Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Vaccinate Your Children | Comments Off on NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination Legislation, Victoria Close Behind and Feds Cut Welfare Payments to Unvaccinated Children
STICKY: June 19, 2015 :: The New South Wales Parliament has passed new laws covering childcare centres and vaccination. From January 2016, childcare centres will be required to refuse the enrolment of a child whose parents or guardians cannot show proof of vaccination or provide an approved exemption.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says parents who are seeking an exemption will first need to speak to a general practitioner. Childcare centres will face fines if they do not complete checks to ensure a child is vaccinated, or that they have exemption.
Health experts have warned of increasing instances of whooping cough across the state, which they attribute to low immunisation rates. A recent report found that in the far north coast town of Mullumbimby, less than half of young children were fully immunised.
The new legislation, an amendment to the Public Health – Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities – Bill 2013, allows exemptions for “medical contraindication, conscientious objection based on personal, philosophical, religious or medical belief.”
Greens MP Dr John Kaye says the Bill has the support of the Greens, who say the legislation doesn’t take away the rights of an individual to oppose immunisation.
The Australian Medical Association says the New South Wales laws should set a precedent for the rest of the country. But some child care workers are warning that it could put disadvantaged children at an even greater risk.
With the Federal Governments No Jab/No Welfare Payment policy ready to kickoff in 2016, anti-vaccination groups are surely becoming an endangered species, you’d think. In the last 10 years, the number of children whose parents have objected to vaccination has doubled. Almost 40,000 children haven’t been vaccinated and have a conscientious objection on their record :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 24th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: health, Pregnancy, The Organic Gourmet, Wellbeing | Comments Off on NEW Study Suggests Australian Women Ignoring Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
Australian women are not meeting their nutritional requirements during pregnancy despite most believing they are eating the right foods, an Adelaide University study has found.
The study examined the eating habits of 850 pregnant women from across Australia and whether they were following the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Results showed none of the women involved were correctly following the pregnancy nutrition guidelines, but 61 percent mistakenly thought they were.
Several other studies have indicated a lack of health knowledge amongst pregnant women, including drinking alcohol, though the blame doesn’t always lie with the mother. Pregnant women have long been told the zero-tolerance approach to drinking is their best bet, another report highlighting the inconsistencies in information provided to expectant mothers
One study found that up to 80 per cent of women questioned in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom reported drinking alcohol while pregnant :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Technoid, University of Sydney | Tags: Academic Misconduct, Australian Universities, Independent Commission Against Corruption, MyMaster, Plagiarism, smartphone, Social Media News, Student Code of Conduct, university, University of Sydney | Comments Off on University Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams
The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.
The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties ::Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Outside the Box | Tags: Alternative Medicine, Anti Vaccination Movement, Homeopathy, Mythbuster, Sceptic, SciBabe, Yvette d'Entremont | Comments Off on Mythbusting SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Pseudosciences
Yvette d’Entremont — chemist, blogger, and better known on the internet as “SciBabe” — has revealed how her medical history inspired her to debunk myths masquerading as science.
In her most famous stunt, she swallows the entire contents of a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills – 50 in all – to prove that they do not have any effect.
Alternative medicine is one of her pet subjects for debunking, along with the anti-vaccination movement, anti-genetically modified organisms campaigners and people who promote fake cancer cures.
Scibabe doesn’t deny that some people reckon that alternative medicines like homeopathy work for them, but says they are not based on any form of scientific evidence :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 13th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health | Tags: Athlete, health, Physiology, Sport, Training | Comments Off on Australian Researchers Throw Cold Water on Athletes Use of Ice Baths
Ice baths are not as effective as an active warm down in soothing athletes’ muscles, Queensland researchers have found.
The researchers have thrown cold water on the use of ice baths to soothe the overworked muscles of athletes.
According to conventional thinking, ice baths reduce inflammation and damage. however a joint study by the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology has found an active warm down is more effective in building muscle mass and strength.
The University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement’s Dr Llion Roberts tracked the progress of 21 men who did strength training two days a week for three months.
Half of them did an active warm down and the rest had a 10 minute ice bath at 10 degrees :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Geology | Tags: British Antarctic Survey, CSIRO, Dasyurus Hallucatus, Eyjafjallajökull-Iceland, Michio Kaku, Monash University, Nishinoshima, Subduction, UNESCO, Volcanic Research, Volcano, Volcanologist | Comments Off on Scientists Discover New Volcanic Eruption Trigger
Scientists say they’ve found a new way to predict when a volcano is about to erupt. Simply; after a measurable pressure drop occurs within a volcano’s internal plumbing, an eruption is likely to follow.
This pressure drop can potentially be used by volcanologists to predict a catastrophic eruption. The researchers say the importance is quite significant, particularly if you are part of a community that lives next door to a volcano, or an airline company mapping flight routes.
The study is hoping to engineer early warning systems so that people can be told with a huge degree of confidence when to get out of the way.
Lead author Dr Janine Kavanagh from the University of Liverpool said with more than 600 million people worldwide living near a volcano at risk of eruptive activity, it is more important than ever that triggering mechanisms are made more accurate. This previously unrecognised trigger could also alleviate the “headache” volcanic eruptions cause civil aviation by providing early and accurate warnings to authorities when they should divert aircraft.
“There is also a strong economic incentive to understand the causes of volcanic activity as demonstrated in 2010 by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, causing air-traffic disruption across Europe for more than a month, and an estimated $A2.5 billion loss in revenue to the airline industry :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 5th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Ecology | Tags: biological-diversity, biology, Climate Change, environment, evolution, forests, Genetics, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander | Comments Off on Scientific World Stunned at Accuracy of Australian Aboriginal Legend
The scientific community is stunned by research which backs an Australian Aboriginal legend on how coastal palm trees got to Central Australia. Tasmanian ecologist Professor David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback, and his conclusion is startling :: Read the full article »»»»