woman standing on scales.

If you're an adult and live in Australia, you're more likely to be overweight or obese than not: 63% and 37% respectively.

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