The Health News Australia March 9 2018

  • A virus outbreak which has felled hundreds of students and teachers will force the Gold Coast’s most expensive school to shut it doors. Independent day and boarding school The Southport School will end its first term 3 days early later this month in a bid to sanitise it completely ahead of it being used by athletes involved in the Commonwealth Games as a training and residential venue. The prestigious boys’ school will close from March 26 in a bid to eradicate a norovirus which has plagued it, affecting more than 400 students and teachers.
  • Figures reveal that one-third of Australian children do not brush their teeth enough and one in ten will have at least one decayed tooth pulled out by the age of 9.  A survey for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, covering the oral health of almost 4,000 children, found 1 in 3 preschoolers had never been to the dentist. One in 10 needed a filling because of tooth decay and 1 in 20 had been admitted to hospital to treat it.
  • Sun exposure, hot showers, dry soaps and chronic skin conditions can all dry out your skin. While sun protection remains the most important way to look after your skin, there’s a few things to know about how to retain its moisture — and keep it healthy. Doctor John Frew, a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and an expert on Catalyst Skin Special says  “The top of layer of the skin is very important in terms of protection and the immune system. It works as a barrier that prevents bad things from getting into the body, but also keeps moisture trapped inside.”

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 9th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/private-school-to-close-down-as-hundreds-hit-by-gastro-virus/news-story/a7e629d2707be6d6990bdbd3a25fd570

A virus outbreak which has felled hundreds of students and teachers will force the Gold Coast’s most expensive school to shut it doors. Independent day and boarding school The Southport School will end its first term three days early later this month in a bid to sanitise it completely ahead of it being used by athletes involved in the Commonwealth Games as a training and residential venue.

The prestigious boys’ school will close from March twenty six in a bid to eradicate a norovirus which has plagued it, affecting more than four hundred students and teachers. Norovirus is an airborne strain of virus that can cause gastroenteritis and can also be spread through shared foods and liquids. The school has struggled to contain the virus outbreak for the past month.
Queensland Health has ordered classes from March twenty six to twenty eight, the last three days of term, to be cancelled so an antivirus clean can sanitise the school before athletes arrive.
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About six thousand six hundred athletes and team staff from seventy competing nations will descend on Queensland from later this month.
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The school will make up the lost class time later this year on dates that were originally set aside as student-free days. Professor Paul Van Buynder of the Gold Coast Public Health Unit confirmed in a statement that the school would close to allow for “a thorough and complete antiviral clean.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/health/aussie-kids-set-up-for-life-of-tooth-decay-ng-b88766211z

Figures reveal that one-third of Australian children do not brush their teeth enough and one in ten will have at least one decayed tooth pulled out by the age of nine.  A survey for Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, covering the oral health of almost four thousand children, found one in three preschoolers had never been to the dentist. One in ten needed a filling because of tooth decay and one in twenty had been admitted to hospital to treat it.
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The child health poll found almost forty percent of children her age were not vigilant in brushing their teeth. Paediatrician and director of the annual poll Anthea Rhodes said poor habits and confusion over oral health were setting up children for a lifetime of tooth decay.

She added: “Tooth decay is largely preventable yet rates in young children are rising and parents need to made aware of how to prevent decay in their children from infancy.”
The poll found that one in five preschoolers had sugary drinks on most days, and some toddlers were regularly put to bed with a bottle of milk or sweetened drink.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-03-06/what-you-need-to-know-about-moisturiser/9512528

Sun exposure, hot showers, dry soaps and chronic skin conditions can all dry out your skin.
While sun protection remains the most important way to look after your skin, there’s a few things to know about how to retain its moisture — and keep it healthy. For our skin to feel smooth and supple, the top layer needs to be at least ten percent water. This moisture helps to repair and maintain the barrier function of the skin, and to keep it healthy.

Doctor John Frew, a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and an expert on Catalyst Skin Special says  “The top of layer of the skin is very important in terms of protection and the immune system. It works as a barrier that prevents bad things from getting into the body, but also keeps moisture trapped inside.”
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Daily moisturising isn’t “absolutely necessary”, but it’s often a good idea, says Doctor Frew. He added:  “It’s very dependent on your type of skin. So, for people with eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, it’s vital. But for people with very oily skin, not necessarily.”
As we age, so too does our skin. It becomes drier and loses its ability to function as an effective barrier, so older people often find they need to moisturise more often.
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When looking for something to suit your skin type, Doctor Frew says there are a few things to keep in mind: Look for products with a base of glycerine, glycerol, or paraffin; Avoid non-essential ingredients such as fragrances, dyes, and plant products — these can cause allergies; Find something that you like the feel of, because you’re going to be applying it regularly; The fewer ingredients you don’t understand, the better.

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