Paul Nolan’s exciting recruit Latest Exhibition is among seven runners for the Liam And Valerie Florida Pearl Novice Chase.Runner-up in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, the seven-year-old made a winning debut over fences over this course and distance last month.Among his rivals are Tom Mullins’ mare Court Maid, winner of both her starts over fences, and Pencilfulloflead and Run Wild Free from the Elliott stable.- Advertisement – Mullins withdrew his other entry, last year’s winner Saldier, at the 48-hour final declaration stage – leaving a field of five on Sunday.Abacadabras, runner-up in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, represents Gordon Elliott – while Jessica Harrington runs three-time Grade One scorer Supasundae.Coeur Sublime and Jason The Militant complete the quintet.- Advertisement – Willie Mullins relies on Saint Roi to give him a 10th consecutive win in the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.Saint Roi burst on the scene with victory in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and followed up with a successful seasonal debut at Tipperary last month.- Advertisement – Elliott’s Fury Road, who was a nose behínd Latest Exhibition in the Albert Bartlett, reappears in the Unibet 1000th Race Celebration Hurdle.A five-strong line-up includes Henry de Bromhead’s Baptism Of Fire and Ted Walsh’s Dewcup.Magic Of Light, a late withdrawal over fences at Clonmel on Thursday, is one of five runners for the Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle.Jessica Harrington’s 2019 Grand National runner-up faces Buildmeupbuttercup and Elimay from the Mullins camp. – Advertisement –
The Australian 24 September 2019Family First Comment:“World-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Christopher Gillberg says he thinks unproven treatment of trans-identifying children is “possibly one of the greatest scandals in medical history”. Professor Gillberg’s neuropsychiatry group at Sweden’s Gothenburg University — which has research hubs in Britain, France and Japan — has called for an immediate moratorium on the use of puberty blocker drugs because of their unknown long-term effects. He said the situation in Sweden was “absolutely horrendous”, with hundreds of children a year given “experimental” puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, risking infertility, “in the face of their parents’ doubts”.”Is anybody listening in NZ?More than 200 doctors in three days have added their names to a medicos’ petition urging Health Minister Greg Hunt to call a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into risky medical treatment of young people who believe they were born in the wrong body.Nine child psychiatrists, nine paediatricians, and 14 university professors and associate professors are among the signatories to the doctors’ letter launched online on Sunday. They support a 16-page inquiry brief sent to Mr Hunt earlier this month by Western Sydney University professor of paediatrics John Whitehall.Last month, Mr Hunt referred concerns to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians but Dr Whitehall and supporters do not believe the college is capable of running the comprehensive and independent inquiry needed.Meanwhile, world-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Christopher Gillberg says he thinks unproven treatment of trans-identifying children is “possibly one of the greatest scandals in medical history”.Professor Gillberg’s neuropsychiatry group at Sweden’s Gothenburg University — which has research hubs in Britain, France and Japan — has called for an immediate moratorium on the use of puberty blocker drugs because of their unknown long-term effects.He said the situation in Sweden was “absolutely horrendous”, with hundreds of children a year given “experimental” puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, risking infertility, “in the face of their parents’ doubts”.Dr Whitehall and Oxford University professor of evidence-based medicine Carl Heneghan have also claimed that lack of solid, long-term evidence makes trans medical treatment of children “experimental”.The Australian sought comment from Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, home of the nation’s biggest child gender clinic.The spokesman for the doctors’ letter, Rob Pollnitz, a retired paediatrician with 50 years’ experience, said he believed gender confusion in children and adolescents was chiefly a psychological issue, not biological.“Before we give them unproven treatments with hormones and surgery, we ought to do our very best to sort out their psychological issues,” he said.Critics of the pro-trans “affirmation model”, spearheaded in Australia by the RCH, say they believe it focuses on “gender dysphoria” (conflict between identity and biological sex) at the expense of multiple other issues — such as autism, anorexia, family trauma or depression — in need of treatment.Professor Gillberg said the vast majority of new diagnoses of gender dysphoria in Sweden were teenage girls who, unlike more familiar early-onset cases involving males, “did not show any trans tendencies before the age of 10 years”.“Many of the Swedish (late-onset) cases have autism or anorexia nervosa,” he said. He added it was very common for these young people “to have even more identity problems in puberty — who am I? How should I behave? What will become of me? Am I hetero? — than average.https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/doctors-back-inquiry-on-kids-trans-care/news-story/6f352bc99da430b194620a2605e8a50d (behind a paywall) <
With temperatures remaining in the teens for the majority of Friday, it serves as an appropriate time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.“Winter can be a difficult time, as the harsh conditions especially impact seniors,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. “We want to make sure seniors and their loved ones are aware of simple ways they can stay safe and warm throughout the season.”Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear.Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.The leading reason for hypothermia in the elderly is due to poorly heated homes, which is entirely preventable. Follow these simple tips to ensure a warm household:• Keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, at least. Consistently check it to make sure your home is sufficiently warm. Even as heating costs rise, your safety should be a priority.• Put a carbon monoxide detector near where you sleep.• Ensure that there is adequate insulation, and check and clean the fireplace and furnace. Furnace filters should be replaced monthly.• Minimize drafts by filling old socks with sand and using them in drafty windowsills and door jams. Weather-strip around windows and doors. Keep doors to unused rooms closed and close curtains at night.• Add an extra blanket to the bed and warm the bed in advance with a hot water bottle. Never use an electric blanket – it may be difficult to operate the controls if the temperature needs to be adjusted in the night.• Dress in layers of loose fitting clothing. If you go outside, make sure your head is covered.Every year, more than 1.6 million seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall. With icy conditions, the chances of falling are even greater. Follow these steps to potentially preventing falls:• Take a couple minutes per day and stretch your limbs in order to loosen muscles.• Wear shoes or boots with a non-skid sole.• Have handrails installed on outside walls for frequently used walkways.• If you use a cane or walker, check the rubber tips to make sure they are not worn smooth.Winter weather can take a toll on everyone, especially seniors. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can occur in seniors and impact their emotional health. Some signs to watch for with SAD include: a loss of energy, an increased appetite and an enhanced feeling of lethargy and tiredness. If symptoms are present, talk to your medical provider about treatment options.Additionally, winter storms can be unpredictable. It is important to be prepared in case of an emergency:• Stay in touch in with family, friends and neighbors. Schedule phone calls, or enlist the help of a professional caregiver to come in for an hour a week.• Make arrangements for assistance in case of a blizzard or power outage. Keep important numbers in an emergency kit, along with non-perishable foods, water and medications.• Be familiar with your local resources. Visit ready.gov, NOAA or the Red Cross for more information about cold weather.