The Conversation Michael Gillings October 9, 2015
Human actions damage ecosystems on a global scale. Our influence is so great we’ve triggered a new geological epoch, called the Anthropocene, simply because of the changes we’ve brought about. But it’s not just the outside environment we’ve changed, we’ve also damaged the ecosystems inside us.
ABC News 3 October 2015
There has been a spike in infections at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) saying it is worried about an increase in reported cases of vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) at the facility.
Read more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-02/spike-in-vre-infections-at-royal-hobart-hospital/6824532
Brisbane Times 3 October 2015
Behind in your child’s vaccination schedule? Expect a phone call.
The Queensland government is kicking off its latest campaign to increase the state’s vaccination rates.
Queensland Health estimates that 35,000 children aged five and under are either not vaccinated, or behind in their schedule. The government hopes its “immunise to 95” campaign will reach the parents of at least 10,000 of those children, to raise the state’s herd immunity to 95 per cent.
Health Minister Cameron Dick said department staff from 13 HEALTH would begin contacting parents who were behind in their vaccination schedules “and provide information about how they can ensure their child is vaccinated appropriately”.
Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Kinbacher October 01, 2015
MINI-Maroon Lachlan Wall was struck down by what doctors have called an extremely rare blood infection.
A pathologist’s report yesterday confirmed Lachlan died from a severe case of Group A streptococcus. The 12-year-old passionate rugby league fan died last Sunday, three days after hitting a tree on his pushbike and injuring his shoulder and knee.
When Lachlan was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday, doctors initially were worried he may have contracted meningococcal disease.
Gold Coast University Hospital Children’s Critical Care Unit director Dr Phil Sargent said Lachlan’s case was rare and there was nothing his parents or the hospital could have done to prevent the outcome.
Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/footy-fan-lachlan-wall-killed-by-extremely-rare-blood-infection/story-fnj94j0t-1227551377640?from=gold+coast+bulletin_rss
ABC News Dani Cooper 1 October 2015
Babies who have acquired four key bacteria in their gut by the age of three months may be protected against asthma, a new study suggests.
The finding by Canadian researchers, published today in Science Translational Medicine, could lead to tests to identify babies most at-risk of developing asthma and even inoculations to prevent its onset.
The study also adds weight to the “hygiene hypothesis” that suggests an obsession with clean home environments has fuelled a dramatic rise in asthma rates across western societies since the 1950s.
Abstract in Science Trans Med: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/7/307/307ra152
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EurekAlert 28 September 2015
About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer – an ancient strain of the bubonic plague.
If indeed the fossil bacteria are related to plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, the discovery would show that this scourge, which killed more than half the population of Europe in the 14th century, actually had been around for millions of years before that, traveled around much of the world, and predates the human race.
Read more http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/osu-bia092815.php
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ABC News 28 September 2015
A dirty kitchen appliance used to blend and puree food has been blamed as the source of a salmonella outbreak at the Burnside War Memorial Hospital in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.