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Nine interrupts the Remembrance Day service as broadcaster cuts to an ADVERT about shopping

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Today Extra bungled their Remembrance Day broadcast by jumping into the coverage during the minute silence – before switching to an advert about shopping. 

The Nine program showed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Gladys Berejiklian lay wreaths at the Martin Place ceremony just before 11am on Monday.

But instead of remaining at the Remembrance Day ceremony for the impending minute silence, the broadcast returned to the newsroom.  

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Dog walker from Victoria mauled and almost disembowelled by kangaroo after her dog chased it

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A woman was almost killed by a kangaroo after her unleashed dog tormented and chased it through a park.

The dog walker, known only as Dina, said she ‘played dead’ near Federation Hill in Wodonga, regional Victoria, until the kangaroo finished attacking her.

She believes her quick thinking saved her life. 

Dina had 25 stitches on her face (pictured) after the kangaroo mauled her in a park

Dina had 25 stitches on her face (pictured) after the kangaroo mauled her in a park

Dina had 25 stitches on her face (pictured) after the kangaroo mauled her in a park

Dina said she was chasing after her dog, who began playing with the kangaroo as soon as she let it off the leash, when she noticed the marsupial was panicking. 

Instinctively, she turned around and tried to run for safety, but the kangaroo quickly caught up to her and began clawing at her back after pushing her to the ground. 

‘He gouged out the back of my leg, I know now if I hadn’t turned around, I would probably have been disemboweled,’ she told 9 News

‘He started pounding on me and jumping on me and I played dead. I just thought this is happening, just wait until it is over.’ 

The dog walker was also attacked on her wrist (pictured) and the back of her legs as she tried to fend it off

The dog walker was also attacked on her wrist (pictured) and the back of her legs as she tried to fend it off

The dog walker was also attacked on her wrist (pictured) and the back of her legs as she tried to fend it off

Dina said she felt sorry for the kangaroo involved because she could sense its panic throughout the entire ordeal and knows it was only trying to save itself.

She said her dog caused the attack and that she ‘really felt for the poor thing’ after realising she had ‘encroached on his territory’. 

Council signs in the park stipulate owners should not let their dogs off their leash in the area.

Dina underwent surgery for her leg injuries and required 25 stitches on her face and around her eye. 

The kangaroo attacked Dina from behind (pictured) so she played dead until the kangaroo moved on

The kangaroo attacked Dina from behind (pictured) so she played dead until the kangaroo moved on

The kangaroo attacked Dina from behind (pictured) so she played dead until the kangaroo moved on

WHY KANGAROOS ATTACK 

Kangaroos are mostly docile creatures, and interactions with humans are infrequent.

They can be unpredictable when they feel they are threatened, or that their territory is being encroached on – whether by a human or another animal.

Fewer than five people each year seek treatment for kangaroo attacks in NSW.

The most common reasons for a kangaroo to attack a human are:

  • They see the person as a threat or a sparring opponent. They often will try to protect their group or offspring.
  • The kangaroo has lost its instinctive fear of humans – generally as a result of humans feeding or handling it from a young age. 
  • The kangaroo is in an unfamiliar terrain or has recently moved habitats. Natural disasters like drought and fires can force a kangaroo out of its home and closer to roads and walking trails to seek out food and water, which poses a threat.  

When a kangaroo attacks a person, the will generally do so in a similar matter to fighting another kangaroo, using their paws to push or ‘grapple’ the opponent to the ground. 

How to avoid threatening a kangaroo: 

 • Do not walk directly toward the kangaroo.

 • Do not stand up tall, stare or hold your arms out towards a kangaroo. 

• Do not go near male kangaroos that are sparring, fighting or showing off       their size and strength to each other. 

• Do not move between a female and her joey. 

• Do not allow your dog to approach a kangaroo. Kangaroos will vigorously defend themselves against dogs, and this may draw you into a dangerous situation. 

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Single father is applauded for the ‘awesome’ way he handled his 11-year-old daughter’s first period

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A single father is being hailed as ‘dad of the year’ for the thoughtful way he handled his tween daughter’s first period.

Maverick Austin from Austin, Texas didn’t experience any of the discomfort or squeamishness that some men do when faced with menstruation, particularly the menstruation of their young daughters.

Rather, when his 11-year-old daughter Avi experienced the life milestone, he leaped into action, bring her a chance of clothes and stocking up on all things chocolate.

