National Stroke Week

Every step counts towards a healthy life. This year, Stroke Foundation is encouraging Australians to discover how easy it is to fit healthy habits into their day and do their part to prevent stroke. It’s estimated that more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented simply by managing risk factors and living a healthy lifestyle. There are some risk factors for stroke which can’t be prevented like age, family history and prior stroke. If you’re male, your risk is also higher.

There are two ways to approach this: first by talking to your doctor and secondly by taking ownership of your own health.

Take charge of your own health:

  • Eat well.
  • Stay active.
  • Be smoke free.
  • Moderate alcohol intake.
  • Visit your doctor for a health check to help manage blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat).

Source: National Stroke Week — Stroke Foundation – Australia

NDIA Rollout in Loddon

Intereach, in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), is gearing up to meet demand for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Loddon area of Victoria. By 2020, the NDIS is expected to provide support to about 5300 people with disability in the Loddon area –a 33 per cent increase in the number of people currently receiving support.

Source: The Loddon area is getting NDIS Ready — Intereach

Phantom limb pain eased by VR

Virtual Reality (VR) can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain, report researchers. A new test shows that VR technology can trick the amputee’s brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb. The method has proven effective in a number of amputees and is the foundation for a new method that has been developed by Bo Geng in collaboration with Dr. Martin Kraus and Master’s students Bartal Henriksen and Ronni Nedergaard Nielsen from Medialogy at Aalborg University.

Source: Virtual reality eases phantom limb pain — ScienceDaily