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Tragedy as schoolboy, 16, dies in a horror car crash while his three friends survive

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Heartfelt tributes have flowed for a 16-year-old schoolboy who tragically died in a horror car crash. 

Brock Daniel, from Bundaberg on Queensland’s east coast, died when a car rolled at Cecil Plains, west of Toowoomba, at about 10.30pm on Monday night.   

The other teenagers in the car – a female driver, 18, a male passenger, 19, and a female passenger, 16 – did not sustain serious injuries, The Courier Mail reported. 

Brock Daniel, 16, (pictured) from Bundaberg on Queensland's east coast, died in a horror car crash after the car rolled several times on Monday night at about 10.30pm

Brock Daniel, 16, (pictured) from Bundaberg on Queensland's east coast, died in a horror car crash after the car rolled several times on Monday night at about 10.30pm

Brock Daniel, 16, (pictured) from Bundaberg on Queensland’s east coast, died in a horror car crash after the car rolled several times on Monday night at about 10.30pm 

Brock (pictured) was in the car with three other teenagers who were not seriously injured

Brock (pictured) was in the car with three other teenagers who were not seriously injured

Brock (pictured) was in the car with three other teenagers who were not seriously injured

QLD Police said the teenagers were driving on Dalby Cecil Plains Road when the car came off the road and rolled several times.   

The two female teenagers were taken to Dalby Hospital in a stable condition with neck, back and abdominal injuries.

The 19-year-old was assessed by paramedics but declined transport to hospital.      

Brock died at the scene from critical injuries and crash investigations are continuing. 

Friends have remembered the 16-year-old as someone who ‘lit up the room and made everyone laugh’.

One friend posted a tribute online and reminisced on the memories she shared with Brock. 

‘When we stayed in Brisbane and you got upset so you walked out of the hotel, and I came to find you and somehow you were the one that ended up buying me Krispy Kremes to make us both happy.

‘You’re a beautiful soul… You are the greatest and the sweetest and everyone loved you,’ she wrote. 

Brock (pictured above) sustained critical injuries and died at the scene of the crash

Brock (pictured above) sustained critical injuries and died at the scene of the crash

Brock (pictured above) sustained critical injuries and died at the scene of the crash

Another friend described Brock as ‘the boy who always made us weak to the knees’. 

‘Words can’t explain how we are feeling right now… I remember when all of us would sit around rapping and you had the funniest line… RIP my little angel,’ she said. 

Other school-friends paid tribute to the 16-year-old who was ‘taken too soon’.   

‘RIP Brock I remember when I was your mentor… and the amount of cheek you used to give me. May you now rest easy man.’    

‘RIP Brocky, taken way too soon brother. Love you so much, you will be missed by so many. I’ll be thinking of you bro until we meet again, love you,’ another mourner said.

Friends have paid heartfelt tributes to Brock online (pictured) and remembered the 16-year-old as someone who 'lit up the room and made everyone laugh'

Friends have paid heartfelt tributes to Brock online (pictured) and remembered the 16-year-old as someone who 'lit up the room and made everyone laugh'

Friends have paid heartfelt tributes to Brock online (pictured) and remembered the 16-year-old as someone who ‘lit up the room and made everyone laugh’

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Victoria records seven new COVID-19 cases on the day Dan Andrews predicted lockdown would end

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Victoria recorded seven new cases of coronavirus on Sunday – the same day Premier Daniel Andrews predicted lockdown would finally come to an end. 

The all-important two-week rolling case average is at 4.6 for Melbourne, below the 5 that Victorian authorities have long wanted to trigger the next step out of lockdown.

The regional average is at 0.2 while there are nine cases with an unknown source in Melbourne.

But Mr Andrews on Saturday warned that the outbreak in Melbourne’s north may present an obstacle to easing restrictions.

‘I just want to caution people from banking that tomorrow I’ll be making a whole series of detailed announcements about opening up,’ he told reporters.

