Does grapefruit affect the drugs you take?22-01-2020
If you look at the average breakfast table you’ll find many potential health hazards: coffee, breakfast cereals loaded with sugar, greasy bacon and fried eggs. So most of us would think grapefruit is a welcome nutritious addition.
But if you’re taking certain medications then you should steer clear of grapefruit. That’s because grapefruit contains a substance that interacts with a long list of drugs regularly found in medicine cabinets across the country.
Geraldine Moses, a senior pharmacist from the Adverse Medicine Events Information Line, says there is evidence that an average 200 ml glass of normal strength grapefruit juice (straight from the fruit) can cause “a clinically significant interaction with a list of drugs as long as your arm”.
Eating fresh grapefruit can also be a problem, as the compound responsible for the interaction is found in the fruit’s pulp. But Moses says eating grapefruit marmalade on toast is unlikely to cause any problems. Read More >
Simple ways to avoid smoke10-01-2020
There are simple steps you can take to avoid #smoke and protect your health
• If you are not under threat from a fire, avoid breathing smoke by staying inside with the windows and doors closed
• Reduce physical activity
• People with pre-existing heart or lung conditions, including asthmatics, should take their medication, follow their treatment plan and seek immediate medical advice if symptoms such
as breathing issues, wheezing or tightness in the chest persist
• Keep the air inside your home as healthy as possible. If you have an air conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘re-use’ and reduce activities that affect indoor air quality, like smoking cigarettes, burning candles or vacuuming
• If your home is uncomfortable, take a break by visiting a friend or relative away from the smoke or visit an air-conditioned centre, like a library, shopping centre or cinema. Check that it’s safe to go elsewhere before leaving
• When there’s a break in the smoke, open your windows and doors to get rid of any smoke inside the house
• Look out for kids, older people, and other people at risk
• If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24
• Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000
Follow the Environment Protection Authority Victoria for updates.
Bushfire aftermath – safety tips06-01-2020
- Hazardous materials after a bushfire
- Use protective clothing to check your property after a bushfire
- Heat-affected food after a bushfire
- Debris in water tanks after a bushfire
- Taking care of yourself after a bushfire
- Cleaning up your home after a bushfire
- Washing affected clothing after a bushfire
- Where to get help
Houses, sheds and other buildings or structures burnt in a bushfire can leave potential health hazards. These may include fallen or sharp objects, smouldering coals, damaged electrical wires, leaking gas and weakened walls.
When returning to your property, make sure you are aware of the dangers and take steps to protect your health and safety.
- ashes, especially from burnt treated timbers (such as copper chrome arsenate or ‘CCA’)
- LPG gas cylinders
- garden chemicals
- farm chemicals
- other general chemicals (for example, cleaning products)
- metal and other residues from burnt household appliances
If you have a septic tank, remember it may have been weakened in the fire so do not drive or walk over it.
It is unsafe to spread ash around your property, particularly if asbestos materials were used in your home or other structures, or if CCA-treated timber was burnt. It is also unsafe to disturb the dust when walking around your property.
- Wear sturdy footwear and heavy-duty work gloves.
- Wear disposable overalls, with long sleeves and trousers.
- Wear a P2 face mask (P2 face masks are sometimes referred to as N95 masks).
- When leaving the property, dispose of gloves, coveralls and face masks into a garbage bag. Wash your hands after removing contaminated clothing and articles. Shoes should be cleaned before being worn again.
All foods that have been fire damaged or affected by heat should be discarded. This includes all perishable and non-perishable foods (such as cans or packaged foods). Power outages can also leave perishable foods that may have been refrigerated unsafe to eat.
Bushfires produce large amounts of smoke and ash, and your tank water could have become contaminated from debris and ash, or dead animals. If the water tastes, looks or smells unusual, do not drink it or give it to animals.
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Never leave kids in cars30-12-2019
Never leave your most precious valuables, your children, alone in the car.
The never leave kids in cars campaign prompts parents to take their kids with them whenever they get out of the car, just as they do their everyday valuables, to avoid potentially tragic consequences.
The risk of heatstroke and dehydration is very real
- a child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adults’
- even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside
- when it’s 30 degrees outside, a child could be suffering in up to 60-degree heat
- leaving the windows down has little effect on the inside temperature of the car
- large cars heat up as quickly as smaller cars.
Visit Kidsafe for more information.
Remember to stay hydrated18-12-2019
Stay somewhere cool on hot days17-12-2019
Stay somewhere cool on hot days – out of the sun, in a cool building.
A cool bath, a wet towel, a fan and plenty of fresh water help everyone in your family get through hot days, including your pets.
We are still in pollen season!06-12-2019
We’re still still in pollen season, so keep your #asthma medicines close by. Managing asthma and allergies matters. So if you have asthma or hayfever, speak to your doctor or pharmacist and find out what else you can do to be prepared.
Proper handwashing can protect you and others from a range of diseases04-12-2019
Never underestimate the importance of washing your hands. Proper handwashing can protect you and others from a range of diseases.
Some tips to get your hands really clean:
👋 Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap
✋ Apply soap and lather well for 20 seconds (or longer if the dirt is ingrained)
👐 Rub hands together rapidly across all surfaces of your hands and wrists, the backs of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails
👏 Rinse well under running water and make sure all traces of soap are removed
👌 Dry your hands thoroughly
More tips and facts about handwashing: http://ow.ly/jlxJ50xoVXP