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France probes doctors prescribing antibiotics for autism

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgFrench prosecutors said Thursday that they had opened an inquiry into dozens of doctors prescribing antibiotics and other drugs as a purported treatment for autism in children, potentially endangering their health.The investigation comes after an alert by France’s ANSM medicines watchdog that doctors were prescribing long-term courses of antibiotics and drugs against metal poisoning to autistic children.According to Olivia Cattan, who heads the help group SOS Autisme and has written a book on the practice, some 50 doctors in France are thought to be treating up to 5,000 children this way. Topics : Such prescriptions have been linked to controversial ideas from Nobel Medicine Prize laureate Luc Montagnier, honored in 2008 for his co-discovery of the virus that causes AIDS, but frequently dismissed by the medical community for his unconventional ideas in recent years.The Paris prosecutor’s office said its public health department has been entrusted with the probe into charges of “endangering the lives of others” and “offences related to research involving human beings.”On Tuesday, the ANSM said it had referred the matter, flagged by Cattan, to prosecutors after collecting evidence including parents’ testimony and prescription sheets.The watchdog said the children were prescribed antibiotics, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic or anti-viral drugs, as well as treatments for heavy metal ingestion that are normally reserved for use in case of poisoning.center_img The ANSM “formally advises against these uses, for which these drugs have not shown to be effective and which put these children at risk, particularly with prolonged use.”Effects can include digestive, cardiovascular and skin disorders, while misuse of antibiotics can lead to drug resistance that undermines the effectiveness of future treatments.The ANSM has also alerted French doctors’ and pharmacists’ associations.Montagnier has repeatedly suggested that infection may be what causes autism, and set up much-criticized experiments to prove it.He has claimed that parents and doctors have observed benefits from long-term antibiotic treatment, but most medical professionals remain skeptical of the assertion.Montagnier is not the only French medical expert to court controversy with unorthodox treatments.Didier Raoult, a doctor in the southern city of Marseille, has been promoting hydroxychloroquine, usually used in cases of malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, as a treatment for Covid-19 — a remedy vaunted by Donald Trump but shot down by clinical research.last_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: ‘My family wanted Utopia — so I built it’

By on October 6, 2020

first_img11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba is going to auction on February 21.JOHN and Caroline Carrett develop resorts for a living so it’s no surprise their family home resembles one.From a tennis court, lap pool, spa, soccer field to a built-in aquarium, billiard room, gym and cinema, their Mudgeeraba mega mansion is more resort-like than house. 11 Jarema Drive, Mudgeeraba. Fancy some tennis? The kitchen. The property is a sight to see from the air.From a sewing room library, cloak room and separate studio pavilion, no expense has been spared. “It’s a lovely house with plenty of room,” he said. “Everyone has their own space.”Most of the living areas are on the ground floor and flow outside with alfresco areas overlooking both the tennis court and pool. The kitchen offers a raft of luxury features including breakfast bar, island bench topped in hi-tech solid surfaces, walk-in pantry, two dishwashers and a bar with a bi-fold window server. The in-built aquarium.With five children, the location was paramount. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our kids were at Somerset College and Caroline was driving many miles each day from Palm Beach. Living here has been so convenient; we’re two minutes to the school and two minutes to Robina Town Centre yet we are surrounded by wallabies.” The house took 15 months to build and another 12 months to finish the landscaping.Upon entry to the 9841sq m acreage retreat, it’s obvious it’s is something special. Relax poolside.There are also two ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor. The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs along with the library and another sitting area. Entertaining has played a big role for the Carrett family with birthdays and graduation parties popular. The library.center_img Relax in one of the nine living areas. Relax poolside.“We have had rock bands down on the tennis court as well as jumping castles. It’s been a great family home with a lot of good times.” The family are selling, with plans to downsize on the Coast.The pair are taking the property to auction on February 21 through Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal. There is no shortage of space in this kitchen! Another living area features the aquarium as a feature. Another courtside living area.A winding driveway through a “rainforest jungle” creates a sense of tranquillity while a Port cochere entry provides a grand welcome. The huge 1343sq residence has six bedrooms including four with their own private lounges, a commercial-scale kitchen, bar, 10-car basement and nine different living areas.High ceilings, wide hallways, hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass enables the interiors to combine with the tropical setting. The sprawling property is more resort-like than house.The initial house brief was simple: “I promised the kids Utopia many years ago and I had to deliver on it,” Mr Carrett said.“Our background is in motel resort development so we just wanted to build something along those lines.”The pair bought the 9841sq m block at 11 Jarema Drive in 2007; they had the first pick of exclusive Jabiru Estate.“We bought the first block here,” Mr Carrett said. “When we first bought it there was just a sign out the front that said ‘interested?’ with a phone number.” last_img read more

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