Eyecare Plus achieved top ratings in the recent Canstar Blue ratings for optometry in Australia. Eyecare Plus is the only optometry provider to be awarded five stars for overall patient satisfaction. The independent optometrists also scored five stars for service and advice, range of products available, customer service, accessibility of the store and after sale service – as well as an impressive four stars for value for money. This is a big win for Eyecare Plus and independent optometry. For all eye care needs head to Hansen Eyecare Plus in Parkes.
Do you open packages, envelopes or bottles with your teeth? Do your teeth a favour and rather take a minute or two to get scissors or a bottle opener. If you use your teeth as a tool, you risk cracks, chips and malocclusion (poor jaw alignment).
Broken teeth not only make chewing difficult, but painful too. You will also have to spend money to fix that broken tooth. In cases of malocclusion, you may develop painful TMJ.
Remember teeth are not designed to serve as tools. For all your dental needs call Riaz Dental on 6862 1261.
Cold And Flu Season Is Here
Winter has arrived and so has the cold and flu season. Winter illness affects all ages, however newborns, young children, the elderly and individuals with health conditions are at a greater risk. Viruses causing colds spread from infected people through the air and through close personal contact like shaking hands, or touching an infected surface and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
How to protect yourself:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Viruses can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
hands as viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick. Staying away from sick people as much as possible.
How to protect others:
If you have a cold stay at home, avoid close contact with others like hugging and shaking hands. Move away from people when you cough or sneeze, and do it into a tissue (then discard it) or into your elbow or upper sleeve completely covering your mouth and nose. Wash your hands afterwards.
Treating symptoms of colds:
Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms, but will not make your cold go away any faster. Humidifiers and vaporisers will help warm air and reduce congestion for the elderly and very young. Heating in the home often causes the air to dry, which often irritates the respiratory tract.
At Parkes Pharmacy we have a large selection of over-the-counter products including, cough syrups, cold and flu preparations, throat lozenges and classic herbal remedies.
Waxed or Unwaxed Floss?
In addition to brushing twice a day, flossing daily is one of the best ways to keep your pearly whites healthy. While you can find floss in a variety of colours and flavours, it also comes in waxed and unwaxed.
You may be wondering if one type is more effective than the other. The truth is, according to various studies, there is no appreciable difference.
Waxed floss is ideal if you easily break a strand when flossing between your teeth. Wax may make it more difficult, however, to floss between crowded teeth. Conversely, unwaxed can be used between snuggly spaced teeth but is more apt to break or tatter than waxed floss. If you like floss with flavour, then you’ll want to choose waxed.
Either type will do the job so the best floss for you is the one you will use daily. For all your dental needs please call us at Riaz Dental on 6862 1261.
Physical Activity – Wonder Drug We Don’t Recognise
The majority of Australians are aware they need to be more active, but most don’t realise physical activity is a wonder drug for preventing illness and chronic diseases. According to research by The Heart Foundation only 7% of adults identify the reduction of diseases and illness as a benefit of regular physical activity.
At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 35%, it can also help manage depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers and lower the risk of dementia later in life.
Those who struggle to meet their physical activity goals feel there are a number of barriers to being physically active. The top being lack of time, ill health, poor weather, high costs and feeling ‘too fat or overweight’ to take part.
Interestingly, Australians are significantly more likely to be excited about getting active if they have someone to be active with. People who are physically active with a buddy are also more likely to feel good afterwards when compared to those who are active alone.
Get Assessed For Type 2 Diabetes
Stop your blood sugar from becoming type 2 diabetes before it is too late!
Did you know diabetes:
• Is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults.
• Is the leading cause of kidney failure and dialysis.
• Increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to four times.
• Is a major cause of limb amputations.
• Affects mental health as well as physical health.
• Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes.
This is where your friendly staff at Parkes Pharmacy can help. They are available at any time to discuss Type 2 diabetes prevention and management.
There are no early symptoms of high blood sugar. Many Australians have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and don’t realise this is damaging their bodies. What’s more, 60% of type 2 diabetes can be prevented! The good news is, our pharmacists can conduct a simple check for you to learn your risk and help prevent type 2 diabetes before it’s too late.
