Health News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 18TH May 2015. Read by Rebecca Foster.
Australia’s first pop girl group with disabilities has released their debut album in Adelaide.
The Sisters of Invention singer Aimee Cranthern said the group wanted to change people’s perceptions of what people with disabilities are capable of.
Cranthern has Williams syndrone, a disorder associated with hyper-social personalities and often with an affinity for music.
Producer Michael Ross said she was “something of a phenomena” …
The band first performed in 2010 after the singers met through Tutti Arts, a SA organisation that supports disabled artists.
Most of the women have learning disabilities and singer Michelle Hall said they were close, like sisters.
Ross said every song was the girls’ own story and none had been given to them.
The group’s newly released self-titled album includes the single and music video, This isn’t Disneyland.
This year it will film a second video, play a gig at Luna Park in Sydney, and stream an Adelaide concert online.
Australian researchers are closer to finding a new treatment for type 2 diabetes after discovering a link between protein intake and improved control of blood glucose in mice.
Researchers at the Australian National University have found that mice that have problems digesting and absorbing proteins are highly efficient at removing glucose from blood.
Lead researcher Professor Stefan Broer said this occurrence was “precisely what individuals with diabetes fail to do”.
“What we have found out is that these mice are exceptionally good at removing glucose from the circulation after a meal,” he said.
“This is a problem that people with diabetes usually have and so we thought that this research potentially provides a new target to improve treatment of type 2 diabetes.”
About one million Australians suffer from type 2 diabetes, with about two million more at risk of developing the chronic condition.
The mice in the research lacked a so-called target or transporter in their intestines that moves amino acids from the lumen of the intestine to the blood, which reduces protein intake.
Professor Broer said this target was easily accessible in humans.
“If you have a drug and you swallow the pill then of course it is fairly easy for the drug to bind to this target if it is in the intestines,” he said.
“We think it is a good drug target and is easy to generate a compound for it… so this research has significant potential for the design of new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes.
A small clinical trial will now being [sic] conducted on group of humans who, like the mice, have the “rare disorder”.
More and more Australian women are turning to freezing their eggs in the hope of cheating the biological clock, but fertility experts caution that while the science is solid, the odds are not.
Juliette Saly has built a successful career as a finance journalist, but once she reached her thirties she began to worry about an issue over which she had little control.
“I was highly stressed and anxious about the future and, yes, the baby question was impacting on a lot of things in my life, it was something I thought about all the time,” she recalled.
“One doctor said to me, when it comes to your fertility, 40 is NOT the new 30.
“I just thought, look, I am about to turn 35, I’ve got the money to do it, I’ve got the time to do it.
“I want to put my eggs on ice now, while I am 34, just so I know that I’ve done everything I can while I can to try and give myself the best chance in the future.”
Associate Professor Mark Bowman from the Genea fertility clinic says he speaks to women with the same concerns every week.
“There is a predominance of women presenting between 36 and 40,” Professor Bowman said.
Associate Professor Kate Stern from Melbourne IVF says the science of freezing eggs has improved dramatically in recent years.
“Fifteen years ago if a woman froze 10 eggs maybe only two of those eggs would survive, so really she had very little chance of being able to have a baby from that technique,” Professor Stern said.
… now, 85 to 90 per cent of eggs frozen for a woman less than 38 years of age will survive.”
And therein lies one of the dilemmas.
By the time most women start to worry, it may already be too late.
According to Associate Professor Mark Bowman, the rate of success drops markedly as a woman ages.
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