Rise in hyperactive diagnosis concerning – Family First

first_imgONE News 21 May 2012A report showing more than 100,000 children are on prescriptions for drugs to treat hyperactivity is a cause for concern, Family First NZ says.That is a jump from around 60,000 being prescribed such drugs in 2001.National Director of Family First Bob McCroskie said better diagnosis with second opinions and treatment of underlying problems should be the highest priority.“Doctors are under pressure for a quick fix when counselling, better diet, firm discipline and a decent sleep pattern would be better.”In the Waikato the number of children prescribed drugs (including Ritalin, Rubifen and Concerta) to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) went from 5800 in 2001 to 8400 last year – almost 10% of the region’s children.Canterbury has the most children on the drugs – with 13,300 getting prescriptions last year.The huge rise in numbers has one expert convinced the drug is being over prescribed and kids misdiagnosed because of it.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rise-in-hyperactive-diagnosis-concerning-family-first-4895055last_img read more

Are we losing the war on meth?

first_imgNewsHub 21 April 2016Family First Comment: “The war on P has failed.” Will the UN and the Drug Foundation argue that we should make it legal?!!! #scarylogicThere are concerns New Zealand’s facing a methamphetamine epidemic, with claims it’s becoming cheaper than alcohol.Police and Customs seized three times more meth last year than in any other year, and reports show it’s easier to access than ever — more easy to get hold of than cannabis — and sources have told Newshub more and more drug users are switching to meth.That has Police Commissioner Mike Bush worried.“We’re almost at the end of our cannabis operation, so we’re having and impact there, but I’m very concerned about the availability of methamphetamine right throughout New Zealand.”The Government declared war on meth in 2009.Ministry of Health figures show the number of Kiwis using it has remained relatively stable over the past four years, currently around one percent of adults, an estimated 26,000.Police say they’re working on the problem on an international level as well as domestically.“What we have to do is dismantle those gangs and groups that are responsible for either importing or trafficking into and in New Zealand.”But if Rosemary Reece-Morgan is right, they will have to increase their efforts to keep up with the growing trend.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/are-we-losing-the-war-on-meth-2016042118#axzz46V27qdBXlast_img read more

Paid parental leave is good for mums, Australian study

first_imgHerald Sun 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Interesting survey from Australia“Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.”… “Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.”Taxpayer-funded maternity leave boosts the mental and physical health of new mothers, a study of more than 5000 Australian women has found. The introduction of the paid parental scheme of 18 weeks’ pay at minimum wage delivered significant benefits to all new mums in the first year of their baby’s life. Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.Prior to the introduction of paid parental leave in 2011, women who worked continuously for the same employer got a period of unpaid leave for at least 12 months and the right to return to the same position. Less than half of mothers had access to paid leave from their company — usually those in the public sector or large organisations.The researchers surveyed mothers before and after the introduction of the scheme, finding small but significant improvements in their health 12 months after giving birth. “Overall, the study provides evidence that introducing paid maternity leave universally delivers health benefits to mothers,” lead author Dr Belinda Hewitt said. The World Health Organisation recommends all babies are breastfed for the first six months of their life.Writing in Social Science and Medicine, Dr Hewitt said social policies which alleviated family role stressors and pressures for women to return to work while breastfeeding could significantly improve maternal health and wellbeing. Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.READ MORE: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/paid-parental-leave-is-good-for-mums-australian-study-shows/news-story/fe71d143dce74b6a9117ebdf2b1af662last_img read more

HPV Vaccine

first_imgOral sex linked to increase in throat cancersStuff.co.nz 7 August 2017Family First Comment: When sexual promiscuity is promoted and normalised, society then has to try and put safety nets in place – which don’t always work that well. #naturalconsequencesOral sex is being blamed for growing rates of throat cancers among Kiwi men.Incidences of cancer of the tonsils and back of the tongue in men has more than doubled in the past 25 years.The latest figures from the New Zealand Cancer Registry – 2013 – show 96 men and 26 women were diagnosed that year with oropharynx cancers nationwide.Testing of 108 men treated for throat cancer at Waikato Hospital during a five-year span showed 90 per cent were HPV-related, and an expert says it is fair to say that similar proportions would be reflected nationwide.The human papillomavirus is regarded as the most common sexually transmitted infection. The virus can cause cancers in both men and women, as well as genital warts.From January 1, an improved HPV vaccine has been offered free to boys and young men. It has been offered for free to girls and young women since 2008.The new vaccine protects against nine strains of the virus. The old protected against four.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/95432703/oral-sex-linked-to-increase-in-throat-cancerslast_img read more

