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Dec 21, 2019

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Nov 01, 2019
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Influenza

Publish Date: Feb 09, 2020

Ziad Majzoub

Influenza (flu) caused by the influenza viruses is a contagious respiratory illness. Disease can vary from mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.  There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B that are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.

Some of the symptoms of the flu include:

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

The flu is spread by cough, sneeze or talk, and less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

The best way to prevent flu is by getting yearly vaccinations. 

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Powder beauty products are the cost-effective and eco-friendly way of the future

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2019

As makeup giants begin to gravitate towards sustainable packaging and cleaner formulas, it only makes sense that skincare and haircare brands continue to unveil new beauty breakthroughs with environmental sustainability in mind. While many brands are taking steps such as using ethically sourced ingredients, others are finding way to develop waterless formulas that cut down on waste and energy consumption.

Budding haircare brand OWA, for example, offers a water-activated powder shampoo that effectively (and gently!) cleanses the hair without any harsh ingredients. And unlike traditional liquid shampoos, which rely on liquid solvents, OWA CEO and founder Kailey Bradt argues that consumers get more for their money when investing in powdered products.

“With a waterless formula, we aren’t taking water out of the bottle—we aren’t even putting it in,” Bradt tells HelloGiggles. “Less water in the product means more uses for the consumer, and less waste and less energy used to manufacture and distribute the product.”

 

Skincare brands are taking note. 100% PURE‘s new powder cleanser and face mask products were released in September of this year, and indie brand Acaderma also plans on bringing powder products to your daily routine, with a new series of boosters (which will include powdered skincare) slated to launch in 2020. But it’s not just the indie and traditionally clean brands that are leaning this way. Drugstore brand Bioré also offers a powder cleansing scrub—for only $11.

Sustainability factor aside, Shuting Hu, Ph.D., a biological research cosmetic scientist and founder of Acaderma, even says that powdered products are more effective than their liquid counterparts since powder formulas tend to allow active ingredients to be more stable.

“Powder is used to make the active ingredients in skincare more stable, which ultimately, would make them more effective,” Hu told HelloGiggles. “When powder is added to the base formula before the final stage, it maximizes how effective the product will be.”

While powder-based skincare and haircare products are undeniably the eco-friendly way of the future, we spoke more with Hu (plus other cosmetic chemists) to answer all your burning questions surrounding these type of products. From what ingredients to look out for to how powdered products could potentially save you more money, below is full 411 on powdered skincare and haircare products.

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1 in 3 new mums struggle to get their baby to sleep, but some women have a tougher time

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2019

Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience but it can also be incredibly daunting. There is no qualification or test you can take to make sure you’re ready; you have to rely on life experience, advice from friends, family and experts, and trial and error.

But while most of the time we get parenting right, some people need more support than others.

Our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open, found that while every baby is different, some factors increase the likelihood new mothers will experience difficulties with early parenting. These include the mother’s mental health, birth intervention or emergencies during labour, and lack of support.


Read more: 'I didn't know who I was anymore' – myths vs realities of early parenthood


Australia has a unique health system

More than 30% of new mothers in Australia report severe problems getting their baby to sleep and settle. This often results in exhaustion, and poorer mental and physical health.

Poor physical and mental health during pregnancy and after birth can also have significant short- and longer-term impacts on the health and development of the child. So treatment is vital.

Australia has a unique health system in place to support new parents who struggle to cope and their babies, including residential parenting services – sometimes referred to as “sleep schools” – such as Tresillian in New South Wales and Tweddle Child and Family Health Service in Victoria.

These services provide structured programs to help develop parenting skills. Parents attend and stay in the facility for three to four days and are guided through sleep, settling and feeding skills and strategies.

These services are mostly publicly funded and there are often waiting lists due to high demand.

Our research

We studied why some women and their partners end up requiring admission to residential parenting services in the first year after birth.

We looked at all births in NSW over 12 years and randomly analysed 300 medical records from women and babies who had a stay in residential parenting services in NSW. We then did in-depth interviews with women who used the services and focus groups with staff who worked there.

The primary reason women sought support in residential parenting services was for sleep and settling (83%).

Over half had a history of mental health issues.

During their stay, women used a number of services, including social workers (44%), psychologists (52%) and psychiatrists (4.5%).

Intervention in birth can leave women with negative feelings about the birth, leading to struggles with early parenting and depression. This can alter the way women engage with their baby, which can impact on the baby’s development.

One in ten women said they had mental health issues related to the birth and many were traumatised by their births, especially where unexpected intervention had occurred, such as a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum, or the baby needing resuscitation or intensive care.


Read more: So your birth didn't go according to plan? Don't blame yourself


Around one in three babies (36%) admitted to residential parenting services had a history of reflux. We have found a strong link between reflux and intervention in birth, babies being born early and maternal mental health issues, particularly anxiety.

We also found women admitted to the service were more likely to:

  • be admitted as a private patient
  • be born in Australia
  • have had their first baby
  • have experienced intervention during the labour and birth (induction, forceps or vacuum birth, caesarean section, epidural and episiotomy)
  • have twins
  • have a boy
  • have a baby who needed to be resuscitated at birth, go to intensive care, or who experienced birth trauma (particularly to the scalp)
  • be aged in their 30s
  • have little support.

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Medical Camp

Publish Date: Nov 01, 2019

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