The Health News Australia October 10 2017

  • Noel Conway, 67, from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, wanted a doctor to be allowed to prescribe a lethal dose when his health deteriorates. He has lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying.
  • A warning has been issued over fake lipstick after a court heard that the level of lead in counterfeit products can cause severe health problems. Paul Lamerton sold fake lipsticks on eBay and Facebook with 300 times the legal level of lead, and  magistrates in Plymouth, Devon, were told that if used regularly the cosmetic could result in high blood pressure, cardiac, reproductive and neurological problems.
  • Transplant doctors and health charities have praised Theresa May’s decision to change how organ donation works in England in an attempt to provide more hearts, kidneys and livers for patients in need. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, the agency responsible for boosting donation rates, there are more than 50,000 people alive today in the UK who would have died if they had not undergone an organ transplant.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 10th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

An updated vaccine that protects against several deadly cancers, including almost all cervical cancers, will be given free to Australian students. The federal government has approved Gardasil nine to be given to twelve and thirteen-year-olds from two thousand eighteen.
The improved vaccine will protect recipients against nine strains of human papillomavirus or HPV, instead of the current four, and could prevent almost ninety percent of cervical cancers.
Some high-risk HPV types are responsible for about five percent of cancers worldwide including cervical cancer, some forms of throat cancer and anal cancer.

“The new vaccine will make sure that even more people are protected against cancer,” vaccine creator Professor Ian Frazer said on Sunday. He added: ‘’More importantly, those women who have screening for cervical cancer are much less likely to have an abnormal test they’ll need treatment for.’’Professor Frazer said the existing vaccine already protected against HPV strains responsible for about seventy five percent per cent of cervical cancers.

Research suggest that taking multivitamins in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing autism. Experts found that children whose mothers had taken the vitamins were around half as likely to develop autism as those whose mothers took none. But the team cautioned that although they had found a possible association, more research was needed.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, experts from universities and hospitals in Philadelphia, Stockholm and Bristol examined data for two hundred seventy three thousand one hundred seven mothers and their children living in Stockholm. All the children were aged four to fifteen by December thirty one, two thousand eleven and were born between nineteen ninety six and two thousand and seven. The woman’s use of folic acid, iron and multivitamin supplements had been recorded at their first antenatal visit. Cases of autism spectrum disorder were also identified in national registers.

When iron and folic acid were looked at alone, there was no consistent evidence that their use was associated with a reduced risk of autism. Guidelines say a healthy diet should give women most of the vitamins and minerals they need in pregnancy. But women should also take four micrograms of folic acid every day for the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and ten micrograms of vitamin D a day, experts say. More than one in one hundred people are on the autism spectrum. There are many different characteristics that make up autism, but people may be under or over sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light and colours.

They may also find social situations challenging and experience “meltdowns” when anxious.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, with an estimated two million sufferers. In a survey of one thousand four hundred people, conducted by non-profit organisation BeyondBlue, two out of three respondents named depression as the most prevalent issue. Chief Executive Georgie Harman says “Anxiety affects twice the number of Australians as depression.” He added:  “So one in four of us in any given year will experience some kind of anxiety condition.” Chronic anxiety is far more than the everyday stresses and worries that most people experience. Clinical psychologist, Doctor Luke Martin says, it’s also quite different from depression and that depression is a condition that really saps you of your energy, making you withdraw from others, making you stop getting enjoyment out of activities you usually do enjoy.

Thirty-four-year-old Melbournian, Ambika Sivan, first noticed a change around the time her son was born, four-and-a-half years ago. She says the pressures of trying to be a great mum, while lacking the support network she took for granted in her native India, led to a range of worrying symptoms.
She sought help, and now uses her own experience to mentor others, in a pilot program in Dandenong – home to nearly thirty-percent of Victoria’s asylum seekers. Statistically, migrants have historically suffered a higher incidence of mental health problems. The BeyondBlue poll revealed that thirty eight per cent of those who sought professional support for anxiety had been experiencing symptoms for longer than twelve months before getting support.

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