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Curing the incurable: A new breakthrough in childhood cancer

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists are on the cusp of a medical breakthrough that could help in the treatment of an aggressive brain cancer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is the most aggressive childhood cancer with a </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ccia.org.au/blog/dipg-shining-a-light-on-the-deadliest-childhood-cancer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">current survival rate of 0%</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. DIPG primarily occurs in children aged four to eleven years old and grows in the brainstem, meaning that it cannot be removed via surgery. On average, 20 Australian children are diagnosed with DIPG each year and have an average survival time of nine to twelve months after diagnosis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But now a new drug offers hope to patients diagnosed with the disease.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scientists at Children’s Cancer Institute have developed a new anti-cancer drug from antimalarial drug quinacrine. When tested on animals that were growing DIPG tumours, they found that the drug stopped tumour growth and, when combined with a second drug, panobinostat, increased survival time.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNn7JQHAOCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNn7JQHAOCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Children's Cancer Institute (@childrenscancerinstitute)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Associate Professor David Ziegler from </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.ccia.org.au/blog/australian-researchers-find-new-way-to-target-deadly-childhood-cancer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Children’s Cancer Institute</span></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> said, “Over the years, many different types of treatments have been tried for DIPG, but none so far have proven effective in clinical trials of children with the disease.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to Sunrise, he said the development was “a fantastic and exciting breakthrough.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is one of the worst cancers to affect either children or adults and until now we’ve had no effective treatments,” he continued.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re at the point where we’ve found a drug that looks really effective and is actually finally promising some hope.”</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ziegler will lead human trials of the drug in top children’s hospitals in the United States and Australia “by the end of this year”.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re working as quickly as possible to bring this to kids who desperately need it,” Ziegler said.</span></p>

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How to banish painful leg cramps

<div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p>Everyone experiences leg cramps at some point in their lives, to a greater or lesser degree. If you’re lucky it can be as minor as a short series of spasms or cramps in the leg muscles that don’t relax for several seconds. Often these can be caused by overuse or dehydration, or even just standing and walking for longer than usual.</p> <p>Routine muscle cramps generally last just a few seconds or minutes and ease with warmth, rest and stretching. But you need to be able to tell the difference between that and more sinister conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), peripheral artery disease, or even a clogging of the arteries which can reduce circulation to the limbs.</p> <p>The most common leg cramps – also known as restless leg or night leg cramps – can appear as if from nowhere, and as the name suggests, occur mostly at night.</p> <p>Characterised by a sudden movement in the leg muscles, causing painful, involuntary contractions to occur, they can last from a few seconds up to a few minutes.</p> <p>While low levels of certain minerals such as electrolytes and some medications have been cited as causes of leg cramps, unfortunately there is currently no definitive cure. However, sufferers can take Crampeze long term to help combat these cramps.</p> <p>Let’s take a closer look to help see if the leg pains you are experiencing may be simpler than you think to help identify – and hopefully ease.</p> <p><strong>What are the symptoms of common leg cramps or night cramps?</strong></p> <p>The symptoms of a muscle cramp include:</p> <ul> <li>Sudden uncontrollable and painful spasms in the muscle</li> <li>Muscle twitching</li> <li>Excruciating deep muscle pain in the calf</li> <li>Tightness of the calf and hardening of the muscle</li> </ul> <p>A cramp can reoccur several times before it goes away. Cramps are common at night and generally occur in the calf muscles and feet.</p> <p><strong>What can be the underlying cause of such cramps?</strong></p> <p>The exact cause of muscle cramps is largely unknown, but there are some risk factors that include:</p> <ul> <li>Muscle injury</li> <li>Muscle fatigue</li> <li>Poor diet and lifestyle</li> <li>Low Magnesium levels or Magnesium deficiency</li> <li>Dehydration</li> <li>Physical overexertion</li> <li>Physical exertion of cold muscles</li> <li>Some medications</li> <li>Excessive perspiration</li> </ul> <p><strong>How can you stop leg cramps?</strong></p> <p>Many people turn to magnesium supplements to try relieve leg cramps. Magnesium is involved in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and around 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It assists with energy production and is necessary for proper muscle and nerve function, while helping to maintain normal healthy functioning of the nervous system and may help relieve muscular cramps and spasms. However, magnesium alone is not a complete cramp solution to stop leg cramps.</p> <p><strong>Why choose Crampeze instead of a magnesium supplement?</strong></p> <p>Crampeze offers a wide range of muscular cramp relief products that fit in with your lifestyle and preferences. Crampeze products provide Magnesium supplementation and contain Viburnum Opulus (Cramp bark), which is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscle spasms and twitches. Crampeze can be taken every day and easily fits into your routine to help you live your life cramp free from today.</p> <p><strong>Key Crampeze ingredients and how they work to stop leg cramps:</strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/products/crampeze-night-cramps/" target="_blank"><strong>Crampeze Night Cramps</strong></a> contains:</p> <ul> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscle spasms and twitches.</li> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine as an antispasmodic and to maintain general health and wellbeing.</li> <li>Magnesium to support energy production and maintain muscle function.</li> <li>Ginkgo Biloba that acts as an antioxidant, reducing free radicals formed in the body.</li> <li>Ginkgo Biloba to support blood circulation to the peripheral areas of the body (legs, hands and feet).</li> </ul> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/products/crampeze-night-cramps-forte/" target="_blank"><strong>Crampeze Night Cramps Forte</strong></a> contains:</p> <ul> <li>Viburnum Opulus (Cramp Bark) traditionally used in western herbal medicine to help relieve muscle cramps and mild muscles twitches and as an antispasmodic.</li> <li>Magnesium to maintain healthy immune system functions and support healthy neuromuscular system.</li> <li>Magnesium to maintain muscle function and support nervous system function.</li> <li>Nicotinamide, feverfew extract and vitamin B5.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Additional lifestyle tips to help reduce cramps</strong></p> <p>There are many things you can do to help alleviate night time leg cramps that can be incorporated into your daily routine, such as drink plenty of water during the day, daily calf stretches, trying not to sit with your legs crossed, taking a warm bath before going to bed, indulge in regular massages, and modifying your diet to include more potassium and magnesium-based foods.</p> <p><strong>Some extra cramp facts</strong></p> <ul> <li>Leg cramps are reported in up to 60% of adults and 7% of children. Up to 20% of people have symptoms every day.<em><sup>1</sup></em></li> <li>About 1 in 3 people over the age of 60, and about half of people over the age of 80, experience regular leg cramps.<sup>2</sup></li> <li>Approximately 50% of those over 55 suffer nocturnal leg cramping, with significantly more people experiencing nocturnal leg pain.<sup>3</sup></li> <li>40% of people who suffer from leg cramps have cramps at least three times per week.<sup>4</sup></li> </ul> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em></strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://crampeze.com.au/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Crampeze</em></strong></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>References:</em></p> <ol> <li><em>Allen RE, Kirby KA. Nocturnal leg cramps. Am Fam Physician 2012;86:350–5. [PubMed] http://www.patient.co.uk/health/cramps-in-the-leg</em></li> <li><em>http://www.backinmotion.com.au/news/article/how-to-combat-night-pains-and-cramps Adrian Quinn – Physiotherapist and Director, Back In Motion</em></li> <li><em>Camberwell How to combat night pains and cramps Published: 19 March 2014</em></li> <li><em>http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180160.php by Christian Nordqvist</em></li> </ol> </div> </div>