One of the best ways to prevent diabetes is to cut back on your sugar intake. For the average person, you should limit your intake to six teaspoons a day. Sugar can be hidden in so-called ‘healthy food’, so learn how to read food labels – every 4g of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon.
Diabetes Australia estimates that 2 million Australians are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and another 500,000 have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Undiagnosed (and poorly controlled) diabetes can lead to the health complications listed above, so it’s extremely important to get yourself assessed.
Put Dry Mouth To Bed
Have you ever woken up with a mouth as dry as sandpaper? For some, it’s all too common. And while you (and your mouth) may feel better after a glass of water, there are other things you can do to limit dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, during sleep.
• Put a humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers help to increase moisture levels in the air.
• Don’t drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol in the evening before bed—both tend to dry out the mouth.
• Drink water or other sugarless beverages throughout the day to help keep you hydrated into the night. If you’re a “mouth breather”, try nasal strips to help open your nasal passageways, allowing you to breathe easier through your nose.
If you’ve given these tips a try and still find you’re dealing with dry mouth that isn’t getting better, ask us to recommend additional products at your next visit.
For all your dental needs please call us at Riaz Dental on 68621261.
Stay Hearing Fit For Quality Of Life
You go to the gym to keep strong, fit and healthy, so why neglect your ears? As we get older, it is important to stay at our physical and mental best. In Australia, one in six people have hearing loss and this rate doubles for those over
the age of 60. However, on average, most people wait seven years before seeking help.
You go to the doctor to get your blood pressure checked, so why not consider a hearing check. Australian Hearing is the nation’s leading hearing specialist as the largest provider of free services and government-funded hearing devices to eligible people including pensioners, veterans, children under 26 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50.
Free hearing checks will be done in Parkes on 15th May at Parkes GP and 29th May at Currajong Medical.
Asthma Awareness – Do You Use Your Inhaler Correctly?
Did you know 90% of Australians don’t use their inhalers correctly, despite the fact that 75% of long-term inhaler users have false confidence in their technique? Incorrect inhaler technique can lead to 50% higher risk of hospitalisation from asthma or COPD, more side effects like hoarse throat and mouth infections, and flare-ups due to poor asthma control.
It is estimated that 40,000 Australians are hospitalised, and 400 Australians die yearly from asthma. In recent years, a number of new inhalers have been added to the market, increasing the chance for confusion among patients.
Parkes Pharmacy has the new range of Able Spacers and Flow tone whistle. They are antibacterial, antistatic and come with a coaching whistle. The coaching whistle is great for children when paired with the free download ‘Rafi Tone’ App. This is a wonderful incentive tool for children.
The staff at Parkes Pharmacy are trained and able to assist customers with their inhaler enquiries and the pharmacist are able to conduct assessments of your inhaler technique and provide training and education if using a spacer for the first time.
A small change in how you use your Asthma inhaler can make a big difference to how well you breathe. Talk to our pharmacist today.
We all know how important it is to brush your teeth for two minutes, two times each day. And while we often discuss the importance of brushing your gums adequately, we find that many patients miss this frequently forgotten part of the mouth—the inside surface of your teeth!
The inside surface consists of the areas that face your tongue and palate. It’s easy and common for food and debris to build up in this area.
When brushing your teeth, it’s also crucial to use the correct amount of pressure—too soft and you won’t clean the area, while brushing too aggressively can cause bleeding.
Remember to brush the inner surface of your teeth by breaking up your brushing time—one minute for the outer surface and gums and one minute for the inside and tongue. For all your dental needs please call us at Riaz Dental on (02) 6862 1261.
Essential Energy will soon begin a comprehensive vegetation management program in Parkes and surrounding areas to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the local electricity network.
The vegetation program will be undertaken by Essential Energy’s qualified contractors in compliance with the Australian Standard AS 4373 ‘Pruning of Amenity Trees’ where possible. Occasionally, however, their practices can vary to accommodate the physical location and regrowth pattern of particular vegetation, or to comply with the Electrical Safety Rules and legislation such as the Electricity Supply Act 1995.
Manager community relations Northern, David Crough, said the vegetation program was about striking a balance between preserving the town’s trees and ensuring power safety and reliability for the community.
