Email ABC Tropical North By Melissa Maddison Posted August 08, 2019 06:54:53 Photo: Elevated levels of the toxic chemical PFAS were found in Shellgrit Creek, an area popular with fishers. (ABC Tropical North: Melissa Maddison) Related Story: PFAS compensation settled for landowner in Australian first Related Story: 'Ought to have known': Council seeks damages over PFAS contamination Related Story: Residents near Oakey Aviation Base 'likely' to have ingested toxic chemicals Map: Mackay 4740 Samples of fish and water taken from Mackay's Shellgrit Creek, an area popular with recreational fishers, show elevated levels of a substance used in firefighting foam. Key points:The exact source and extent of the PFAS contamination is not clearPeople are being urged not to eat seafood caught in Mackay's Shellgrit CreekAuthorities say drinking water supplies are unaffected The discovery has prompted a warning from Queensland Health that people not consume seafood caught in … [Read more...] about PFAS discovery in fish and water near Mackay Airport leads to concern for children’s health
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New York: Researchers have found that a simple blood test can help identify people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are at higher risk of cardiovascular problems because of a phenomenon called 'reverse dipping' that causes blood pressure to rise rather than lower during sleep. Most people experience lower blood pressure at night. The new study, published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests a potential cause for reverse dipping that may help patients with sleep apnea get the help they need before cardiovascular disease develops. "We can now identify those with OSA at the highest risk of cardiovascular problems in order to prevent them from developing additional complications," said David Gozal from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in the US. "We can treat those patients more aggressively to ensure they adhere to therapy and use their continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) properly," Gozal said. The researchers studied 46 patients diagnosed with … [Read more...] about People at risk of night-time high BP can be identified by blood test
India is expected to have 34.33% share of youth in total population by 2020. India is home to an estimated 57 million people (18 percent of the global estimate) who are affected by depression as per World Health Organization. The ratio of youth suffering from mental health is increasing year on year. Several Studies and research have shown a steady rise in mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders among the youngsters. The younger generation faces a unique dilemma today. They face isolation despite many social media friends. The stress of performance in education, work, is taking a toll on the mental health of youth. Dr. Ekta Soni, Senior Consultant, Psychology from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals shares some quick stress management tips: 1) Indulge in regular physical activity: Physical activity is the best way to let go of stress. Any form of physical activity be it brisk walking, running, high intensity workouts, Power yoga, Aerobics, … [Read more...] about Mental health experts share tips on stress management
Email By South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue Updated January 05, 2018 07:49:49 Photo: About 5 per cent of the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh's makeshift tent city are pregnant women. (Supplied: Save The Children/Hanna Adcock) Related Story: Ten thousand Rohingya likely killed in Myanmar violence, MSF says Related Story: Myanmar general and others hit with US sanctions over rights abuses Map: Bangladesh Nearly 50,000 babies will be born in the overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this year.That equates to the entire population of Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, or Bundaberg.Some will be the children of rape, and all of them will begin their lives in flimsy settlements where they are at risk of getting sick and suffering from malnutrition.Health workers in the camps are scrambling to give the babies of 2018 a fighting chance at survival, but there are fears many will die before they reach five years of age. Who are the Rohingya?The plight of Myanmar's … [Read more...] about Rohingya refugees: Health workers in Bangladesh camps scrambling to help babies
Email By Jacqueline Howard Updated December 09, 2019 19:58:47 Photo: The silhouette of a man vaping (Unsplash: Donn Gabriel Baleva / ABC News: Jacqueline Howard) Map: Australia Photo: The silhouette of a man vaping (Unsplash: Donn Gabriel Baleva / ABC News: Jacqueline Howard) In this explainer, we explore the questions and myths surrounding vaping. Photo: Smoky blue background (ABC News: Jacqueline Howard) There are a lot of vaping studies floating around the internet, and it's difficult to make sense of them all. So, we've done the hard reading for you and made this pocket guide to the truths and myths around vaping.We'll look at:- What's in vape liquids- What happens when you breathe them in- Investigate some common claims Photo: That’s almost the population of Canberra. (ABC News: Jacqueline Howard) According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS), almost 300,000 Australians use e-cigarettes (vape). Photo: The number of Australians who vape … [Read more...] about What does vaping do to our bodies?