Doctor Who’s Canadian Connection

writer Judith Merrill said she moved to both sci-fi and Canada for that reason. Her book collection is now housed at the Lillian Smith library on College Street. Newman said he loved sci-fi because its a marvellous way and a safe way, I might add of saying nasty things about our own society. Gene Roddenberry apparently felt similarly when creating Star Trek in the mid-sixties. Et voila: Doctor Who and Captain Kirk also played by a Canadian. In that same conversation on a mellow New Years Eve in the 1980s, Newman, then a consultant on Canadian films, said hed solved the riddle of making a film about Norman Bethune. Bethune was a Canadian doctor another one and communist who served in Spains Civil War, then died with Chinas Red Army during the revolution there, after infecting his finger doing battlefield surgery. Newman called that implausible for so skilled a surgeon. What really happened? All his life Bethune was a radical and nonconformist. Then he goes to China and is surrounded by 700 million other revolutionaries. He has an identity crisis and poisons himself deliberately. It was suicide! A loopy notion, IMHO, but it showed Newman was still churning out wacky producer ideas, on the same grand themes, wondering what might stick.

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Huge Numbers Of Doctors And Nurses Abandon The Uk

Many claim they were forced to go abroad because of a lack of jobs in the NHS. Tracking the numbers of medical professionals leaving and returning to the UK is difficult because the information is not recorded. However, when someone takes a post in another country the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have to issue a certificate of good standing. Since 2008 at least 23,823 doctors and 35,738 nurses have requested the documents. The majority were for Australia, New Zealand and the US. The cost to the public purse of training a doctor to GP level is about 500,000, while a nurses basic training comes in at 40,000. That means the overall cost to the taxpayer of the exodus of medics could be as much as 13 billion. The good standing certificate figures come in the wake of warnings of a national crisis in paediatric care due to a fall in the number of consultant paediatricians. Last summer the childrens ward at St Johns Hospital in Livingston was closed for three weeks as a result and doctors leaders fear further closures. There is also a chronic shortage of GPs in some areas, caused by record levels of immigration swelling population numbers. Dr Jean Turner, Executive Director of Scotland Patients Association said: This is a huge loss to the NHS. You have to ask if the NHS is cutting back on jobs to save its wage bill. I am aware of a midwife who had to commute from Glasgow to London for a job and came home on days off. She emigrated with her family to Australia so she could spend more time with her children.

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Opinion: British doctor’s death in Syria no suicide, says former official

This doesn’t mean we are no longer compassionate — we are simply emotionally drained. Syrian doctor: I’ve lost count of amputations But, as a Syrian, you can notice few details others perhaps won’t see. For example: I don’t need any “clarifications, explanations, justifications, or elaborations” on the reasons behind the death of Khan. I know the regime killed him because the pattern of events is so typical we can almost accurately predict the regime’s next course of action when it comes to similar cases. Many regime officials have been assassinated in the last four decades and we were told that they committed suicide. You can also ask the Lebanese, for they can bear witness at the regime’s skills in shooting somebody four times, then saying they did it to themselves. Gun gesture at head British doctor dies in Syrian prison Brother on British doctor’s death in Syria I will never forget the look on the face of a prominent Syrian official who was particularly angry at the Assad regime’s response to the event in the Syrian city Daraa in the very early days of the revolution. He asked me why Bashar (al-Assad) failed to make his cousin, who was the mayor of Daraa, then commit suicide? He then made a gun gesture and pointed it at his head. He indirectly admitted that the regime did this before. Khan didn’t commit suicide using his pyjamas because Syrian prison inmates are not allowed to wear clothes. They are usually stripped down to their underwear and any garment that may pose danger to the prison guards is removed.

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Syria to answer for UK doctor’s death

