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IMAGINE if food caused pain, nausea, reflux, was hard to swallow or even suddenly became stuck in your throat. That can be the reality for someone living with eosinophilic esophagits (EoE) which is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the oesophagus. Former Dubbo man who now lives in Parkes, Mark Swift, remembers he had his “first choke” when he was three years old but his condition wasn't diagnosed for another 20 years. READ ALSO: Homelessness is not just an issue for major cities “I can't remember what it was [that he choked on], I just remember the event,” he said. “I was told I had an immature oesophagus. “I was undiagnosed and untreated for 20 years.” Mr Swift said the seriousness of his symptoms depended on where he was located, but other than that he had no idea what he had. During those years he unexpectedly choked on more meals and sometimes a drink of water would not help the blockage pass. The only way was up and he was often forced to flee from the dining t..

IMAGINE if food caused pain, nausea, reflux, was hard to swallow or even suddenly became stuck in your throat. That can be the reality for someone living with eosinophilic esophagits (EoE) which is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the oesophagus. Former Dubbo man who now lives in Parkes, Mark Swift, remembers he had his "first choke" when he was three years old but his condition wasn't diagnosed for another 20 years. READ ALSO: Homelessness is not just an issue for major cities "I can't remember what it was [that he choked on], I just remember the event," he said. "I was told I had an immature oesophagus. "I was undiagnosed and untreated for 20 years." Mr Swift said the seriousness of his symptoms depended on where he was located, but other than that he had no idea what he had. During those years he unexpectedly choked on more meals and sometimes a drink of water would not help the blockage pass. The only way was up and he was often forced to flee from the dining table to spit or vomit up what was stuck in his oesophagus. "It [his EoE] restricts the size of your throat, the muscles just don't function the way they should," Mr Swift said. "It does't affect your airways, it's just your oesophagus – you can't drink and you can't eat." "Things just don't move past that point." READ ALSO: Love your local news? Here are some tips to make sure you never miss it on Facebook Mr Swift fears there are other people in the community who commonly choke on their food yet have no idea they have this condition. ausEE, a charity that supports people with eosinophilic disorders, has used National EOS Awareness Week from August 4-10 to raise awareness of the condition. Founder and president Sarah Gray said around one in every 2000 Australians are living with the EoE which is the most common type of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder (EGID). Many of them are forced to eat a restrictive diet with milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, shellfish and fish among the most common allergens for sufferers. Ms Gray said a recent survey of people with EGID found many had difficulty going to a restaurant, were anxious about social gatherings and half of them felt they had been left out of a social activity because of their condition. Mr Swift's EoE sits at the severe end of the scale and he was recently hospitalised following a severe bout where his oesophagus was perforated by food that became lodged. READ ALSO: Drought-affected regions will benefit from tourism push, minister Despite this, there are treatments for the condition and other than this major episode, his medication has greatly reduced the number of chokes he has. Mr Swift has urged people with similar symptoms to get checked. "There's a high prevalence of heartburn, reflux and allergies is most people who have this," he said. To find out more about eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders visit ausEE online. Why not subscribe.

IMAGINE if food caused pain, nausea, reflux, was hard to swallow or even suddenly became stuck in your throat.

That can be the reality for someone living with eosinophilic esophagits (EoE) which is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the oesophagus.

Former Dubbo man who now lives in Parkes, Mark Swift, remembers he had his "first choke" when he was three years old but his condition wasn't diagnosed for another 20 years.

"I can't remember what it was [that he choked on], I just remember the event," he said.

"I was told I had an immature oesophagus.

"I was undiagnosed and untreated for 20 years."

Mr Swift said the seriousness of his symptoms depended on where he was located, but other than that he had no idea what he had.

During those years he unexpectedly choked on more meals and sometimes a drink of water would not help the blockage pass.

The only way was up and he was often forced to flee from the dining table to spit or vomit up what was stuck in his oesophagus.

It does't affect your airways, it's just your oesophagus – you can't drink and you can't eat.

Mark Swift

"It [his EoE] restricts the size of your throat, the muscles just don't function the way they should," Mr Swift said.

"It does't affect your airways, it's just your oesophagus – you can't drink and you can't eat."

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Castillo Copper directors show faith in the company by purchasing shares on market

Castillo Copper Ltd (ASX:CCZ) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company's strategy by purchasing shares on market.

Three directors have increased their holding in the company via the purchase of more than 1.45 million shares.

Castillo is advancing a three-pillar strategy to become a mid-tier copper producer.

Pillar I – Cangai Copper Mine: Plans are in place to advance this project through to bankable feasibility study;
Pillar II – Mt Oxide project: Located in the Mt Isa copperbelt with three priority targets including a sizeable massive sulphide conductor, historic deposit and mine; andRead More – Source

Castillo Copper Ltd (ASX:CCZ) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company's strategy by purchasing shares on market.

Three directors have increased their holding in the company via the purchase of more than 1.45 million shares.

Castillo is advancing a three-pillar strategy to become a mid-tier copper producer.

