Health

SickKids urged to do more on Motherisk scandal

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Children’s Aid Societies say hospital must help more with aftermath of testing probe. The Star Rachel Mendleson Children’s Aid Societies are calling on the Hospital for Sick Children to “step up” and own the role it played in the Motherisk scandal that saw faulty drug and alcohol hair tests used in thousands of child protection cases. Mary Ballantyne, executive director of the Ontario Association of… SickKids urged to do more on… Read More »

Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and misogyny

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Colombian women, victims of unsafe plastic surgeries, struggle to find justice and understanding in a sexist society. Al Jazeera News Catalina Ruiz-Navarro In Colombia, more than 350,000 plastic surgeries are performed each year; that is, 978 procedures a day, 40 an hour and three procedures every five minutes. Plastic surgery is one of the most profitable branches of… Colombia: Botched plastic surgeries and… Read More »

More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping conspiracy, investigator says

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says there is evidence of tampering involving 12 Russian medallists from the Sochi Olympics. The Star LONDON—A new report into systematic Russian doping has found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes from summer and winter sports were involved in or benefited from an organized conspiracy over a four-year period. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren released… More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in… Read More »

Euthanasia is not the answer for the vast majority

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On a daily basis Palliative Care Victoria receives distressed calls from people seeking help for a person who is dying and suffering needlessly. The Canberra Times Odette Waanders In hospitals, aged care facilities, and homes across Victoria people are dying difficult deaths without receiving palliative care and the support their carers need. Inadequate training of health professionals in… Euthanasia is not the answer for the… Read More »

Rights group urges Philippines action on HIV

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A human rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condom by men who have sex with men. Hurriyet Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday that HIV… Rights group urges… Read More »

Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

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Breathing is not just for oxygen; it’s now linked to brain function and… Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and… Neuroscience News  Northwestern University These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the… Rhythm of Breathing… Read More »

Is cycling really cheaper than public transport?

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For city-dwellers, it makes sense that cycling is always cheaper than driving or taking public transport. BBC News Nick Busca But is that actually the case? On the first day I commuted to work by… Is cycling really cheaper than… Read More »

Making vaccines work in Timor-Leste: a small country with a big future

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It is seven o’clock in the morning, and as the cool night gives way to the heat of the day, a winding road stretches ahead of us towards the town of Gleno in Ermera province. On our way, we’re treated to unparalleled views of the jungle and the ocean. Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Timor-Leste is a very young country, which is still recovering from the… Making vaccines work in… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for sick asylum seeker’s transfer to Australia

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Doctors did not ask for a sick Iranian asylum seeker to be transferred to Australia because they believed the request would be denied, an inquest has heard. ABC Dea Clark Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island medical clinic. The 24-year-old died of sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for… Read More »

This FDA Approved Drug Could Permanently Repair Brain Damage in Stroke Victims

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Researchers from the University of Manchester have developed a new treatment that could limit the damage caused by strokes and also promote repair in the affected area of the brain. AUTHOR: Jess Vilvestre EDITOR: Kristin Houser Futurism What’s more, the drug they’re using has already been clinically approved. The researchers’ study is published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, and it recounts how they developed their treatment… This FDA Approved… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to update Australia’s IP laws

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The federal government has threatened Sydney man Mark Rogers with legal action over use of the Medicare logo on his “Save Medicare” website. The Conversation In response to publicity generated by a GetUp! petition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will look into the matter. But how are Australia’s trademark and copyright laws able to… Medicare logo case shows the urgent need to… Read More »

Pill-testing trial needs to happen in Canberra

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It is a shame that the ACT government continues to reject calls for a pill-testing trial in the territory when doing so could save lives. The Canberra Times A focus on harm minimisation is noble and indeed educating people about the risk of drug taking is part of a successful strategy. But not promoting a scheme where tests will… Pill-testing trial needs to happen… Read More »

FASD: Record Indigenous incarceration rates could be avoided with early clinical assessment: experts

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Leading experts in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) believe Australia’s record rates of Indigenous incarceration could be dramatically reduced if children were clinically assessed when their troubled behaviour first emerged in the classroom or at home. ABC Russel Skelton The experts said parents, teachers and health workers were often well aware of unacceptable behaviour in young people — both Indigenous and non-Indigenous — long before they appeared before the courts. Around 70 per cent of young people in… FASD: Record ... Read More »

Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can collect surrogate babies

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Cambodia has offered a limited amnesty to Australians who have paid for surrogacy services, saying they can collect their babies without fear of arrest. ABC Liam Cochrane The assurance comes a week after Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles was arrested in Phnom Penhfor operating a surrogacy agency and allegedly falsifying documents. The Cambodian Government wants Australian intended parents to… Cambodia offers amnesty so Australians can… Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull requests legal advice on pursuit of ‘save Medicare’ grandfather

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised to review legal advice that led to a retiree being threatened with court action unless he pulls down his “save Medicare” website as intellectual property experts questioned the strength of the government’s position. The Age Heath Aston Sydney grandfather Mark Rogers has drawn a wave of support from across Australia after Fairfax Media revealed his David and Goliath battle against the Department of Human Services, which has threatened to sue him for “injunctive relief, ... Read More »