The premier said tens of thousands of tests needed to be processed and the results taken into account before any decisions were made.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday warned that the outbreak in Melbourne's north may present an obstacle to easing restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday warned that the outbreak in Melbourne's north may present an obstacle to easing restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday warned that the outbreak in Melbourne’s north may present an obstacle to easing restrictions

Women take photos on the beach shore of St. Kilda, observing the social distance rule by staying inside the circle that is specially drawn on October 17, as the city continues lockdown

Women take photos on the beach shore of St. Kilda, observing the social distance rule by staying inside the circle that is specially drawn on October 17, as the city continues lockdown

Women take photos on the beach shore of St. Kilda, observing the social distance rule by staying inside the circle that is specially drawn on October 17, as the city continues lockdown

He is expected to announce any changes to restrictions later today.

The surge in cases comes after just one new case was recorded on Friday, helping to drive the rolling average down. 

The state’s death toll remains at 817 and the national figure 905, with only one death in the past week. 

The premier warned against businesses and staff getting ahead of themselves before any official announcements are made.

‘I have been abundantly clear, when I stand appear and make the announcement, that is when people can start planning for it,’ he explained.

‘Beyond that, think there is a risk of preempting whatever it is we are doing. 

‘No-one should be assuming I’m making announcements and what the nature of those announcements are until they are in fact made.’  

Healthcare workers are seen at the Goulburn Valley Health-Mcintosh Covid19 testing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, Thursday, October 15

Healthcare workers are seen at the Goulburn Valley Health-Mcintosh Covid19 testing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, Thursday, October 15

Healthcare workers are seen at the Goulburn Valley Health-Mcintosh Covid19 testing facility in Shepparton, Victoria, Thursday, October 15

Mr Andrews stressed it was important for health authorities to wait for the thousands of test results to see if there are any connections to current outbreaks. 

‘It also speaks directly to the fact that if that is the case, then opening up can see case numbers explode,’ he said. 

‘We have been in some respects in this position before and we have to do everything we can to avoid that. 

‘With so many test results in the labs and others that will be done today, it’s really important that we be guided by the data and the evidence and the science.’ 

Of the seven cases reported on Saturday, one is a student who attends East Preston Islamic College

Of the seven cases reported on Saturday, one is a student who attends East Preston Islamic College

Of the seven cases reported on Saturday, one is a student who attends East Preston Islamic College

Students and their family members, including staff from nearby Croxton School (pictured) are also being urged to get tested

Students and their family members, including staff from nearby Croxton School (pictured) are also being urged to get tested

Students and their family members, including staff from nearby Croxton School (pictured) are also being urged to get tested

Of the seven cases reported on the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, one is a student who attends East Preston Islamic College.

The health department has urged families and staff to get tested, including those at nearby Croxton School, even if they do not have any symptoms. 

Both schools will be closed for two weeks to undergo deep cleaning while all members get tested. 

Victoria’s Commander of Testing and Community Engagement Jeroen Weimar said they were working with faith leaders to send the message across to get tested.

‘I am so grateful to our community leaders for working with us to keep people safe,’ he said.

‘I have held several sessions over the last two days to listen and act on the advice from leading community members.

‘We are all Victorians working together to keep this virus away from our families.’ 

Health teams went around the suburbs where the cluster continues to grow and knocked on 90 homes to offer tested. About a third of people accepted being tested for COVID-19. 

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne's normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a 'safe and staged' return to work in the city

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne's normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a 'safe and staged' return to work in the city

Just two people walk on a near-deserted street in Melbourne’s normally busy CBD. The business executives called for a ‘safe and staged’ return to work in the city

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

A woman gets a hair cut at Joey Scandizzo Salon in South Yarra on Monday. Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions last Sunday, permitting hairdressers to reopen (pictured, a man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted)

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions last Sunday, permitting hairdressers to reopen (pictured, a man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted)

Mr Andrews eased some restrictions last Sunday, permitting hairdressers to reopen (pictured, a man visiting a barber on Monday after some lockdown measures were lifted)

Retail and hospitality businesses were to remain closed until November 1, but it appears that may be brought forward by a week. 

Residents of Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been trapped at home since the second lockdown began on July 9.

The city’s second lockdown is currently in its 15th week, although Mr Andrews eased some restrictions last Sunday.

Under the new rules, groups of up to 10 people from two households can gather outdoors and tennis courts, skate parks and golf courses have started up.

Hairdressers have reopened, outdoor pools can host 30 swimmers, while real estate auctions can take place outdoors with up to 10 bidders.