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Devastating diagnosis for three-year-old girl who thought she had tonsillitis

<p>Three-year-old Arlee O'Mahoney from Queensland has been "pretty unwell" for the last few months, according to her mum Kelli O'Mahoney.</p> <p>Arlee developed an ear infection and tonsillitis which she "just couldn't shake".</p> <p>When Arlee’s tonsils became so “swollen she was having trouble breathing” and she looked a “little pale”, doctors took a blood test.</p> <p>This was when the family was told devastating news: Arlee had leukemia, which was affecting her body's ability to fight off other infections.</p> <p>“Because her white and red blood counts were so low, they couldn’t fight the common things she was picking up, probably just from kindy,” O’Mahoney told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/gold-coast-girls-tonsillitis-symptoms-found-to-be-precursor-to-leukemia-c-2552648" target="_blank">7NEWS.com.au.</a></p> <p>Things got worse for the family after it was revealed that little Arlee had acute myeloid leukemia, which is a rare form of the disease that has a 60 to 80 per cent treatability rate.</p> <p>“It’s not one of the better ones to have,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>Arlee is eight days into chemotherapy and is set to have four rounds of treatment, which isn't something her mother is looking forward to.</p> <p>“She knows she’s sick,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>“Other than that, she’s pretty well right now.</p> <p>“She’s handling it really well. She’s really strong and brave.</p> <p>“She’s still her bubbly self.”</p> <p>The family has turned to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/arlees-courage-fight-against-lukemia?member=9807462&amp;sharetype=teams&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=copy_link&amp;utm_source=customer" target="_blank">GoFundMe</a><span> </span>to raise money for the family as Kelli and her husband have to miss work as Arlee will be spending months in Queensland Children's Hospital, with more than $19,000 being donated.</p> <p>“You just don’t realise until you’re in that environment - in Arlee’s ward alone - how many kids need blood,” O’Mahoney said.</p> <p>“It opens your eyes up to how important it is, if you can, to donate blood.”</p>

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Young mum given three years to live after beautiful gesture

<p><span>Megy Gough received the shock of her life when she was told she’d have just three years left to live.</span><br /><br /><span>Following a wonderful gesture where she rallied 30 vendors to gift a $50,000 wedding to a couple who survived bowel cancer, she found out in November 2019 that she had the same horrible disease.</span><br /><br /><span>The disease had already spread to her liver and lymph nodes, and doctors declared her cancer “inoperable”.</span><br /><br /><span>However the mother-of-one is determined to watch her four-year-old daughter, Harper, grow up.</span><br /><br /><span>“My heart breaks at the thought of not being able to watch her grow up to be the woman that we're raising her to be. But, for her I know I have to fight this disease,” Mrs Gough told the <em>Gold Coast Bulletin.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old skin with her husband are fighting hard, despite losing their jobs at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840595/daily-story-a-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/02fc17707b644c5087829c927129f58e" /><br /><span>The pair are trying to fund integrative oncology, which is not covered by Medicare and will cost her more than $50,000.</span><br /><br /><span>While it won’t cure her disease, doctors say, it will buy her time.</span><br /><br /><span>It was only four years ago that Mrs Gough gave back to the community by helping a cancer-stricken couple.</span><br /><br /><span>She roused dozens of vendors to donate their services for a $50,000 wedding as a present for Rebecca Limb and Matt McLean.</span><br /><br /><span>“After the wedding I was providing her with assistance around growth shampoos, to help with her hair regrowth after her chemotherapy. Now the tables have turned. I could never have imagined that I would be walking down the same tough road though just a couple of years later,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Gough said she missed key signs that her health was deteriorating, and put her symptoms down to exhaustion as she had started her own company within the same year.</span><br /><br /><span>She admitted her health had become a “last priority”.</span><br /><br /><span>After delaying a doctor’s visit for six months, she says it is a decision that became the “biggest regret of her life”.</span><br /><br /><span>Mrs Gough underwent 17 major rounds of chemotherapy after she could not find any doctors in Queensland willing to give her surgery.</span><br /><br /><span>She eventually found a Sydney doctor to take on her case.</span><br /><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840597/daily-story-a.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7ae29be7be14378b6d7b9000de35ba6" /><br /><span>They gave her a peritonectomy in August to remove half of her bowel and 75 per cent of her liver, gallbladder, appendix and stomach lining.</span><br /><br /><span>Sadly, the family received another devastating blow when it was discovered there were two nodules in a scan that had become active.</span><br /><br /><span>Doctors also found cysts on her ovaries tha were determined to possibly be cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to undergo surgery to remove spots on her lungs, but ended up in an induced coma for five days, with liver failure and a collapsed lung.</span><br /><br /><span>The harsh reality has not deterred Mrs Gough’s hope, as she remains determined to have more time with her family.</span><br /><br /><span>The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help the couple through their hardship.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve always struggled and hated asking for help. I would prefer to help,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I realised you either ask for help or you could potentially never see your daughter grow up.”</span></p>

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Leigh Sales slams slow vaccine roll out: “Amateur hour”

<p><span>Australia’s vaccine rollout has been slow and on Tuesday, Leigh Sales grilled Professor Brendan Murphy while the government struggles to keep up with distribution.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Murphy said he “rejected” the idea Australia was failing in its COVID-19 vaccination program.</span><br /><br /><span>His comments followed just hours after Scott Morrison failed to disclose how many vaccines doses were produced and being delivered each week.</span><br /><br /><span>The federal government has ordered more than 53 million doses of the jab.</span><br /><br /><span>50 million of the vaccines are currently being manufactured onshore.</span><br /><br /><span>It was predicted that four million Aussies would be vaccinated by the end of March.</span><br /><br /><span>Drug manufacturer CSL said it expected to “hit a run rate of well over” a million doses per week by the end of the month.</span><br /><br /><span>However around 830 local doses were delivered in the first week of the program.</span><br /><br /><span>Since then, it has not been made clear how many have been released.</span><br /><br /><span>Just 854,983 Australians have been vaccinated against coronavirus — 280,943 through GP and GP respiratory clinics and the other federal agencies.</span><br /><br /><span>People vaccinated through age and disability facilities sits 112,830.</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Murphy said “the vast majority of GPs are incredibly happy with the rollout,” when grilled on why only two per cent of Australians have been vaccinated.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to “completely” reject Sales’ accusation that the nation sees the rollout as “anything other than amateur hour”.</span><br /><br /><span>He said Australia didn’t need to use emergency protocols “unlike other countries” to get access to vaccines earlier.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are still on track to hit our target of every adult getting their first dose by the end of October,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Murphy said that the increased domestic vaccine supply was a “strategy” to help push the process along, but failed to predict when at least 75 per cent of the nation would be vaccinated.</span><br /><br /><span>“Like other countries we have been constrained by international supply, which is why the wonderful starting up of the local production of CSL is what is now accelerating our program,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>On Tuesday afternoon, the Prime Minister said there was “no holdup” on Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say Australia was doing better than other countries including Germany, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, during this stage of the rollout.</span><br /><br /><span>The Prime Minister did not reveal how many domestically produced COVID-19 doses are being produced and delivered every week.</span><br /><br /><span>“Well, it varies from week to week,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We are still in the early phases so it would be misleading, I think, to give you an average at this point.</span><br /><br /><span>“We know what we are hoping to achieve. But at this point, we are hoping to achieve the figures that have already been realised to some extent and that is around the 800,000 mark.</span><br /><br /><span>“That is achievable and we want to be able to try and keep achieving that, and if we can do better than that, then we will.”</span><br /><br /><span>Dr Murphy told ABC’s <em>7.30</em> that production had “quadrupled” over the last few weeks and “is ramping up significantly at the moment”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have not been in a position where we’ve had to do things in a hurry,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison went on to say on Tuesday that experts were taking their time to make sure the domestically produced vaccine support were safe.</span><br /><br /><span>“There is no holdup. The release of vaccines has always been based on them completing those processes, so the fact that they actually have to get approved by the relevant authorities and do the batch testing is not a holdup,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is a necessary part of the process to guarantee Australian safety, so to describe it as a holdup would be incorrect.”</span></p>

