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Angelina Jolie’s surgery got you worried? Here’s what you should know about ovarian cancer risk

Clare Scott 2:48pm Angelina Jolie Pitt has announced she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to mitigate cancer risk but here are the facts that need to be weighed against the risks when it comes to ovarian cancer.

Sydney Clown Doctor delivering health benefits of humour to sick children

Sunshine and silliness: Lou Pollard delivers the benefits of humour to sick children.

Livia Gamble Lou Pollard has spent the last nine years bringing “sunshine and silliness” to those who need it most: sick children and their families.

Ashya King cancer-free in 'miracle recovery' after proton therapy

Ashya King arriving for his pre-cancer treatment examinations in Prague last year.

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King said he had made a "miracle" recovery from a brain tumour after proton therapy treatment in the Czech Republic that UK authorities had tried to block.

10-year-old girl has 15 maggots removed from her mouth after complaints of 'things moving around'

Brazil: Dentist removes maggots from 10-year-old girl's mouth.

Livia Gamble A 10-year-old Brazilian girl had 15 maggots removed from her gums after complaints of a tingling sensation and "things moving around".

Remove the burden of family violence from the victims, to the courts

Family violence is core business in our courts and an ongoing drain on our economic and social well-being.

Rob Hulls Until we adjust the lens and bring those who use violence and coercion more clearly into view, victims will remain at risk and the cycle of this violence will simply roll on.

Growing up with a dad who refused treatment for mental illness

Mental illness: The father I used to know is no longer here.

Jo Hartley A mental illness, left unchecked, can have a lasting and devastating impact on the ones we love the most.

QLD: Eggs recalled after rise in salmonella cases

Eggs recalled: There's no suggestion that Darling Downs Fresh Eggs is linked to any of the recent salmonella cases.

Darling Downs Fresh Eggs have been recalled, and alerts have been sent to food handlers as health authorities grapple with a general spike in salmonella food poisonings in Queensland.

17-year-old girl who was forced to have chemotherapy is now in remission


Livia Gamble Cassandra Fortin from Connecticut was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last September, but after two rounds of chemotherapy the teen decided to explore alternative therapies.

Changing narcissistic behaviours in children

Changing behaviour: Parents must be willing to say no.

Livia Gamble Even a simple game of pass the parcel can reinforce the idea to children that they are entitled to something.

Kids really do want to have the 'birds and the bees' talk, a recent survey found

Sex education: Around 70 per cent of people surveyed said they felt they didn’t know enough.

Livia Gamble Young people claim they didn't have enough information when it came to their first sexual experience, finds survey.

Pain killer patches warning for parents


Pain-killing skin patches, prescribed for chronic pain and cancer care, can be deadly to children, health experts warn.

Stressed teens don't get all the benefits of exercise later in life


Livia Gamble A new study suggests having a low-resilience to stress during adolescence may cancel out some of the health benefits associated with physical activity.

Salmonella hits 175 Qld school principals

Salmonella is usually caused by poorly cooked meat, poultry and eggs.

Petrina Berry More than 170 school principals and education staff have fallen ill with suspected salmonella poisoning in one of Queensland's worst food poisoning outbreaks.

Teens are experiencing high rates of dating violence, study


Livia Gamble Teens have experienced high rates of physical and sexual violence from someone they have dated, a new study has found.

Blogger Lacey Spears found guilty of killing son with salt

Guilty: Lacey Spears blogged about her son's health issues.

A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted on Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube.

Children admitted to hospital because of alcohol use in NSW

Amy Corderoy, Health Editor Thousands of children and young people in NSW are being harmed by alcohol.

Two kids tested for Ebola in Melbourne

Ebola scare: Children in isolation at Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.

Two children being tested for Ebola were taken to hospital by ambulance from Melbourne Airport.

April-lee Gillen woke from coma to find she was pregnant after attempted abduction

April-lee Gillen: Shocked to find out she was pregnant.

Megan Levy A teenage girl woke up from a coma pregnant after she was found lying unconscious and critically injured beside a road following a suspected attempted abduction near Wollongong.

Study: To fight peanut allergy, it's better to eat peanuts than avoid them

Study finds peanut avoidance could do more harm than good.

Karen Kaplan Keeping peanuts far, far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them seemed like a good idea at the time but a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good.

