Lismore MP will not attend birth ward rally | Tweed Daily News

LISMORE MP Thomas George said he will not attend tomorrow’s community rally against the sudden closure of Murwillumbah Hospital’s birthing suite.

“Unfortunately I am unable to attend as Parliament is sitting,” he told the Tweed Daily News.

The NSW health department closed the ward for a review last Friday, after a failed attempt to recruit a doctor who specialises in neonatal resuscitation.

via Lismore MP will not attend birth ward rally | Tweed Daily News.

Natural Health News and Wellness Tips: Vitamin E Important to Brain Health, Preventing Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered how vitamin E deficiency may cause neurological damage by interrupting a supply line of specific nutrients and robbing the brain of the “building blocks” it needs to maintain neuronal health.

The findings – in work done with zebrafish – were just published in the Journal of Lipid Research. The work was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

The research showed that zebrafish fed a diet deficient in vitamin E throughout their life had about 30 percent lower levels of DHA-PC, which is a part of the cellular membrane in every brain cell, or neuron. Other recent studies have also concluded that low levels of DHA-PC in the blood plasma of humans is a biomarker than can predict a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

via Natural Health News and Wellness Tips: Vitamin E Important to Brain Health, Preventing Alzheimer’s.

China ‘Catastrophe’ Hits 114 Million as Diabetes Spreads – Bloomberg

The most comprehensive nationwide survey for diabetes ever conducted in China shows 11.6 percent of adults, or 114 million, has the disease. The finding, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, adds 22 million diabetics, or the population of Australia, to a 2007 estimate and means almost one in three diabetes sufferers globally is in China.

via China ‘Catastrophe’ Hits 114 Million as Diabetes Spreads – Bloomberg. – Fiber saves some antioxidants for later

The study finds that fiber binds up to 80 percent of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and vegetables, which protects the antioxidants from early digestion in the stomach and small intestine.

Anneline Padayachee, who undertook the study through the University of Queensland and CSIRO, found that fiber acts as an antioxidant trafficker by safely transporting antioxidant nutrients to the colon where they can provide protection against cancers such as colon cancer.

via – Fiber saves some antioxidants for later.

Dementia comes quietly and its clues are too often missed

MONTREAL – Revealing his thoughts to his writers’ circle last August, Harvey Berger wrote: “It isn’t every year a man celebrates his 80th birthday. How does it feel to be 80? I cannot really complain. I think my marbles are still all in a row. None litters the floor. Oh, there is some litter, but no marbles.”Berger, whose Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, was diagnosed when he was 76, is no slouch. He rattles off where he gets to: art class at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal offices, a Tuesday writers’ circle and a Friday support group at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, cinemas, museums and the three libraries he frequents. But more important than where he gets to is why he’s there.

via Dementia comes quietly and its clues are too often missed.

Explainer: what is forgetting?

If memory can be defined as “a past that becomes a part of me”, can forgetting be defined as “a past that is no longer a part of me”?

Smokers who have abstained for years may not consciously be able to recall the sensation brought forth by smoking, but can suddenly feel craving upon seeing a smoking-related cue – often a cigarette brand logo – and relapse into smoking again. Tobacco companies know this only too well.

This illustrates a past that may have been forgotten but is not gone.

via Explainer: what is forgetting?.

Kitchen Gardening – NRDC

Kitchen gardening is an old idea whose time has come…again. Even before Michelle Obama set an example on the White House lawn, interest in food gardening was way up, inspired as much by a desire for better tasting and higher quality food as the wish to save money, according to a National Gardening Association study. Cultivating a kitchen garden invariably changes your relationship to food. Instead of consulting your favorite recipes when planning meals, then driving to the market for the ingredients, you pop out back or perhaps over to the windowsill if youre an apartment-dweller like me and pick whats ripe. Suddenly, youre eating seasonal food, not from principle, but because its fresh, beautiful, virtually free and…well, ther

via Kitchen Gardening – NRDC.

Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg

Ram Kishen, 52, half-blind and half- starved, holds in his gnarled hands the reason for his hunger: a tattered card entitling him to subsidized rations that now serves as a symbol of India’s biggest food heist.Enlarge image Day laborers move sacks of rice at the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A caretaker exits the closed fair price store of Satnapur Village in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image A day laborer walks past piles of covered grains outside the Uttar Pradesh state warehouse in Mishrikh in Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Sangathin activist Surbala Vaish in Satnapur Village, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergEnlarge image Locally elected politician Anoop Gupta in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photographer: Sanjit Das/BloombergKishen has had nothing from the village shop for 15 months. Yet 20 minutes’ drive from Satnapur, past bone-dry fields and tiny hamlets where children with distended bellies play, a government storage facility five football fields long bulges with wheat and rice. By law, those 57,000 tons of food are meant for Kishen and the 105 other households in Satnapur with ration books. They’re meant for some of the 350 million families living below India’s poverty line of 50 cents a day.Instead, as much as $14.5 billion in food was looted by corrupt politicians and their criminal syndicates over the past decade in Kishen’s home state of Uttar Pradesh alone, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

via Poor in India Starve as Politicians Steal $14.5 Billion of Food – Bloomberg.

Talking about Healthcare reform: Obama’s march is still on / The Christian Science Monitor –



Healthcare reform: Obama’s march is still on / The Christian Science Monitor –
Defying the inertia of a gridlocked Congress, President Obama is calling on Democrats to move healthcare reform in March, even if it means doing so without a single Republican vote.Skip to next paragraph Rich Clabaugh/Staff/Congressional recordEnlarge Related StoriesTo advance healthcare reform, Obama comes down on insurers Healthcare reform: Obama makes big push in Glenside, Pa. Obama stumps for healthcare reform “The United States Congress owes the American people a final, up or down vote on health care,” the president said in a speech on health care reform at Arcadia University on Monday. “It’s time to make a decision. The time for talk is over. We need to see where people stand.”Republicans called a “Project Code Red,” firing off “robocalls” to the districts of vulnerable Democratic lawmakers, especially those who voted against healthcare reform last year. Mr. Obama this week launched a battery of presidential visits to states and districts where swing votes are to be found, beginning with Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Talking about HealthLinx Ltd – Diagnostics



HealthLinx Ltd – Diagnostics
Diagnostics DiagnosticsUnlike the therapeutics’ market, where it can take up to 15 years and US$1billion to get a drug from discovery to the market, a diagnostic will usually take less than a third of that time and less than 10% of the cost. “Before any drug can be developed as a therapeutic for a disease, one must have the ability to diagnose the disease to deliver increased patient care and outcomes.” Laboratory-based diagnostic (in vitro diagnostics, IVDs) are extremely valuable in detecting illnesses at an early stage (both predisposition and onset). Such diagnostics, involve the analysis of patient samples that are tested outside the body (e.g. blood, urine, saliva and hair). IVDs involve the use of: proven biomarkers of disease or dysfunction onset, progression and/or recurrence; or proteomic or genomic information to identify an individuals predisposition to specific diseases and the suitable of treatment regimens