Chinese ‘slap therapist’ agrees to NSW extradition from UK

The 53-year-old was arrested at a London airport in April on an outstanding manslaughter warrant and has been held in custody as NSW Police sought his extradition.

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In Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday Xiao consented to extradition and was refused a third bail application.

Xiao appeared in a glass booth in the court and was handed an extradition form after being warned he could not appeal once he had signed it and would be sent to Australia “in the shortest possible time”.

The case will now go to the UK’s Secretary of State for approval of his extradition, and it could be some weeks before Xiao is flown to Sydney.

The therapist promotes the controversial practice of Paida Lajin in which slapping the skin aims to release toxins from patients.

The six-year-old boy, a type-1 diabetic, died after he was found unconscious in a Hurstville hotel in April 2015 after his parents took him to a self-healing conference conducted by Xiao.

The boy suffered a cardiac arrest, it was reported at the time.

His parents and grandmother were arrested earlier this year and granted conditional bail after being charged with manslaughter.

The court on Thursday heard that Xiao was also being investigated by UK police over the death of a 71-year-old woman who had undertaken his slapping therapy.

The judge declined a bail application by Xiao, saying there was no way to ensure he would not continue his therapy workshops and commit acts “which at the moment are said to have led to the deaths of two people”.

He also said an offer of increased bail security of 70,000 pounds ($A120,000) for Xiao from his ex-wife in the US only increased his risk of flight to another jurisdiction from where he could not be extradited.

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MUMS WITH MULTIPLE KIDS AT GREATER RISK OF WEIGHT GAIN

Women pregnant with baby number two or beyond are at a greater risk of dangerous weight gain compared to first-timers, new Australian research has found.

Professor Helen Skouteris, from Deakin University’s School of Psychology and the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, says their study showed women who’ve already had one or more children are entering pregnancy at a significantly higher BMI.

“Each successive birth adds an average of one kilogram of post-partum body weight above what would normally be gained with age,” Professor Skouteris said.

While “it’s not rocket science”, there still needs to be greater awareness about unhealthy pregnancy weight.

Approximately 50 per cent of Australian women enter pregnancy either overweight or obese.

“You’re not eating for two and unless ordered by your doctor, you don’t need to put your feet up all day.

“These kinds of old wives tales are not relevant today,” said Prof Skouteris.

The findings were published in journal Obesity Reviews.

FRUIT-BASED SUGAR HELPS HIT THE SWEET SPOT

Swapping table sugar for fruit-derived sugar may be a healthier option when watching your waistline.

Researchers from the University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute examined the short-term and long-term effects of swapping sucrose or glucose for fructose, the sugar found in many fruits, vegetables and honey.

The research, which has been published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found blood glucose and insulin levels were lower after consuming food or drink that contained fructose instead of sucrose or glucose.

University of Canberra Adjunct Professional Associate and senior author of the report Dr Kerry Mills said in the short-term study, the reduction in blood glucose was far greater in people who were overweight or had diabetes than in those with normal blood glucose levels.

“The sharp rise in blood glucose after eating glucose and sucrose is a risk factor for diabetes. Fructose, on the other hand, has to be converted by the liver before it can affect glucose concentrations in the blood,” Dr Mills said.

“Because this conversion takes time, it’s impossible for the body to receive the near-instant sugar hit we get from sucrose or glucose. This reduces blood glucose levels, which is particularly important for people with diabetes, who must monitor and control these levels.”

While consuming too much sugar is advised against, Dr Mills says the results show healthier choices when it comes to sugar intake can make a difference for people with diabetes.

TOO MUCH EXERCISE RISKS A LEAKY GUT

A review has found people who exercise excessively may be prone to acute or chronic gut issues.

Investigators found with increasing intensity and duration of exercise, there is a proportional increased risk of gut damage and impaired gut function.

Specifically, the cells of the intestine are injured and the gut becomes more leaky, allowing pathogenic endotoxins normally present and isolated to the intestine to pass into the bloodstream.

This scenario is referred to as ‘exercise-induced gastrointestinal syndrome’ and may lead to acute or chronic health complications, warn researchers at Monash University.

Research leeder Dr Ricardo Costa says exercise stress of more than two hours at moderate intensity (60 per cent VO2max) appears to be the threshold whereby significant gut disturbances arise, irrespective of an individual’s fitness.

Running and exercising in hot ambient temperatures appear to exacerbate gut disturbances.

The review also found patients who have irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease may find low to moderate physical activity beneficial.

“Despite excessive exercise being confirmed to compromise gut integrity and function, we have identified several exacerbating factors which can be controlled, and several prevention and management strategies that can attenuate and abolish the damage and compromised function,” said Dr Costa.

CONSUMERS CAUTIONED OVER BACK PAIN APPS

Researchers have found smartphone apps for treating back pain have questionable value as they are generally of “poor quality” and have not been rigorously evaluated.

Low back pain is a major global public health issue and the leading cause of disability in most countries.

In response to this, there are now more than 700 apps in the Australian iTunes and Google Play stores that use the keyword “back pain”.

It remains unclear, however, if any of them are effective, warns research fellow and physiotherapist Gustavo Machado from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health.

A review of 61 apps, published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, found they offered questionable information, lacked engaging and customisable features and had poor visual appeal and questionable credibility.

