The Health News – 6 January 2017

• A property where cannabis oil is produced in South Australia was raided by the police yesterday, causing outrage and fears for the lives of sick Queensland children who rely on medical cannabis. The police seized chemicals and other substances for forensic testing, but no charges have yet been laid.

• The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has cut Launceston General Hospital’s adult internal medicine training accreditation from level three to level two, which means young doctors training in disciplines such as cardiology, gastroenterology and respiratory diseases cannot finish their basic training at the Launceston General Hospital.

• Under Queensland law, motorists can be fined for not giving way to emergency vehicles when safe to do so. Moving into the path of emergency vehicles flashing blue or red lights or sounding the siren can cost three demerit points and a fine of $284.

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The Health News United Kingdom September 14 2017


  • North Yorkshire Police is planning to expand training in dealing with incidents involving mental health issues to all front line staff.
  • Researchers studied a group of 110 university students in order to assess their meals, calories consumed, and their timing against sleep, activity and body fat. The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is to eat a balanced diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat and sugars, and to get regular exercise.
  • According to research published the online journal BMJ Open, people with disabilities in the UK face major hurdles accessing healthcare. Disabled women are particularly disadvantaged.
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The Health News – 8 June 2016

• Heather Gladman, 58, was charged with cultivating a drug of dependence for growing dozens of cannabis plants for medical purposes at her property near Sale  but argued she had only supplied cannabis for free to terminally ill people, including a nine-year- old boy with an inoperable brain tumour.

• A biochemist involved in interpreting the blood tests of a 10-year- old girl who later died from an undiagnosed herpes infection told the girl’s GP she needed to be hospitalised two days before her death, an inquest on Dr. Christopher Heinrich has heard.

• The researchers led by Annamaria Cattaneo at  King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) said doctors should in future be able to direct depressed patients with a certain level of inflammation in their blood towards earlier treatment with a more potent courseof anti-depressants — possibly including combining two medications — before they get worse.

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Treatment of Aging Related Diseases – TORC1

Dr. Joan Mannick, Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer of resTORbio, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for the treatment of aging-related diseases, discusses their lead program that is selectively targeting TORC1, an evolutionarily conserved pathway that contributes to the decline in function of multiple organ systems, including the immune, cardiovascular and central nervous systems.

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