The Health News Australia October 6 2017

  • Australian penny stock Zelda Therapeutics announced last week that it has completed an observation trial in Chile, and is reporting successful results for treating core symptoms of autism with medical cannabis extracts. Zelda officials say they now plan to build on those results with clinical trials in the second half of 2017.
  • New research suggest that skip breakfast and you and your arteries could be in poor shape.A study conducted in Spain found that people who regularly miss the first meal of the day are more at risk of the kind of artery damage that leads to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Public consultation is now open on the New South Wales government’s inquiry into the retirement village sector led by Kathryn Greiner.  The inquiry will also look at opportunities to improve Fair Trading’s administrative and operational practices that could help address unfair practices.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://www.leafly.com/news/health/australian-biotech-company-wants-to-treat-autism-symptoms-with-cannabis

Australian penny stock Zelda Therapeutics announced last week that it has completed an observation trial in Chile, and is reporting successful results for treating core symptoms of autism with medical cannabis extracts. Zelda officials say they now plan to build on those results with clinical trials in the second half of two thousand seventeen. The trial, in collaboration with a Chilean medical cannabis and alternative healthcare non-profit called Fundación Daya, aimed to treat core autism symptoms including difficulties with social interaction, language and repetitive behaviour.

The results found that in a cohort of twenty one patients (median age of nine years and ten months), cannabis extracts were significantly more effective than the conventional medicines the children were using, including atypical antipsychotics. Patients in the study were treated over a twelve-week period and were examined by EEG, neuropsychological analysis, metabolism and genetic tests.Those treated with cannabis extracts demonstrated significant improvements in at least one core symptom (social interaction, language or repetitive behaviors) in seventy one point four of cases and sixty six point seven of treated patients showing significant general overall improvement. Harry Karelis, Executive Chairman of Zelda was excited with the results, as he sees a promising future with treating autism symptoms with cannabis.
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Clinical trials are critical for establishing the safety and effectiveness of a treatment, but also for ensuring its acceptance by regulators like Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. In the case of cannabis as an autism treatment, the lack of published studies makes successful clinical trials all the more important for Zelda.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/new-study-finds-people-who-skip-breakfast-at-greater-risk-of-severe-health-problems/news-story/166d02931d5f5a002d4ec2a132df3519

New research suggest that if skip breakfast you and your arteries could be in poor shape.
A study conducted in Spain found that people who regularly miss the first meal of the day are more at risk of the kind of artery damage that leads to heart attacks and strokes. They are also more likely to be obese and suffering from high blood pressure and cholesterol than those who religiously consume a sustaining breakfast. Scientists looked at a group of four thousand fifty two men and women from Madrid, nearly three per cent of whom admitted they did not bother with breakfast. A total of sixty nine point four per cent ate low-energy breakfasts while twenty seven point seven obtained more than a fifth of their daily calories from the morning meal.
Evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries, was seen more often in breakfast skippers and people who started off the day with a low calorie meal than those who ate more substantial energy-giving breakfasts.

Participants who ignored breakfast had the largest waists and body mass indexes (BMIs) and highest levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar. They were also more likely to eat unhealthily, drink alcohol frequently, and smoke. Rates of obesity and high blood pressure were greatest among breakfast skippers. The scientists said they could not rule out reverse causation, with obese people skipping breakfast in order to lose weight. The research appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, whose editor-in-chief Doctor Valentin Fuster was one of the authors.

https://www.thesenior.com.au/news/retirement-village-industry-inquiry-open/

Public consultation is now open on the New South Wales  government’s inquiry into the retirement village sector led by Kathryn Greiner. The inquiry will look at concerns raised about the fairness and transparency of business practices of retirement villages in New South Wales, and includes: transparency and honesty of marketing activities;  clarity of fees and contractual rights and obligations for prospective residents and their families;  suitability and fairness of village maintenance and operational practices to maintain resident safety;  availability and cost-effectiveness of dispute resolution mechanisms; fairness of arrangements to levy maintenance fees to maintain the village and address building defects.

The inquiry will also look at opportunities to improve Fair Trading’s administrative and operational practices that could help address unfair practices. Community forums will be held in Sydney, Hornsby, Ballina, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Wollongong, and Wagga Wagga.

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