  • Pillar I – Cangai Copper Mine: Plans are in place to advance this project through to bankable feasibility study;
  • Pillar II – Mt Oxide project: Located in the Mt Isa copperbelt with three priority targets including a sizeable massive sulphide conductor, historic deposit and mine; andRead More – Source

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Oklo Resources hits 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold at Dandoko in West Mali

Oklo Resources Ltd (ASX:OKU) has made an outstanding start on its 10,000-metre resource definition drilling program at the Seko prospect with a new high-grade intersection of 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold.

The drilling program undertaken at the Dandoko Project in West Mali comprises air-core (AC), reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling, which is designed to result in a maiden resource estimate scheduled for completion early in Q2 2020.

At Dandoko, extensive gold anomalies have previously been outlined by auger drilling along a 12km-long gold corridor.

The potential of this corridor to host large, gold mineralised systems has been demonstrated by the recent drilling success at Seko and several other nearby prospect areas.

Managing director Simon Taylor said: “Our 2019-20 field season is off to an excellent start with the first batch of assay results providing strong indications for a new high-grade shoot developing within the lightly drill tested northern end of SK1.

“The reso..

Oklo Resources Ltd (ASX:OKU) has made an outstanding start on its 10,000-metre resource definition drilling program at the Seko prospect with a new high-grade intersection of 47 metres at 10.97 g/t gold.

The drilling program undertaken at the Dandoko Project in West Mali comprises air-core (AC), reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling, which is designed to result in a maiden resource estimate scheduled for completion early in Q2 2020.

At Dandoko, extensive gold anomalies have previously been outlined by auger drilling along a 12km-long gold corridor.

The potential of this corridor to host large, gold mineralised systems has been demonstrated by the recent drilling success at Seko and several other nearby prospect areas.

Managing director Simon Taylor said: “Our 2019-20 field season is off to an excellent start with the first batch of assay results providing strong indications for a new high-grade shoot developing within the lightly drill tested northern end of SK1.

“The resource definition drilling program is progressing well with the shallow AC component now completed and the deeper RC and diamond drilling phase expected to commence in late November.

“We look forward to reporting the remaining AC assay results and commencing the deeper drilling on what is shaping up to be an exciting period for the company in advance of its maiden mineral resource estimate.”

Seko drilling

Seko comprises five coherent auger gold trends (SK1-5) with a combined strike length of about 7 kilometres.

The current program is focusing on infill drilling and closing off areas of near-surface mineralisation at Seko anomalies SK1-5 and surrounding areas in advanceRead More – Source

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Meteoric Resources raises $7 million to accelerate Brazilian gold exploration

Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) has received a show of support from existing shareholders along with leading institutional investors who have committed to a placement, raising $7 million.

These funds will allow the company to accelerate exploration at the Juruena and Novo Astro gold projects in the highly prospective Alta Floresta Gold Belt in state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Meteoric is completing maiden drill programs at both projects, which are just 30 kilometres apart.

“True testament” to prospectivity
Managing director Dr Andrew Tunks said, “The support we have received from existing and new shareholders for Meteorics Brazilian portfolio of gold assets is a true testament to the sheer prospectivity that exists at both Novo Astro and Juruena.

“As a Board, we are delighted with how our initial exploration of both projects has progressed since acquisition in March of this year and this $7 million placement, which follows the $2.7 million in August, puts us in good stead to accelerat..

Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) has received a show of support from existing shareholders along with leading institutional investors who have committed to a placement, raising $7 million.

These funds will allow the company to accelerate exploration at the Juruena and Novo Astro gold projects in the highly prospective Alta Floresta Gold Belt in state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Meteoric is completing maiden drill programs at both projects, which are just 30 kilometres apart.

“True testament” to prospectivity

Managing director Dr Andrew Tunks said, “The support we have received from existing and new shareholders for Meteorics Brazilian portfolio of gold assets is a true testament to the sheer prospectivity that exists at both Novo Astro and Juruena.

“As a Board, we are delighted with how our initial exploration of both projects has progressed since acquisition in March of this year and this $7 million placement, which follows the $2.7 million in August, puts us in good stead to accelerate exploration at both our key projects.

“We welcome our new shareholders to the register and thank our existing shareholders for their ongoing support and I look forward to a fruitful 2020 ahead for Meteoric and its shareholders.”

Additional drilling

The placement will see 140 million new shares issued to sophisticated and professional investors at 5 cents per share.

Meteoric intends to accelerate the Brazilian exploration programs including:

  • 5,000 metres of diamond drilling at Juruena to expand known resources and test additional targets;
  • 3,000 metres of diamond drilling at Novo Astro testing under known artisanal open cast mines;
  • 20,000 metres of percussion/aircore drilling at Novo Astro to define the scale of the mineralised system outside historical mining areas; and
  • Expand the proposed geophysical programs at Novo Astro and Juruena.

Tunks said, “Following on from the completion next month of the 26 hole, 4,500-metre initial drilling program at Juruena, it is our intention to evaluate our program and plan for the next season of drilling.

“It is anticipated that the new drilling will focus on expanding the known mineralisation at depth at Dona Maria and along strike at Tomate.”

Look at under-drilled targets

He said, “Additionally, we will look at several other undRead More – Source

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