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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 »»»»


Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

Posted: August 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Health, Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Long Term Australian Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

ObesityIt’s one of the most complex health issues facing the developed world in this 21st century, and it seems the harder we look into obesity, the more complex it becomes. Long gone is the simple ethos “food in = energy out.”

Researchers are battling to come to terms with what can only be described as an epidemic. A third of the world’s adult population is physically inactive, the couch-potato lifestyle kills about 5 million people every year, experts contributing to a special feature in the medical journal The Lancet say.

“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older – about 1.5 billion people – do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” Dr Pedro Hallal and colleagues said in a report that described the problem as a pandemic.

Complicating an already complicated issue, a 2012 study by researchers at Georgetown University revealed how the mutation in a single gene can be responsible for the inability of neurons to effectively pass along appetite suppressing signals from the body to the right place in the brain.

Australian researchers have just undertaken one of the most comprehensive studies tracking the health of the nation. The findings paint a disturbing picture of the nation’s battle with diabetes and obesity. The AusDiab study was funded through a National Health and Medical Research Council grant and followed 11,000 Australians for 12 years :: Read the full article »»»»


Garvin Institute Discover Critical Breast Cancer Protien

Posted: December 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Chemically Engineered, Engineered Life, Health, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Garvin Institute Discover Critical Breast Cancer Protien

Garvin Institute Discovers Critical Breast Cancer Protien

Australian researchers have discovered a key factor explaining the lack of effectiveness of some breast cancer treatments. Associate Professor Chris Ormandy from Sydney’s Garvan Institute says a protein he has been studying for a decade plays a critical role in the development of breast cancer.

The researchers have shown how a ‘transcription factor’ causes breast cancer to develop an aggressive subtype that lacks sensitivity to oestrogen and does not respond to anti-oestrogen therapies such as Tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors.

Transcription factors are molecules that switch genes on or off. In this case, the transcription factor known as ‘ELF5’ inhibits sensitivity to oestrogen very early in the life of a breast cancer cell :: Read the full article »»»»


The Rise and Rise of Allergies! Microbial Deprivation and Hygiene Hypothesis

Posted: August 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated, Wiki | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Rise and Rise of Allergies! Microbial Deprivation and Hygiene Hypothesis

The Rise and Rise of Allergies, Microbial Deprivation - The Hygiene Hypothesis - Diverse Human Gut FloraI consider myself a germaphobe, the thought of unseen creepy crawlies does serious damage to my mind, bleach is my best friend.

I’ve fallen in love with antibacterial wipes, vinegar, indeed anything that will KILL microbes on surfaces anyplace near me. I grow a huge smile every time I see Asian tourists strolling the streets in surgical face masks, are we overreacting?

It turns out I might be overreacting, scientists reckon that some germs are good? I must point out that Hygiene – as used in this post –  has little relationship with ‘hygiene’ in the usual meaning of the word. The term ‘hygiene hypothesis’ is unfortunate, as it is misleading. A better term would be Microbial Deprivation Hypothesis.

Our immune systems are our single most important line of defense against infection.

The bacteria and germs that surround us, some of these microbes can be nasty, really nasty, causing food poisoning, colds, a variety of other infections as well as diseases.

It is perhaps the ones inside that we need worry most about though, many researchers are now focusing on dysfunctional colonies of microbes within human beings for causes to disorders such as asthma, MS and autism, including disorders previously believed to be entirely brain based like epilepsy, depression and even my favourite, Bipolar Disorder.

I must warn, this is an opinion piece, it is based on several hypotesis – of others – a little thought, possibly some hyperbole and a little wishful thinking, it is meant entirely for thought provocation :: Read the full article »»»»


FOLLOW US, WE’RE FAT!

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated, Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on FOLLOW US, WE’RE FAT!

CHRONIC FAT OBESITYI’ve been wondering for a while just how long it would take for Obesity to move from being a medical issue to a social one, it seems we are right now on that cusp. Obesity has had so much bad publicity – deservingly so – over the past 5 years that the obese are striking back, no longer satisfied with the social stigma, and  often unable to lose the weight, the obese are becoming a large majority.

Fat activist Jackie Wykes recently posted a volatile question via theconversation.edu.au, asking How Anti Obesity Campaigns Re-inforce Stigma. Ms Wykes says “By focusing on weight as the problem and weight loss as the solution, social and economic inequalities are made invisible.” I’d reckon that in this country at least – and the world generally –  supermarkets would disagree entirely, never have groceries – fresh included – ever been so inexpensive, there is literally NO excuse today for BAD EATING HABITS!

According to Ms Wykes, health disparities between groups are blamed on individuals for not making healthy choices, ignoring the ways that the choices available to comfortably middle-class white Australians are often very different to those available to people on low incomes, to recent immigrants, or to Indigenous Australians.

This rhetoric clearly scirts the issue – yes obese people have rights, more rights than drug addicts, less than breast cancer patients, and about the same as rights as smokers –  in my mind the formula is pretty simple, EAT LESS! If you wish to make the argument complicated – it’s still diet based for the majority of obesity – then EAT CAREFULLY! :: Read the full article »»»»