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Heartbreaking reason for two-year-old's constipation

<p>A two-year-old boy in the UK has been diagnosed with stomach cancer after suffering from constipation for over a week.</p> <p>Kodie-Joe was rushed to hospital on February 15th in the UK after suffering from constipation for eight days.</p> <p>Multiple tests were conducted as well as a biopsy which revealed that the little boy had a "high grade" neuroblastoma in his stomach.</p> <p>Cancer had spread quickly into his bone marrow and the two-year-old Kodie-Joe not begins an intensive round of treatment which includes radiotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy.</p> <p>He is also undergoing surgery as well as multiple blood transfusions.</p> <p>His aunt, Shae Robson, has shared the story on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.gofundme.com/f/kodiejoes-cancer-journey" target="_blank">GoFundMe page</a><span> </span>for the family as they struggle to cover the costs of his treatment as well as plan to go on a holiday this year.</p> <p>The diagnosis is a "worst nightmare" scenario for the family as it only gives Kodie-Joe a 50-50 chance of survival.</p> <p>“We’ve been told he has a 50 per cent chance of survival and if he survives then there’s a 50 per cent chance it’ll come back,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“We are absolutely devastated.”</p> <p>“I’d like to raise as much money as possible, half of the total to help out with the costs of travelling to and from the hospital every day, the costs of staying in hospital for multiple weeks as well as caring for their baby at home to take as much financial stress away from us as a family at this already awful time,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“The other half of the total raised will go towards paying off their caravan holiday they have booked for September so that they have something to look forward to without the worry of paying it off and to give us all a well-deserved break.”</p> <p>The GoFundMe page has currently hit its goal.</p>

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Death cap mushroom warning issued after record number of poisonings

<p>An urgent warning has been issued for Melbourne and regional Victoria after the number of mushroom poisoning incidents doubled across the state.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the health department said a combination of recent rain and "ideal growing conditions" have caused the deadly mushrooms to sprout across the state, particularly the toxic Deathcap and the Yellow Stainer.</p> <p>Multiple poisoning cases required people to be treated in intensive care.</p> <p>Victoria's Poisons Information Centre saw an influx of calls in 2020, due to the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>There were 426 calls, which was more than double from the last two years.</p> <p>Previously, the mushrooms have sprouted in a number of public areas in the city, including the Domain Gardens and the Botanic Gardens.</p> <p>“Symptoms of poisoning can include violent stomach pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea,” Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Angie Bone said in a statement on Wednesday.</p> <p>“Symptoms may subside after a day or two - but this doesn’t necessarily mean recovery in the case of Death Cap poisoning.</p> <p>“Death can follow within 48 hours from serious liver damage. The Death Cap is extremely toxic and responsible for 90 per cent of all mushroom poisoning deaths.”</p> <p>Both the Deatchcap and Yellow Stainer mushrooms look almost identical to edible mushrooms found at supermarkets.</p> <p>In May 2020, Dr Bone said one elderly person died in hospital after consuming deadly mushrooms.</p> <p>Around eight people were also “severely poisoned” in the space of just a few days.</p>

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How one nutrient can support the six key areas of health

<p><strong>Omega 3s or Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are deemed essential as our bodies cannot produce them on our own, and therefore must be consumed regularly through diet or daily supplementation.</strong></p> <p>The EFAs we consume reside in our cell membranes, where they impact every biological process in our bodies, such as cell division, circulation, blood pressure, pain, and inflammation. Without adequate intake of EFAs, optimal health can be compromised, as the cells may be unable to function properly.</p> <p>Here’s how Omega-3s can support the six key areas of health.</p> <h4><strong>1. Immune Health</strong></h4> <p>The ratio of omega–3 to omega–6 essential fatty acids that a person consumes directly impacts the health of their immune response. Similarly, the ratio of fatty acids within their cell membranes directly influences whether the immune response synthesizes beneficial or potentially harmful molecules. When the immune system is triggered—for example by injury, allergy, or infection—fatty acids are released from the cell membranes. These fatty acids are converted into molecules as part of the body’s natural healing response.</p> <h4><strong>2. Brain Health</strong></h4> <p>The brain is in charge of controlling and coordinating all the actions both conscious and subconscious within our bodies. EFAs have been shown to play a key role in the health of our brain, as our brain is made up of 60% fat, much of which is EFAs. Studies have shown that consuming EFAs helps increase the grey matter in the brain; the fat, which helps increase membrane fluidity, neurotransmitter activity, memory, and learning.</p> <h4><strong>3. Mental Health</strong></h4> <p>Several mental health conditions have been linked to Omega-3 deficiencies. EFAs have also been shown to help reduce symptoms including anger, aggression and anxiety associated with these conditions.</p> <h4><strong>4. Eye Health</strong></h4> <p>Aged-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula which is the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail; it destroys your sharp central vision which you need to see objects clearly, and to do tasks such as reading. Research has shown that weekly consumption of EFAs is linked to a lower risk of early AMD.</p> <h4><strong>5. Skin health</strong></h4> <p>Omega-3s control a large number of cellular processes in our bodies that directly relate to the health of our skin, hair and nails. EFA’s have been shown to help keep skin hydrated, help to smooth rough and scaly skin by reducing inflammation, help improve blood flow and help provide more oxygen to the skin for nourishment.</p> <h4><strong>6. Joint Health</strong></h4> <p>Within joint and muscle tissue, omega-3s help reduce inflammation and pain. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil supports key compounds and internal repair systems that operate in response to physical stress. Studies show that EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, support the resolution of pain associated with physical stress to the back and joints. The research-backed benefits of fish oil also include support for joint mobility and flexibility.</p> <p>Despite the great health benefits of omegas, individuals around the world suffer from omega–3 deficiency. Omega–3 deficiency stems in large part from the growing unavailability of foods rich in these nutrients—principally fish—and because of the increasing popularity of the standard modern Western diet worldwide. While most diets prior to the 20th century contained a relative balance of omega–3 and omega–6 rich foods, the typical Western diet today contains far more of the omega–6s</p> <p>It can be difficult to ensure that enough EFAs are consumed in order for your body to remain at its optimal health level. Omega-3 supplements are an option to assist your dietary intake. Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering both increased awareness and quality omega nutrition in order to address this global health concern. Nordic Naturals is the only fish oil company that sustainably manages every step of the process – from catching the fish to bottling the oil – to ensure the highest purity, quality &amp; transparency at every stage.</p> <p>Nordic Naturals’ most popular concentrate,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T" target="_blank">Ultimate Omega</a><span> </span>offers concentrated support for the whole body. Doctors and researchers worldwide consistently choose this focused formula, as it contains double-strength omega-3’s for increased support in fewer soft gels.</p> <p>Try Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 60 soft gels $53.70</p> <p>For more information visit<span> </span><a href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T">Therahealth.com.au</a></p> <div id="lastFloatAd"> <div data-fuse="21861530570"></div> </div> <p>Available from all good health stores. To find a store near you visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="http://bit.ly/3lgPCTW" target="_blank">TheraHealth.com.au/store-locator</a></p> <p><strong>More About Nordic Naturals</strong></p> <p>Nordic Naturals, the leading manufacturer of omega-3 supplements, is a research-driven company that has been setting standards for purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability since 1995. With a reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils are regularly chosen without solicitation by research institutions and universities, including Stanford, Duke, UCLA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, for their independent research.</p> <p>To date, 25 studies using Nordic Naturals products have been published, including 15 clinical trials, and more than 30 are in progress. These studies add to the large and growing body of scientific evidence showing benefits of marine omega-3 essential fatty acids for a variety of health concerns.</p> <p>Distributing to over 30 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals is the #1 selling fish oil in the United States, offering over 150 products in a variety of flavours, concentrations, and delivery forms. Through science and innovation, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils.</p> <p>Always read the label. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T" target="_blank">Thera Health</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>References</em></p> <p><em>Seddon JM, Rosner B, Sperduto RD, et al. Dietary fat and risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol 2001; 119:1191–1199.</em></p> <p><em>SanGiovanni JP, Chew EY, Clemons TE, et al. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. The relationship of dietary lipid intake and age-related macular degeneration in a case-control study: AREDS Report No. 20. Arch Ophthalmol 2007; 125:671–679.</em></p> <p><em>http://www.omega-research.com/research11.php?catid=7&amp;subcat=31</em></p> <p><em>Ross BM, et al.  Omega-3 fatty acids as treatments for mental illness: which disorder and which fatty acid? Lipids Health Dis 2007; 6:21-40.</em></p> <p><em>Mickleborough T, Lindley M, Montgomery G. Effect of fish oil-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and immune function in athletes. Phys Sportsmed 2008 Dec;36(1):11–7.</em></p>

