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A simple fix for your child’s selective hearing

Does your child have selective hearing?  Well it might just not be the dulcet fatherly tones causing your child to ignore you, but a common middle ear problem called Otitis Media with Effusion – or “glue ear”. (As discussed with Deborah Knight on The Today Show – Sunday 02AUG15)

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Testicular Cancer: From Yellow Jerseys to Operating Gowns – How Ordinary Blokes Save Lives

The last thing Italian cyclist Ivan Basso expected when he competed in the Tour de France this year was a cancer diagnosis.  But after a pile up in the fifth stage – he got checked out – and in that check up – was found to have a lump on his nut, now diagnosed as […]

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Extra ANZAC Day public holiday? No!

Righto, today I have something to say. You see, there are a bunch of flog-bags out their bitching and moaning that Monday is not a public holiday. Because ANZAC Day falls on Saturday, these fools think it’s our RIGHT to have an extra day off. For what?

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Chlamydia and Fast-Food sex

Could the rise of online ‘fast food’ sex be fueling a rise in chlamydia? Online social hook-up applications such as Tinder are revolutionising dating. But the fallout is an increasing acceptance of risky sex.  The speed with which horny adults link together is frightening, as is the decline in their rational decision making – the […]

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The Diet Advice You Can’t Ignore

I’m proud of my university degree at UTAS. The Medical School is small, a mere 70 students a year, with some years dropping to 60 (illness, pot smoking, or tree hugging dependent – hey, don’t judge, it was Tassie remember!). But one aspect of my training has influenced me permanently. What UTAS did well, was […]

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Schumacher – Turning a coma corner

Michael Schumacher is one of those blokes you can’t help but admire.  This guy has it all.  Immense skill, unrivaled competitive edge, extreme sporting prowess, rugged good looks, and a clear gift with the ladies.  When we were told he was severly injured skiing there was universal sorrow and support for his closest friends and […]

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Drug packaging sucks us in

Yesterday was certainly a busy day: my first appearance on the fast paced Channel Ten show The Project, culminating in making the ever stoic Carrie Bickmore blush.  So what caused all the fuss?

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Dr Sam, I have a cold

“Dr Sam,  I have a runny nose, I swear I’m going to die!” It’s that time of year where my waiting room bursts with the dreary eyed fluey folk, the chorus of sniffles and coughs resonnating down the corridor.  It doesn’t have to be like that, because there really is a lot you can do […]

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Dont start, never stop.

A patient saw me this week for his check up, an annual sojourn into my luxurious and tranquil rooms for the ‘once over’, his ‘grease and oil change’.  He’s overweight, cultivating a beer gut, and his blood pressure and blood fats are slowly rising.

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Debunking a couple of myths

Ever wondered what happens to chewing gum? Whether TV really does make you go blind? What about the three second rule? Well these were just some of the medical myths we debunked on the Mornings show with Sonia and David this week.

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Cooking from the inside

As temperatures soar in Melbourne the dangers of exercising in extreme conditions have been highlighted at the tennis. But what is all the fuss actually about? When we exercise our muscles burn energy with heat the natural byproduct.  The more you exercise, the higher your body temperature gets, with up to 4 or 5 degrees […]

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Alcohol: a dirty old dilemma.

We all love a beer don’t we, and as I have been known to say, “it’s ok to drink as long as you drink less than your doctor”.  But what does that really mean? The silly season is over, new years resolutions are fresh in our minds – I bet you all have this burning […]