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Typical Schedule for Prenatal Visits and Tests in Australia and New Zealand

To ensure the health of you and your baby, you need to schedule regular visits to your midwife or doctor during your pregnancy. Use this guideline for making your appointments and understanding tests that [more…]

Medical Abbreviations Commonly Used during Pregnancy in Australia and New Zealand

To help you understand terms used throughout your pregnancy while at doctor’s visits, touring the hospital, and during labor and delivery, learn these medical abbreviations used in Australia and New Zealand [more…]

Items for Your Labour and Delivery in Australia and New Zealand

During your pregnancy, pack portable items you’re likely to need for your labour, birth and hospital stay in a bag and keep it in a handy place or in your car. For your trip to the hospital in Australia [more…]

Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Once you find out you’re pregnant, you can take note of the schedule of prenatal visits your midwife or doctor is likely to recommend in Australia and New Zealand, and review the tests you may be offered [more…]

Facing Hair Loss from Cancer Treatments

Many forms of chemotherapy cause temporary hair loss, and radiation causes permanent hair loss for the body part treated. Losing your hair is an emotional experience, so you need to spend some time getting [more…]

Building a Cancer Treatment Support Team

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and you’re going through treatment, you need not only help from your family and friends but from an entire support team of people, with your doctors at the forefront [more…]

Treating Yourself Well during Chemo and Radiation

While you’re going through chemotherapy and radiation, take some time to pamper yourself. Even if you experience just a few cancer treatment side effects, you may not have your usual level of energy. So [more…]

Managing Chemotherapy and Radiation Side Effects

Don’t panic and assume that since you’re undergoing chemo or radiation that you will experience every possible side effect. Cancer patients experience treatments differently, but most experience nausea [more…]

Chemotherapy and Radiation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Facing cancer treatment is unnerving so during your chemotherapy or radiation build a team of people that can support and help you and take care of yourself to ease the stress. Use some practical methods [more…]

Minimize the Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Work and Play

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is generally a relapsing-remitting disease, which means that symptoms come and go in an unpredictable way. So, don't make big decisions about any major life activities in the middle [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis, Stem Cells, and the Body’s Natural Healing Process

The body has a natural capacity to heal some of the damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). For example, partial healing occurs following each MS relapse. [more…]

What Factors Might Trigger Multiple Sclerosis?

Most scientists agree that no single virus or bacterium causes multiple sclerosis (MS) all by itself. They have also concluded that no single thing in the environment or in a person’s diet is directly [more…]

Disease Courses and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Well over a decade ago, a group of multiple sclerosis (MS) specialists — researchers and clinicians — got together to develop a common language for talking about MS. The group identified the following [more…]

Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis

Because multiple sclerosis (MS) is so complex, treatment involves several different strategies. Here are snapshots of several steps you can take to feel and function up to snuff: [more…]

Immune and Nervous Systems Roles in Multiple Sclerosis

Even though multiple sclerosis (MS) is described as the most common neurologic disorder diagnosed in young adults, the problem doesn’t appear to originate with the nervous system. Instead, decades of research [more…]

Tools for Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

To diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS), neurologists rely on a person’s medical history, the neurologic exam, and a variety of laboratory tests to help confirm the diagnosis and rule out other medical conditions [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Criteria

One of the reasons that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be so difficult to diagnose is that neurologists (physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders) haven’t yet found [more…]

Emotional Reactions to a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Everyone’s initial reaction to getting a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is going to be different. Whatever you’re experiencing, whether it’s shock, denial, anxiety, anger, or even relief [more…]

How an MRI Helps to Confirm an MS Diagnosis

No one test can absolutely detect multiple sclerosis (MS), but certain tests including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to help confirm the diagnosis. The scan is a highly-sensitive, non-invasive [more…]

Clinically Isolated Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis

Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) can indicate the possibility of multiple sclerosis (MS), but it can’t be used solo as a tool to diagnose it. CIS is a first clinical episode lasting at least 24 hours [more…]

Minimize the Effect of Your MS on Your Loved Ones

Getting diagnosed with MS has ripple effects — when one person in a family is diagnosed with MS, the entire family is affected by it. Even though the symptoms are yours, your loved ones share everything [more…]

Tests that Confirm an MS Diagnosis

No further tests are technically required to make a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis when a patient’s medical history and neurologic exam provide evidence of two episodes of demyelination that are separated [more…]

Alternatives to MS Corticosteroid Treatment

Corticosteroids aren’t the answer for every person or for every MS relapse. Here are some other options for managing relapses: [more…]

Feel Confident about Your MS Treatment Decisions

Any good multiple sclerosis (MS) doctor will tell you that treating MS is as much an art as it is a science — in other words, it’s more creative problem-solving than hard-and-fast rules. Getting a handle [more…]

Next Steps after an MS Diagnosis

Following a major life change like being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), figuring out what to do next can be tricky. Some people worry so much about making the right choices that they find it difficult [more…]


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