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Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment and more Zedlines

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Cancer study shows improved survival rates by reversing order of treatment  

A Queensland cancer study has identified that administering immunotherapy prior to surgery can improve cancer survival rates by 60 per cent in some cases.

Dr Michele Teng led the group of researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, where mice with breast cancer were trialled immunotherapy drugs before surgery. Survival rates are usually very low, but about half of the mice treated in this order were cured.

Endangered bird delays $1.3 billion Cleveland Development and more Zedlines

A rare and critically endangered Russian migratory bird, which flies south each year has delayed construction of the Walker Groups Toondah harbour project at Cleveland.(source: flickr/0ystercatch)

The endangered Bar-tailed Godwit, which travels to the region each year from its nesting site in the Yellow sea was confirmed by a Walker Group spokesperson as the main reason for the delay.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has asked for extra conservation information regarding the project, and has delayed further developments on the site for at least six months.

 

Popping party drugs to treat PTSD and more Zedlines

The party drug ecstasy is now one step closer to being used as a legal treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons).

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug for clinical trials, the final stage before it becomes a legal prescription medication.

Professor Nicole Lee from Curtin University said that mixing ecstasy with antidepressants can cause the brain to produce far too much serotonin.

 

Cafe helps those with a disability learn industry skills

A cafe in Nambour is giving people who have a disability a chance to learn skills in the hospitality industry.

Nine trainees are undertaking the initiative and are involved in many cafe tasks.

Warning ahead of summer heatwave and more Zedlines

Experts are warning against underestimating the dangers of heat waves as Queensland is expected to experience soaring temperatures this week (image source: Flickr, Adeel Anwer).

The Bureau of Meteorology has devised a system to classify heatwaves similar to the way cyclones are classified.

Dr Thomas Loridan says many people underestimate the dangers of heatwaves, and they can pose a threat akin to that of other natural disasters, as every 100,000 people exposed to a category five heatwave would result in at least three fatalities.

 

Super bill draws criticism

Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.
 

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing and more Zedlines

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing

Shannon Fentiman has announced a new mandatory drug test plan for parents of at risk children.

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

The system is a mutual agreement between parents and the Child Safety Department, where parents engage in safety planning.

NT child abuse rate increases and more Zedlines

The Northern Territory children’s commissioner, Colleen Gwynne, has released her annual report, finding that rates of child abuse have skyrocketed in the region. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The report shows the number of notifications of potential harm to children has more than doubled in the past five years, with a 20 per cent spike in reports last year alone, and found Indigenous children are extremely over-represented in the statistics.                                            

Ms Gwynne says there needs to be pre-court, pre-offending strategies in place in order to prevent kids from entering into child protection and the youth justice system in the first place.

 

Research into allergy vaccine

Record low sea ice in Arctic and more zedlines

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected. The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Record low sea ice in Arctic

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected.

The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

100 Migrants Feared Dead in Mediterranean Sea, and more Zedlines...

Latest capsize brings migrant death toll to over 4,270 this year. (Photo: wikicommons/unframe)

Around 100 migrants are feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea, following the sinking of their rubber boat on Thursday. 

27 people were saved and six bodies were recovered by a British navy ship, off the coast of Libya.

This tragedy adds to the death toll of 240 people over three days, according to aid groups… which is only expected to grow, as migrants continue to leave Libya for Italy, regardless of rough seas. 

 

Asylum Seeker Receives Graduation Certificate in Person.

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