Virtual Medical
Issue 117 | Wednesday 14 March 2012

Message from the VMC Medical Spokesperson

Dr Joe Kosterich



Dr Joe

Welcome to this edition of Health eNews!

A headache is one of the commonest symptoms we experience with almost everyone having a headache at some point. There are many possible causes.
We also know that slight dehydration leads to headaches so keeping up your water intake is a simple thing you can do to help yourself. Read on to learn more about causes, treatments and ways to prevent headaches.

Ring in Good Health

The iHealth Coach app lets you assess your hydration and can remind you when it is time to have a drink of water. You can get the app with loads of other features for 99c at the app store. Find out more.


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Yours in good health,

Dr Joe Kosterich

A rare tale of pain and recovery

article image The amazing case of Jack's exploding head
If you get headaches or migraines, you might want to read about Jack's story: a rare tale of pain and recovery, dealing with an uncommon condition that can strike excruciating pain into the skull – at the mere onset of a cough or a sneeze....
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Father's role in the life of a child

article image Paternal depression linked to child's mental health
Voluminous research literature attests to the multiple negative consequences of maternal depression for the health and development of children. In contrast, there is a profound paucity of information about depressive symptoms in fathers....
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New discovery on menopause

article image New findings to help doctors predict menopause symptoms
Doctors could soon be able to predict the type and duration of menopausal symptoms an individual woman is likely to experience thanks to new findings from The University of Queensland (UQ)....
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Understanding brain function

article image Acknowledge your mistakes to save your brain
A new study investigated how the brain monitors ongoing behaviour for performance errors – specifically failures of impulse control. Diminished awareness of performance errors limits the extent to which humans correct their behaviour and has been linked to.....
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Giant spiders!

article image Phobias warp perception of feared objects
The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. In the context of a fear of spiders, this warped perception doesn't necessarily interfere with daily living. But for individuals....
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New bottle feeding technology

article image Suck it up: Teat design mimics breast feeding 'vacuum'
Unlike the easy flow of conventional bottles, the new bottle requires the baby to create a vacuum, similar to breast feeding, allowing for resting, breathing and drinking. The new design is the result of research....
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Sleep disorders and depression linked?

article image Looking at links between depression and insomnia
People with both insomnia and depression who have found anti-depressants ineffective can draw hope from a new study currently recruiting in Melbourne.....
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Keep smiling

article image Collagen matrix stops receding gums
Receding gums often result in tooth sensitivity and can lead to decay of the root and persistent inflammation of the gum. New research demonstrates that a novel method using bovine collagen is able to enhance gum healing.....
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Today's Survey

Which of the following have you experienced in the last 12 months (select as many as is appropriate):

Occasional mild headaches;
Lots of headaches close together which then resolve;
Headaches brought on by stress or fatigue;
Occasional migraines;
Headaches/migraines every day;
Other (please comment)
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Hot Beef and Potato Curry

This fiery beef curry will satisfy the taste buds of those who love their curry hot.

Makes 4 serves


  • 2 tsp polyunsaturated vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp minced chilli
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 250 g trim beef fillet, diced
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 100 g green beans, chopped
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 50 mL lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornflour, mixed with about the same amount of water to make a paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Pour the oil into a non-stick sauce pan.

2. Add the onion, garlic, chilli and spices and cook until the onions are soft and you can smell the aroma of the spices.

3. Add the beef and fry until browned on all sides to seal in the juice.

4. Add the potatoes, green beans, stock, water and lemon juice.

5. Cover and cook for about 40 minutes or until the meat is tender. You may need to add water if the curry becomes too dry.

6. When the meat is tender, add the cornflour mixture to thicken the juices.

7. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

8. Serve hot.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Difficulty rating: Easy

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

The Johnsons were shown into the dentist’s office, where Mr. Johnson made it clear he was in a big hurry.

"No fancy stuff, Doctor," he ordered. "No gas or needles or any of that stuff. Just pull the tooth and get it over with."

"I wish more of my patients were as brave as you," said the dentist admiringly. "Now, which tooth is it?"

Mr. Johnson turned to his wife. "Show him your tooth, Honey."

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