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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Cost of living and taxes

Why is there so much interest in stats and percentages? How does the average house price or rent translate...

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

First residents move in to Wollongbar housing pods

The first residents displaced by the flooding disaster have now received the keys to their temporary housing pods at Wollongbar, Ballina Council says.

Interviews with Richmond candidates 2022: Independent Terry Sharples

Terry Sharples is a retired accountant living in the Tweed Shire and running as an Independent for the federal...


Hyperactivity linked to inner ear

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Hyperactivity in children may originate in the inner ear, new research suggests.

Scientists have evidence that inner-ear disorders can trigger the neurological changes underlying the behavioural condition.

Two brain proteins are thought to be involved that could provide targets for new treatments.

Many children and teenagers with severe disorders affecting hearing and balance also suffer from behavioural problems such as hyperactivity.

Until now no-one has been able to determine for certain if the two are linked.

'Our study provides the first evidence that a sensory impairment, such as inner-ear dysfunction, can induce specific molecular changes in the brain that cause maladaptive behaviours traditionally considered to originate exclusively in the brain,' said lead researcher Professor Jean Hebert, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

The investigation began after it was discovered that profoundly deaf laboratory mice with severe inner ear defects were also unusually active.

The animals' inner ear problems were caused by a defective gene affecting the transport of sodium, potassium and chloride molecules in various tissues, including the central nervous system.

Humans also possess the gene, said the researchers whose findings are reported in the journal Science.

When the gene was 'knocked out' from the inner ears of healthy mice, the animals became hyperactive. To the surprise of the scientists, this only happened when the gene was deleted from the inner ear. The same effect was not triggered by knocking it out of the brain or spinal cord.

FreakyLookingKid-shutterstock_65440522Tests revealed a role played by two proteins controlling nerve signalling chemicals, or neurotransmitters. Suppressing one of them with a specific drug restored activity levels to normal.

'Our study also raises the intriguing possibility that other sensory impairments not associated with inner ear defects could cause or contribute to psychiatric or motor disorders that are now considered exclusively of cerebral origin,' said Prof Hebert.

'This is an area that has not been well studied.'

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.