Posted in Australia, conservation, Environment, growth mindset, keep active, keep fit, research, sustainability

What to do with all that plastic?

Germany has things called Schuttberge. They are made of all the rubble from World War II. The bombing was so severe and the subsequent rubble was so profuse, the Germans had to think their way out of it. There was nowhere to put it.  Much of the rubble has been turned into Schuttberge. There is one called the Birkenkopf in Stuttgart. It is a place for people to get outside in the fresh air, to walk and ride trails and then to reflect on the meaning of war. It’s both a place to relax and operate as a memorial. You can read about the Schuttberge at Spiegel online.  Why am I telling you this? Because I have been thinking about all the plastic, much of which will not break down. I blogged about how Adidas is recycling ocean plastic into sneakers – will they break down when their life is finished? Then there is much on the internet about the plastic bricks which may or may not be a fire hazard. People are thinking and we need to keep thinking. Plastic would be an insulator. Can plastic rubble not be turned into landscaping  or safe building material somehow? Bike trails, parks, mazes, hills, waterproofing ? Could we not use all this plastic and turn it into something good like they have in Germany?  Would it be suitable to stop degradation around beach and river areas? Could it be used to fill areas which actually need filling? Would it be safe? We need the scientists and environmentalists in on this. They would know what is feasible and what isn’t. Could it be used to build coral reefs?  I feel sure now we need to get rid of plastic unless we can invent one that is safe for the environment. With war we do destroy the environment but we are doing that knowingly now just by daily living. We need to change our ways but we also need to work out a safe way to upcycle the things we cannot recycle. For the next while, at least, until we get smarter, we need to focus as much on upcycling as recycling.

Posted in alemtuzumab, medicine, MS, research

Leukemia Drug to treat MS

The results from the trials of this leukaemia drug on sufferers of MS are really exciting. MS is a very debilitating disease to to have the trials of alemtuzumab go so well has to be so rewarding for the researchers. it is helping to repair MS sufferers and is helping to turn back the disease. It would be so fantastic for MS sufferers to have access to something which would really do something for them and this appears to be really promising.
Posted in Children, Children Youth and Family, Early childhood, Education, Parents, research, Westmead Hospital

Redbank House

This is a more detailed article about the early intervention program developed by the Westmead Hospital where experts work with parents and children to help the children cope much better with their extreme behaviour and their emotional difficulties. This program like others demonstrate how early intervention and good early childhood practices can create better adjusted people. We do live in a tricky society and there are so many demands on adults who then cannot cope and haven’t got time to resolve issues. This is a way of lending a team spirit to the whole process of daily living so that each individual can manage.

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Posted in breast cancer, Cancer, Health, Paul Sylvester, research, University of Louisiana

Breast Cancer Prevention Pill

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Beta Pharmaceuticals is funding the research into an anti cancer pill which will help protect cells of women with a family history of breast cancer. The magical ingredient is tocotrienols which are a form of Vitamin E. The research is in the early stages but it is a start and yet another approach to help protect women from this disgusting disease. Dr. Sylvester from the university of Louisiana has spent 20 years on this so it would be great to find out that his dedicated research has paid off.

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Posted in breast cancer, Flinders medical Centre, research, sea snails

Snails for Breast Cancer

Sea snails are now part of the long list of surprising areas for research in the hope of finding something to cure breast cancer. The purple dye and the dnails have been known for a long time to human beings but now Flinders Medical Centre is looking at the slimy mucus produced by the snails in the hope it’ll help benefit breast cancer treatments. Whatever works. Far too many women are getting this disease and the research breakthroughs have been saving their lives. If sea snails are the go, just go for it.