VICTORIA’S PATHWAY OUT OF LOCKDOWN 

The state government has mapped a new pathway out of lockdown for metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria that depends on stamping out COVID-19 cases in the community which have an unknown source.

METROPOLITAN MELBOURNE

STEP ONE: From 11:59pm Sunday October 18

* Two-hour outdoor time limit scrapped

* 5km travel restriction extended to 25km

* Outdoor gatherings up from five to 10

* Face-to-face allied health appointments to resume

* Tennis courts, golf courses and skate parks will reopen

* Outdoor swimming pools open to a maximum of 30 swimmers

* Hairdressers can reopen

* Outdoor real estate auctions permitted with up to 10 people, plus staff

STEP TWO: From 11:59pm on November 1:

* Up to two people, plus dependents, allowed to visit a home per day

* All retail shops can open

* Hospitality: maximum of 20 indoor seated customers (subject to one per four sqm), maximum of 50 outdoor patrons (subject to one per two sqm)

* Beauty and personal care services open

* Wedding groups of up to 10 permitted

* Up to 20 mourners allowed at funerals

* Outdoor religious gatherings and ceremonies capped at 20 people

MAJOR RESTRICTIONS REMAIN:

* Approved face masks must be worn at all times outside home

* Work from home if possible

* All businesses must have a COVID-safe plan    

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HEALTH NOTES: Video games can give teenagers a blast of joy

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Zapping away for hours on video games has long been demonised for destroying teenagers’ mental health, but it can actually make them happy, according to a survey.

Despite warnings of associations with depression, less than ten per cent of players said it had a negative effect on their mood, and more than a third said it gave them a boost. 

Those who played less than ten hours a week were the happiest, the survey by WePC found.

An analysis earlier this year of 21,000 young people concluded that playing video games – including shooting ones – did not increase the risk of aggressive behaviour.

Zapping away for hours on video games has long been demonised for destroying teenagers' mental health, but it can actually make them happy, according to a survey. Pictured: Stock image

Zapping away for hours on video games has long been demonised for destroying teenagers' mental health, but it can actually make them happy, according to a survey. Pictured: Stock image

Zapping away for hours on video games has long been demonised for destroying teenagers’ mental health, but it can actually make them happy, according to a survey. Pictured: Stock image

Thousands of Scottish children have been spared life-threatening asthma attacks – thanks to their parents stepping outside to smoke.

The number of young children hospitalised because of the debilitating respiratory condition has dropped by a quarter since 2014, researchers at the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow have found.

The scientists say that the dramatic change is directly related to a 2014 Scottish media campaign – Take It Right Outside – which encouraged smokers to only light up when outdoors.

Past studies have shown that young children exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased likelihood of developing asthma. 

Professor Steve Turner, a consultant paediatrician at the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian, said parents were now creating ‘smoke-free bubbles’ around their children.

Sweaty workouts cloud your brain 

Don’t sign a contract after exercising as you’re more likely to make a decision you’ll later regret, a study has suggested.

Researchers at University College London gave gym-goers a series of choices with an immediate or delayed reward, such as whether to take £10 now or £50 six months later. 

Those who had just finished vigorous exercise were more likely to make an impulsive choice. 

Scans showed reduced activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex part of their brain, which aids cognitive control.

Dr Bastien Blain, author of the study, advises a period of rest before making life-altering decisions – giving brain activity a chance to return to normal.

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New ‘sponge on a string’ test can pick up early signs of oesophageal cancer

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Patients at risk of oesophageal cancer are being offered a new ‘sponge on a string’ test to help pick up the earliest signs of the disease – allowing doctors to take steps to prevent it.

The one-minute procedure, which can be carried out by a GP or a nurse, involves swallowing a pill containing a sponge-like material attached to a piece of thread. 

Once in the stomach, the pill dissolves and the sponge inside expands.

When it is drawn out, it gently scrapes away cells that line the oesophagus. The cells are then tested for pre-cancerous changes.

Called the Cytosponge, it offers an alternative to an endoscopy, in which a tube and camera are passed down the throat under local anaesthetic. 

Pictured: How the one-minute procedure, which can be carried out by a GP or a nurse, works

Pictured: How the one-minute procedure, which can be carried out by a GP or a nurse, works

Pictured: How the one-minute procedure, which can be carried out by a GP or a nurse, works

Endoscopies have to be done in a hospital or specialist unit and the procedures are notoriously uncomfortable.

