The Health News Australia October 1 2017

Overview

  • Belle Gibson claimed she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and that she cure herself. She released a popular smartphone app, The Whole Pantry, focused on healthy eating. Gibson even donated a small fortune to charity with the proceeds. At least that was her story. Both Gibson’s cancer and her “cure” were lies. And now a court has ordered her to pay a hefty fine.
  • According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016, women aged in their 50s (13 per cent) are now the most likely to drink at risky levels, overtaking those aged 18-24 (12.8 per cent), who previously had the highest levels of risky drinking.
  • Two more cases of measles have been identified in Victoria, taking the total number of people infected in the past fortnight to seven and prompting fears the disease could be spreading. The Department of Health & Human Services confirmed the latest cases on Thursday afternoon, one day after announcing another person with measles was among 95,000 football fans at the MCG on Saturday.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 1st of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://gizmodo.com/health-app-developer-who-faked-her-own-cancer-fined-32-1818874174

After Belle Gibson was diagnosed with brain cancer in two thousand thirteen she went on to cure herself, and released a popular smartphone app focused on healthy eating. Gibson even donated a small fortune to charity with the proceeds. At least that was her story. Both Gibson’s cancer and her “cure” were lies. And now a court has ordered her to pay a hefty fine.
Gibson, a twenty five-year-old Australian woman, built a health and wellness empire by not only pretending to have brain cancer, but then claiming to have cured her cancer with what she claimed were all-natural remedies. Gibson said that much of the proceeds from her cookbook and app, The Whole Pantry, would go to various charities. But that didn’t happen.

“No. None of it’s true,” Gibson finally confessed in April two thousand fifteen after questions were raised about her story. “I don’t want forgiveness. I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do.” Before she shut down her Facebook and Instagram accounts, Gibson had amassed quite a following, and kept everyone up to date on how she was “curing” her cancer. Gibson made over four hundred twenty thousand dollars during the course of her elaborate hoax. She was found guilty back in April but the fine of four hundred ten thousand  was just issued today. The court found that Gibson made just over ten thousand dollars in donations to charities during her venture, far short of what she claimed.

The fines were broken down as follows, according to ABC News: Ninety thousand dollars for failing to donate proceeds from the sale of The Whole Pantry app, as publicly advertised; fifty thousand dollars for failing to donate proceeds from the launch of The Whole Pantry app; thirty thousand dollars for failing to donate proceeds from a two thousand fourteen Mothers Day event; ninety thousand dollars for failing to donate other company profits; one hundred fifty thousand dollars for failing to donate one hundred percent of one week’s app sales to the family of Joshua Schwarz, a boy who had an inoperable brain tumor.

https://www.thesenior.com.au/health/sobering-statistics-for-older-drinkers/

According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey two thousand sixteen , women aged in their fifties (thirteen percent) are now the most likely to drink at risky levels, overtaking those aged eighteen to twenty four (twelve point eight per cent), who previously had the highest levels of risky drinking. There was a significant increase in the proportion of people aged fifty to fifty nine consuming eleven or more standard drinks on a single occasion at least once in the past year (from nine point one per cent in two thousand thirteen to eleven point nine per cent in two thousand sixteen).
Those aged seventy and over continue to be the age group most likely to drink daily (nineteen point five per cent for males, eighteen point seven per cent females). However, this age group was the least likely to consume alcohol in risky quantities, with only one in ten consuming five or more standard drinks on a single occasion in the past year. People in their sixties were the age group most likely to consume five or more standard drinks on at least five days per week. Men’s favorite drink is beer and wine for women.

In general, the report says, regardless of their drinking patterns, most people regard themselves to be an occasional, light or social drinker.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-28/more-measles-cases-have-experts-worried-victoria/8998700

Two more cases of measles have been identified in Victoria, taking the total number of people infected in the past fortnight to seven and prompting fears the disease could be spreading.
The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the latest cases on Thursday afternoon, one day after announcing another person with measles was among ninety five thousand football fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday. Deputy Chief Health Officer Doctor Brett Sutton said the new cases had a connection with one of the earlier cases through a workplace.

He said people who work in or around the Collins Square building in Collins Street at Docklands need to be alert to symptoms of the illness. The department is worried by the fact the two people went through Melbourne International Airport on September twenty four spending time in the Qantas Club Lounge before boarding Qantas flight QF twenty nine to Hong Kong.

During the period they were infected, the pair also attended a performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the State Theatre, as well as visiting shopping centres, a cafe, an ice cream parlour and other venues. Doctor Sutton said anyone infected by the latest patients might show symptoms up until mid-October, as the disease has an incubation period of up to eighteen days.
The disease is now uncommon in Australia because of the widespread use of the measles vaccine.

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