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  • 0 Text Neck

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 03-11-2019
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    An eye opening interview about problems associated with device use. - Text Neck     Can affect asthmatics, inhibits breathing and if not address early cannot be corrected.  www.lert.info    

  • 0 Meninigitis cases on rise in Otago.

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 01-11-2019
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      Friday, 1 November 2019 (ODT)   One death from meningitis  One person in the South has died from meningitis. Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Anura Jayasinghe said there were three confirmed cases of the disease, including one death, due to meningitis this month. There was not considered to be any link between the cases. Dr Jayasinghe said once Public Health South was notified of any meningitis case it worked promptly to identify anyone who had been in close contact with the infected patient within the past seven days. The contacts were prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Symptoms included a high fever, headaches, sleepiness and joint and muscle pains. There could also be more specific symptoms such as a stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, vomiting, crying, refusal to feed in infants or a rash consisting of reddish-purple pinprick spots or bruises, he said. "Even if you have had a meningococcal vaccine, you still need to look out for symptoms, because the vaccines do not protect against all meningococcal strains. "If you develop any of the symptoms of meningococcal disease it is important to see a doctor immediately."  Free emergency alerts - www.lert.info

  • 2 Medsafe warns consumers not to consume coffee product marketed for weight loss

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    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 11-10-2019
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    11 October 2019 Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee (presented as sachets and as a powder in a tub) has been tested by Medsafe and found to contain methylhexanamine (DMAA) and phenethylamine. Methylhexanamine is a prescription medicine and phenethylamine is a class C controlled drug.   Advice for consumers and caregivers Do not consume Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee. If you have consumed this product and feel unwell, seek medical advice. Tell your healthcare professional that you have consumed a product containing methylhexanamine and phenethylamine. If you have purchased this product, return it to the point of sale or safely dispose of it. Information for healthcare professionals Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee has been sold for weight loss / management and is claimed to improve mood and focus, regulate blood sugar and boost circulation.  The sachet was found to contain approximately 140mg methylhexanamine (DMAA) and 70mg phenethylamine per 3.5g serve. The tub was found to contain approximately 105 – 140mg methylhexanamine (DMAA) and 17.5 – 21mg phenethylamine per 3.5g scoop.  If a patient presents with adverse reactions that may possibly be attributable to either methylhexanamine and/or phenethylamine, then the use of the above product should be considered.  The product labels declare the presence of phenethylamine, but not methylhexanamine (DMAA). These substances have amphetamine-like characteristics and may have similar adverse reactions such as: agitation and psychological effects; cardiovascular effects such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, and neurological effects. Products affected Valentus SlimROAST Optimum Dark Roast Coffee (sachets) The products claim to assist with weight loss / management, improve mood and focus, regulate blood sugar and boost circulation. Further information Phenethylamine has mood and weight loss related therapeutic effects and is considered a controlled drug.   Methylhexanamine is known to have stimulant effects, has been associated with harm worldwide, and is banned by many sports authorities and governmental agencies. All located stock has been seized. As it is possible that other individuals or businesses may have imported these products for sale, but have not been identified by Medsafe, this warning is published to alert consumers of the dangers of these products. Click Free Alerts   To be told much sooner of any alerts for your area.    

  • 0 Blood clot danger: How I nearly died and what happened next

    • Health
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 11-10-2019
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    Turns out if you mention "shortness of breath" to your GP you get the full treatment of blood tests, chest x-rays and an EKG, none of which showed anything weird. My GP thought to ask for one more blood test of something called "D-dimer levels." It's a protein byproduct none of us really care about, but if it's elevated you're in trouble. And my D-dimer levels were sky high. Four hours after I had that test, I was rushed to hospital being treated for blood clots - pulmonary embolisms in both lungs.  Full story - Unexpected Shortness of Breath this could save your life  

  • 0 Measles Is Just A Plane Ride Away

    • Health
    • by Stuart Gunn
    • 18-07-2019
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    The current number of cases of  measles in NZ is now 305. This is the highest in 5 years. Infectious disease experts have warned that a generation of New Zealanders are still vulnerable to contracting measles due to a lack of a national approach. In early July passengers on two flights were infected by the same person because at the time, that person didn't even know they had measles Full story - Measles Is Just A Plane Ride Away

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