Pregnant PM continues to push abortion liberalisation agenda

first_img“My personal view is that in 2018, it should no longer be a part of our Crimes Act, regardless of whether or not women can access it.” “I think there is a difference,” Ms Ardern said. “You can access abortions in New Zealand, the issue is we still categorise it within our Crimes Act, and of course there are then a number of flow on effects from it being categorised in that way, for the way that women access.” ‘In 2018, it should no longer be a part of our Crimes Act’ – PM discusses moving abortion to Health ActTVNZ One News 28 May 2018Family First Comment: In 2018, it STILL involves the taking of a human life. #biologyJacinda Ardern said there are a number of “flow on effects” from abortion being categorised in New Zealand’s Crimes Act, as the Law Commission undertakes a consultation process to look at moving abortion into the Health Act.Recently Ireland voted in a referendum to legalise abortion, which means their Government are able to introduce legislation to have abortion in Ireland’s health services.Today the Prime Minister was asked in a press conference about New Zealand’s abortion laws in comparison with Ireland’s. Minister of Justice Andrew Little told Stuff it was possible legislation that would move abortion from the Crimes Act to the Health Act would go through Parliament next year, with MPs able to have a conscience vote on the issue. He asked the Law Commission in February to research changing abortion policy.center_img “That’s why I think it’s only right that we have the Law Commission undertake this work,” Ms Ardern said. Ms Ardern today was asked about the process of a conscience vote on the issue (where MPs can vote on their own view, rather than their party’s), as opposed to a referendum.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/in-2018-should-no-longer-part-our-crimes-act-pm-discusses-moving-abortion-healthFormer Prime Minister Helen Clark wants abortion removed from Crimes ActNewsHub 28 May 2018Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says abortion should be removed from the Crimes Act, and should be a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor.Earlier on Monday, leader of the opposition Simon Bridges said abortion should be “rare, safe and legal” but did not think it needed to be removed from the Crimes Act.Ms Clark says that while the Act is “liberally interpreted”, abortion law still needs a shake-up in New Zealand.“We have complicated law because the Crimes Act says abortion is an offence – but then we have the Contraception and Sterilisation Act, which gives grounds on which you can get an abortion: if you feel your life is threatened, or your physical and or mental health is threatened.“In practice that is liberally interpreted, however Jacinda Ardern is right to say that the Crimes Act provision should be removed,” Ms Clark said on The Project on Monday evening.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/05/former-prime-minister-helen-clark-wants-abortion-removed-from-crimes-act.htmllast_img read more

Large number of New Zealanders unclear on the health effects associated with cannabis use, new reports says

first_img“But the evidence in these areas is much, much weaker and so it makes it much more difficult to know how do we translate that evidence and apply it to New Zealanders.”READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/large-number-new-zealanders-unclear-health-effects-associated-cannabis-use-reports-says “We know a little bit about some things and not much about an awful lot of things, and so as a doctor that’s difficult when we are thinking about cannabis as a medicine,” he told TVNZ1’s Breakfast. An expert who contributed to the report, Professor Giles Newton-Howes says there are a host of unknowns around the impact of cannabis use. TVNZ One News 12 December 2019Family First Comment: “Those at most risk from the effects of cannabis he says are people under the age of 25, pregnant women and those with mental health issues. He says in those under the age of 25, clearly cannabis appears to change the way the brain develops and in pregnant women, cannabis crosses the placenta and will affect unborn babies. From a mental health perspective, if people under the age of 25 are taking cannabis, we increase the risk of problems like schizophrenia or psychosis.”So why isn’t this academic on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel?!!Views unacceptable?Ahead of next year’s cannabis referendum, a new report has highlighted the many unknowns New Zealanders face ahead of making an informed decision regarding cannabis use.The report out today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi outlines the health impacts of cannabis, the benefits, harms and unknowns. The referendum will take place at the 2020 General Election and voters will be asked: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?” Voters will have to give a yes or no answer. “I think there is a lot to learn,” he says. Professor Newton-Howes who works in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago says there is reasonable and high-quality evidence that cannabis-based medicines are useful in two types of rare childhood epilepsies, as well as spasticity and muscle problems associated with multiple sclerosis.He says there might be value in other areas such as nausea and vomiting in HIV and chronic pain conditions.last_img read more

Rwandans prepare for a referendum on third presidential term

first_imgSupporters of the petition said Mr Kagame was the right person to lead the country of 11.8 million for another term.President Kagame has been in power since 2000 after he led a rebel army that ended the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 people were killed.Kagame himself hasn’t said whether he’ll stand if deemed eligible for elections scheduled for 2017.However he has said he is open to persuasion that the two-term limit in the constitution needs to be changed, and a petition to that effect has collected 3.8 million signatures.MPs  voted unanimously on Tuesday to back the petition, adding that a referendum would be called on whether to amend the constitution. Some MP’s say they have already started the referendum process.The opposition has expressed it’s displeasure over the call for the referendum to change the constitution in favor of President Kagame.Kagame’s government is credited with turning around Rwanda’s economy in the years since the genocide, but critics say he is an authoritarian ruler who does not tolerate opposition.Many of his former comrades have fled the country, saying their lives are threatened.If term limits are removed and Kagame runs again, he would join a growing list of regional leaders whose governments have jettisoned presidential term limits.In 2005, Ugandan lawmakers removed term limits from the constitution, allowing President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election in 2006 and 2011. He is expected to run again in 2016. Rwanda is now preparing for a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment to scrap presidential term limits and consequently allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term.This follows its parliament’s approval on Tuesday, of a petition filed by over 3 million citizens.The petition urged for the change in the country’s constitution, to remove the article that limits the presidential tenure to two terms. Paul Kagamelast_img read more

