Measles Update

We have been very busy behind the scenes formulating a sensible response to the single measles case in Sumner.

After discussion with the Medical Officer For Health, we feel that it is NOT necessary to make any changes at present, though this will change if there are further cases.

Although we are NOT recommending that parents immunise children early, the following options are available to you if you would like to discuss them:

Measles Case in Sumner

A confirmed case of measles at the Pebbles Pre-school has given impetus to our campaign to chase up those who may have missed out on immunisation.

Please be assured that the risk of catching measles is small at present but if your child has not been immunised, we recommend that you consider whether now might not be a good time to get this essential protection.

We have MMR vaccine in stock and are able to give it to all appropriate children.

If you have questions about immunisation, please make an appointment.

Measles Catchup Campaign

Measles has been in the news in the USA recently and with cases in Christchurch, one of which was in Sumner this month and outbreaks occurring regularly in New Zealand, it is time to review the immunisation status of your children.

Measles is not a minor childhood illness - it is very infectious so spreads quickly and can kill - 1 in 1000 children will be harmed permanently by measles and half of those will die.

The good news is that with immunisation it is possible to prevent both infection initially and the spread of the disease.

Is Garcinia Cambogia Safe and Effective?

image of empty fridge illustrating weight loss supplement article

 

In the search for the perfect figure without having to starve, we are often tempted to turn to one or more of the many slimming supplements on the market at the moment.  We are often asked about Garcinia cambogia (GC) so we have picked apart the existing evidence for this supplement.  If you are thinking of taking any product containing GC or HydroxyCitricAcid (HCA), read on..

Is Milk Not so Good After All?

Image of cow illustrating article about how milk might not be healthy

Milk is heavily promoted by the Dairy industry as a source of Calcium and being good for bones but a new paper published in the British Medical Journal has found that higher intake of milk in women is not associated with a reduced fracture risk and may also be linked to increased risk of early death.  As with all medical studies though, caution is needed in making changes on the basis of this new information.

Are Antibiotics Associated with Childhood Obesity?

Image of an obese child illustrating a possible link between obesity and antibiotic use in infancyA study published in JAMA pediatrics on 29/09/2014 has found further evidence for an association between the use of antibiotics in infancy and early childhood obesity.

The study, conducted in North America showed that children who received broad-spectrum antibiotics (these kill a very wide range of bacteria) were 1.11 times more likely to be obese than those who had not been exposed to antibiotics.

Turmeric Compound Stimulates Brain Stem Cell Proliferation

Picture of dried turmeric illustrating article about how turmeric is not useful in alzheimer's disease

A recent article in the Daily Mail Newspaper (26/09/2014) suggested that 'Eating a Curry a Day Helps Beat Dementia' which was too good a claim not to be investigated further.

Turmeric is an interesting herb.  A member of the Ginger family, it is widely used in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine and is used in many supplements.  It contains a number of compounds that are known to be bio-active and are currently under intense investigation in the hope that they will be found to be useful for health.

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