Today's Health News in Snippets

03/OCT/2022

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Sisters receive shocking cancer diagnoses within just six weeks of each other

Within six weeks of each other, two sisters were diagnosed with cancer.

 

Aisling and Margaret Cunningham, 50 and 46, were diagnosed just a few weeks apart, shortly after launching a wellness business together.

 

Despite the fact that they were sisters, the cancers were not caused by their genes, but by a terrible stroke of bad luck.

 

Both Aisling and Margaret from Brisbane, Australia, are now cancer-free, but their health problems did not end there. Margaret had a double hip replacement and Aisling had an ovariectomy.

 

Margaret was standing in front of the mirror when she noticed that one of her breasts looked noticeably different than usual.

 

She went to see her doctor right away, and after tests, she was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer, a type of cancer that develops in the milk glands.

 

Margaret informed her elder sister of her diagnosis and advised her sister to get checked out as well, and she then immediately began treatment.

 

Aisling was also diagnosed with breast cancer, this time with Invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of the disease.

 

The sisters, who live next door and are both single mothers, ended up assisting and supporting each other during their respective treatments.

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Study offers clues to super-agers' brilliant brains

Scientists in the United States believe they are getting closer to understanding why some elderly people retain rare cognitive abilities comparable to people 30 years younger.

 

According to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience, these elite "super-agers" have larger nerve cells in memory-related regions of the brain.

 

The octogenarians may have been born with this trait, or their neurons grew or shrank less with age than others.

 

More research is needed to discover new ways to combat dementia.

 

Researchers are particularly interested in determining how changes in nerve cells may affect long-term brain health.


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At least 125 killed in Indonesia soccer stadium crush

According to Indonesia's National Police Chief, at least 125 people were killed after chaos and violence erupted during an Indonesian league soccer match into the early hours of Sunday, in what is one of the world's deadliest stadium disasters of all time.

 

Police said supporters of Arema FC and rival Persebaya Surabaya, two of Indonesia's biggest soccer teams, clashed in the stands after Arema FC was defeated 3-2 in a match in the East Java city of Malang.

 

Following the event, supporters of the losing team "invaded" the pitch and police fired tear gas, causing a fan crush that resulted in cases of suffocation, according to East Java police chief Nico Afinta during a press conference.

 

According to him, two police officers were also killed, and the crush occurred when fans fled for an exit gate.

 

More than 300 people were injured, according to Indonesian authorities, with fears that the death toll could rise.


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Australia ends Covid isolation rule after strict era

Australia has announced that mandatory Covid isolation will be phased out beginning this month.

 

Anyone who tests positive for the virus must currently isolate for five days, but this will be lifted on October 14th.

 

Since the pandemic began, the country has had some of the strictest restrictions in the world, earning it the moniker "Fortress Australia."

 

Australia's chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, said the "emergency phase" of its response was probably over.

 

However, Prof Kelly stated that the decision "in no way implies that the pandemic is over."

 

One of the few remaining restrictions has been mandatory isolation.

 

Official figures show that Australia continues to record approximately 5,500 virus cases per day. It is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.


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Gene test spared baby unnecessary chemotherapy

A newborn baby was spared unnecessary chemotherapy when a special blood test revealed a suspected cancerous lump on his leg was actually benign.

 

The test, known as whole genome sequencing (WGS), revealed that the lump was a rare mass known as a myofibroma.

 

Recent advances in genetic testing technology have made these types of tests faster, cheaper, and more precise, allowing them to be made more widely available on the UK NHS.

 

Sara and Michael Bell of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, had spent the first eight weeks of their son Oliver's life preparing for his chemotherapy and surgery.

 

He might need a feeding tube and lose his hair, they were told.

 

The test works by "reading" the entire genetic code of the tumour and comparing it to the entire genetic code of a blood sample from Oliver.

 

In Oliver's case, the extensive read-out detected a very small and unusual error in the lump's genetic code.

 

This not only confirmed that it was not cancer, but also indicates that the lump will most likely disappear over time.

 

It is already shrinking, but Oliver will be closely monitored.

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Record number of nurses quitting the UK NHS

Figures show that a record number of nurses are leaving the NHS in England.

 

According to a Nuffield Trust think tank analysis for the BBC, over 40,000 people have left the country's NHS in the last year, accounting for one-nineth of the workforce.

 

It was stated that many of these were often highly skilled and knowledgeable nurses who still had years of work to give.

 

And the high number of leavers is nearly cancelling out the increase in new joiners.

 

In the year to the end of June, there were only 4,000 more joiners than leavers.

 

However, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said that progress was being made and that the government was already halfway to meeting its target of increasing the number of nurses working in the NHS in England by 50,000 during this Parliament.


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