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Best Sleeping Positions

Many patients ask what position is the best to sleep in for their particular problem. This often also leads to discussion on which are the best pillows and which are the best mattresses. Lets begin by looking at the body's natural curves- because the best position is usually one that supports these curves appropriately. On the drawing to the right it can be seen that there are three main curves in the spine when looked at from the side. The neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) curve backwards and are called lordoses, while the mid back (thoracic spine) curves forward. Click on the links for a review on common postural distortions and scoliosis.   Sleeping in a position that supports these curves and maintains a neutral position would be ideal, however the condition and type of mattress you sleep on as well as the type of pillow you use will also influence this. Lets look at each position in turn.

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Vitamin B12

What is Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) is a water soluble vitamin, first described by British physician Thomas Addison in 1855. He described a deficiency of this vitamin to be associated with macrocytic anemia (anemia associated with enlarged red blood cells); glossitis (tongue and throat inflammation); and neurological symptoms such as mental fatigue, memory failure, dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance and muscle weaknesses among other symptoms.

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Childrens Developmental Milestones

  KNOWING YOUR CHILD'S MILESTONES: SIGNS of DELAYED DEVELOPMENT   The following brief list may help you to notice any delays or abnormalities in your child's progress and prompt you to have them checked by a suitably qualified health care provider:   0-3 months: not smiling by 8 weeks not calming down, at least for a little while, when picked up being unusually floppy or stiff having different muscle tone or strength in an arm and leg on one side compared with the other side having unusually 'good' head control due to stiff muscles always holding fingers in a tight fist not startled by sudden noises having feeding problems beyond 'normal' range – find out more from your Child and Family Health nurse crying for long periods, or ongoing problems settling being unusually 'good' and not demanding not watching your face when you speak to them by 3 months not making sounds other than crying by 3 months.

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White bait, Flathead fillet and spinach

  Ingredients: Purchase some white bait and flathead fillets from your local fishmonger. Fresh white bait should still have firmness and not be too soft or squishy. Flathead fillets are a lovely soft white fleshed fish to use when feeding fussy kids. 1 bunch Fresh English Spinach 1 cup of either flour or almond meal (if you want to avoid gluten) 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste   Method: Wash, then roughly chop the spinach and put into a steamer. Generously coat a large pan with oil (extra-light olive oil is good) so that there is a 5mm layer over the bottom, and place it on the stove When the pan has heated sufficiently to crisp and bubble a pinch of flour, place the flour/almond meal into a ziplock or other plastic bag along with some salt and pepper and put the fish into it, sealing the bag and shaking the contents until they are nicely coated. Don't leave them in the bag too long or they will go sticky. Remove fish from the bag and fry them in the pan, being careful not to put too many in at once. Turn them over when golden underneath. It should only take a few minutes to fry the fish to a golden colour, then remove and place them on some paper to drain off. As the last batch of fish is set to fry, steam the spinach and then season with some freshly crushed garlic, olive oil and pepper. Plate the fish, using the spinach as an accompaniment. Add a squeeze of lemon juice over the fish as a final enhancement and garnish with some parsley or sliced shallots.

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Improving your posture

Bad posture has been blamed for every possible ailment of the human condition, but most particularly for those common musculoskeletal problems such as backache, headaches and muscle fatigue. Most everybody remembers their mother telling them to "stop slouching" or "sit up straight" at some point during their teenage years (or even later!). But what is "Good Posture" as opposed to "Bad Posture"? What is posture anyway? If my posture is bad, how do i fix it?

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