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This new gene therapy could help ‘turn-off’ asthma!

This new gene therapy could help ‘turn-off’ asthma!

Sydney: A new gene therapy has been developed by a team of researchers that could help to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic reaction such as asthma, or potentially lethal food allergies.

Ray Steptoe, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia said,”When someone has an allergy or asthma flare-up, the symptoms they experience results from immune cells reacting to protein in the allergen.”

The study showed that the single treatment may give life-long protection from asthma as well as those who have severe allergies to peanuts, bee venom, shell fish and other substances by de-sensitising the immune system to tolerate the protein.

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Facilitating Children with Emotional Literacy

Facilitating Children with Emotional Literacy

Many children today need help in emotional literacy. According to the National Health Morbidity Survey III (NHMS, 2006), about 20% of Malaysian children and adolescents have some form of psychological or behavioural problems that are preventing them from fulfilling their full potential.

Do you know a child who…

  • is not realising his/her full potential – academically or socially?
  • has nightmares or has disturbed sleep?
  • is at risk of being/is excluded from school?
  • has suffered trauma?
  • has suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse?
  • is (or in the process of being) adopted or fostered?
  • suffers because of separated/divorced parents?
  • suffers from anxiety, stress or phobias?
  • has suffered a loss or bereavement of any kind?
  • is withdrawn or continually unhappy?
  • finds it difficult to make friends?
  • quarrels frequently with peers or siblings?
  • bullies others or is bullied?
  • displays inappropriate behaviour?
  • doesn’t play?
  • is ill or disabled?

Then you need to know how play and creative arts therapies can help.

Therapeutic Play – how does it work?

Therapeutic play (including play therapy) is a well established discipline based upon a number of psychological theories. Research, both qualitative and quantitative, shows that it is highly effective in many cases. Recent research by Play Therapy UK suggests that 71% of the children referred will show a positive change.

A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for safety).

This allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health. Play and creativity operate on impulses from outside our awareness – the unconscious. No medication is used.

During the sessions, the child is given strategies to cope with difficulties they face in life and which they themselves cannot change. It provides a more positive view of their future life.

A session may last from typically 30 to 45 minutes. A variety of techniques, including the “Play Therapy Toolkit”, are used according to the child’s wishes and the skills of the practitioner.

Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Tens of thousands of insomniacs could be helped to sleep better every year if NHS staff were trained to provide safe psychological therapies, according to a leading specialist in the field.

One in four Britons suffers from poor sleep and one in 10 has a sleep disorder, but the vast majority suffer in silence or turn to potentially harmful drug treatments.

Sleep problems can exist in isolation, but are more common in people with mental health problems and chronic physical conditions such as heart disease, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

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New ‘Smart’ Nanotherapeutics Can Deliver Drugs Directly to the Pancreas

New ‘Smart’ Nanotherapeutics Can Deliver Drugs Directly to the Pancreas

ScienceDaily (Jan. 12, 2012) — A research collaboration between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston has developed “smart” injectable nanotherapeutics that can be programmed to selectively deliver drugs to the cells of the pancreas. Although this nanotechnology will need significant additional testing and development before being ready for clinical use, it could potentially improve treatment for Type I diabetes by increasing therapeutic efficacy and reducing side effects.

The approach was found to increase drug efficacy by 200-fold in in vitro studies based on the ability of these nanomaterials to both protect the drug from degradation and concentrate it at key target sites, such as regions of the pancreas that contain the insulin-producing cells. The dramatic increase in efficacy also means that much smaller amounts of drugs would be needed for treatment, opening the possibility of significantly reduced toxic side effects, as well as lower treatment costs.

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