The Health News – 18 July 2016

Overview:
• Rio de Janeiro Olympics organising committee President Carlos Nuzman said on Sunday (AEST) that the world’s top-four male golfers have withdrawn from the Games because there is no prize money – not because of the Zika. Jordan Spieth joined world number one Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy in saying Zika was the main reason for skipping the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

• The ABC has been told the Royal Hobart Hospital launched an internal review into the apparent attempted suicide of a man who is now in a stable condition. It is understood the man presented to the emergency department early on July 10, he was triaged and later found in the bathroom.

• Gerhard Infante has what is known as Lubag Syndrome — or X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism — which dates back 2,000 years to an island in the Philippines. Three months ago Mr Infante and his wife were flown to Brisbane where doctors at the Mater Private Hospital agreed to perform the surgery needed to help alleviate the pain and dystonia and give a much better quality of life. Mr Infante said he was no longer in pain, and could get around with the aid of a walker and hoped to do it on his own soon.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-17/rio-2016-golfers-skipping-olympics-because-of-money-not-zika/7635762

The head of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says the world’s top-four male golfers have withdrawn from the Games because there is no prize money – not because of the Zika virus.

Jordan Spieth withdrew this week from the Olympics, citing Zika.

He joined world number one Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy in also saying Zika was the main reason for skipping the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

“They tried to blame Zika, but the media have shown that they are not coming because there’s no prize money,” Rio organising committee President Carlos Nuzman said on Sunday (AEST), speaking with the Games set to open in just under three weeks.

Their absence could be a setback for golf’s future in the Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach has said that golf’s future may rest on the ability to get top players to show up.

Golf is guaranteed a spot in the Tokyo Olympics in four years, but could be vulnerable after that.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/emergency-department-suicide-attempt-prompts-investigation/7633844

A suspected suicide attempt last weekend at the Royal Hobart Hospital’s (RHH) emergency department was “distressing”, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.

The ABC has been told the hospital launched an internal review into the apparent attempted suicide of a man who is now in a stable condition.

It is understood the man presented to the emergency department early on July 10, he was triaged and later found in the bathroom.

There is no suggestion hospital staff acted improperly.

Dr Frank Nicklason from the AMA said systemic issues hindered the hospital’s capacity to deal with people with mental health issues.

The incident came as the Australian Medical Association wrote to the chief executive officer of the Tasmanian Health Service, Dr David Alcorn, expressing ongoing concerns about the hospital’s ability to deal with mental health patients.

The letter is co-signed by Neroli Ellis from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and Milford MacArthur from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Leanne Groombridge from Advocacy Tasmania said the incident was “disturbing”, but the problem has been ongoing.

The Health Minister has declined to comment.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-16/new-lease-on-life-gerhard-infante-three-months-on-surgery/7628560

A Filipino man suffering from a rare neurological condition can now walk and talk again thanks to life-altering surgery by doctors at a Brisbane hospital.

Gerhard Infante has what is known as Lubag Syndrome — or X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism — which dates back 2,000 years to an island in the Philippines.

Three months ago Mr Infante and his wife were flown to Brisbane where doctors at the Mater Private Hospital agreed to perform the surgery needed to help alleviate the pain and dystonia and give a much better quality of life.

Prior to the operation he had stiff, uncontrolled, rigid movements, could barely walk, and was in excruciating pain.

…the 49-year-old said he was no longer …[in] pain, and could get around with the aid of a walker and hoped to do it on his own soon.

Mr Infante said he was looking forward to returning to work one day and to travelling.

It is only the second time doctors in Australia have seen such a condition.

Lubag is found almost entirely among men from the Philippines island of Panay.