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How one nutrient can support the six key areas of health

<p><strong>Omega 3s or Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are deemed essential as our bodies cannot produce them on our own, and therefore must be consumed regularly through diet or daily supplementation. </strong></p> <p>The EFAs we consume reside in our cell membranes, where they impact every biological process in our bodies, such as cell division, circulation, blood pressure, pain, and inflammation. Without adequate intake of EFAs, optimal health can be compromised, as the cells may be unable to function properly.</p> <p>Here’s how Omega-3s can support the six key areas of health.</p> <h4><strong>1. Immune Health</strong></h4> <p>The ratio of omega–3 to omega–6 essential fatty acids that a person consumes directly impacts the health of their immune response. Similarly, the ratio of fatty acids within their cell membranes directly influences whether the immune response synthesizes beneficial or potentially harmful molecules. When the immune system is triggered—for example by injury, allergy, or infection—fatty acids are released from the cell membranes. These fatty acids are converted into molecules as part of the body's natural healing response.</p> <h4><strong>2. Brain Health</strong></h4> <p>The brain is in charge of controlling and coordinating all the actions both conscious and subconscious within our bodies. EFAs have been shown to play a key role in the health of our brain, as our brain is made up of 60% fat, much of which is EFAs. Studies have shown that consuming EFAs helps increase the grey matter in the brain; the fat, which helps increase membrane fluidity, neurotransmitter activity, memory, and learning.</p> <h4><strong>3. Mental Health</strong></h4> <p>Several mental health conditions have been linked to Omega-3 deficiencies. EFAs have also been shown to help reduce symptoms including anger, aggression and anxiety associated with these conditions.</p> <h4><strong>4. Eye Health</strong></h4> <p>Aged-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the macula which is the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail; it destroys your sharp central vision which you need to see objects clearly, and to do tasks such as reading. Research has shown that weekly consumption of EFAs is linked to a lower risk of early AMD.</p> <h4><strong>5. Skin health</strong></h4> <p>Omega-3s control a large number of cellular processes in our bodies that directly relate to the health of our skin, hair and nails. EFA’s have been shown to help keep skin hydrated, help to smooth rough and scaly skin by reducing inflammation, help improve blood flow and help provide more oxygen to the skin for nourishment.</p> <h4><strong>6. Joint Health</strong></h4> <p>Within joint and muscle tissue, omega-3s help reduce inflammation and pain. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that fish oil supports key compounds and internal repair systems that operate in response to physical stress. Studies show that EPA and DHA, the omega–3 essential fatty acids in fish oil, support the resolution of pain associated with physical stress to the back and joints. The research-backed benefits of fish oil also include support for joint mobility and flexibility.</p> <p>Despite the great health benefits of omegas, individuals around the world suffer from omega–3 deficiency. Omega–3 deficiency stems in large part from the growing unavailability of foods rich in these nutrients—principally fish—and because of the increasing popularity of the standard modern Western diet worldwide. While most diets prior to the 20th century contained a relative balance of omega–3 and omega–6 rich foods, the typical Western diet today contains far more of the omega–6s</p> <p>It can be difficult to ensure that enough EFAs are consumed in order for your body to remain at its optimal health level. Omega-3 supplements are an option to assist your dietary intake. Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering both increased awareness and quality omega nutrition in order to address this global health concern. Nordic Naturals is the only fish oil company that sustainably manages every step of the process - from catching the fish to bottling the oil – to ensure the highest purity, quality &amp; transparency at every stage.</p> <p>Nordic Naturals’ most popular concentrate, <a rel="noopener" href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T" target="_blank">Ultimate Omega</a> offers concentrated support for the whole body. Doctors and researchers worldwide consistently choose this focused formula, as it contains double-strength omega-3’s for increased support in fewer soft gels.</p> <p>Try Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 60 soft gels $53.70</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T">Therahealth.com.au</a></p> <p>Available from all good health stores. To find a store near you visit <a rel="noopener" href="http://bit.ly/3lgPCTW" target="_blank">TheraHealth.com.au/store-locator</a></p> <p><strong>More About Nordic Naturals </strong></p> <p>Nordic Naturals, the leading manufacturer of omega-3 supplements, is a research-driven company that has been setting standards for purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability since 1995. With a reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils are regularly chosen without solicitation by research institutions and universities, including Stanford, Duke, UCLA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, for their independent research.</p> <p>To date, 25 studies using Nordic Naturals products have been published, including 15 clinical trials, and more than 30 are in progress. These studies add to the large and growing body of scientific evidence showing benefits of marine omega-3 essential fatty acids for a variety of health concerns.</p> <p>Distributing to over 30 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals is the #1 selling fish oil in the United States, offering over 150 products in a variety of flavours, concentrations, and delivery forms. Through science and innovation, Nordic Naturals is committed to delivering the world’s safest, most effective omega oils.</p> <p>Always read the label. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://bit.ly/30yzS4T" target="_blank">Thera Health</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><em>References</em></p> <p><em>Seddon JM, Rosner B, Sperduto RD, et al. Dietary fat and risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol 2001; 119:1191–1199.</em></p> <p><em>SanGiovanni JP, Chew EY, Clemons TE, et al. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. The relationship of dietary lipid intake and age-related macular degeneration in a case-control study: AREDS Report No. 20. Arch Ophthalmol 2007; 125:671–679.</em></p> <p><em>http://www.omega-research.com/research11.php?catid=7&amp;subcat=31</em></p> <p><em>Ross BM, et al.  Omega-3 fatty acids as treatments for mental illness: which disorder and which fatty acid? Lipids Health Dis 2007; 6:21-40.</em></p> <p><em>Mickleborough T, Lindley M, Montgomery G. Effect of fish oil-derived omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and immune function in athletes. Phys Sportsmed 2008 Dec;36(1):11–7.</em></p>

