Better, Same or Worse—Comparing Branded and Generic Pharmaceuticals

When shopping for medication, it can seem like a tough choice between quality and budget. While branded medications appear to have the track record and the pull of a large marketing budget, generic medications are typically more affordable. Typically, when people talk about generic pharmaceuticals, they're referring to any branded or unbranded version of the medication that isn't produced by the company that initially researched it. This can get a little confusing because when discussing other products, the term 'generic' usually means only the unbranded versions. [Read More]

Why Should Diabetics Have a Flu Vaccination?

If you're a diabetic, your GP may encourage you to go to their immunisation clinic every year to have a flu shot. If you're feeling fit and healthy, and your diabetes is under control, then you may not be sure if you really need this vaccination. Why does your doctor want to immunise you against flu? Diabetes Affects Your Immune System You may be feeling in tip-top condition right now, but a dose of the flu could affect you quite badly. [Read More]

Everything You Need to Know About Video-Assisted Thorascopic (VATS) Surgery

How many people dread the idea of going to an operating theatre for a surgical procedure? Well, the number is countless. Traditional surgical procedures involve deep cuts and incisions into the skin. They are painful and demanding on your body during the recovery period. The chest area in particular can cause quite a scare because it hosts delicate and vital organs such as the lungs and heart. Surgical procedures in this region require a less invasive procedure that will not disrupt your vital organs. [Read More]

Why Is Skin Cancer a Worry for Everyone?

Sometimes statistics can be super scary. If you're squeamish, perhaps you should stop reading now before you learn that two thirds of Australians are expected to be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer before they get to their 'seventies. As you are statistically at risk, you need to spend more time looking in the mirror or getting a loved one to help check for early signs. What should you be on the lookout for, in particular? [Read More]