From the RED CROSS AUSTRALIA
The service's Jennifer Campbell Case said sick donors werecancellingtheir appointments, reducing the stocks of the sought-after blood.
"Nationally about 1,000 appointments are normallycancelledeach day but over this cold and flu season it has spiked to 3,000," she said.
"That's unprecedented for us."
O-negative blood is the universal blood type given to patients in emergency situations or when their blood type is unknown.
Only 9 per cent of people have O-negative blood, and over 3,000 people are needed to donate in the next fortnight to replenishsupply.
It is the worst flu season in the last five years in Queensland, with about 20,000 cases this year.
The sweets that can fight dementia: British inventor launches 'rehydration' tablets that could save the lives of elderly patients who forget to drink enough fluids
A British inventor has devised 'rehydration sweets' - which could save the lives of dementia patients. The sweets, called Jelly Drops, are a sugar-free snack made from 95 per cent water and electrolytes. Lewis Hornby, 26, (pictured left with his late grandmother Pat who suffered from dementia) developed the product over two years after learning that forgetting to drink, or being unable to, is a common issue for people with dementia. A 2015 study found that 37 per cent of elderly people admitted to hospital are acutely dehydrated. Mr Hornby, from Burscough, Lancashire, has received £100,000 in funding from the Alzheimer's Society and will donate 1 per cent of profits to the charity.
This is good, had a lot of problems trying to get our parents to drink more water.
Actor John Thaw, star of ITV's long-running series Inspector Morse, survived just eight months after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. He died in 2002, aged 60.
Are you RUINING your teeth by using too much toothpaste? Dentist reveals the amount you REALLY need when brushing - and warns that too much can cause stains and 'pits in the teeth'
Dr. Gao Jye Teh, a graduate of King's College in London, has gone viral with a TikTok video about toothpaste. He says anyone over age three just needs a pea-sized amount.
No hope of normality until JULY: Vaccine expert warns facemasks and social distancing will be needed until next summer because coronavirus jabs are unlikely before 2021
Andrew Pollard, head of Oxford's Covid vaccine team, warned strict rules would have to be followed even if his global trial proved successful.
If we are lucky I think!
This virus seems more complex than others.
Warning over toxic trendy pink salt as it's revealed some brands have dangerous levels of LEAD and heavy metals - while white salt is cheaper and has more essential nutrients
Nutrition Research Australia analysed 31 different pink salt and found that one brand exceeded the acceptable amount of lead.
Support for your immune health from an innovative supplement - a story of gut instinct
PUBLISHED: 16:30 AEDT, 19 October 2020 | UPDATED: 17:45 AEDT, 23 October 2020
Many people believe that 'gut instinct' matters.
This saying is usually used to describe an intuitive sense about what is right for our wellbeing, but it also reinforces the fundamental principle that what we eat has a crucial impact on our health.
Aidan Goggins, a nutritionist, pharmacist and author of The Sirtfood diet explains how our gut can affect our immune health: 'Home to 70% of our immune cells, our gut influences every aspect of our health.
What we eat and the health of our gut has a crucial impact on our wellbeing
'Making sure we nourish it properly is one of the most important things we can do. Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir and kimchi, are powerhouses of viable probiotics and prebiotics. They provide substantial benefits not just to our gut health, but also to our metabolic health. They can also influence our mood and stress levels.'
In a year when we've all had to change our habits, and our immune health has increasingly become front of mind, recent research has shown that 65% of Brits now consider the state of their immune health much more seriously than this time last year.*
Over a third (36%) have made changes to their behaviours and habits in order to strengthen their immune system – with 45% exercising more and 41% eating more fruit and veg. An additional 41% of Brits now take health supplements to support their immune health, including vitamins C and D as well as other lesser known minerals such as selenium.
fermented foods are good for your gut - and foods which contain them could be the answer to maintaining a healthy immune system - but not everyone can have them on a daily basis
Goggins continues: 'Selenium is a truly impressive nutrient for immunity. It normally enters the crops we eat through the soil but, sadly, British soils contain lower levels of minerals than they once did. This means daily intakes of selenium in the UK have fallen dramatically.'
Fermented foods are good for your gut - and foods which contain them could be the answer to maintaining a healthy immune system.
Recent research has shown that 65% of Brits now consider the state of their immune health much more seriously than this time last year, and what we eat can play an important role
But not everyone likes, or is able to consume fermented foods on a daily basis. This led the scientists at nutritional supplement company FutureYou Cambridge to produce Daily Shield+, a yeast fermentate that has a similar effect to the microbes in your gut as fermented foods.
Daily Shield+ contains EpiCor®, a unique patented whole yeast fermentate which has numerous research studies to support it. In 2010 it won a Scientific Excellence Award in the USA, the first time the award had been granted to an ingredient in the immune health category. Daily Shield+ also includes selenium, an essential mineral that supports the immune system.
Lee Faber, an 81-year-old author and editor who lives in Wiltshire, has been taking Daily Shield+ for almost a year
Lee Faber, an 81-year-old author and editor who lives in Wiltshire, has been taking Daily Shield+ for almost a year.
Lee runs her own business, FaberFaber, and has been editing and writing books with an emphasis on health, food and cookery for many years.
'I read about the benefits of Daily Shield+ and have been taking it for about eight months,' says Lee.
'I decided to take it as a preventative measure in these strange times – it gives me peace of mind.
'I eat lots of fruit and vegetables and I don't eat a whole lot of meat – I cook from scratch, as I like to know what I'm putting into my body and I exercise regularly – I now take Daily Shield+ as part of my daily routine.'
Miriam Ferrer PhD, head of product development at FutureYou Cambridge, explains how Daily Shield+ works: 'EpiCor® is a whole food fermentate containing many micronutrients such as fibre, polyphenols, vitamins, amino acids, trace minerals, beta glucans and other metabolites. What happens in the gut is complicated, but put simply, as a postbiotic, Daily Shield+ is able to give you the benefits of fermented foods without the gassy side-effects'
Interestingly, the award-winning ingredient in Daily Shield+, EpiCor®, was discovered accidentally over one hundred years ago by a young farm hand named Clair Bloomhall, who lived on a family farm in the state of Iowa, USA.
Home to 70% of our immune cells, our gut influences every aspect of our health
He noticed that cows fed with fermented milk and table scraps along with their usual grain were healthier than the rest of the herd.
Years later, once retired, he decided to put his gut instinct to the test and created a special fermented yeast culture. Just as he had hoped, it helped keep livestock healthy.
The Bloomhall family went on to become one of the largest and most respected producers of animal health products worldwide. But the story doesn't stop there. Further scientific research resulted in the development of the special fermentate for human use that we know today as EpiCor®.
Adam Cleevely, CEO of FutureYou Cambridge says: 'We hope those looking to take positive action to support their immune health will consider the important role health supplements can play.
'Over the last few months I've been asked many times about what products to take to best support immune health. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Regular exercise and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is very important. I've also been taking Daily Shield+ since we introduced it and now my family is taking it too.'