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What's new on HealthInfo?

14 November

Inherited cancer & BRCA genes – This new page explains how a genetic mutation makes some people more likely to get breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or prostate cancer, and who should be tested.

Rib injuries – A new page about rib injuries and how they're treated.

3 November

The Child health section has significantly updated. There is a new page about Cerebral palsy. Updated pages and sections include Asthma in children, Child development and growth, Constipation in children, Croup, Diarrhoea & vomiting in children, Headaches and migraines in children, Molluscum contagiosum, Puberty information for parents & caregivers, Safe sleeping for babies and Unsettled & crying babies.

31 October

End of life & palliative care – This section has been thoroughly updated, and now has information about Controlling symptoms in palliative care as well as Decisions about your life & treatment.

30 October

Several new pages have been added to the section on Choosing & using disability aids. They include advice about Bath boards, Bed levers, Chair & bed raisers, Perching stools, Shower stools, and more.

27 October

Videos about kidney disease – This new page has videos to help you understand what kidney disease is and how it's treated.

Iron & your child has been updated with current information and to make it easier to read. A new page with Iron-rich meal ideas for children has been added.

Brain injury & concussion has been updated and now includes a page on Head injuries in children and another on Preventing head injuries.

GPs – This page explains what GPs do and how they can help you.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B have been updated with more up-to-date treatment about these diseases, who is at risk, how to prevent them, and how they are treated.

25 October

Cervical cancer – This new page gives brief information about the causes and symptoms of cervical cancer, and links to more detailed information.

19 October

Long Term Conditions Mental Health Programme – A new page about funded appointments with GPs to improve the physical health of people with mental health and addiction problems.

18 October

Just in time for summer, we've updated the section on Summer safety, with up-to-date information about sun-smart behaviour and keeping well outdoors.

6 October

The Women's health section has been updated, with several new pages, including About women's bodies and a new section on Pelvic pain.

5 October

Intravenous iron – A new page explaining how to prepare for intravenous iron treatment, how the treatment happens, and possible side effects.

4 October

Recovery after a ruptured Achilles tendon – this page outlines the week-by-week stages of recovery after you have ruptured an Achilles tendon.

Foot ulcers – A new page about foot ulcers, including why they occur, what you can do to heal them, and what treatment is available.

Ulnar nerve compression – This new section explains what ulnar nerve compression is, how to minimise the discomfort it causes and, if you need surgery, what it involves.

The section on Dupuytren contracture has been updated, and now includes a page about recovery after surgery.

3 October

An update to the Immunisation section has made it easier to find what immunisations you need at different stages of your life. There are pages specifically for Immunisations before your baby, Childhood vaccinations, Immunisation for older children, and Adult immunisations.

15 September

Pressure injuries – This page has been updated and expanded with information about preventing and treating pressure injuries.

De Quervain's tenosynovitis – A new section explaining this painful wrist condition and how it is treated.

14 September

Trigger thumb – A new section explaining this relatively common condition that affects babies and young children.

13 September

Common shoulder problems – This new section includes pages on several common shoulder problems, including Painful shoulders, Stiff shoulders, Unstable shoulders & dislocations, and Weak shoulders. It also includes a page of Exercises for your shoulders.

Carbohydrates, fats, & protein – Information about these three major food groups, why we need them, how much we need, and what foods they are in.

12 September

The travel page has been updated with information about getting advice before travelling, getting vaccinated, and taking precautions against insect bites.

8 September

Social workers – A new page about social workers, including what they do and how to find them.

Slipped upper femoral epiphysis – A new page explaining this condition, which affects children, and how it is treated.

Scoliosis in children – This new section explains the different types of scoliosis, when it needs treatment, and what that treatment is.

Broken forearm (adults) – New pages explaining what happens when you break your radius or ulna, and how this is treated.

Acute plans – This new page has information about acute plans including who might benefit from one and how to get one.

Asbestos – A new page about asbestos and its potential harmful effects.

Video swallow studies – Pages about video swallow studies for adults and children.

Broken lower leg (fractured tibia or fibula) – Two new pages explaining what happens if you break one of the bones in your lower leg, and how it is treated.

Broken elbow – Information about what happens if you break your elbow, and how it is treated.

7 September

Immunosuppression – These pages explain the care you need to take with your health if you are taking medicines that weaken your immune system.

8 August

The How to become smokefree section has been updated, with new information on Smoking in pregnancy and Smoking information for youth & teens.

25 July

Steps to reduce your cancer risk – this new page lists 11 things you can do to lower your risk of getting cancer.

7 July

Growth plate injuries – This new section explains what growth plates are, how children can injure their growth plates, and how different types of growth plate injuries are treated.

Broken collar bone in children – A new page explaining what happens when a child breaks their collar bone, and how it is treated.

20 June

An update to the Persistent pain section includes a new page on Persistent pain in children & teens and some information about medical cannabis and persistent pain.

19 June

A new page explains what Peptic ulcers are and how they happen. There is also a new page on H. pylori, which is one cause of peptic ulcers.

Fatty liver also now has more information explaining this condition.

Collapsed lung – This new page explains what a collapsed lung is and how it is treated.

Broken radial head – A new section updates the information, with more details about what this injury means and how it is treated.

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