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COVID vaccine suspended in multiple countries after blood clots

<p><span>Denmark, Iceland and Norway have all suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after reports that it may be linked to blood clots in patients.</span><br /><br /><span>The European Union's medicines regulator is currently investigating the claims, but until then Denmark says they will have a two-week suspension while Iceland and Norway remain yet to clarify how long they will hold off on administering the vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has insisted the vaccine is safe for use in Australia and that they will continue to use it unless new evidence suggests it is not safe.</span><br /><br /><span>"We have the best doctors in the world. They have gone through all the tests and trials. We've not rushed it. We will look at all the evidence," Mr Dutton told <em>Today</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>"If there's a problem the government responds very quickly. At the moment the advice very clearly from the doctors is that this is a safe vaccine and we want the rollout to continue. Cool heads need to prevail."</span><br /><br /><span>Infectious disease physician Professor Peter Collignon told <em>Today</em> that Australia has been given no reason to pause its rollout.</span><br /><br /><span>"You have to remember about 200 people for every 100,000 have clots or going through their lungs or legs every year. Yes we need to look at this but so far the evidence isn't overwhelming that it's related to the AstraZeneca vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>"Think of the millions of doses that have gone out in Britain without this being recognised as a major issue."</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840262/daily-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e3f4bada358c4da7b403684256653807" /><br /><br /><span>Denmark’s Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said in an announcement that the pause was simply a “precautionary measure," and that it was not possible yet to draw conclusions.</span><br /><br /><span>"We act early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated," he said in a tweet.</span><br /><br /><span>The Danish Health Authority also stressed that the decision was temporary.</span><br /><br /><span>"We are in the middle of the largest and most important vaccination rollout in Danish history. And right now we need all the vaccines we can get. Therefore, putting one of the vaccines on pause is not an easy decision.</span><br /><br /><span>“But precisely because we vaccinate so many, we also need to respond with timely care when there is knowledge of possible serious side effects. We need to clarify this before we can continue to use the vaccine from AstraZeneca," Søren Brostrøm, director of the National Board of Health, said in the statement.</span><br /><br /><span>"It is important to emphasise that we have not opted out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that we are putting it on hold. There is good evidence that the vaccine is both safe and effective.</span><br /><br /><span>“But both we and the Danish Medicines Agency have to react to reports of possible serious side effects, both from Denmark and other European countries. It shows that the monitoring system works. "</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking to CNN, Kjartan Njálsson, assistant to the director of health in Iceland, said that they are waiting on the advice from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) despite having no reports of patients developing blood clots in the country.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's the lack of data right now that concerns us," he added.</span><br /><br /><span>The EMA said later on Thursday (local time) that it did not recommend suspending use of the vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>The agency said there was "currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine."</span><br /><br /><span>"The vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh its risks and the vaccine can continue to be administered while investigation of cases of thromboembolic events is ongoing," the agency added.</span><br /><br /><span>The EMA said on Wednesday there was "no indication" that COVID vaccinations had been behind the cases of clotting or death.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement on Thursday, AstraZeneca said that patient safety was its "highest priority."</span><br /><br /><span>"Regulators have clear and stringent efficacy and safety standards for the approval of any new medicine, and that includes COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.</span><br /><br /><span>“The safety of the vaccine has been extensively studied in Phase III clinical trials and peer-reviewed data confirms the vaccine is generally well tolerated," they said.</span></p>

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Key decision that could see Dan Andrews sidelined for months

<p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews could be off work for months and is facing the possibility of surgery after suffering from "serious injuries" in a horrifying fall at his home on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>He was taken to hospital where doctors discovered he had broken several ribs and fractured his T7 vertebrae.</p> <p>Doctors transferred him to a specialist trauma centre at The Alfred Hospital following an MRI.</p> <p>On Wednesday night, a spokesperson for the government provided an update on the Premier's condition, announcing that: “On the advice of clinicians at The Alfred, there are no immediate plans for surgery.”</p> <p>The Alfred’s ICU director associate professor Steve McGloughlin also revealed in a statement that Mr Andrews’ condition was stable.</p> <p>“Mr Andrews is comfortable and his pain is well-controlled,” he said.</p> <p>“A multidisciplinary team including intensive care, trauma and orthopaedic specialists has developed a treatment plan, together with the Andrews family.</p> <p>“Mr Andrews has sustained some serious injuries, and his condition is being monitored closely. At this stage there is no immediate plan for surgery.”</p> <p>However, speaking to The Age, a government insider revealed there was more than a 50 per cent chance Mr Andrews would require surgery, with the final decision to be made later this week.</p> <p>It was also reported the Premier may not be able to work for close to three months as he recovers.</p> <p>If he were to undergo spinal surgery, it would involve inserting screws and pins to reinforce the vertebrae, and a lengthy and tough recovery process.</p> <p>Mr Andrews released a statement on the day of his accident thanking medics who had helped him, saying he, wife Cath and their children were “extremely grateful to the Ambulance Victoria paramedics who showed such care and kindness to our family this morning, as we are to the clinicians who have taken care of me today”.</p> <p>“Our warm and sincere thanks go to the many family members, friends, colleagues and Victorians who have sent messages of love and support throughout the day. Thank you,” he said.</p> <p>“I hope to be able to provide another update later this week. James Merlino will serve as Acting Premier while I recover over the next few days. For now, we’d like to ask that our family’s privacy is respected.”</p>

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Dan Andrews’ full medical condition revealed

<p>Daniel Andrews has been admitted to intensive care in hospital where he is expected to remain for "the next few days" after suffering a serious fall this morning.</p> <p>The Victorian Premier issued a statement via his office this afternoon giving details of the accident and his condition.</p> <p>“Early this morning, I was admitted to hospital after slipping and falling on wet and slippery stairs,” Mr Andrews said.</p> <p>“A CT scan has revealed several broken ribs and vertebrae damage, and subsequent medical advice has recommended I remain in intensive care for the next few days.”</p> <p>Mr Andrews said he, his wife Catherine and his children were “extremely grateful to the Ambulance Victoria paramedics who showed such care and kindness to our family this morning, as we are to the clinicians who have taken care of me today”.</p> <p>“Our warm and sincere thanks go to the many family members, friends, colleagues and Victorians who have sent messages of love and support throughout the day. Thank you,” he said.</p> <p>“I hope to be able to provide another update later this week. James Merlino will serve as Acting Premier while I recover over the next few days. For now, we’d like to ask that our family’s privacy is respected.”</p> <p>Earlier, Mr Andrews’ office confirmed he was taken to hospital after falling over while getting ready for work.</p> <p>His office had described the fall as “concerning” but provided no further details on his condition until the afternoon statement from the Premier.</p>

