Dear Yolanda, My child is really struggling learning to read, could she have dyslexia?
Dyslexia can be very frustrating for a child that is learning to read. It is not only a reading difficulty but a spelling, phonics and comprehension struggle, resulting in lack of reading and writing fluency and accuracy. Although common among early readers, persistence can be the sign of it. The good news is with the proper interventions and skills a child can learn ways to help mediate these. If you have concerns regarding your child, a full educational and psychometric assessment can identify a range of learning problems, including dyslexia, and provide you with detailed information on your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses profile.
Dear Jana, I have a holiday planned and I don’t want to get sick! What can I do to prevent that from happening?
The dry air in aeroplanes and close proximity to others can increase the chance of getting a cold. An immune booster such as the Mario’s Immune Tonic taken in the days before and days after travelling will help you defend against viruses. Using a saline nose spray during and after your flight will also help. Make sure you’re washing your hands thoroughly, regularly and keep them away from your face. When you can’t wash your hands, use a hand sanitiser.
Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?
For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).
In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!
Cassandra Chiesa from the Helping Hands Clinic explains to Bree James why she created the clinic and what they can treat there. This includes any pain, injury, or anything that prevents use, from fingertip to shoulder.
Dear Cassandra, I have arthritis in my hands, can you help?
Arthritis in your hands can have a big impact on joints in your wrists, thumbs and fingers. You may notice swelling, pain, stiffness and limited range of motion. Hand therapy can make a huge difference with reducing these symptoms and ensuring your hands stay strong and flexible. We use exercises, splinting, laser therapy and paraffin wax baths as part of our treatment plans. Prevention is certainly better than a cure – see a hand therapist as soon as possible if you think you are developing arthritis.