The Cytosponge could help catch oesophageal cancer at its earliest stages or before it even begins, dramatically improving survival odds.

During initial trials, the test picked up an early-stage cancer in Liz Chipchase, 72, who said: ‘It saved my life.’

At present, about 9,200 Britons a year are diagnosed with the disease, and just 12 per cent survive more than a decade from diagnosis.

The cancer kills more than 7,000 people each year. Although age is the main risk factor, many cases are said to be preventable because they are linked to smoking, alcohol and obesity.

A condition known as Barrett’s oesophagus – pre-cancerous changes to the cells that line the lower part of the gullet – also increases the risk.

It is thought that about four million Britons suffer from Barrett’s, although many are unaware of it, and up to one in ten could go on to develop oesophageal cancer.

It is thought to be caused by acid reflux, where acid ‘leaks’ back up into the oesophagus from the stomach. Over time, this can change the cells that line the oesophagus.

While the cell changes of Barrett’s itself do not cause symptoms, acid reflux does – primarily heartburn or chest pain, but also an unpleasant taste in the mouth, a persistent cough, particularly at night, problems swallowing, nausea and vomiting. Oesophageal cancer causes similar problems.

These symptoms should warrant a referral for further investigations which, previously, would have involved an endoscopy.

Scientists stumble on a new organ in the brain 

A new organ buried deep inside the head has been discovered by Dutch scientists.

When cancer specialists were using a new CT scanner earlier this year, which meant injecting patients with a radioactive glucose to highlight organs, they were confused when an unfamiliar zone tucked in behind the nose lit up. 

After carrying out the scan on more than 100 patients, they concluded that it wasn’t an anomaly but a pair of glands that help produce saliva.

They have since been named ‘tubarial glands’.  

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The Cytosponge offers a simpler and less obtrusive alternative, say experts. There has also been concern about whether endoscopies can be carried out safely. 

The device blows air into the stomach to inflate it, but this can mean tiny moisture particles known as aerosols can be propelled out of the patient’s mouth and into the air. These particles may contain the Covid virus, putting doctors at risk.

In contrast, the Cytosponge procedure is ‘aerosol-free’, and it has already been fast-tracked in some hospitals to deal with the mounting diagnostic delays brought on by the pandemic. 

Earlier this month, the Scottish Government pledged £500,000 to help roll out the test.

Developed by researchers at Cambridge University and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the Cytosponge may be able identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the current route, according to a study earlier this year.

This is because the procedure is much quicker than an endoscopy and can be carried out by GPs, meaning that more people will be able to access it.

If Barrett’s is diagnosed, patients may be offered medication to control stomach acid and offered lifestyle advice. In more advanced cases, they will be offered surgery to help reduce the risk of cancer developing.

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, who helped to develop the test, said the sponge could be a game-changer in the fight against oesophageal cancer.

She added: ‘Compared with endoscopies performed in hospital, the Cytosponge causes minimal discomfort and is a quick, simple test that can be done by a GP.

‘Our test is already being piloted around the country, so we hope more people across the UK could benefit from it.’ 

Addenbrooke’s Hospital recently fast-tracked the Cytosponge into use in order to help identify patients with suspected cancer who need further tests urgently.

This, along with its launch in Scotland, came in response to the major drop-off in cancer diagnosis during the coronavirus crisis.

According to Cancer Research UK, 2,700 fewer people a week have been diagnosed with cancer compared with last year.

Prof Fitzgerald hopes it will soon be available to GPs across the UK.

Ms Chipchase, who had suffered from acid reflux for years, took part in a Cytosponge trial programme in 2017. She said: ‘If I hadn’t been invited and gone on the trial, I would have had no idea that I needed treatment.’

She visited her GP for the test and received her results 12 days later.

The test indicated the retired scientist had Barrett’s oesophagus and, because of this, she was sent for an endoscopy to see if the cells were cancerous.

That procedure showed she had early-stage oesophageal cancer, and she was quickly started on treatment. 

She said: ‘I feel so lucky thinking about the chain of events that led to the cancer being caught when it was. The experience has changed me. I smile a lot more.’

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