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Roald Dahl’s Heartfelt Vaccination Plea Resurfaces Amid Current Measles Outbreak

Posted: February 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life, Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Roald Dahl’s Heartfelt Vaccination Plea Resurfaces Amid Current Measles Outbreak

Roald Dahl with wife Patricia Neal 1965

In 1988, beloved British author Roald Dahl wrote some of his most poignant, instructive words. In an open letter, the writer known for his children’s books pierced with dark humour, urged parents to vaccinate their children against measles following the death of his eldest daughters to the same disease.

Olivia Dahl died of measles encephalitis, aged just seven years old. The author went on to dedicate two of his books to her, James and the Giant Peach, and the BFG; “For Olivia: 20th April 1955 — 17th November 1962.” :: Read the full article »»»»


Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in Females

Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in Females

Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in FemalesAutism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder.

They say a massive imbalance in the number of autism diagnoses between the sexes could be attributed to more subtle symptoms in females that are either dismissed by clinicians, or undetected by current testing, which focuses on signs associated with male behaviour.

The challenge in diagnosing girls with autism is a focus of Dr Ernsperger, who is speaking at a conference in Melbourne.

She believes the diagnostic questionnaires doctors use for autism focus mainly on the male characteristics of the disorder and are yet to be adapted for girls :: Read the full article »»»»


Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , | Comments Off on Government Agency Warns Infants Diagnosed with Parechovirus

Infants Diagnosed with ParechovirusAustralian GPs are being urged to be on the look out for a new virus, called Parechovirus – HPeV – that affects infants and has not been seen in Australia before.

About 20 babies have been diagnosed with the gastro and respiratory virus, which usually only causes fever, rash and diarrhoea but in severe cases can develop into hepatitis or encephalitis.

New South Wales Health – NSWH – says all 20 cases of HPeV have so far been in children aged under 16 weeks.  Parents and doctors should be on the lookout for symptoms.

HPeV is a ubiquitous virus that is transmitted from person to person via direct and indirect routes. It is the cause of paralytic poliomyelitis, a disease that has been eradicated from most western nations :: Read the full article »»»»


European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 Years

Posted: September 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: | Comments Off on European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 Years

European Men Grew 110mm Taller in 110 YearsThe average height of European men rose by 11 centimetres between 1870 and 1980, an unprecedented spurt linked mainly to better health, smaller families and bigger incomes a new study says.

The review, published in the Oxford Economic Papers, is garnered from military, medical and other records  for young adult males aged around 21  from 15 countries.

Northern European nations saw the largest growth in height between the two world wars. But those in southern Europe, a definition that includes France, had their increase post-World War II :: Read the full article »»»»


Bubonic Plague Outbreak in Kyrgyzstan

Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bubonic Plague Outbreak in Kyrgyzstan


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Kyrgyzstan officials are  scrambling to control the spread of bubonic plague that killed a rural boy last week amid reports three more people have showed possible symptoms of the disease.

The easternmost district of Ak-Suu in the Central Asian country was on lockdown while police guarded the hospitals where 15-year-old Temirbek Isakunov was treated and died last Thursday :: Read the full article »»»»