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Nana’s cure proves scientific fact

<p>Australian Clinical Nutritionist, Warren Maginn said scientists are now verifying the evidence behind the popular wholefood panacea that has endured for centuries.</p> <p>“Our grandmothers swore by a spoonful of cod liver oil a day. Today resounding evidence shows that cod liver oil may be one of the safest, easiest ways to promote heart health, boost brain efficiency and support a healthy immune system” Mr Maginn said.</p> <p>“Cod liver oil is making a renaissance as recent studies have shown its rich omega-3 fatty acid profile, along with its naturally occurring levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D having a multitude of health benefits”.</p> <p>A clinical trial which collected data from over 21,000 Norwegians has shown that regular use of cod liver oil is negatively associated with high levels of depressive symptoms in the general population.</p> <p>Another clinical trial on 341 pregnant women found maternal intake of Cod Liver Oil during pregnancy and lactation may be favourable for later mental development of children.</p> <p>Between 1998 and 2004, researchers followed nearly 40,000 Swedish men and recorded details of their diets. Men who consumed a moderate amount (about 0.3 grams a day) of omega-3 fatty acids in cod liver oil and other fish oils were less likely to develop heart failure than those who consumed little or no omega-3 fatty acids.</p> <p>Mr Maginn says, “While both fish oil and Cod Liver Oil are both good sources of the two most active omega-3s, EPA and DHA, they each provide slightly different ratios—Cod Liver Oil generally contains about 50% more DHA than EPA, whereas fish oil generally contains about 50% more EPA than DHA”.</p> <p>“This means that aside from its valuable Vitamin A and D content, Cod Liver Oil is particularly useful for supporting healthy brain and nervous system function, as well as the overall health of all body cells including those of the skin and glands that require more DHA in order to be at their best. Whilst Fish oils, with a higher EPA content, might lend themselves more specifically towards supporting inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and autoimmune diseases”.</p> <p>“The natural Vitamin A and D content of Cod Liver Oil provides further benefits to eyesight, bone strength and overall immune balance, such as improved wound healing and increased resistance to allergies and infections”.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="http://bit.ly/3boSdaY" target="_blank">Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil</a>™has been derived from 100% wild Arctic cod. Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil is vertically integrated from boat to bottle. By managing every step of the supply chain, Nordic Naturals ensure the exceptional quality, safety, and sustainability of the Arctic Cod Liver Oil™.</p> <p><strong>Three More Proven Nana Cures </strong></p> <ol> <li><strong>An apple a day!</strong> - Prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over would prevent or delay around 8,500 vascular deaths such as heart attacks and strokes every year in the UK -- similar to giving statins to everyone over 50 years who is not already taking them -- according to a study.</li> <li><strong>Chicken soup will cure your cold</strong> – it may not cure you but it may help. Scientists now believe that a bowl of the soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs. It is thought that chicken soup slows down the activity of white blood cells that can cause the inflammation.</li> <li><strong>Honey for coughs</strong> – In a trial, honey did even better than the drug, coming out head and shoulders above the popular cough medication (dextromethorphan) at relieving cold and cough symptoms. Researchers believe the stickiness and viscosity of honey helps the cough, while the natural antioxidants can help in the healing process.</li> </ol> <p>Unlike other “cod liver oils” on the market, <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://bit.ly/3sXow6L" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil™</a> contains no fish body oils or synthetic vitamins or additives.</p> <p><u><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://bit.ly/3sXow6L" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">Nordic Naturals award-winning Arctic Cod Liver Oil™</a></u> is an ideal choice to help boost immune system health during the colder months. Vertically integrated from catch to finished product, Arctic Cod Liver Oil far surpasses the strict European Pharmacopoeia Standard for fish oil purity and freshness. Simply put it’s some of freshest cod liver oil in the world.</p> <p>Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver oil recently won in the 'Bone and Joint' category of the Good Magazine Best of Natural Awards.</p> <p>Available from all good health stores. To find a store near you visit <a rel="noopener" href="http://bit.ly/3ccOBrB" target="_blank">http://www.therahealth.com.au/store-locator</a></p> <p><strong><em>REFERENCES</em></strong></p> <ol> <li>Harrar S. Today’s Dietitian 2012; 14(1):22 Available at: http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/011012p22.shtml</li> <li>Bauer, I., Hughes, M., Rowsell, R., Cockerell, R., Pipingas, A., Crewther, S. and Crewther, D. (2014), Omega-3 supplementation improves cognition and modifies brain activation in young adults. Hum. Psychopharmacol. Clin. Exp.. doi: 10.1002/hup.2379</li> <li>A statin a day keeps the doctor away: comparative proverb assessment modelling study. BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7267 (Published 17 December 2013)</li> <li>Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. 2000. Chest. 2009 Nov;136(5 Suppl):e29.</li> <li>A comparison of the effect of honey, dextromethorphan, and diphenhydramine on nightly cough and sleep quality in children and their parents. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jul;16(7):787-93. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0311.</li> </ol> <p><sup>1</sup><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17184843" target="_blank"><strong> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17184843</strong></a></p> <p><sup>1</sup><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12509593" target="_blank"><strong>http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12509593</strong></a></p> <p><sup>1</sup><a rel="noopener" href="http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/30/12/1495.abstract" target="_blank">http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/30/12/1495.abstract</a></p> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://therahealth.com.au/brands/nordicnaturals/" target="_blank">Thera Health</a>.</em></strong></p> </div> </div>

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15 vertigo treatments to finally cure your dizziness

