The Health News Australia October 28 2017

  • Asthma Australia has announced the formation of Asthma Australia Ltd, the new national health charity to better serve the current and future needs of people with asthma and their treating health professionals. Asthma Australia Ltd, is the merger of Asthma Australia and the ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australian and Victorian state Asthma Foundations, to create a stronger, united, more efficient and effective national health body.
  • In a comprehensive review published today in the Medical Journal of Australia, thirteen child and adolescent health experts from the Melbourne Children’s found children raised in families with same-sex parents do “as well emotionally, socially and educationally” as children raised by heterosexual parents. A 2017 review of seventy nine studies concluded an overwhelming scholarly consensus – that having a gay or lesbian parent does not harm children.
  • A new study has found a surprising link between the seasons and the occurrence of postnatal depression.  While many might guess mothers who give birth in the warmer months are less likely to suffer from postnatal depression, US researchers have found the opposite to be true. According to the study presented at the Anesthesiology 2017 meeting in Boston, women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to battle postnatal depression than other seasons.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 28th of  October 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/asthma/3/news/nc1/new-national-asthma-organisation-set-to-provide-nationwide-support-for-people-with-asthma/2963/

Asthma Australia has announced the formation of Asthma Australia Limited, the new national health charity to better serve the current and future needs of people with asthma and their treating health professionals. Asthma Australia Ltd, is the merger of Asthma Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australian and Victorian state Asthma Foundations, to create a stronger, united, more efficient and effective national health body. This merger has not been easy to achieve and has required great amounts of courage, conviction and collaboration by the boards and staff involved.  

Asthma Australia Limited CEO Michele Goldman said “We were perpetuating a range of different entities all seeking to achieve the same thing.  It makes good sense to consolidate and deploy our resources against our common purpose.  In an environment where it is increasingly challenging to raise funds, this is one way we can work smarter, remove duplication, and be able to realise opportunities not afforded to smaller entities.”
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Asthma is a lifelong chronic condition that currently affects one in nine Australians. In order to help people achieve clinically significant improvements in their asthma control, the new Asthma Australia Ltd State and Territory offices will provide even greater local support through pooling human capital, resources and providing coordinated service delivery.

Asthma Australia Limited will continue to deliver highly effective services and programs to people with asthma including: One eight hundred  Asthma helpline and The COACH Program – supporting individuals to more effectively manage their asthma including addressing specific lifestyle risk factors, comprehensive online service, community education and asthma first aid training. According to the two thousand fourteen Australian Charities Report, in December two thousand fifteen there were fifty four thousand  registered charities in Australia. This makes the Australian fundraising landscape increasingly competitive.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2017-10-23/marriage-debate-puts-kids-at-risk/9075384

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In a comprehensive review published in the Medical Journal of Australia, thirteen child and adolescent health experts from the Melbourne Children’s found children raised in families with same-sex parents do “as well emotionally, socially and educationally” as children raised by heterosexual parents. Senior author Professor Frank Oberklaid of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute said “The consensus of the research — pretty clearly, over several generations — is that children of same-sex parents do as well, if not better, than those children raised by heterosexual parents.” As the same-sex marriage postal survey voting period enters its final weeks, the review addresses one of the key claims of the ‘No’ campaign — that children do better when raised by a mother and a father.
The child health experts said this is “misinformation”. They argue the “homophobic campaign messages” associated with the same-sex marriage debate pose an increased mental health risk for the LGBTIQ community, including children of same-sex couples, and LGBTIQ young people. Professor Oberklaid and his colleagues analysed four major reviews and meta-analyses spanning three decades of peer-reviewed research. A two thousand seventeen review of seventy nine studies concluded “an overwhelming scholarly consensus … that having a gay or lesbian parent does not harm children.”

A two thousand fourteen review of over forty studies concluded children of same-sex couples do as well as other children across a range of measures including academic, social, cognitive and psychological health. A two thousand thirteen review of the Australian and international research found “being raised by same-sex parents does not harm children.”

The authors of the review include experts from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.

https://www.womenshealth.com.au/postnatal-depression-less-likely-in-winter-spring?category=Health

A new study has found a surprising link between the seasons and the occurrence of postnatal depression.  While many might guess mothers who give birth in the warmer months are less likely to suffer from postnatal depression, US researchers have found the opposite to be true.
According to the study presented at the Anesthesiology two thousand seventeen meeting in Boston, women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely to battle postnatal depression than other seasons.

As The Guardian reports, the US research team examined the medical records of twenty thousand one hundred sixty nine women who gave birth between June two thousand fifteen and August two thousand seventeen. Researchers suggested that the positive effects of having a baby in winter or spring could be linked to the “seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities mothers experience with newborns”.  The team also looked at other factors contributing to postnatal depression, including the length of pregnancy, body mass index, and if an epidural was administered. The study’s lead author, Doctor Jie Zhou explained: “We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women’s health both physically and mentally.”

Researchers found that mothers who received pain relief via an epidural are less likely to be diagnosed with postnatal depression. If you’re expecting a baby in the warmer months, don’t let this study perturb you — further research is of course required to support these findings.

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