Types of Genetic Screening and What to Know
25 April 2019
When you visit your doctor or specialist, a type of testing may be mentioned that would surprise you. This type of testing is genetic screening. You may know that genetics deals with DNA. What you may not know is why this type of screening is being mentioned to you as part of your treatment. Here are a few types of genetic screening you may face and what you need to know about each screening.
A Day in the Life of Your GP
20 March 2018
If you develop a flu you just can't shake or find a lump where one just doesn't belong, your first port of call is probably your general practitioner. But have you ever stopped to consider the scope of medical issues your GP sees in a day?
General practitioners face one of the most diverse jobs on the planet, and their daily duties go far beyond writing prescriptions. So what exactly does your general practitioner do all day?
Why You Can't Buy Bread on a Low-Iodine Thyroid Cancer Diet (and What to Eat Instead)
21 December 2017
If you're due to undergo radioactive iodine treatment for your thyroid cancer, you'll need to follow a low-iodine diet for two weeks before your appointment. Most doctors will tell you that seafood and dairy are off-limits, but naturally-iodised foods aren't the only dangers you need to watch out for. Iodised salt is one obviously food you have to avoid, but more surprisingly, another major culprit is bread from your local store.
What To Expect When You're Offered Genetic Counselling During Pregnancy
6 November 2017
Forty years ago, the average age of an Australian woman giving birth was 25, but these days it is now over 30. However, once a woman reaches 35, they are then classed as a higher-risk pregnancy than those under 35. Having just discovered you are pregnant with your first child at 39, you are already anxious about the possibility of your child suffering a genetic deformity due to your age. Genetic counselling is one option you will be offered as your pregnancy progresses, so now is the time to become better informed about what genetic counselling is.