Fight Motor Neurone Disease - Screening Program
Earlier this year, FightMND announced its support, together with the Victorian State Government and the Balcon Group Pty Ltd, for a world-first MND Drug Screening Program using MND patients own stem cells and motor neurones grown from a simple skin biopsy. The Program is an initiative of the Motor Neurone Disease Laboratory at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne.
The Florey is now pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the first intake of people with MND to contribute to the FightMND Drug Screening Program.
All Australian residents diagnosed with MND who are willing to donate a skin and blood sample are invited to register.
Partners and family members of MND patients are also welcome to donate samples to this Program as controls.
Follow the link for further details or to Register https://curemnd.org.au/drug-screening-platform/
Spring Thunderstorm Asthma Warning
You could be at risk during this thunderstorm asthma season, even if you don’t think you have asthma.
The next four weeks or so may be a period of greater risk for asthma sufferers and people who wheeze and sneeze during spring time, according to the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD).
People who wheeze and sneeze during spring could be at risk of an asthma event during a thunderstorm.
Thunderstorms cause pollen grains to explode and release fine particles which can be inhaled more deeply into the lungs making even more people wheeze and sneeze.
People should be prepared, not alarmed, and anyone with diagnosed asthma should carry their asthma medication with them at all times during this high risk period..
The Public Health Unit will be monitoring thunderstorm activity and pollen count levels and issuing alerts at these high risk times.
Charles Sturt University has set up a SMS alert system when the pollen counts are high and thunderstorms are predicted. To register for this alert go to; www.csu.edu.au/asthma Alerts will also be sent from the Public Health smartphone App which can be downloaded free.
If anyone experiences breathing difficulties it is essential to seek medical help immediately.
Breathing difficulties can be life threatening. In the event of an asthma emergency dial triple zero (000) immediately.
Breast Screen Van Visiting Jerilderie
Jerilderie district women aged 50-74 are encouraged to make an appointment with the BreastScreen NSW mobile van which will be in town from 8 to 12 January 2018.
The van’s digital technology provides doctors with clearer images faster and improves early detection.
“BreastScreen is a free breast screening service for women aged 50-74 years,” BreastScreen NSW Director Debbie Lattimore said.
“Breast screening, also known as mammographic screening, is the process of looking for breast cancer in a population of women who have no symptoms. If you have a lump or nipple discharge please see your GP.
“With a 97 per cent survival rate when breast cancer is detected early, having a breast screen is vital,” she said. NSW women have a one in nine chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime making time for a breast screen every two years one of the most important healthy actions a woman over 50 can do.
“Regular breast screening with digital mammography equipment significantly increases the likelihood that breast cancers are found as early as possible and treated most effectively,” Ms Lattimore said.
“If you are a woman aged between 50-74 years old, I strongly encourage you to book your mammogram now.”
“Online bookings are open for routine rescreen clients with a code and web address appearing on your reminder letter so you can book easily via the web,” Ms Lattimore said.
The mobile BreastScreen van will be located at the Civic Hall behind the Council Chambers, Powell Street.
Don’t delay, phone now for appointments on - 0259 081 200
Bush Fire Danger Period
Sunday 1 October marked the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period. This means that anyone wishing to light a fire must obtain a free permit from their local Fire Control Centre.
Further details about the Bush Fire Danger Period, how to get a Fire Permit, cigarette tossing fines and Total Fire Bans are available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Mobile Children’s Service visits Coleambally
The Hay Mobile Children's Service is now taking enrolments for 2018, with preschool age children given first priority. The mobile children's service will visit Coleambally on Thursdays throughout term 4. For further information please phone (02) 69933059 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can checkout their timetable below: