The Health News United Kingdom February 23 2018

  • Researchers have found the genetic cause of a blood-vessel disorder that can cause deadly bleeds and stroke. Scientists at University College London Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) who led the study, called it an “enormous step” towards understanding and treating arteriovenous malformation (AVM). And they now believe targeted cancer drugs may be able to treat it. AVM, which usually worsens over time, can cause swelling and disfigurement. An AVM is an abnormal collection of blood vessels where high-pressure arterial blood feeds directly into low-pressure veins.
  • A High Court judge has ruled that doctors in Liverpool can withdraw life-support treatment from a seriously ill toddler against his parent’s wishes. The parents of 21-months-old Alfie Evans wanted to take their son to Rome for treatment which they hoped would prolong his life. But specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to provide treatment was “unkind, unfair and inhumane”. Mister Justice Hayden, who visited Alfie in hospital ahead of his decision on Tuesday, ruled in favour of the hospital and granted it permission to withdraw treatment for the toddler.
  • A second children’s hospital is reconsidering its decision to hand back a hefty donation from the Presidents Club in the wake of the harassment scandal, it is claimed. Evelina London Children’s Hospital may keep two six-figure donations it had previously vowed to return after concerns were raised that sick children could lose out. The change of heart follows a similar rethink by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) which has revealed it is in discussions with the Charity Commission about the £530,000 it had collected from the disgraced club since 2009.
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Waiting in Vain from NDIS Plan Review Outcome

An investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman has discovered that Australians with disabilities are experiencing long delays when they try to have their mishandled National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plans reviewed. They are facing delays of up to 9 months.  It’s been revealed by this report that up to 8,000 people are stuck waiting for an outcome. There are several reasons people seek reviews of their plans, for instance, there is wrong or inadequate support and equipment is involved. Around 140,000 Australians are now covered by the NDIS but that number is expected to increase to 475,000 by early next decade.

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Australian Diabetes Advancements and Technologies Summit 2017

Guest:  Natalie Wischer

Presenter: Tabetha Moreto  

Guest Bio: Natalie is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of Diabetes Centre (NADC). She has also worked extensively in both management and clinical roles across acute, aged care and community health settings. With over 20 years working in the area of diabetes, her passion has grown to include a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities and benefits of available technologies including telehealth and social media in self-management, education, and support of people living with diabetes. She is involved in a number of journals and publications sharing her in-depth knowledge through regular articles. Natalie is regularly invited to speak on diabetes and technology at national and international meetings.

Segment overview: Natalie talks about the Australian Diabetes Advancements and Technologies Summit (ADATS) 2017, which is offered to healthcare professionals in Australia for the first time. It aims to improve the knowledge and skill of healthcare professionals in the area of diabetes by covering advanced technologies, breakthrough therapeutics, and best practice innovations – this includes Apps, Gadgets, Flash Monitoring, Telehealth, and E-health services.

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Seqirus at ID Week 2018

Gordon Naylor, President of Seqirus, an influenza vaccine company, joins us from ID Week 2018 in San Francisco to talk about Seqirus’ Pandemic Response Solutions team learning lounge presentation highlighting the constant threat of influenza pandemic, the importance of pandemic planning, and the advancements in flu prevention since the historical 1918 Flu Pandemic.

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The Health News Australia November 16 2017

  • A group of elderly and bedridden residents will lose their homes just before Christmas as the scandal-plagued retirement village Berkeley Living in Patterson Lakes prepares to close. The closure comes after the owners of units in the village, who are financial victims of convicted criminal Stephen Snowden, were hit with threats of fines and building repair costs in excess of $500,000 by the City of Kingston in Melbourne’s south-east after the building was deemed “dangerous”.
  • E-cigarettes and their potential health effects have been hotly contested for some time. Advocates say they are a less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes, and could help smokers quit, and, ultimately, save lives. But many Australian public health experts oppose the use of e-cigarettes, arguing there isn’t enough evidence to show they’re safe.
    Australia has long been considered a world leader in tobacco control — smoking rates have dropped by nearly 10% over the past two decades.
  • Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer. The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.
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The Health News – 11 September 2015


• The South Australian Ambulance Service hopes a state-wide recruitment drive will help fill a growing void in its volunteer numbers. Recruitment drives are being run in the Adelaide Plains, Central South East, Clare, Coorong, Lower Eyre, Lower South East and the West Coast.

• The report, commissioned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), found nearly half of all surgeons across all specialities have experienced discrimination, bullying or sexual harassment. It was commissioned after vascular surgeon Dr Gabrielle McMullin said complaining about harassment could ruin a trainee’s career. Dr McMullin said she was saddened by the results.

• The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is embarking on a groundbreaking project to sequence and analyse the genomes of up to 60 children in NSW with severe intellectual or developmental disability, along with their families. Garvan aims to speed up and simplify the journey towards diagnosis for the families involved, and to demonstrate a powerful new way forward in genetic diagnosis of young children.

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The Health News USA September 14 2017


  • When Hurricane Irma made its way up Florida’s west coast, rescue workers watched helplessly as the nine one one calls piled up on a computer screen. They weren’t allowed to respond. Winds were so high that emergency services in many areas were suspended to protect the rescuers.
  • Dating back at least to the 1980’s, experts have debated the safety of metal “amalgam” cavity fillings, which contain a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel and—most alarmingly—mercury.
  • Federal health officials have stated that puppies carrying a common germ called campylobacter have infected 39 people and put 9 of them into the hospital. Most people with Campylobacter get better on their own but severe cases may be treated with antibiotics such as azithromycin or ciprofloxacin.
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Innovative Range of Residential Based Services for the Elderly [Interview Transcript]


Presenter: Wayne Bucklar
Guest: Gail Harding
Guest Bio: Gail Harding is the Director of Nursing at Wheatfields Incorporated located in Freeling, South Australia. With over 20 years of experience in the hospital and aged care industry, she continues to provide excellent services especially in the elderly community.

Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, Director of Nursing Gail Harding talks about the services they provide in Wheatfields Inc. Their mission is to serve older people, responding to their needs through the provision of quality services and accommodation. Located in Freeling, an hour north of the city in a quiet township, Wheatfields offers a quiet small town atmosphere. Wheatfields is close to community services, with shops close by, the Freeling Bowls club across the road and a short walk to numerous parks.

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Advanced Technology Solutions for the Treatment of a Variety of Brain Disorders [Interview][Transcript]

Dr_Aron_Tendler_BrainswayGuest: Dr. Aron Tendler
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Aron Tendler, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at Brainsway. Dr. Tendler graduated in 2002 from State University of New York Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn with Distinction in Research. From 2002-2004, he trained at Tulane University in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry followed by two years at the University of Chicago in General Psychiatry.

Segment overview: Dr. Aron Tendler discusses Brainsway’s Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) therapy that has been cleared by the FDA for treatment of patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder who have not responded to standard medication treatments.

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A Trial to Fight Back Deadly Ebola

Health officials have decided to try a completely different strategy in order to fight the Ebola virus outbreak currently ongoing in central Africa especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The World Health has received approval to use an experimental Ebola vaccine, using a “ring vaccination” approach in order to tackle the outbreak in the country. This vaccine was developed to help protect people who have not yet been infected with Ebola. It has been proven safe and effective in human trials, but it has not received a license, so it’s still classified as experimental. It is known as VSV ZEBOV or V920 and it was developed by Merck and has demonstrated the ability to cut the risk of infection in human trials.

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