The body of the 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon was flown back to London from Beirut on Sunday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine how he died. The family’s lawyer, Nabeel Sheikh, said relatives were ‘relieved that his body has been repatriated’ and that the body was being transferred to a coroner’s court in east London, where tests would be carried out. Sheikh told AFP that pathologists would be looking for signs of torture on the body. ‘The family hopes that all relevant tests as deemed necessary are carried out so as to ensure the post-mortem is concluded without delay and the body laid to rest as soon as possible,’ Sheikh said, adding that the tests would begin late Sunday or on Monday. The autopsy will be carried out by an interior ministry pathologist, but the family has asked a well-known pathologist, Nat Cary, to also ‘independently observe and participate’ in the tests, Sheikh said. Police are ‘actively involved given the circumstances surrounding Dr Khan’s death are highly suspicious’, the lawyer added. London’s Metropolitan Police said its Counter Terrorism Command was providing family liaison support and would ‘seek to assist the coroner when appropriate’. Khan’s body was escorted out of Syria on Saturday by the International Committee of the Red Cross and returned to family members waiting in Lebanon. Khan’s sister Sara on Sunday described the regime’s explanation for his death, which emerged earlier this week, as ‘despicable’. ‘We want the British government to help the family in getting those answers from the Syrians as somebody needs to own up for this absolutely cruel injustice that has been done to my brother,’ she told Sky News. The family say Khan paid the ultimate price for trying to help innocent civilians caught up in Syria’s brutal 33-month war. The doctor’s brother, Shah Nawaz Khan, blasted Britain’s handling of the case and suggested that British authorities – like their Syrian counterparts – were suspicious of the doctor because he was a Muslim of Indian origin. ‘In Syria, he’s been executed for being British – and he’s been let down by his own government for not being British enough,’ he told Sky News. ‘The accusations that they’ve made to us were … one, that he’d entered without a visa, and two that he was fixing the bones of individuals in rebel-held areas.

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Crohn’s Disease – Professor Thomas Borody Of Australia Comes To New York To Discuss Significant New Findings

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Australian GPs told to shake up colorectal cancer referral system

David Goldsbury (Cancer Council New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and colleagues found that patients who consulted their GP between colonoscopy and surgery waited a median of 12 additional days for surgery over those who did not. They suggest that improved guidance could promote important GP engagement in early diagnosis without leading to delays in treatment. “A more systematic approach might be needed for GP involvement in the treatment pathway, perhaps including official guidelines from primary care/GP organisations,” the authors write in BMJ Open. In a sample of 407 colorectal cancer patients in New South Wales who underwent colonoscopy and surgery between 2004 and 2007, 43% had at least one GP consultation between diagnosis and surgery. Having a GP consultation between diagnosis and treatment was more common in patients who had self-reported poor health such as those with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and previous smokers, and these patients were also more likely to consult the GP after their surgery. This indicates that GP consultations were primarily for patients in high-risk groups, say the authors. However, the association between delay to surgery and GP consultation remained after adjustment for cancer site, comorbidities, disadvantage, and health status. The authors say that it is not possible to determine cause from effect in their study. It could be that an increased time between diagnosis and surgery allowed for more GP consultations, they suggest. Alternatively, GP consultations could reflect the GP’s engagement and time to consider the optimal referral pathway. However, the finding that rectal cancer patients (n=142) who consulted their GP before surgery were no more likely to undergo treatment at a center with radiotherapy access than those who did not (21 vs 25%), indicated that continuity of care may not be a consequence of greater GP involvement.

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Doctors Vary On Willingness To Talk About Hospice

“Although most patients do ultimately talk about some end-of-life topics before they die, the vast majority of these conversations happen during acute care hospital stays and at the end of life,” Dr. Nancy Keating, the study’s senior author, said. Keating is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The goal of so-called palliative care is to control pain and other symptoms and to make sure patients and their families are supported emotionally. Hospice care, in particular, is palliative care for patients who are in their last months of life. Many guidelines recommend doctors discuss hospice with patients who are expected to live for less than a year. But Keating and her colleagues write in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine that those conversations are often delayed. For the new report, the researchers used data from 4,368 U.S. doctors who took part in a study that looked at variations in cancer care across the U.S. Researchers asked doctors about their preferences for their own end-of-life care. They also asked them when they would discuss hospice with a hypothetical patient with cancer who was expected to live for another four to six months and currently didn’t have any symptoms. About 65 percent of doctors strongly agreed they would enroll in hospice care if they were terminally ill. Another 21 percent somewhat agreed they would enroll.

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An Australian Audit Of Vaccination Status In Children And Adolescents With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This includes invasive pneumococcal disease and influenza. The primary aim of this study was to describe compliance with current Australian guidelines for vaccination of children and adolescents diagnosed with IBD. A secondary aim was to review the serological screening for VPD. Methods A random sample of patients (0-18 years at diagnosis), were selected from the Victoria Australia state based Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Register. A multi-faceted retrospective review of immunization status was undertaken, with hospital records audited, a telephone interview survey conducted with consenting parents and the vaccination history was checked against the primary care physician and Australian Childhood Immunization Register (ACIR) records. The routine primary childhood vaccinations and administration of the recommended additional influenza and pneumococcal vaccines was clarified. Results This 2007 audit reviewed the immunization status of 101individuals on the Victorian Pediatric IBD database. Median age at diagnosis was 12.1 years, 50% were on active immunosuppressive therapy. 90% (38/42) [95% confidence intervals (CI) 77%; 97%] with complete immunization information were up-to-date with routine primary immunizations. Only 5% (5/101) [95% CI 2%; 11%] received a recommended pneumococcal vaccine booster and 10% (10/101) [95% CI 5%; 17%] had evidence of having ever received a seasonal influenza vaccine. Those living in rural Victoria (p = 0.005) and younger at the age of diagnosis (p = 0.002) were more likely to have ever received an influenza vaccine Serological testing, reviewing historical protection from VPD, identified 18% (17/94) with evidence of at least one serology sample. Conclusion This study highlights poor compliance in IBD patients for additional recommended vaccines. A multi-faceted approach is required to maximize protection from VPD in this vulnerable special risk population. Keywords:

