The Health News Australia March 5 2018

  • Children under 5 will be provided with free flu vaccinations, Labor has promised if re-elected this month in South Australia. Premier Jay Weatherill said that influenza is a prime reason young children end up in hospital. Labor said $1.5 million would be spent to ensure all South Australia families with children aged between 6 months and 5 years can be vaccinated before the winter flu season.
  • According to new research from Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne,
    drinking sugary soft drinks could increase cancer risk, regardless of body size. People who regularly drank sugary soft drinks were found to be more at-risk of several types of cancer than those who didn’t, according to the study. The study looked at adult soft drink consumption, but the problem is likely even more significant in younger Australians.
  • NSW Health has defended its contaminated food reporting process after it was revealed the investigation into rockmelon that contained fatal listeria began in January. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems have been warned to stay away from pre-cut rockmelon after the death of a third person from the bacteria linked to the contaminated fruit. Fifteen elderly people have now been diagnosed with listeria, with four Victorians and one Tasmanian joining 10 other confirmed cases.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 5th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-04/sa-election-labor-promises-free-flu-vaccination-under-five/9507220

Children under five will be provided with free flu vaccinations, Labor has promised if re-elected this month in South Australia. Premier Jay Weatherill said that influenza is a prime reason young children end up in hospital
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Labor said one point five million dollars would be spent to ensure all South Australia families with children aged between six months and five years can be vaccinated before the winter flu season. Health Minister Peter Malinauskas said hospital resources were under severe strain last winter.
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Labor also promised meningococcal-B vaccinations would be proved free for all South Australia children up to the age of two, saying that could save lives and reduce medical costs by more than five hundred dollars for some families. Adelaide man Oren Klemich, who lost his teenage son Jack to meningococcal-B in two thousand nine, praised the Government’s proposed measure.
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A clinical audit of the entire Royal Adelaide Hospital, which opened last September, has been promised by the Opposition Liberals if they win the March seventeen state poll. Opposition health spokesman Stephen Wade said it would aim to identify any risks to patients or inefficient systems at the new hospital.

https://www.thesenior.com.au/health/soft-drink-increases-cancer-risk-new-study/

According to new research from Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne,
drinking sugary soft drinks could increase cancer risk, regardless of body size. People who regularly drank sugary soft drinks were found to be more at-risk of several types of cancer than those who didn’t, according to the study.

Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division said: “These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size.” The findings are based on a research study of more than thirty five thousand Australians who developed three thousand two hundred eighty three cases of obesity-related cancers.
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Professor Hodge said that the caramel colouring (four-methylimidazole) used in cola drinks, and artificial sweeteners, did not seem to affect cancer risk.

Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper said these findings provide yet another reason for people to cut back their consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks. He said:
“Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of thirteen types of cancer.”
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The study looked at adult soft drink consumption, but the problem is likely even more significant in younger Australians, according to Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin. She added:  “Younger Australians are consuming significantly more sugary drinks than older people, they are widely available and often discounted.”
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Miss Martin also said people should still be cautious about drinking artificially-sweetened drinks, as these have also been associated with weight gain and obesity, which is in turn associated with cancer.

https://www.9news.com.au/health/2018/03/04/07/45/nsw-health-defends-rockmelon-actions

New South Wales Health has defended its contaminated food reporting process after it was revealed the investigation into rockmelon that contained fatal listeria began in January. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems have been warned to stay away from pre-cut rockmelon after the death of a third person from the bacteria linked to the contaminated fruit. Fifteen elderly people have now been diagnosed with listeria, with four Victorians and one Tasmanian joining ten other confirmed cases.

Recently, New South Wales Health confirmed the death of a Victorian following two others from NSW earlier in the week. The NSW Food Authority reportedly began investigations in January, which included collecting the hundreds of samples which eventually linked the outbreak to a rockmelon grower in Nericon, near Griffith. Labor health spokesman Walt Secord has called on the Berejiklian government to explain why it took until February twenty three to issue the first listeria warning.
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NSW Health expressed “sympathy to those affected by the outbreak”, but reassured the community that all appropriate process and procedures were followed.  Eating foods that contain the listeria bacteria does not cause illness in most people. But for people with a compromised immune system, the elderly and pregnant women, it can result in severe illness and even death. Vulnerable people should avoid pre-cut melon. Listeria starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes diarrhoea.

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