The Health News – 18 Nov 2014

Overview

  • One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin feature in the video for the new Band Aid single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities that has premiered on British television on Sunday.
  • Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant says she would like to see the court’s jurisdiction tested in cases involving medical treatment for transgender children.
  • A senior Indian health official has warned that an antibiotic linked to the deaths of at least 13 women who underwent sterilisation operations may contain a toxin found in rat poison.


News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 18th November 2014. Read by Rebecca Foster. Health News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-17/stars-sing-about-ebola-chimes-of-doom-in-band-aid-premiere/5896138

One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin feature in the video for the new Band Aid single to raise money for anti-Ebola charities that has premiered on British television on Sunday.

Organiser Bob Geldof presented the song on the X-Factor talent show on channel ITV and said it was about “the most anti-human disease”, which prevents physical contact because of fear of contagion.

The music video begins with graphic images of an Ebola victim’s body being carried away, before switching to London’s Sarm Studios where about 30 stars recorded the Christmas song.

“There’s death in every tear,” sings Grammy award-winning diva Angelique Kidjo, followed by a lyric from Coldplay’s Chris Martin: “The Christmas bells that ring there are clanging chimes of doom”.

“Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you,” Bono sings and Seal continues with: “Bring peace and joy this Christmas to west Africa!”

The single is the 30th anniversary version of Do They Know It’s Christmas?, recorded by Geldof and fellow singer Midge Ure in 1984 with other stars to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia.

The song became one of the best-selling singles ever and led to the hugely popular Live Aid concerts in 1985, which had a record-breaking estimated global television audience of 1.9 billion people.

No live performance linked to the current Band Aid is planned but Geldof said he was hoping the song would rise quickly in the charts when it was officially released for download.

The Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 5,000 lives since last December, according to the World Health Organisation – almost all in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – while the number of infected cases registered worldwide has soared to more than 14,000.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-17/chief-justice-calls-for-rethink-on-transgender-childrens-cases/5894698

Family Court Chief Justice Diana Bryant says she would like to see the court’s jurisdiction tested in cases involving medical treatment for transgender children.

“I’d like to see the High Court have the opportunity to examine these kinds of cases, these gender identity cases and to decide whether or not the court has to be involved at all,” she told the ABC’s Four Corners program.

As it now stands, a child wishing to change gender needs to apply to the Family Court for the second stage of treatment involving gender-changing hormones.

For that to change, there would have to be a test case to the full bench of the Family Court, and then to the High Court.

The judge was responding to issues raised in tonight’s Four Corners program, which tells the story of transgender children and their struggle socially and legally to be the person they believe they are.

As one child reveals, without support and medical intervention, her life might have been in real danger.

“It would be very dark, very bleak and very short,” she said.

Chief Justice Bryant made it clear the court and legal system needs to respond.

“I think society is changing about these issues as well, and I think it is important to remember that,” she said.

“I think from what we’ve seen, it’s completely innate and when you read all the psychiatric reports and all the reports about how it affects young people, it is undoubtedly innate.”

The views expressed by Chief Justice Bryant come as the numbers of transgender children presenting at clinics around Australia skyrocket.

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne has had 100 new referrals this year.

Michelle Telfer, a paediatrician at the gender clinic at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, believes there are no more transgender kids than 10 years ago, but rather they are just coming out and requesting treatment much earlier.

Studies show that 30 per cent of adolescents who do not get treatment attempt suicide and 50 per cent self harm.

In a recent New Zealand study, 1.2 per cent of secondary schools students identified as transgender.

If these numbers were reflected in Australia, it would mean almost 18,000 Australian students.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-17/womens-deaths-linked-to-antibiotics-containing-rat-poison-toxin/5895658

A senior Indian health official has warned that an antibiotic linked to the deaths of 13 women who underwent sterilisation operations may contain a toxin found in rat poison.

Chhattisgarh health secretary Alok Shukla warned on Sunday about the possible contamination of ciprofloxacin tablets manufactured at a local factory, that were then issued to the women after undergoing surgery.

Mr Shukla urged the media to raise awareness about the tablets that were banned from sale following the deaths last week.

Officials suspect the tainted drugs were handed out to the impoverished women who underwent the operation at a mass sterilisation camp this month in the central state.

Nine people who were not among the women who died following the sterilisation operations have also fallen ill after taking the same medication.

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