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Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW) 2007 & Developments in Ulcerative Colitis

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Gluten free definition worries specialist

These peaks were significantly sensitive for 5-ASA. What we need to do now is to apply these results in a clinical context. Genes Implicated in IBD – IL23R is an IBD Susceptibility Gene (confirmation in an Australian cohort) and GLI1 gene a Risk Factor for Ulcerative Colitis With advances in research and from results of clinical studies, additional insight into the causes and genetics behind ulcerative colitis has been obtained. For example, variations in particular receptors such as the IL 23 receptor has recently been shown to be associated with both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Another gene called the GLI1 gene plays a significant role in the formation and maintenance of a healthy lining for our gut. Defects in the GLI1 gene have been implicated in patients with ulcerative colitis. Patterns of Medication use in Inflammatory Bowel Disease PatientsThere is a wide range of therapies for ulcerative colitis – depending on the location of disease, different combinations of treatments are employed. In disease limited to the rectum, the mainstay of therapy includes topical aminosalicyclate (5-ASA) suppositories (small masses of medication that are designed to melt when inserted into a body cavity). Topical therapy refers to local application of treatment directly onto the surface of a body part. In more extensive cases where disease affects larger parts of the bowels, combination therapy involving 5-ASA agents (both oral and topical), steroids and other immunosuppressive agents is recommended. In a recent study conducted by Barclay et al, an increased use of medications which act to alter the immune response (immunomodulators) was demonstrated. Out of 1421 patients with inflammatory bowel disease, the use of immunomodulators including azathioprine, 6 mercaptopurine and methotrexate was investigated. Oral 5-ASA treatments were used in 77% of ulcerative colitis patients. Use of these medications correlated with increasing disease extent. In conclusion, IM use was high in these patients, compared with previous studies.

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Australian Mp Proposes Doctor Who Be Filmed In Australia

Redback antivenom study divides Australian doctors

George Christensen, a member of the ruling Coalition, wore one of actor Tom Baker’s trademark scarves in the House of Representatives as he used the fiftieth anniversary of the show to insist it is an “Australian institution”. He said the theme song was composed by an Australian, Ron Grainer, but resisted calls from across the chamber to sing it because “we have only got ten minutes”. “Australia is pretty similar to the UK in terms of its settings but I have got to say, imagine the Tardis landing near the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in the Australian outback, Uluru, Ayers Rock,” he told Parliament. “Think of all the exotic locations we could have.” The motion was supported by MPs and Doctor Who fans on both sides of the chamber, who were later photographed with a blow-up Dalek in the halls of Parliament. The motion has bipartisan support and is not expected to be put to a vote. Related Articles Are aliens really watching Doctor Who? 14 Nov 2013 Mr Christensen’s office told The Telegraph the MP attempted to bring a “real” Dalek a movable replica into Parliament House but security would not allow it. Instead, he flew his own blow-up Dalek to Canberra from the state of Queensland. “In the lead-up to this 50th anniversary of Doctor Who there are so many connections between this show and this nation that I think Doctor Who is as much an Australian institution as it has been a British institution,” Mr Christensen said. “In the lead-up to this debate there have been lots of MPs who have approached me telling me the same thing over and over, that when they were a kid they used to hide behind the couch and build cushion fortresses to protect themselves from whatever was on the screen, and they loved the show.” Mr Christensen said the show has been filmed abroad before and urged Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC, and other entertainment and tourism agencies to support the move. “It is great to have the Australian connection with it, but I think a greater Australian connection could come if a series were actually filmed down under,” he said.

