The Health News Australia August 10 2017

Overview

  • The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday that the Central Gippsland Health Service is being investigated over its organisational culture amid allegations of bullying and harassment. The health service says a lack of communication in its surgical unit “potentially became a clinical risk” adding that bad behaviour among staff would not be tolerated.
  • A stomach bug has hit about thirty athletes staying at one of the official hotels of the world championships, including gold medal contender Isaac Makwala, who was turned away from London’s Olympic Stadium after being ruled ineligible to compete. Norovirus, sometimes called ‘the winter vomiting bug’ is considered to be the main cause of these illnesses.
  • There is actually a difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. The key difference between the two drinks is a single chemical. Coke Zero features sodium citrate in its ingredients list, and Diet Coke has citric acid. Diet Coke was Coke’s first sugar free cola, which was launched in 1983. This was followed by Coca-Cola Zero in 2006.

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http://www.9news.com.au/health/2017/08/08/16/51/vic-health-service-under-investigation

A regional Victorian health service “let go” up to ten staff, saying a lack of communication in its surgical unit could have put patients at risk. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday that the Central Gippsland Health Service is being investigated over its organisational culture amid allegations of bullying and harassment. The health service says a lack of communication in its surgical unit “potentially became a clinical risk” adding that bad behaviour among staff would not be tolerated. Chief executive Franks Evans told the Australian Associated Press on Tuesday that these behaviours are not rife, but when they bring such risk you have to deal with it.

Up to ten staff have left “over the past number of years”, including one surgeon after a review by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and another for an undisclosed reason, Doctor Evans said. The health department on Tuesday said the review will begin immediately.

“While the latest staff survey has shown improvements in a number of categories, it has been jointly agreed with Central Gippsland Health Service for an independent review of these concerns,” a department spokesman said in a statement.

Doctor Evans said the organisation will not tolerate behaviour that puts patients and staff at risk, which is why they intervened and that we do not take such serious action as we have unless we have no other option. He insists he’d rather be having this debate than apologising for not acting and said he welcomes the review, believing the health service has good processes and systems in place.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-09/world-athletics-championships-hit-by-stomach-bug-outbreak/8788292

A stomach bug has hit about thirty athletes staying at one of the official hotels of the world championships, including gold medal contender Isaac Makwala, who was turned away from London’s Olympic Stadium after being ruled ineligible to compete. Makwala is one of several athletes from Botswana staying at London’s Tower Hotel, where members of the German, Canadian, Irish and Puerto Rican teams are also residing. A large number have been taken ill over the past few days, with what is believed to be norovirus, resulting in some athletes being put into effective quarantine and others forced to miss their events. Makwala was withdrawn from the four hundred metres final by the International Association of Athletics Federations  about five hours before the race, but he had earlier posted on his Facebook page that he was feeling fine.

“It is with a bleeding heart that I formally announce that I will not be part of the four hundred meters final,” Makwala later wrote on Facebook.

The IAAF said the illnesses were a result of gastroenteritis, while British public health officials have claimed laboratory tests confirmed two cases of norovirus among approximately thirty illness victims. Norovirus, sometimes called ‘the winter vomiting bug’, is easily spread, partly because the virus can survive for several days outside the body.The Tower Hotel, used annually as the base for the London Marathon, denied it was responsible for the illness outbreak.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/there-is-a-difference-between-diet-coke-and-coke-zero-and-its-a-chemical-youve-probably-never-heard-of/news-story/12a8ecaf9df5a63ede7296c75e024060

There really is a difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero — and it’s not the cans they come in. Fizzy drink fans devoted to each of Coca-Cola’s low-cal brands can give you plenty of reasons why their beverage of choice is the tastiest, despite many people assuming it’s the same product packaged differently. But they actually do taste different, with Coke Zero meant to taste like ‘Fat Coke’, and Diet Coke having a taste all of its own.

The key difference between the two drinks is a single chemical. Coke Zero features sodium citrate in its ingredients list, and Diet Coke has citric acid. Diet Coke was Coke’s first sugar free cola, which was launched in nineteen eighty three. This was followed by Coca-Cola Zero in two thousand six. Coke announced that they were phasing out Coke Zero to replace it with Coca-Cola No Sugar — a drink that took them five years to develop. It launched in Australia last month.

Coke’s low-cal brands account for a staggering forty three percent of all its cola sales — so obviously their chemical mixtures are hitting the mark.In a statement on their website, the brand explains the difference between the two much-loved cans. It reads: “Both drinks are sugar free and calorie free. Coca-Cola No Sugar looks and tastes more like Coca-Cola Classic, while Diet Coke has a different blend of flavours which gives it a lighter taste.”

The ingredients in Coca-Cola No Sugar are Water, colour, phosphoric acid, sweeteners, natural flavourings including caffeine and acidity regulator.

The ingredients in Diet Coke are Carbonated water, colour, sweeteners, natural flavourings including caffeine, phosphoric acid and citric acid.

 

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