1. Melbourne is the “food allergy capital” of the world.
Researchers have awarded Melbourne the dubious honour of being the “food allergy capital of the world” as they have revealed the reasons why food allergies are so prevalent in children born in Melbourne.
Speaking at an immunology convention in Melbourne Professor Katie Allen, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, said that the city “leads the way.”
“Unfortunately Australia does appear to be the food allergy capital of the world with Melbourne leading the way,” Professor Katie Allen, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute said.
She said reason the city was most probably worse than other Australian cities was due to its location. “The further from the equator you live, the higher the risk of food allergy,” she said.
The ABC reports that the findings fit with the “so-called vitamin D hypothesis” – whereby children with low levels of vitamin D were more susceptible to food allergies. Melbourne’s cooler climate meant children spent less time exposed to the sun than in most other Australian cities.
Other factors driving Australia’s rising food allergies were cleanliness and parents unwillingness to give babies solid food from a variety of food groups.
Professor Allen said food groups like nuts and dairy should be introduced to an infant’s diet in small amounts from six months of age.
“The introduction early is not only safe, it looks like it’s protective,” she said.
2. 14-year-old girl repeatedly raped by youth workers in a foster refuge centre but abuse wasn’t reported to police.
A teen foster child was reportedly repeatedly raped over a five-month period in 2012 by two workers at a residential refuge centre in Sydney’s inner west.
The girl, who since died of a drug overdose was removed from a safe foster home by Family and Community Services and sent to the refuge centre. Despite warning by a member of the public of the “extremely inappropriate” abuse taking place, nothing was ever done.
Police were called after the teenager was taken to Sydney Children’s Hospital where DNA and semen was found on her clothing.
But The Daily Telegraph reports that the Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the rape case after her death despite DNA evidence that found the odds of her attacker being innocent were “100 billion to one”.
A DNA profile match with one of the men, a 26-year-old man was ‘expected to occur in fewer than 1 in 100 billion individuals’.
Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said yesterday the decision to not go ahead with the prosecution of the “carer” is “beyond disturbing.”
Details emerged after the main offender recently applied for a Working With Children check. His failed appeal revealed he had “several sexual encounters” with Girl X over a five-month period.
There is now pressure on NSW public prosecutors to reopen the case.
3. Boyfriend of Sara Connor confesses to killing Bali policeman.
The boyfriend of Australian Sara Connor has confessed to killing a Balinese police officer at Kuta beach on August 17.
Taylor has told investigators that he hit a police officer on the head twice with the officer’s own binoculars during a fight on a Bali beach.
Taylor’s lawyer Haposan Sihombing said his client had confessed to striking the officer on the head as the two wrestled on the sand.
“Our client regrets what he did on the incident of the 17th” the lawyer said.