Eastern Courier : February 23rd 2011
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DESIGNERS//STALL HOLDERS//FOOD VENDORS FOR MORE INFO CONTACT ABI DANIEL 021 148 3882 OR CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE http://www.wix.com/craftrevolution/craft-revolution-nz 3371191AB Ultra sound machine helps babies Revolutionary imagery: Dr Keith Allenby and mayor Len Brown check out the state-of-the-art ultra sound machine bought with the funding from the mayoress' ball and the Lion Foundation. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS By NICOLA WILLIAMS Unborn babies will have a better start to life thanks to a sophisti- cated ultra sound machine. Middlemore Hospital s new tech- nological advance provides a power- ful tool to diagnose abnormalities during pregancy. The $200,000 machine generates three-dimensional colour images of the baby and gives clear pictures of individual organs. Clinical director of women s health Keith Allenby says the accu- racy and detail of the images is a vast improvement on the previous machines. It helps to make complex diagnosis particularly when it comes to heart conditions, he says. To get a good picture of the heart, the machine needs to be able to cap- ture an image quickly because of the speed at which the heart moves. The time it takes for the machine to generate an image has reduced from nine seconds to one second. Some abnormalities can be detected by the position of fingers on a hand, which is something only 3D images can indicate. It enables you to be more confi- dent in your diagnosis. It removes some of the educated guesswork. Proceeds from the mayoress charity gala dinner last May contri- buted $70,000 and the Lion Foun- dation donated $100,000. It was the outcome of a great night s fun, mayor Len Brown says. We ve always had a strong focus on the good health of the com- munity, we do everything we can to level the playing field for south Auckland residents. Mr Brown says his wife Shan Inglis spent a lot of time having ultra sounds during her second pregnancy. He says the new machine takes diagnosis to another level, which will provide parents with a lot more information and reassurance. What trees need saving? Should it stay or could it go? That s a question residents need to ask themselves as the cut-off date to nominate trees for official protec- tion nears. The Howick Local Board wants people to put forward any notable trees on private land within the urban areas of Howick they consider should be conserved under the dis- trict plan. There is a limited timeframe within which to gather information on trees that need to be protected and we are relying on members of the public to assist in identifying important trees that we want to pro- tect chairman Michael Williams says. Nominations for trees in rural areas are not called for. Changes to the Resource Manage- ment Act mean blanket protection in urban areas will cease on Janu- ary 1, 2012. There are 3690 trees listed for protection in the Auckland region. The board will collate all nominations and qualified arborists will assess trees to help the Auck- land Council determine which specimens should be included in a draft schedule of notable trees. Nomination forms are available from the library, the Howick Local Board office at 1 Aylesbury St, Pakuranga or online at www.auck landcouncil.govt.nz/howick. Nominations must be received by the Auckland Council for consider- ation by March 31. Protection remains in place for trees in reserves and rural areas including the Hauraki Gulf islands. More measles detected Fifteen measles cases have been con- firmed in Auckland. Auckland Regional Public Heath Service medical officer Richard Hoskins says some had acquired measles overseas but others had con- tracted it in the community without any identifiable source of infection. Measles needs to be taken very seriously. This disease spreads easily through the air, especially from coughing and sneezing -- it is highly infectious. Measles commonly causes ear infections and pneumonia, can lead to other serious complications and can be fatal. Our clinical teams have contacted over 800 people who were in close proximity, or in the same room, as those with measles, Dr Hoskins says. Dr Hoskins is advising parents to make sure their child is immunised. Go to www.arphs.govt.nz/notifiable/ measles.asp or call Healthline on 0800-611-116 for advice.
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