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Australian ‘Doctor Who’ Fans Gear up for 50th Anniversary Special

Photo: Kitty Hill Traditional antivenom used to treat redback bites is ineffective and does not ease pain, new research shows. About 4000 Australians are bitten every year and a study of 224 people treated for redback spider bites revealed that patients who received antivenom had no improvement in symptoms compared with those who were not given the medication, said chief researcher and toxicologist Geoff Isbister. ”It just doesn’t seem to work,” he says. ”We know that all antivenoms work in a test tube, but that doesn’t translate into making patients better.” But the head of toxinology at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Professor Julian White, said redback antivenom was commonly used and past studies indicated it was highly effective. ”It’s important to remember that redbacks are widow spiders, which are found around the world. ”Antivenom isn’t a risk-free treatment. One in 20 patients get side effects, which can include anaphylaxis, nausea and allergic reactions. You are always balancing the risk versus benefit. I won’t use redback antivenom any more.” The study, presented at an international toxicology conference in Dubai on Tuesday, showed patients who received a placebo showed no statistically significant improvement in pain or systemic effects over a day compared with those who received the antivenom. All patients were given standard analgesia. ”If it does work, it has a very small effect,” said Dr Isbister, a toxicologist at Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. ”The risk of allergy means there is limited benefit.” Most antivenoms in Australia, which have been used since the 1950s, are produced by injecting a horse with a low dose of venom. The horse becomes immunised and produces antibodies, which are then extracted. ”The risk is that you are giving patients a foreign protein,” Dr Isbister said.


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The show is set for 6:50 a.m. Australian Eastern standard time. VIDEO: ‘Doctor Who’ Anniversary Special Releases Two Trailers (Video) Sundays live broadcast of the 50th anniversary special — which will be simulcast in around 75 countries worldwide — will be augmented by 3D screenings at over 90 cinemas nationally, a repeat of the special in Sunday primetime on ABC followed by historical special Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time. BBC Worldwide said that demand for the cinema screenings of the special at some Aussie cinemas is outstripping demand for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tickets, which opened on Thursday and has the second-largest opening day figure for this year behind Iron Man 3. PHOTOS: ‘Doctor Who’ at 50: Peter Capaldi and the 12 Men Who’ve Played the Doctor Meanwhile, a Doctor Who marathon will air over the weekend on BBC Worldwides Australian general entertainment pay TV channel UKTV. The Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) has been the BBCs partner, broadcasting Doctor Who for all of its 50 years here, and the iconic series has a significant fan base of Whovians” of all generations down under. Tapping into that fan base, BBC Worldwide has run a number of off-air activities around the anniversary this year, including pop-up shops in Sydney and Brisbane selling exclusive Doctor Who merchandise, as well as an online store, symphony concerts in early 2014 in Melbourne and Queensland based on recent Doctor Who 50th concerts in the U.K., an AUS$2 Doctor Who coin minted at the New Zealand Mint and the Perth Mint, which are legal tender in the South Pacific island nation of Nuie, as well as an exhibition at the ABCs headquarters in Sydney running since August and until January. There is even a pop-up digital radio station on ABC Radio, which will operate on Sunday straight after The Day of the Doctor and continue until midnight on Saturday, Nov. 30. It will feature fan reactions to the special, interviews, profiles, panel discussions and Doctor Who-inspired comedy and music. The Day of the Doctor will be one of the last major programs exclusive to the ABC and on free-to-air TV here before a new deal between the ABC and BBC comes into play in August next year when BBC Worldwide launches its new BBC First. Under that arrangement, the ABC, which has been screening BBC programs for 60 years, will no longer be the home of first-run BBC dramas and comedies.

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Australia Top Doc: Physician Assistant Use Too Risky

A plan to introduce some physician assistants to the country’s health system has Australian Medical Association president Rosanna Capolingua very upsetabout patient safety, of course. THE head of Australia’s peak medical body has criticised a plan to introduce US-style physicians’ assistants who would carry out less complex medical procedures, saying it puts patients at greater risk and could deny junior doctors training opportunities. Queensland Health Minister Stephen Robertson yesterday released the five sites for a pilot program to train doctors’ assistants, who would perform the procedures under the guidance of a qualified doctor. The pilot is based on a scheme developed in the US and has been trialled in countries including Canada and Britain. Australian Medical Association president Rosanna Capolingua said that, although assistants would work under a doctor’s supervision at all times, their use in surgical procedures could compromise patient safety. “The physician’s assistant understands how to do the task and they may be useful as a ‘tool’ but, for our own junior doctors, they need to have that holistic training and experience as well,” she said. “Patient safety must always be our first priority, not just the delivery of a service to a patient.” Doesn’t sound like Dr. Capolingua is going tomake a great teammate. The nurses aren’t thrilled, either. Beth Mohle from the Queensland Nurses Union said the Government should spend the money expanding the role of existing nursing staff. “They’re not actually testing physicians’ assistants against positions like nurse practitioners,” she said. “If you’re going to have a trial, you should actually at least test those positions against currently existing positions such as nurse practitioners.” Sounds like the beginning of a major turf war. Or it would be if it wasn’t all about patient safety.

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