Top pop: Maverick Austin from Austin, Texas is being applauded for how he handled his 11-year-old daughter Avi's first period

Top pop: Maverick Austin from Austin, Texas is being applauded for how he handled his 11-year-old daughter Avi's first period

Top pop: Maverick Austin from Austin, Texas is being applauded for how he handled his 11-year-old daughter Avi’s first period

Maverick posted about the experience on Facebook — after making sure Avi was OK with it going public.  

‘So today I got ‘The Call,”‘ he began.

Avi had phoned him from school, telling him, ‘Dad, it’s weird, but I think I pooped my pants!’ 

‘So I rush to school take her a change of undies, put the old ones in a bag and rush back to my conference call and threw the bag in the kitchen trash,’ Maverick said.

‘Few hours later she calls and I had to put a very important work meeting I’m hosting on hold which I never do and she says, “Dad it happened again.”

‘I’m confused and very annoyed because I’m super busy… I yell, “Just wipe your butt better then stuff toilet paper in the back of your pants and I’ll have to call you back in an hour!” and I hang up.’

Blood tends to dry to a brownish-rush color, and menstrual blood — which is also mixed bits of uterine lining — can come out looking thick and brownish.

Maverick quickly had that realization. 

‘A few minutes later it hits me… omg!!!’ he went on. ‘I rush to the trash to dig out and inspect the undies from earlier and scream, “That’s blood, not poop!!” 

Respect: Maverick posted about the experience on Facebook — after making sure Avi was OK with it going public

Respect: Maverick posted about the experience on Facebook — after making sure Avi was OK with it going public

Respect: Maverick posted about the experience on Facebook — after making sure Avi was OK with it going public

‘I interrupt my project meeting and explain to my banking colleagues that I’m VERY sorry but I have to go! I’m racing to the school while calling them telling the nurse to “go find my child!” Speeding and having a panic attack because my child called me for help and I just “left her to die on the battlefield!”

‘I run in the office and she’s standing there very calm looking at me and says, “Dad…. I officially started my first…” and I stopped her and said, “I already know Avi… it hit me a few minutes after I hung up on you.”

Doing it right: He got her a bunch of sweets to celebrate

Doing it right: He got her a bunch of sweets to celebrate

Doing it right: He got her a bunch of sweets to celebrate 

Later, Avi reminded him that when a tooth falls out, a kid gets something from the tooth fairy — and asked whether she could expect something for her first period.  

‘So I snuck off to the store and when she got out of the shower I told her “The Period Fairy” brought you something,’ he joked.

Maverick also included a photo of his daughter smiling over her loot, which included a card, cookie dough, M&Ms, and ice cream.

He further explained in the comments that he’d already had pads at home ‘for months’ in preparation.

His story and mature handling of the situation earned him plenty of internet applause. 

‘Awwww that’s the best!!! And those are perfect treats. There should also be period fairies hahaha,’ wrote one. 

‘Men don’t typically like to talk about “lady time”, but you are an awesome dad,’ said another. 

Smart: He further explained in the comments that he'd already had pads at home 'for months' in preparation

Smart: He further explained in the comments that he'd already had pads at home 'for months' in preparation

Smart: He further explained in the comments that he’d already had pads at home ‘for months’ in preparation

‘You’re awesome and if the candy would’ve been a Snickers, I would’ve been even more jealous,’ added a third.

Maverick also commented again to share some inspiring words for other single parents.

‘The real point to any of this is that single parenting is hard, we all have strengths and weaknesses… but when I see parents trying really hard to be the best parent for THEIR child it melts my heart!’ he wrote. 

‘When I see those parents posting a heartfelt all out effort to make their child smile and ensure they know they are loved… it INSPIRES me to try harder! Do more!

‘My daughter and I have struggled at times just like every family but we have developed a beautiful relationship and she tells me daily how much she loves me and why, and nothing else really matters besides that. 

‘I’m no better a dad than any other dad I know, and I hope folks feel the need to “compare”. It’s really about inspiring other parents to “do more” when they can. I will always feel like I had the best mom and dad on the planet and I will never top trying to work as hard as them as a parent. 

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Can taking probiotics mean you stay ill for longer?

