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IF you suf­fer from poor di­ges­tion or tummy bloat­ing, try adding co­conut oil to your diet. Co­conut oil has been found to ben­e­fit di­ges­tive dis­or­ders in­clud­ing ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome and mi­cro­bial-re­lated tummy bugs. Fatty acids in co­conut oil con­tain an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­ties, which have a sooth­ing ef­fect on bac­te­ria, can­dida, or par­a­sites that cause poor di­ges­tion.

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THE num­ber of in­fluenza cases in Aus­tralia is up by more than 50 per cent com­pared to the same time time last year. The record num­bers have prompted fed­eral Heath Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley to urge peo­ple to get their flu shots, which can take up to 14 days to kick in. More than 14,000 cases have been re­ported so far this year, up from 9258 cases at the same time in 2014.“This year has all the hall­marks of a se­vere sea­son,” In­fluenza Spe­cial­ist Group chair­man Dr Alan Hamp­son said. “Be­cause we ex­pect the sea­son to peak in Au­gust or Septem­ber, there is still a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to be vac­ci­nated, par­tic­u­larly groups at real risk of se­vere out­comes.”

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MANY ado­les­cent boys are fail­ing to com­plete the full course of three doses of the life­sav­ing HPV vac­cine Gar­dasil. Par­ents have been urged to en­sure their chil­dren are vac­ci­nated af­ter re­cent na­tional fig­ures showed an av­er­age of 73 per cent of girls and only 60 per cent of boys com­pleted the course. “While 71 per cent of young men re­ceived the first dose, rates fell to 67 per cent and about 59 per cent for doses two and three,” said Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land’s Katie Clift.

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