DIPTHERIA

I have had several parents contact me with concerns about the current Diptheria outbreak here in Indonesia. Schools are also sending home letters with warnings about this disease. But should you be worried?   What is Diptheria? Diphtheria is a life-threatening communicable disease that spreads through air containing Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The bacteria attack the upper […]

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WHY DO I FEEL SO TIRED?

With the holiday season upon us we all need to be on top of our game. There is nothing worse than having a plethora of things to do, and not being able to muster up enough energy to get past breakfast.   Here are some of the more common medical causes of ongoing fatigue that […]

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RUBELLA (German Measles)

So the word on the streets here in Bali has it that rubella is the flavor of the month in several schools and childcare facilities. This disease has largely been eliminated in developing countries due to ongoing vaccination programs. Here in Bali where there are significant numbers of people choosing not to vaccinate, as well […]

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EARPLUGS for AUTISM

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other sensory disorders (TBIs, hyperacusis, auditory processing disorder etc.) often have difficulties being in loud environments. In these disorders, the ears process sound normally but the hearing centres and circuits of the brain don’t correctly process incoming information. This can affect understanding, especially in challenging listening situations such as […]

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DRY DROWNING

Let me tell you David’s story. It happened a long time ago. Close on 20 years ago I believe. It was one balmy Bali evening and my pager buzzed to say that I was needed to evacuate a 12-year-old boy to Singapore following a near drowning incident in the hotel pool. Remember I am talking […]

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HOW TO DRESS A WOUND…PROPERLY

When I see the way some wounds are dressed here it makes me shudder. It wasn’t long ago that the only dressing available here was a roll of gauze and a bottle of bright red mercurochrome. Thankfully the mercurochrome is off the shelves. As the name suggests it does contain mercury and this is why many countries banned […]

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Dr GOOGLE…….

  When you are living on an Island where medical diagnosis and treatment can sometimes be questionable, it is very tempting to get out your smart-phone or computer and try to sort out exactly what your problem is by yourself. Considering the time you will probably spend in traffic jams and waiting rooms if you want to […]

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