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The idea of ‘gut health’ barely existed a few years ago, but now, people in the UK spend around £750 million every year on probiotic products — ‘beneficial’ bacteria which is supposed to boost our health.

People take probiotics believing they increase levels of beneficial bacteria and will boost their immune system, digestion, mental health and more.

But last week, an expert warned that fermented foods such as sauerkraut — often consumed because of their probiotic effect — may trigger bloating, headaches and allergies.

Meanwhile, increasing evidence suggests that, in some circumstances, probiotics might harm the delicate eco-system of the gut.

People take probiotics believing they increase levels of beneficial bacteria and will boost their immune system, digestion, mental health and more (file image)

People take probiotics believing they increase levels of beneficial bacteria and will boost their immune system, digestion, mental health and more (file image)

People take probiotics believing they increase levels of beneficial bacteria and will boost their immune system, digestion, mental health and more (file image) 

A study published this year, from the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, found patients with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, who took a probiotic supplement had a 70 per cent lower chance of responding to immunotherapy, a treatment that uses a patient’s own immune system to fight off the disease.

Researchers also found taking probiotic supplements was linked to lower diversity in the microbiome, which is composed of communities of bacteria in the gut. A lower diversity was previously found to be associated with poorer immunotherapy response.

This is particularly alarming as the type of immunotherapy used — anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors — only works for 20 to 30 per cent of cancer patients, and yet 42 per cent of those in the study were taking a probiotic supplement.

But last week, an expert warned that fermented foods such as sauerkraut ¿ often consumed because of their probiotic effect ¿ may trigger bloating, headaches and allergies (file image)

But last week, an expert warned that fermented foods such as sauerkraut ¿ often consumed because of their probiotic effect ¿ may trigger bloating, headaches and allergies (file image)

But last week, an expert warned that fermented foods such as sauerkraut — often consumed because of their probiotic effect — may trigger bloating, headaches and allergies (file image)

Dr Christine Spencer, a research scientist and one of the study authors, advised cancer patients and doctors to ‘carefully consider the use of probiotic supplements, especially before beginning immunotherapy treatment’.

So how might probiotics interfere with treatment? ‘There are usually around 200 to 300 different species of bacteria in the average human gut,’ says Dr Caroline Le Roy, a researcher and expert on the microbiome at King’s College London. ‘Usually, the more diverse the microbiome, the better for your health.’

But she says a type of bacteria that’s ‘healthy’ for one condition may be harmful for another. ‘A strain that might help your metabolism, may have little or no effect on your immune response.’

A 2018 study at MD Anderson found patients on anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors with more of a specific bacteria, Bacteroidales, had faster advancing disease and lower survival rates.

Bacteroidales appear to be linked to metabolism and a lower risk of obesity, so in some people could be considered ‘healthy’.

‘Introducing a single strain via a supplement could be an issue, as what most people should be doing is feeding the hundreds of diverse bacteria in your gut, as this means there is a greater likelihood of the right strain being there when you need it,’ says Dr Le Roy.

And the potentially harmful effects of probiotics may not be limited to people with cancer. Dr Le Roy says: ‘We know the effectiveness of common drugs, such as metformin for diabetes, depends partly on its effects on the gut microbiome. 

‘Some probiotics that contain the bugs affected by the treatment may be good and improve responses to treatment. But if you have too much of one single strain, you are reducing space for others to thrive.’

Many people take probiotics after antibiotics in the belief it will rebuild bacteria killed off by the treatment. 

However, a study at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, published this year in the journal Cell, found that taking the supplements, in fact, ‘markedly delayed’ the recovery process.

Researchers gave 21 people broad spectrum antibiotics for a week. Participants then either had no intervention, a common probiotic for a month, or a faecal transplant of their own stool taken before antibiotic treatment.

The probiotic group was the slowest to recover and, even five months after taking antibiotics, their gut was still not normal.

However it’s not all bad news. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has approved use of probiotics in conjunction with antibiotics to treat C. difficile infection, which can cause severe diarrhoea. 

There is also promising research into probiotics for conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, depression and anxiety, obesity and eczema.

And the Parker Institute is now testing a microbiome pill containing bacteria that mimics the gut composition of those who best responded to immunotherapy.

So, what does this all mean for probiotic devotees? ‘Take several in combination, or ones that contain multiple strains,’ says Dr Le Roy. And, if in doubt, she says, eat a varied diet.

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