“A safe and reliable electricity network is a priority for Essential Energy and the management of vegetation in and around powerlines plays a crucial role in safeguarding power supplies,” David said. While Essential Energy is committed to protecting the local environment and the safety of the community, David emphasised that trees and overhead powerlines could be a dangerous combination.
“Trees coming into contact with overhead powerlines pose serious hazards to people, wildlife and the surrounding environment, with potential for bushfires, damage to property, injury and unplanned power outages,” David said.
“Our comprehensive vegetation management program ensures minimum safety clearances are maintained between trees and overhead powerlines and helps to minimise the trimming required in the future, while also securing a more reliable power supply.”
Essential Energy uses directional pruning techniques that remove branches growing towards a powerline and encourage re-growth away from the power network. While this can affect visual amenity, these techniques are considered best practice throughout the arboriculture industry and are used by most power companies in Australia.
Residents can download Essential Energy’s Tree Planting Guide at essentialenergy.com.au/trees for helpful tips on appropriate species for planting near powerlines or contact 13 23 91 for more information.
Never underestimate the decorating powers that cushions hold. If I only had one item to turn a house into a home it would be the humble cushion that can instantly add warmth and personality to a room.
Cushions are an abundant species in my home, and at the end of the day when I’ve picked all the cushions from the floor, everything is good and I can sleep in peace. Cushions are an easy way to link your home’s colour palette together. It is a relatively inexpensive way to inject colour, texture and style to a neutral room. It is easy to update your look with a few new cushions in a different style.
Cushions have reached a whole new level of styling too with an enormous range of fabrics, shapes and sizes available.
There are three simple rules to ensure maximum cushion envy from your friends.
1. Combine cushions in a variety of textural fabrics, weaves and patterns that all work together to give a stylish but cohesive look to the setting.
2. Group cushions of different heights and shapes together. On a three-seater lounge for example, I would have three
cushions grouped at one end and two at the other.
3. Never put an even number of cushions on a lounge and don’t place cushions on recliners or small single armchairs.
By Karen Creith
The Flu Shot Is Not Just For You!
Parkes Pharmacy will once again be administering the flu vaccination this year via our trusted and accredited pharmacists. These will be conducted in a safe and professional environment in our EasyClinic consultation room. And get this – you don’t need a script!
Why should you get a flu shot? The flu causes about 3,500 deaths and 18,000 hospitalisations yearly in Australia. It is responsible for around 10% of workplace sick days taken. The more people who get the flu shot, the less it can be spread through our community. The single most effective way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated between March and May.
Who’s eligible? Anyone above the age of 18 years. If you are over the age of 65 years, or pregnant, you are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination but you must see your GP to get it.
So how does it work? All you have to do is call to make an appointment or come into store at a time most convenient to you. There is a consent form to fill out and a short waiting time, and once you’ve been jabbed, it is recommended that you stay in store and browse for 10 minutes in case of an allergic reaction.
So, don’t delay! The waiting list has begun and the vaccinations will arrive at Parkes Pharmacy very soon. Updates will be loaded via our Facebook page. See you soon for your flu shot!
Over 3,300 men die each year from prostate cancer in Australia – why? Despite the signs and warnings, it seems like men do not want to know. Whether it is the embarrassment of the physical examination or the fear of the unknown, but they leave it until it is too late.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia was formed to assist men to overcome their fears and to take to necessary steps to address this issue. The Parkes Prostate Cancer Awareness and Support Group were formed three
years ago to be a support to those going through the journey and to make men aware of the possibilities.
To this end the group is sponsoring a Men’s Health Evening in the Starlight Room of the Parkes Services Club on Wednesday, 21st March at 7pm. The Guest speakers are Dr Hiwa Qool, (GP) Dr Tim Nicholson (Urologist), Dr Rob Zielniski (Oncologist) and Dr John Trollor (PCFA Ambassador). They will be supported by Lindy Ostini (Regional
Prostate Nurse) and Louise Linke (Continence Nurse Practitioner). State Group Leaders and members of the Foundation of Australia will also be in attendance.
Men, do not leave your head in the sand! This is a wonderful opportunity to come and listen to advice from men who are considered the best in their field.
By Michael Lynch