Tuesday, January 19, 2021



‘Would rest make my back pain go away?’: DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions

I suffer from spinal stenosis and even a half-hour walk makes the pain much worse. Should I persevere?Denis O’Brien, Durham.Spinal stenosis, a condition in which the space around the spinal cord narrows, affects around one in ten people. It is often caused by wear and tear of the spine.As a result the nerve tissue becomes compressed, causing pain, numbness and weakness in the lower back and in one or both legs.For exercise to be causing further pain sounds challenging, but with the right advice the pain can be relieved and...

NSW records six new local Covid cases, including healthcare worker at Sydney hospital | Health

New South Wales recorded six new cases of locally acquired Covid-19 on Sunday, including a healthcare worker in the radiology and cardiology ward of a western Sydney hospital.Testing numbers in the state have also dropped, and the chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, has called on more people to get tested, especially in the suburbs of Bankstown, Lidcombe, Auburn, Berala and Wentworthville.The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, told reporters that the six people were all close contacts of a person who was announced on Saturday to be Covid-19 positive.“Five out of the...

Fit in my 40s: will intermittent fasting boost my energy levels? | Health & wellbeing

In my youth, fasting was considered a fantastically bad for you fad. The cod-scientific wisdom was that all you’d do was lower your metabolism, so when you did start eating again, your weight would go roaring back up. Since the success of the 5:2 diet, in which you eat normally for five days, then restrict calories to 500-800 daily for two days, the thinking on weight loss has shifted. Fasting intermittently is incredibly effective when it comes to losing weight, and in fact giving your digestive system a break may...
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