<p>What is vertigo?<br />It’s the feeling of false movement – as if the world is spinning like a carnival ride and you can’t get off.</p> <p>It is a symptom of many conditions and diseases that target the inner ear, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD). They include:</p> <ul> <li>benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)</li> <li>Ménière’s disease</li> <li>ear infections</li> </ul> <p>Other conditions that can cause vertigo involve the central nervous system. These include:</p> <ul> <li>concussion</li> <li>multiple sclerosis</li> <li>alcohol or medication toxicity</li> <li>stroke</li> <li>viral meningitis</li> </ul> <p>The vertigo treatment that’s right for you will likely depend on the root cause of your condition.” An accurate diagnosis is essential, especially to rule out central nervous system causes. Diagnosis most commonly includes an MRI of the brain. Audiology tests of the workings of the ear can also be helpful,” says neurologist, Arif Dalvi.</p> <p>Consider vestibular rehabilitation<br />Many of the conditions which cause vertigo affect the vestibular system, a pathway located within the inner ear which regulates balance, equilibrium and spatial orientation. According to VeDA – a group focused on inner ear disorders – vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can be effective at reducing vertigo and dizziness. VRT is an exercise-based program customised for each patient. The exercises focus on improving balance, reducing dizziness and dealing with other symptoms of vertigo. Your doctor will refer you to a physical therapist for this program.</p> <p>Try the Epley manoeuvre<br />“For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a vestibular exercise called the Epley manoeuvre can be helpful,” says Dr Dalvi. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo, and it’s the result of calcium crystals (otoconia) coming loose in the inner ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, the manoeuvre (also called “canalith repositioning“) is best performed by a medical professional because of the risk of neck or back injury. By laying back and then shifting the head, the process moves the crystals to a less sensitive area where they can be reabsorbed by the body. Your doctor will prescribe the Epley manoeuvre for right or left side BPPV.</p> <p>Change your diet<br />When migraines include vestibular symptoms such as dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo, they are called vestibular migraines. Alterations in your diet may be a good initial vertigo treatment. Changes in diet that help prevent migraines can reduce or even eliminate vertigo and other vestibular symptoms associated with this type of headache, according to VeDA. “From a dietary standpoint, it is important to avoid alcohol, foods high in salt, and excessive caffeine, as any of these can make symptoms worse,” says Dr Derek Bennetsen, emergency physician.</p> <p>Gently ride out the storm<br />Your vertigo may clear up on its own. Sometimes, says Dr Bennetsen, all you need is to lie down and remain calm and quiet. “Vertigo may be alleviated by remaining still, and limiting changes in position as much as possible,” says Dr Bennetsen. In a dark, quiet room, lie still taking care not to move your head or even your eyes, he says. Even if your symptoms resolve on their own, you’ll still want to get checked out, he advises.</p> <p>Take an antihistamine<br />As the name suggests, antihistamines block the effects of histamine, which can cause allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo. Internal medicine specialist, Lisa Ashe, recommends trying over-the-counter Benadryl or the prescription meclizine.</p> <p>Migraine medicines may help<br />A study published in Otology &amp; Neurotology in 2018 suggests that preventative medications for migraine, including tricyclic antidepressants, were effective in decreasing dizziness and vertigo in patients.</p> <p>Try sedatives<br />According to The American College of Cardiology (ACC), sedatives may reduce the spinning associated with vertigo by calming down brain activity and reducing anxiety. Dr Ashe recommends benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. These medications may be a particularly effective vertigo treatment for reducing vertigo caused by inner ear problems, the ACC notes.</p> <p>Diuretics for Ménière’s disease<br />Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that can trigger vertigo. Doctors often prescribe so-called water pills – diuretic medication – and a low-salt diet, says Dr Bennetsen: “This is because the condition is thought to be the result of an excessive build-up of endolymph fluid, in the inner ear.”</p> <p>Antiviral medications may help<br />Do you get earaches? Inner ear infections can lead to dizziness and – unlike middle-ear infections – a virus may be responsible. Occasionally, a systemic viral infection like mononucleosis, herpes or the flu can lead to vertigo, according to Cleveland Clinic. “Viral infections may respond to antiviral medications, alleviating symptoms,” says Dr Dalvi. Examples of anti-viral drugs include Tamiflu and Acyclovir.</p> <p>Drink more water<br />You need water – and so do your ears. Dehydration is a cause of dizziness, says the Mayo Clinic. Dr Bennetsen also recommends avoiding substances that can deplete fluids such as alcoholic beverages, salty foods and caffeine.</p> <p>Surgical solutions<br />In some rare instances, surgery may be the only treatment that can ease your symptoms of your vertigo. Dr Dalvi says an acoustic neuroma – a benign tumour – can grow on the vestibular nerve between the inner ear and brain, disrupting balance and hearing. According to the Mayo Clinic, your doctor may monitor this slow-growing neuroma, choose to treat it with radiation or advise surgical removal. Another rare source of vertigo is a malignant brain tumour.</p> <p>Check your medications<br />Many popular prescribed medications can trigger side effects like dizziness and vertigo. Or drugs can interact to disturb your balance. Let your doctor know about over-the-counter meds you take and don’t forget to include supplements and herbs. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that may cause dizziness include:</p> <ul> <li>antidepressants</li> <li>anti-seizure drugs</li> <li>blood pressure-lowering drugs</li> <li>sedatives</li> <li>tranquilisers</li> </ul> <p>Healthy habits may help<br />A healthy lifestyle is another vertigo prevention strategy that you need to do no matter what the cause. Try reducing stress and making sure to get enough sleep. Eat a diet full of produce and lean proteins, and stay active (given your condition).</p> <p>Bone up on vitamin D<br />Falling short of this vital nutrient can harm your bones – your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Patients with the most common type of vertigo (BPPV) who were deficient in vitamin D may have benefitted from supplementing with D, per 2016 research in Auris Nasus Larynx. Patients were less likely to suffer a relapse of symptoms. (One limitation, however, was the lack of control group in the study.)</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Corey Whelan. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/15-vertigo-treatments-to-finally-cure-your-dizziness"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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12 reasons you might have a migraine (besides hormones)

<p>You consume “trigger” foods<br />According to Headache Australia, foods such as cheese, chocolate and processed meats may trigger migraine headaches. However, the foods that cause migraines often differ depending on the individual; surprising foods such as snow peas, olives, and soy sauce have reportedly triggered migraines in some people. Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack. Doing so can help you determine which foods to avoid in the future.</p> <p>You drink sugary or caffeinated drinks<br />Sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are also on the ‘Migraine triggers’ list. These drinks can result in dehydration and also contain preservatives that increase blood flow to the brain, both common causes of migraines.</p> <p>Your sleeping patterns have changed<br />Many migraine sufferers find that missing sleep or getting too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack. If the migraines are temporary, there’s probably no need to make a change, but if they persist it might be time to regulate your sleeping pattern.</p> <p>You’re at risk of a stroke<br />If migraines are unusual for you, they could be a sign that you are having a stroke. “Migraine headaches can masquerade as a stroke because they have the same neurological symptoms,” Ralph Sacco, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Miami, told Reader’s Digest. “I tell people to treat it like a stroke and call for help; let us figure it out.” Vision problems and numbness in your arms and legs are also migraine symptoms that could signal a stroke.</p> <p>You’re stressed out<br />Yes, it’s true – stress at home or work could be causing that intense, throbbing migraine pain in your skull. But here’s the good news: research has shown that meditation could be a solution to chronic migraines. One study at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre found that adults with migraines who participated in a meditation and yoga program for eight weeks had shorter and less debilitating migraine headaches than those who received standard medical care. The members of the first group also tended to have less frequent and less severe migraine attacks, and reported having a greater sense of self-control over their migraines.</p> <p>You’re sensitive to sensory stimulation<br />Flickering lights and strong-smelling perfumes could be triggering your migraine. A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that when the membranes around the central and nervous system get irritated, pain receptors are stimulated in the brain. For sensitivity to light, wearing sunglasses – even at night – can limit this irritation.<br />You have hidden heart problems<br />Studies have found that those who suffer from frequent migraines could be more prone to vascular problems like heart attacks and heart disease. Researchers stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as quitting smoking.</p> <p>You’re dehydrated<br />Migraines can strike when your body loses too much water. Make sure you are drinking the recommended 2.5 to 3.5 litres of water per day to decrease your risk of a migraine attack.</p> <p>You have a brain tumour<br />If nausea, vomiting, motor weakness or changes in memory, personality or thinking accompany your migraine, you could be at risk for a brain tumour or brain cancer. Talk to your doctor right away if your migraine worsens.</p> <p>You’re near bad weather<br />Certain weather patterns are associated with the onset of migraines, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Their study found that migraines were 28 percent more likely to occur when lightning struck, perhaps due to electromagnetic changes.</p> <p>You have caffeine withdrawal<br />Although caffeine withdrawal is commonly known as a migraine trigger, researchers aren’t quite sure what causes the headache. Some believe it may be due to a signalling chemical, called adenosine, whose receptors are typically blocked by caffeine intake. But caffeine headaches don’t normally occur unless the individual has been used to drinking many cups of coffee a day, according to everydayhealth.com. Thankfully, caffeine withdrawal only lasts for a few days, and cutting back on caffeine gradually instead of quitting cold turkey can limit the painful side effects of withdrawal.</p> <p>You’re genetically inclined to have migraines<br />Sometimes, all you can do is chalk up your migraines to your genes. A 2013 study at the University of California linked migraines with a certain genetic mutation in humans. It found that a significant proportion of migraine sufferers in the families they studied either had the mutation or were the offspring of a mutation carrier.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brooke Nelson. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/conditions/12-reasons-you-might-have-a-migraine-besides-hormones"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. 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"I hope I make it": 7-year-old works to pay for her own brain surgery