REDjet wages by next week

first_img Share Share LifestyleTravel REDjet wages by next week by: – April 13, 2012 19 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img After more than two weeks of waiting for their pay, REDjet workers have been told they’ll get at least some of their money by next week.But passengers affected by the suspension of REDjet flights announced on March 16 are still awaiting their refunds.Frustrated employees who were paid up to February 25, said yesterday they had been informed that payment for February 26 to March 16 would be ready next Tuesday.Some spoke to the WEEKEND NATION on condition of anonymity because management had instructed workers not to talk to the media.By Dawne ParrisNation News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned

first_img Share Reverend Justin WelbyThe Most Reverend Justin Welby has been enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.The 57-year-old was formally sworn in as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican global communion. In his first sermon, he said: “There is every possible reason for optimism about the future of Christian faith in our world and in this country.” Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prince of Wales were among the 2,000 guests at Canterbury Cathedral.Archbishop Welby told them: “The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage.”He went on: “Courage is released in a society that is under the authority of God, so that we may become the fully human community of which we all dream.”The archbishop acknowledged that people “may properly differ on the degrees of state and private responsibility in a healthy society”.But he said: “If we sever our roots in Christ we abandon the stability which enables good decision-making.“There can be no final justice, or security, or love, or hope in our society if it is not finally based on rootedness in Christ.”The BBC’s Emily Buchanan says the new archbishop put his “personal stamp” on the service.“Since he was appointed, Justin Welby has made a point of being self deprecating, showing great surprise that he was chosen at all,” says our correspondent. For the first time in history, a woman – the Venerable Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury – carried out one of the two enthronements when she installed the archbishop on the diocesan throne in the cathedral, symbolising his appointment as bishop of Canterbury.He was then sworn in as the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, on the marble chair of St Augustine. The service marks the last stage in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appointment following the confirmation of his election in February.At the start of the service, Archbishop Welby struck the West Door of the cathedral three times with his staff before it was opened to allow his entry.A young member of the Anglican communion, 17-year-old Evangeline Kanagasooriam, then asked the archbishop, “Who are you and why do you request entry?” and “Why have you been sent to us?”Tradition dictates that the archbishop had to knock three times before entering the cathedralHe replied: “I am sent as archbishop to serve you, to proclaim the love of Christ and with you to worship and love him with heart and soul, mind and strength.”Representatives of the world’s major religions were among the congregation for a service blending the traditional and modern, with hymns, African dancers, Punjabi music and improvised organ music. A strong African element to the service reflected the archbishop’s ties with the continent through his former job as an oil executive and most recently in peace and reconciliation work.Other personal touches included the archbishop’s colourful vestments which were originally designed and made for the late Bishop of Peterborough, the Most Rev Ian Cundy, who was his tutor at Cranmer Hall, Durham, where he trained in preparation for ordination.Worldwide leaderArchbishop Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, takes on several roles – diocesan bishop of Canterbury, head of the southern province of the Church of England, senior bishop of all England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican communion.The archbishop had tweeted during the build-up to the service. He wrote: “Out early this morning, Canterbury is beautiful, human scale and history falling out of the walls everywhere. Grateful to be here.”Meanwhile, Pope Francis, whose inauguration Mass was on Tuesday, sent a goodwill message to Archbishop Welby.“I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed,” he said.Archbishop Welby, 57, is married with five children. He went to school at Eton, and later Cambridge University. He rose to the top of the oil industry – ending up as treasurer of Enterprise Oil – and gave up a six-figure salary to train as a priest.He was a vicar in Warwickshire, a canon of Coventry Cathedral, and the Dean of Liverpool, before being appointed as Bishop of Durham in November 2011.‘Lifelong union’The major role played by a female cleric in the service comes just four months after the Church of England General Synod narrowly defeated legislation to introduce women bishops in spite of a speech in favour of women bishops by Archbishop Welby.Ahead of his enthronement, the archbishop told the BBC that while he supported the Church of England’s formal opposition to same-sex relationships, he was “challenged as to how we respond to it”.He acknowledged that some gay couples have loving, stable and monogamous relationships.“The Church of England holds very firmly, and continues to hold to the view, that marriage is a lifelong union of one man to one woman,” he said.“At the same time, at the heart of our understanding of what it is to be human, is the essential dignity of the human being. And so we have to be very clear about homophobia.”BBC News 108 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyle Archbishop of Canterbury enthroned by: – March 21, 2013last_img read more