“Developers usually claim consumers could rapidly improve back pain symptoms by following their exercise programs. However none of the apps have been directly tested for their effectiveness and only very few provide the educational content and information that is key to guideline recommendations,” said Mr Machado.

Surfstitch rejects key shareholder probe

Embattled online sport clothing retailer Surfstitch has refused to answer a major shareholder’s questions put to it in an open letter because, it says, they are “speculative”.

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The open letter from Crown Financial, which made a failed takeover bid for the retailer last year, says Crown is deeply concerned about Surfstitch’s recent trading halt.

“SRF is in a precarious position and disclosure to the market to date has been superficial at best,” Crown said in the letter, which was released to the ASX by Surfstitch.

Surfstitch said it has been fully compliant with its statutory and regulatory disclosure obligations.

Among a list of 18 questions, Crown asked Surfstitch whether it expects to be solvent by the end of the year, what its restructure plan is, and which assets is the company planning to sell.

Surfstitch refused to respond, saying many of Crown’s questions would require disclosure of detailed financial, strategic and management information.

“Many of these questions are speculative or would require the company to comment on ongoing or incomplete negotiations,” Surfstitch said in a statement.

Crown Financial, which has a more than five per cent stake in the retailer, has also called for an extraordinary general meeting to vote on removing Surfstitch’s newly installed chair Sam Weiss from the board.

It has also taken legation action against Surfstitch over content sharing deals.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is also investigating Surfstitch’s disclosures in connection with the content sharing deals.

Surfstitch went into a trading halt in late May after shareholders launched a potential $100 million class action.

The action launched by law firm Quinn Emanuel in Queensland’s Supreme Court accuses Surfstitch of making misleading statements and forecasts of its 2015/16 earnings.

The company last traded at 6.8 cents a share, significantly lower than its peak of $1.90 a share in December, 2015, and is expected to resume trade when it reports its full-year results in August.

Vixens out to prove they’re Giant killers

Captain Kate Moloney says the Melbourne Vixens know what to expect from Giants Netball and she backs her team to thrive in the do-or-die setting of a Super Netball elimination final.

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The Vixens are undefeated at their usual home of Hisense Arena this season but suffered a one-goal loss across the road at Margaret Court Arena last week to allow the Sunshine Coast Lightning to advance to the grand final as hosts.

For finishing as minor premiers, the Vixens received a second chance in the finals and face a fast-finishing Giants side in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Giants tipped Collingwood out last week.

Moloney said the Giants would rate their chances of going all the way to the decider after chasing down a sizeable fourth quarter deficit to run out one-goal victors against the Diamond-studded Magpies.

“We expect the Giants to absolutely come out firing this weekend, they’re going to be super confident after their win against Collingwood,” Moloney told AAP.

“I think every final, and especially this one this weekend, it’s like a grand final.

“We saw it in the Giants Magpies game, there is that increased intensity and that increase in physicality that comes with the game.

“I’m expecting the intensity to step up again and that’s what we want. As netballers, we play to play finals. I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully win.”

Midcourter Moloney said the Vixens had done their homework on the Giants since their round 12 loss away in Canberra and would be ready to put it all on the line, facing elimination for the first time.

In the Vixens attacking department, goal attack Tegan Philip’s steely confidence and accuracy far out from goal could prove as a potential game-breaker.

Philip is shooting at 84 per cent accuracy for the season, with many of her shots coming from outside 2.5m.

“We get so much confidence from Tegan because you feed her the ball and she’ll turn and shoot from anywhere and most of the time they’re going in,” Moloney said.

“That provides us with a lot of scoreboard pressure for the other team.”

The winner will advance to play Lightning in the grand final at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday, June 17.

Gold Coast wary of Tuivasa-Sheck threat

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2-million man returning to the fullback role, Gold Coast NRL coach Neil Henry admits he has been pre-occupied with a rival No.1.

Jarryd Hayne has been named at fullback after playing in the centres as the Titans prepare to take on the Warriors at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.

But Henry says containing Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will be vital to his team’s chances of beating their New Zealand-based rivals.

The Kiwi fullback has been one of the competition’s best, running for a whopping 1938m with 41 line breaks to his name already this season.

“Their fullback is very, very quick – they have some big wingers and rely on them heavily for their carries, it’s going to be a big job for us,” Henry said.

Adding to the fear factor of the Warriors’ back three is their strong record at Robina.

They have won their last six games at the venue and beaten the Titans in 12 of their last 13 fixtures.

Both sides have been inconsistent this year in the NRL and sit level on the leaderboard with Gold Coast looking to break a two-game losing streak.

The Titans are likely to be without Tyrone Roberts, who has been shunted out of the fullback position for Hayne but also injured his shoulder earlier this week and was not at training on Friday morning.

They welcome back NSW State of Origin Origin hooker Nathan Peats who missed last week’s loss against North Queensland after corking his thigh in the Blues win over Queensland.

It’s likely to be the Titans’ first game of the season where Henry has all his key players in place for 80 minutes.

After an injury-riddled start to the season, the coach’s plan will finally come to fruition with Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey in the halves, Jarryd Hayne at fullback and Nathan Peats as hooker.

STATS THAT MATTER:

– The Titans have beaten the Warriors only once since 2010.

– The Warriors have lost all six away matches this season.

– Gold Coast’s Ashley Taylor currently leads the NRL this season in try assists with 19, he has five more than the next best.

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