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Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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The benefits of active play for children

As adults we play organised sport, run or go to the gym, but physical activity for our young children means a focus on movement and active play. Why is this important? Physical activity helps improve confidence and builds strength and coordination.

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Many children with ADHD skipping meds

While one in 20 children in Australia have been diagnosed with ADHD, a Melbourne study by MCRI has found that children being prescribed ADHD medication inconsistently take their medication, going without treatment on average 40 per cent of the time.

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Child lead levels down but risks remain

A study into lead levels in Australia’s children by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has shown they are dropping, however children risked higher blood lead levels if they lived in a home older than fifty years or were of lower socioeconomic status.

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Why we need to raise boys differently

In a society that is acutely aware of the negative effects of raising boys to be tough, researchers are finding that, perhaps, we need to re-examine how we raise boys from the very beginning, according to neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton.

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Helping your children cope with stress

One of the most troubling trends we are seeing in many western countries is a growing number of anxious children. Anxiety is linked to stress. What is well known, is that stress is incredibly detrimental to the brain and a child's healthy development.

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Learning to navigate life and emotions

Why is it so critical to teach social and emotional behaviour from a young age? Controlling their own social and emotional behaviour is seen as being a critical skill to help children navigate life and deal with their own emotions and experiences.

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