The Health News – 24 January 2017

Overview:
• Researchers analysed data from more than 300,000 Australian school children aged between 6 and 10 have found out that those who are younger than their classmates are more prone to be on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) than older classmates. However, concerns were raised and some of the younger children may have been misdiagnosed and may not have ADHD.

• Researchers from the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital are conducting clinical trials on humans and they are optimistic that this will revolutionise the recovery for people with new spinal cord injuries as the trials on mice were proven to be effective.

• A wearable breast pump that fits in the bra is taking the market by storm. Lactating mothers can now travel, more around, cleanup and do chores without the discomfort of dangling bottles with this new technology.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the  24th of January 2017. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-23/younger-classmates-more-likely-to-be-on-adhd-medication/8194742

Children who are younger than their school peers are much more likely to be on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than their older classmates, a new study has found.

Researchers analysed data from more than 300,000 Australian school children aged between six and 10.

Dr Martin Whitely from Curtin University found children aged six to 10 born in June — the last month of the school year intake — “were twice as likely” to receive ADHD medication as those born in the first intake month — the previous July.

Researchers said the findings raised concerns some of the younger children may have been misdiagnosed and may not have ADHD.

The prescribing rate for ADHD medication in the study of West Australian school children was 1.9 per cent.

The study has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/drug-trial-for-spinal-injuries-could-reduce-damage/8198784

Queensland researchers are optimistic a world-first trial will revolutionise the recovery for people with new spinal cord injuries.

The University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital have begun a three-year study on humans, after animal testing proved effective.

As part of the trial, people will be given an anti-inflammatory drug …within 12 hours of suffering spinal cord trauma.

When a spinal cord is injured, it becomes inflamed which causes more damage.

Dr Marc Ruitenberg from the University of Queensland’s School of Biomedical Science said the drug was found to reduce tissue damage in mice.

Spinal surgeon Dr Kate Campbell said the trial would recruit 20 patients through the PA Hospital but at this early stage, it is unknown just how effective the drug will be in improving movement in humans.

It is hoped the study will lead to larger trials if the recovery results prove promising.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-21/innovative-new-breast-pump-women-in-stem-jo-fox/8194270

[In her weekly column, Jo Fox writes…]

This is the year that the rather obscure Internet of Things gets real … for lactating women. In a good way.

Any woman who has slaved to the pump knows what a dull, time consuming, and sometimes painful or futile part of motherhood this chore is.

However, finally a tech start-up has dragged this everyday task into the 21st century with its “wearable breast pump that fits in your bra, moves with you, and goes wherever the day takes you”.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a kind of electronic goods geek-fest … which, in their own words, is “the launch pad for new innovation and technology that has changed the world”.

…. this year, the new Willow breast pump has taken it by storm, demonstrating how technology can liberate a sizeable number of women from the extremely functional and mundane.

… previously innovation seems to have been limited to strapping bottles and cords into a comedy bra, meaning you could walk around as far as the power cord and the tight turning circle of pneumatic double-bottled breasts would allow.

However, the new wearable pump ditches all this. As Willow CEO Naomi Kellman [stated]… “We knew we could just reinvent the breast pump, we had to reimagine it … Women want mobility and they want their hands back.”

She added: “The Willow cuts the cords and gets rid of dangling bottles for good.”

This means one can travel, work, clean-up and walk around whilst pumping.

The device also connects to an app that tracks and records milk supply … and importantly, it is apparently incredibly quiet.

A 2016 report by Australia’s chief scientist highlighted the under-representation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions as industry damaging.

Only 16 per cent of the 2.3 million STEM-qualified Australians are female.

… this also means there are significant areas of innovation for women that are therefore simply not thought of, let alone brought to market.

 

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