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School can be a pain in the back – literally
Children's health 09 Jul 2020

School can be a pain in the back – literally

While it may be easy to dismiss children’s complaints of heavy backpacks, Australian children are at risk of permanent spinal damage because of incorrectly packed…
Environmental exposures early in life modify immune response | Finland
Children's health 13 Dec 2018

Environmental exposures early in life modify immune response | Finland

The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased significantly over the last decades, creating substantial financial and societal burdens.
Being large for gestational age at birth combined with maternal diabetes is associated with a near-trebling of child’s risk of obesity | Canada
Children's health 05 Dec 2018

Being large for gestational age at birth combined with maternal diabetes is associated with a near-trebling of child’s risk of obesity | Canada

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that children who are larger than average at birth (large for gestational age or LGA) and born to mothers with gestational diabetes are almost three times as likely to be obese as…
Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children with poor aerobic fitness | Finland
Children's health 04 Dec 2018

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children with poor aerobic fitness | Finland

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern…
Cerebral palsy guide helps GPs provide better care for patients
Children's health 30 Nov 2018

Cerebral palsy guide helps GPs provide better care for patients

People living with cerebral palsy, carers and researchers have joined forces to create an Australian-first kit helping general practitioners better understand and support patients living…
New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Children's health 29 Nov 2018

New screening tool to improve outcomes for kids with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) has often been called the 'invisible disability' due to its high rate of non- or misdiagnosis among children.
New resource helps families assess childhood cancer clinical trials
Cancer 04 Nov 2018

New resource helps families assess childhood cancer clinical trials

UNSW medical researchers are developing a tool to support families who are deciding whether to enrol in a childhood cancer clinical trial.
National cancer screening programs reduce the risk of death from breast, cervical and bowel cancer
Cancer 28 Oct 2018

National cancer screening programs reduce the risk of death from breast, cervical and bowel cancer

People with breast, cervical and bowel cancers detected through national cancer screening programs have better cancer survival outcomes.
Cord blood clue to respiratory diseases
Children's health 19 Oct 2018

Cord blood clue to respiratory diseases

New research has found children born in the last three months of the year in Melbourne may have a greater risk of developing respiratory diseases.