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Better Health Channel (BHC) website promotes health literacy and healthy living by providing health consumers with trusted, reliable and easy to understand health and medical information, quality assured by the Department of Health, Victoria.

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Last reviewed: August 2023

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Chemicals in the home - Better Health Channel

Learn how to safely store and dispose of household chemicals, and how to respond when a person is poisoned.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is caused by a virus (usually from the coxsackie group of enteroviruses, particularly coxsackie virus A16). It causes blisters on the hands and feet, in the mouth and often in the ‘nappy’ area. It is generally a mild disease that lasts 7 to 10 days.

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Cancer in children - Better Health Channel

In children, the genetic changes that cause cancer are not due to lifestyle but are more likely to be random and difficult to predict.

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Bacterial vaginosis - Better Health Channel

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria normally present in the vagina.

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Hepatitis B - Better Health Channel

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver and can lead to serious illness or death.

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Complementary therapies - Better Health Channel

Complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of disease.

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Pregnancy - tests and scans - Better Health Channel

A range of tests is available to pregnant women to confirm pregnancy and monitor the baby's development in the womb.

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Calling an ambulance - Better Health Channel

In a medical emergency, call triple zero (000) for assistance.

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Whooping cough - Better Health Channel

The major symptom of whooping cough is a severe cough, which is often followed by a 'whooping' sound.

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Stuttering - Better Health Channel

Children who stutter should see a speech pathologist, preferably before they start school.

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