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News and Thoughts from Barton Lane

The Change of Life!

The Change of Life!

Menopause is a significant period of change and evaluation in many women’s lives. At the menopause, a change in hormones mean that the ovaries are no longer releasing eggs, and menstrual periods cease. Menopause as a diagnosis is made when a woman has not had a period...

Power of Choice

Power of Choice

If you weren’t convinced beforehand, 2020 certainly taught all of us that you cannot control everything in life. We all experience good and bad – be it pandemics, genetics, people, weather, or just plain luck – outside our control. Nevertheless, we would be wise not...

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. After the year we have had maybe you have plans to make next year the best it can be, so the question is, do New Year’s resolutions work and what should you do instead? There has been a...

Holiday season is coming!

Holiday season is coming!

The whiff of excitement is in the air as we draw closer to Christmas, and so it should. Reflecting on the last 12 months, it has been one of the toughest ever for our local residents. We have endured drought, bushfire, dust storms, and of course topped off by the...

3 things for Bone Health

3 things for Bone Health

Our skeletons are constantly changing. As children and young adults our bones and muscles are growing stronger and store calcium. Later in adulthood our bodies have a tendency to use calcium stored in bones and it can be harder to maintain a healthy skeleton. When the...

Health and Exams

Health and Exams

The days are warming up, flowers are in bloom, and exam season is almost here. The coming weeks might be filled with a lot of study sometimes matched with a lot of stress. These are some simple, evidence-based tips to make sure our brains are in a healthy position to...

Sleep for Health

Sleep for Health

Sleep plays a vital part of the foundation for good health and wellbeing throughout your life. Your ability to function and feel well while you are awake depends on whether you are getting enough total sleep (7-8 hours a night), enough of each type of sleep and the...

Q Fever – Treatable and Preventable

Q Fever – Treatable and Preventable

There are some great things about living in rural and remote Australia, but Q Fever isn’t one of them. Q Fever is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Coxiella Burnetii which is spread from animals to humans. The disease has a wide range of severity, which...

The role of sugary drinks on our health

The role of sugary drinks on our health

Over the years, I have met a significant number of people where sugary drinks are a staple of their overall diet. Now, I don't myself deny that at times, for example on a hot Tamworth summer's day, a can of Coca Cola makes for a very refreshing drink. But how much is...