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Brisbane Flu: New Killer Flu Strain Is ‘one Of The Most Dangerous In The World – And Could Trigger Deadliest Winter Yet’

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THERE’S a new killer flu strain that is the most dangerous in the world, health experts have warned.

The Brisbane flu, which originated in the Australian state of Queensland, will be included in this year’s four-strain flu vaccine, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

Getty – Contributor The killer strain of flu originated in Brisbane, Australia

Along with the Brisbane strain, which is a form of influenza B, the Michigan A strain, Singapore A strain and Phuket B strain will also be covered in vaccinations.

The WHO named the flu the deadliest in the world after last years horrific flu season in Australia, which killed 1100 people.

Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon told news.com.au said the unenviable title given to Brisbane shows how bad last year’s flu outbreak was.

“The WHO give the name of a regional area or city to a new form of virus and that enables them document them,” he said.

Experts are warning that the new strain could eclipse the horror 2017 season, which also saw the killer Aussie flu sweep across the UK

“It does reflect the fact that last year’s flu season in Queensland was a particularly bad one.

“However, it is just a name and the truth is that influenza is always dangerous and it is constantly mutating and changing.

“That is why we need an influenza vaccination every year. And, because of the capacity of the virus to mutate, we see different types of influenza in different parts of the world at different times.”

Some 3,200 people in Queensland have already been diagnosed with the flu this year, and winter hasn’t hit yet.

Getty – Contributor The Brisbane flu will be included in this years four-strain flu vaccination, the World Health Organisation said

Experts are warning that the new strain could eclipse the horror 2017 season, which also saw the killer Aussie flu sweep across the UK.

The devastating flu season in the UK caused 352 deaths and left thousands more in hospital, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

At it’s peak some eight million people were thought to be suffering the flu during winter, according to online tool FluSurvey.

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And one expert has warned a killer flu pandemic could sweep the globe “tomorrow”, killing 33 million people in its first 200 days.

Dr Jonathan Quick, chair of the Global Health Council, said the flu virus is “the most diabolical, hardest-to-control, and fastest-spreading potential viral killer known to humankind”.

He warned of starvation, medicine supplies running low, energy systems crippling under the pressure and the collapse of the global economy.

“The most likely culprit will be a new and unprecedentedly deadly mutation of the influenza virus. The conditions are right, it could happen tomorrow,” he said.

The NHS suffered through one of its worst ever winters in 2017, with casualty wards being unable to meet demand and ambulances backed up at A&E departments.

Health officials are urging everyone eligible to be vaccinated against the flu before the peak season hits.

People over the age of 65, young children, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions like asthma and heart disease are the most at-risk in the community.

Getty – Contributor Getting vaccinated is your best protection against the flu, but regularly washing your hands will also help kill germs

They’re most likely to catch flu and also most likely to suffer complications, and even death, from the illness.

The best way to protect yourself from falling ill with the flu is to regularly wash your hands to kill germs, practice safe hygiene by using a tissue when you sneeze and cough and making sure you have had your flu jab.

The NHS offers a free flu jab in the lead up to and during flu season – but only to certain age and health groups.

For children the vaccine is offered in the form of a nasal spray.

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Just One Puff Of This Type Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues including mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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Just One Puff Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after 10 puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues from mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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New Mum Shattered By Bombshell Terminal Cancer Diagnosis One Month After Giving Birth To Baby Son

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DEVASTATED mum Tyla Livingstone has told of her heartbreak that she won’t be around to see her baby grow up — having being diagnosed with terminal cancer four weeks after giving birth.

Medics have informed the brave 21-year-old her life expectancy is between two and five years — meaning she might not even get to see her son Preston go to school.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Mum Tyla Livingstone, 21, will not live to see son Preston grow up after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

But battling Tyla said: “I’m just living day by day. They say if I’m lucky I’ll have another five years. It doesn’t seem real.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in properly. It’s more my son I think about — and the fact I will not be there for him in the future.”

Tyla, of Fife, Scotland knew she had cancer before her tot was born.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Medics monitored her tumour until her little one arrived

The first indication came last November when, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, she collapsed after a bath and suffered a seizure.

She was taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, where she was given an MRI scan that revealed a small growth in her brain.

Doctors revealed it was malignant and told her she might have to give birth early by Caesarian section.

But she was then referred to Edinburgh’s Western General, where medics instead opted to monitor the tumour until Preston was born on January 12, weighing 5lbs 14oz.

Maternal joy – before Tyla was told of her cancer pain

Tyla recalled: “I had been getting stomach pains, so I decided to take a bath. But when I was in it my arm started to feel funny and then began seizing up.

“I managed to get out of the tub but I couldn’t breathe. I passed out and when I woke up my gran was on the phone calling an ambulance.

“I was in a panic and the paramedics said my blood pressure was high so they took me to hospital.

“They wanted to test for pre-eclampsia but there was no sign of that. So they did an MRI scan.

“The results showed something at the front left of my brain.”

She was overjoyed following the birth of little Preston

She continued: “At first they said it was a small growth and might be fine. Then I was told it was a cancerous growth.

“The docs in Kirkcaldy wanted me to have a C-section but when I was switched to the Western General they put a stop to that.

“My unborn baby and I were monitored and scans showed the tumour at that point wasn’t aggressive and wasn’t growing.

“At 39 weeks I had Preston — and it was a traumatic birth.

“His little heart stopped six times and eventually they had to get him out with forceps.”

But a month after her baby boy arrived Tyla collapsed again and lost feeling down her right side.

Her scheduled surgery to remove the tumour was brought forward several weeks due to the speed it was growing at. Medics warned Tyla she might struggle to walk properly again after the op and
could also have speech problems.

The five-hour procedure was performed by Dr Imran Liaquat, brain surgeon at the Western General.

Doctors were able to remove the tumour

Tyla had to stay awake for three hours of it so he could monitor her senses. She was delighted when she was told Dr Liaquat had been able to fully remove the tumour.

But her relief didn’t last long. A month after Preston was born, Tyla was given a shattering update.

Biopsy results revealed she had a grade-four glioblastoma, the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain and is likely to be terminal.

Chemotherapy will destroy some cancerous cells but there is no chance of recovery — and she has another five years left at most.

The former mental health support worker and her family are hoping natural treatments like cannabidiol might provide a miracle cure.

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