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Liza Scott, 7, has set up a lemonade stand inside her mother's bakery to raise money for her much-needed brain surgeries.</p> <p>“She has three cerebral malformations,” her mother Elizabeth said. “One is what they call a schizencephaly. So it’s a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, and we think that’s what causing the seizures.”</p> <p>Liza started having Grand Mal seizures and weeks later, doctors discovered that she had an "extra special brain".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840067/liza-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/947a013cda2d4bf88832369e30bd05eb" /></p> <p>“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3,” Elizabeth wrote on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lemonadeforliza" target="_blank">Liza’s Mightycause page</a>.</p> <p>Liza is getting her first round of surgeries next week, which she is scared about, but her mother is trying to calm her down.</p> <p>“I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it,” Liza said. “My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not.”</p> <p>Her mother, Elizabeth Scott, set up the Mightycause page as she is a single mother and needs financial help to pay for the surgeries.</p> <p>“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://whnt.com/news/i-hope-i-make-it-7-year-old-alabama-girl-selling-lemonade-to-fund-her-own-brain-surgeries/" target="_blank"><em>WHNT</em></a>.</p> <p>The page has gone viral and at the time of writing, $230,844 has been raised for Liza and her much-needed surgeries.</p> </div> </div>

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Backlash over suggested new term for "pregnant woman"

<p><span>Melbourne radio host Tom Elliott critiqued "politically correct idiocy" that he believes is filtering into Australia from the UK.</span><br /><br /><span>Elliot accused the UK of trying to "de-genderise the English language", and labelled it "very strange stuff".</span><br /><br /><span>His anger stems from the call to change the term “breastfeeding” to “chest feeding” as a way to be inclusive.</span><br /><br /><span>The move was followed by a similar decision made by the Australian National University.</span><br /><br /><span>"ANU is committed to equity and diversity and ensuring we reflect the broad nature, background and experiences of Australians and our society, as well as a being a safe and welcoming campus for all people," a university spokesperson informed Yahoo News Australia last week.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.2817904374364px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836441/senior-pregnant.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fdfd6af96ded4acab24b490117e52059" /></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><span>Harriet Shing, Victoria's first openly gay female MP, called for inclusive language to start being used in Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>This includes the removal of gender when referring to someone who is pregnant.</span><br /><br /><span>The Australian National University’s Gender Institute guide also has similar advice and suggests using the terms “gestational” or “birthing parent” rather than “mother”, and the terms “non-gestational” or “non-birthing parent” rather than “father”.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is madness in the UK and they’re pursuing this politically correct idiocy with great fervour over there [and] it is spreading here," Elliott said on 3AW.</span><br /><br /><span>On Thursday, the use of the term “person” over “mother” in legislation allowing cabinet ministers maternity leave was rejected.</span><br /><br /><span>"This amendment means the law will no longer protect trans and non-binary individuals as it should," transgender charity Mermaid said in response.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840054/4pm-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5bb9f4f3ce684068bfb0eb13adc4a691" /></span></p> <p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5bb9f4f3ce684068bfb0eb13adc4a691" /></p> <p><span>"This is yet another example of an insidious campaign that follows a pattern of taking a minority group and portraying them as a threat to women, but providing no evidence."</span><br /><br /><span>Elliott's angry words follow behind toy giant Hasbro who announced it would be dropping the honourifics from Mr and Mrs Potato Head.</span></p>

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"Not good enough": QLD Premier furious after COVID-19 vaccine "overdose"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Two elderly Australians received four times the recommended dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine, but are showing "no signs of an adverse reaction".</p> <p>The two patients are an 88-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman from the Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Brisbane.</p> <p>Both residents were given four times the recommended dosage by a doctor working at the facility, who has temporarily been stood down from giving any more vaccines.</p> <p>Lincoln Hopper, CEO of the nursing home's operator St Vincent's Care Services said that the incident was "extremely concerning" and was reporting the GP to the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency.</p> <p>Hopper also blamed Healthcare Australia, which is contracted by the Australian government to administer the vaccines.</p> <p>"Yesterday was very distressing to us, to our residents and to their families," Mr Hopper said in a statement.</p> <p>"This incident is extremely concerning. It's caused us to question whether some of the clinicians given the job of administering the vaccine have received the appropriate training."</p> <p>"Before vaccinations are allowed to continue at any of our sites, Healthcare Australia – or any other provider – will need to confirm the training and expertise of the clinicians they've engaged so an incident like this doesn't happen again."</p> <p>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was furious as she told parliament she'd only found out about the overdoses yesterday evening despite the incident occurring in the morning.</p> <p>"Discovering these details now is simply not good enough. None of this is good enough and the Federal Government must explain itself," she said.</p> <p>"I want to know what training is being provided to the people the Federal Government is employing to administer the vaccines in our aged care facilities to give additional confidence," she said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-queensland-elderly-patients-given-four-time-recommended-dose-of-covid19-vaccine/3737b34e-10e3-4d58-afbc-ba49a6caf95c" target="_blank"><em>7News</em></a>.</p> <p>"People need and must have full confidence in this vaccine."</p> <p>Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said that so far, the elderly patients had not had an adverse reaction to the overdose.</p> <p>"The Chief Medical Officer, who has been involved in that, is in the fortunate position of being able to indicate that all are well and there have been no adverse outcomes," he said.</p> <p>Hunt also said there were a number of safeguards that were immediately put into place to deal with the incident.</p> <p>"I think it's very important that we're up front," Mr Hunt said.</p> <p>"The safeguards that were put in place immediately kicked into action and a nurse on the scene identified the fact that a higher than prescribed amount of the dose was given to two patients.</p> <p>"I want to thank her for her strength of character and her professionalism."</p> <p>Queensland began rolling out the vaccine on Monday, with 1,000 people expected to receive the dose by the end of the week.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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