Her daughter lives with two conditions which are widely misunderstood, and about which there are many negative stereotypes – so it would be understandable if Christy Johnson took a defensive role in busting myths about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD).
Instead, Christy is active online helping parents access information, help and advice when they become concerned about their children’s behaviour – and focusing on positive ways to make a difference.
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The Complementary Healthcare Council (CHC) has welcomed a preventive health plan for children produced by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, which includes a call for their National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to examine the cost-effectiveness of offering Vitamins A, C and D to all children under the age of five.
In the report, titled, ‘Our children deserve better, prevention pays,’ Dame Sally Davies argues that more needs to be done to give children a good start with their health.
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Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants are frequently advised to encourage young mothers-to-be to become regular customers, as a strategy to create a long-term retail relationship – but what they may not know is that one in four pregnancies ends in the loss of the baby.
Annette Sargent, Butterflies for Babies co-ordinator at Pregnancy Loss Australia, says that while pharmacy assistants aren’t directly involved in the loss of a wanted baby, they can actually play a significant role in supporting these mothers.
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Australians need to start talking about their bone health – and a good place for pharmacy to start is looking at their customers’ calcium and Vitamin D intake, says Gail Morgan, CEO, Osteoporosis Australia.
‘Checking how much calcium a patient consumes daily (it’s often less than most patients realise) and discussing time spent indoors and outdoors can provide a good starting point for discussions around bone health,’ says Gail.
‘It is also very important to review if members of the community are undertaking... Read more
TV icon Bert Newton and media medic Dr John D’Arcy (pictured) have teamed up with NPS Medicinewise to launch Be Medicinewise Week, which this year focuses on older customers.
Each day features its own theme, which the NPS will publicise, encouraging Australians to take the daily challenge.
The five daily themes are Know the active ingredients in your medicines; Make a medicines list; Clean out your medicine cabinet (know it’s a medicine!); Follow medicines instructions; and Ask questions about your medicines... Read more