Archive for November, 2017

Manus Island debacle – 1 minute of your time.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

I have just hopped off the phone to the Prime Ministers office in Canberra and have registered my concerns in relation to the handling of the situation at the Manus Island Detention Centre. I had a recent email from a very wise lady whom I have known all my life, with her concerns around the deterioration of human rights on Manus Island.

If  you have an interest in this situation and feel as though you would like to register your unease, it is literally a one minute phone call and the phone is answered directly by someone in the PM’s office. Call (02) 6277 7700 during office hours. No conversation is involved, they will just take your first name and the State you are calling from.

Why has it disappeared from mainstream media all of a sudden when it is a serious human rights issue?

Pterygium and Melanoma

Friday, November 24th, 2017

MiVision Nov 2017, Issue 129

New Study Shows Pterygium is Red Flag for Melanoma

A person with a pterygium on the eye is 24 per cent more likely to develop a malignant melanoma of the skin, according to a Western Australian (WA) study.

Researchers from the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) examined almost 20,000 WA patient records of hospital-treated pterygium from 1979 to 2014 and found a strong link between the eye condition and melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer.

“… the increased risk of developing melanoma, to recommend lifestyle changes and to promote regular skin checks because early detection of melanoma can save lives.”

Sunscreen in Eyes – USA and the Gabba

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Insight Oct 2017


While experts encouraged the use of special NASA-approved glasses for the viewing the recent US solar eclipse, some viewers chose to take the health warnings about protecting their eyes to the next level, by rubbing sunscreen onto their eyeballs in an effort to shield them from the harmful UV rays. (Un)surprisingly, it didn’t work and many have now been referred to ophthalmologists.

Late Breaking News -  On a similar note, Simon recently received an early morning phone call from an un-named brother in law who was at the Gabba for Day one of the Test Match, with, wait for it, Sunscreen in his eye!!!!!  Best treatment in this case was seen as being 30 minutes of irrigation at the first aid tent followed by 6 hours of beer. No word back so assuming this treatment worked well.

Eye Scanning for Alzheimer’s

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Insight Oct 2017

Eye Scan Could Detect Alzheimer’s Decades Earlier

A non-invasive eye scan could allow doctors to detect the key signs of Alzheimer’s disease decades earlier than currently possible.

The high-definition eye scanner, which was developed especially for the research, showed patients with the disease had more than twice as much of a telltale brain protein in their retinas as non-sufferers. The breakthrough will hopefully offer people a window for early treatment, when drugs and lifestyle changes are more likely to work, as researchers believe the build up of these proteins begins years before symptoms develop.

According to the researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who made the breakthrough, one of the major advantages of analysing the retina is repeatability, as it allowed them to monitor patients and the progression of their disease.