Texas teacher donates kidney to 6-year-old student

Gift of life: Matthew Parker's teacher to donate her kidney.

Livia Gamble Six-year-old Matthew Parker has suffered difficulties with his kidneys his whole life.

Burning issue

Sun damage keeps happening even after you go inside according to study

Burning issue: Some of the damage caused by sunlight may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study.

Rachel Feltman Some of the damage caused by sunlight — the DNA damage that can lead to sun burns and even skin cancer — may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study published in Science.

What can we draw from pictures by detained child asylum seekers?

Pictures drawn by children detained on Christmas Island, given to the Australian Human Rights Commission as part of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014.

Margaret Mayhew Children’s drawings are an accessible and compelling image of the tragedy of mandatory detaining of children in isolated camps.

Five signs your child has head lice

head lice

Rachel Clun The signs of a head lice infestation may not be as obvious as you think.

Scary berries: how food gets contaminated and what to do

Contaminated berries: Only a small proportion of people who eat these berries will become infected.

Martyn Kirk What you need to know about hepatitis A, what you should do if you are showing symptoms, and how frozen berries become contaminated.

Health warning: Nanna's frozen raspberries recalled over hepatitis fears

Recalled: Nanna's frozen raspberries.

Esther Han A fourth frozen berries product recall has been issued by NSW food safety and health authorities. Patties Nanna’s-branded frozen raspberries have been added to the list, after a string of hepatitis A cases in three states.

Duchess of Cambridge pleas for child mental health checks


Jennifer Cockerell The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken of the importance of preventing children's problems becoming worse as they get older in a video message she has recorded to support the UK's first Children's Mental Health Week.

Boy, 12, youngest child to be to be given a gastric band in Britain

Childhood Obesity: Who's to blame?

Livia Gamble A new series reveals the most extreme cases of childhoods obesity.

10 years on, how do we still have children in detention?

Australia is the only country in to impose mandatory detention as the first resort for asylum seekers, including children.

Madeline Gleeson 10 years after the Australian Human Rights Commission reported that detention centres were no place for children, why is it still an issue?


Australian Human Rights Commission report finds hundreds of children abused in detention

A drawing from a child held in detention.

Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Hundreds of cases of assault against children have occurred in Australian-run immigration detention centres, a new report has found.

'Do they think I'm fat?': The way we talk about health with children matters


Livia Gamble A US mother complained to her local news station after her daughter’s school sent a letter home suggesting her “child's health be examined by a physician”.

Resolutions for the new school year


Antonia Kidman Antonia Kidman shares the simple resolutions she focuses on for her family each year as school goes back.

Doctors confirm screen time affects teens

Sleep-robbing screens: study confirms impact of screen time on teen sleep.

Proof that the more time teenagers spend on computers or mobile phones, the less they sleep they get.

5-year-old girl saves her mum's life after she collapsed in the kitchen

I can't wake her up: 5-year-old girl calls emergency services.

Livia Gamble A five-year-old girl has saved her mother's life after she collapsed in the kitchen by calling emergency services.

Experts revise how much sleep kids should get each night

Tiring times: how much sleep is enough?

Mary Ward Are you making your kids sleep for longer than they need to?

Battling Crohn's tough work for youngster

Health woes: Ranger Leary, 10,
has had Crohn’s
disease since he
was a baby

Cate Broughton Living with Crohn's disease is all Ranger Leary knows.

Researchers find potential peanut allergy cure

Potential cure: At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

Leah McLennan Australian researchers have found a possible cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

Meet the 12-year-old girl battling dementia

Despite her obvious physical fragility, Charlea Armstead is fiercely independent.

Victoria Lambert Charlea Armstead walks carefully into the kitchen of her Oldham home, wary of falling or bumping herself. Each step is taken with the caution of old age, her hands feeling for the security of the table in front, before she gingerly sits down. However, Charlea is no elderly lady. She is 12 years old.

Patients spared $20 GP fee but more changes coming

Plan to cut a Medicare rebate to GPs abandoned

Dan Harrison The Abbott Government’s backdown has spared patients a $20 fee for short GP visits, but they are likely to face higher out of pocket costs in July when other Medicare changes take effect.

Medicare changes dumped

Changes to the medicare rebate have been scrapped

The federal government will not be implementing changes to the medicare rebate system as planned after a backlash from the medical sector.  

