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Sun, 1st July 2018
 

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FRACTURED FIBULA

Q: 

My friend sustained a fractured fibula - where is this and is it serious?

A: 

Any fracture is serious, but provided the skin was not broken, it usually heals quickly. It is located on the outer part of the leg, between knee and foot and forms the outer ankle. It is not weight bearing, and is often associated with an ankle sprain. With RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression bandaging, Elevation it often heals rapidly. But imaging and medical intervention are usually needed.

 
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DEEP KISSING

Q: 

Kissing the lips is the usual form of love play in western cultures, but is "deep penetration kissing" OK?

A: 

Any kind of kissing with lip and saliva contact means germs can be transmitted. The helicobacter pylori which causes stomach ulcers is probably the most common. Saliva teems with bugs. It sounds so unromantic, but true. Deep kissing, and shoving the tongue way down exposes to greater moisture exchange. Which means if a partner has hepatitis B or HIV, there is a possible risk of transmission.

 
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LOWER LID CANCER

Q: 

I have a red flaky sore on the margin of my right lower eye lid which looks like a skin cancer. But how is it removed in such a delicate spot?

A: 

Skin cancers must be removed, for they always grow, and around the eyes is a common spot, often missed if wearing spectacles. Often plastic surgery is required. Being close to the eye makes this more difficult, but there are surgeons expert in all fields, and their services are readily available. Talk to your GP.

 
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AIM TO PLEASE

Q: 

I wish my little guy would squat when having a pee like his sister, but no he stands and it sprays everywhere.

A: 

Infancy is a difficult world when social standards are being learned. Conversely, his sister might like to stand which would make an even bigger mess. Point the way, educate, and finally he will get the drift, especially when he starts attending Kindy. Have him throw a ping pong ball into the bowl and aim at this. It is good fun, and within a very short time he will be hitting bulls eyes. Put up a calendar, and stick on stars for each hit.

 
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POISON RISKS

Q: 

I am often apprehensive the kids will get to the poisons which are kept in a cupboard in the garage - weed killers, car sprays, strong detergents, rat poisons, cockroach deterrents, kerosene, turps, thinners, paints and so on.

A: 

Education from a very early age is essential. Locking them into secure cupboards helps, but they invariably learn their way around these temporary protective measures, and outsmart parents. Educate, Explain. They soon get the drift. Nevertheless, have the Poisons Information Centre number in a prominent place near the phone. This is a 24 hours commonwealth wide service.

 
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LONGEVITY

Q: 

I have used the same accountant since 1953, and now he, like me, is getting older and older. But he does my books okay, and on time, and I often wonder if I should keep on with him until we both drop dead.

A: 

There are many people working fairly normal business hours in their eighties, nineties, and occasionally when over 100. They are certainly experienced, do the work because it is important to them and their mental welfare also. Stick with the person you know and trust.

 
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BREAST CANCER IN MEN

Q: 

Is it possible for men to develop breast cancer, and if so is it dangerous as in women?

A: 

The answer is "Yes". Although uncommon, it can happen. I have only seen one during my experience. A hard lump had developed under the nipple. This was removed, and the man lived on for many years, and eventually passed away with something entirely unrelated. Any breast lump in men or women needs immediate intervention.

 
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EAR RINGS

Q: 

Many women wear large circular ear rings. We are often told they are dangerous, and may be caught by some passing object. But women continue to wear them despite this.

A: 

Beauty and fashion always lead the charge, irrespective of what the outcome may be. Although there are hundreds of serious documented accidents, reported in every ER, fashions do not change easily. It is usually "the other person, never me" who sustains a serious injury. If a person considers the positives outweigh the negatives, they make a choice and take a punt.

 
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OUTCOMES

Q: 

Why can two similar persons undergo identical surgery? One does well. The other does not. All conditions appear identical.

A: 

Every person is an individual, with its own genetic code, resistance factors, healing qualities, general stamina and mental attitude. These add up to the differing outcomes you note. A positive attitude is always likely to produce a better outcome than a negative one.

 
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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.

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