The sun and cancer: how UV radiation affects our skin

Applying sunscreen with a high SPF factor every two hours will help reduce your UV exposure.

Sandra Pavey Around 30 Australians are diagnosed with melanoma every day, which can be caused by UV radiation.

Medicare changes: GP visit to cost patients extra $20


Julia Medew Changes to Medicare will see many Australians hit with a new $20 fee for seeing their GP from next week.


What drowning really looks like

Drowning doesn't look like the images we have been shown.

Dilvin Yasa If your child began to drown, would you be able to recognise it? Probably not, says Dilvin Yasa, because we've been fed the wrong images.

How to help when someone is drowning


Scott Parker Not panicking and conserving energy are the keys to survival if you get into trouble in the water, according to a prominent lifeguard.

Missing family found in Queensland outback

Ethan and Timothy Van Lonkhuyzen were missing with their father in outback Queensland.

Kim Stephens Brisbane man Steven Van Lonkhuyzen and his two young sons had been missing for 11 days on Sunday, the outlook was looking grim.


Mother arrested over deaths of eight children in Cairns

Police at the scene in Murray St Manoora in Cairns where the mutliple stabbing occured.

The mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday has been arrested over their deaths, according to police.

ADHD kids spend most of their childhood without medication


Emma Kelly Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.

Cairns stabbing: eight children dead

queensland police

Eight children have been found dead in the suburb of Manoora in Cairns, Queensland Police have confirmed

How to make sure your sunscreen actually works

Following tests, only four sunscreens were recommended.

ANDREA O'NEIL Slipping, slopping and slapping might not prevent sunburn and ageing after all.


South Australian couple jailed over starving son

The 4-year-old boy weighed just 8.3kg when he was discovered locked in this squalor.

Margaret Scheikowski When police got into a locked bedroom of a squalid house, they found a naked, filthy, starving and shivering four-year-old boy crouched on the floor holding out a blue plate.

Vaccinating our children against a preventable viral disease

Larry, polio

Larry Graham There is a disease that has killed or permanently disabled millions - and it's not Ebola.


Children's Rights Report: self-harming emerges as biggest concern


Shaza Barbar The Children's Rights Report 2014 was officially launched by the National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell in an event at the Australian Human Rights Commission Monday morning.

Charity single

Aussie musicians join parents in fight to save their two terminally ill children

Jude and Isla Donnell have a rare genetic condition known as Sanfilippo syndrome.

Inga Ting Last year Megan and her husband Al went from having two healthy kids to finding out they were both terminally ill but they aren't giving up without a fight.

Karmah Jayne Hall's family learnt of her death on Facebook

Family anguish: Karmah Jayne Hall.

Rachel Browne A schoolgirl's grieving mother is appalled that she learnt of her child's death on social media.

A UK mother fights to save her daughter from a painful medical condition


Livia Gamble It';s natural for parents to want to wrap their kids in cotton wool and protect them. But for Sharmila and James Collins it was the only thing they could do to save their daughter's life.


Children as young as 12 are now becoming slaves to the drug crystal methamphetamine

The drug ice

Eamonn Duff A Sun-Herald investigation has found that children as young as 12 are now becoming slaves to the drug: crystal methamphetamine.


Energy drinks are being consumed by kids younger than six


Livia Gamble A study has found children under the age of six are being exposed to energy drinks, as large numbers of parents are phoning poison control centres for help.

Why these two parents want you to know their son's story

Craig with his two children.

Nicole Thomson-Pride Seven-year-old Jack Norman has an inoperable brain tumour and while his parents don't know how much longer they'll have him, they want to make sure others are aware of the disease that kills more children than any other in Australia.

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A brilliantly different look at autism

Callum, 13, with  Aspect's Positive Behaviour Support Manager Tom Tutton.

Rachel Clun Autism Spectrum Australia wants to change the way we talk about autism.

British mother tells of her 10-year-old's battle with anorexia

10-year-old Jade's anorexia left her weighing the same as an average 4-year-old.

Rachel Clun A British mother says her 10-year-old daughter developed anorexia thanks to bullies at school, and she wants other parents to be aware of the dangers of eating disorders.

How to talk to children about grandparents with dementia

How do you explain dementia to kids?

Alison Bradshaw Helping children understand why their grandparent can no longer remember their name is a hard conversation to have, but here are ten practical tips to help guide you.

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