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12-year-old boy uses Make-A-Wish to help others, feeds community for free

Make-A-Wish: Lucas Hobbs feed the community.

Livia Gamble Lucas Hobbs asked his parents if he could use his wish to help others.

Girl, 9 cuts her hair for 'boyfriend' with cancer

Libby Spiers, 9, cuts her hair in support of boyfriend with cancer.

Livia Gamble When Libby Tucker-Spiers visited her best friend, Aiden Selleck in hospital, she immediately wanted to give him her hair.

Why time speeds up as we get older

Fighting time: When the clock speeds up.

Muireann Irish and Claire O'Callaghan Time can race, or it can drag interminably. On rare occasions, it feels as if it's standing still. But why is this the case?

Real life 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunite after lung transplant

Katie and Dalton Pregar reunited at last.

Livia Gamble After months apart Dalton Prager finally got to kiss his wife Katie.

Researchers discover binge eating gene in teens

New study finds binge-eating gene.

Livia Gamble Binge eating in teens may be the result of bad genes, says a new study.

Little girl with leukaemia marries her favourite nurse

Four-year-old cancer patient marries her favourite nurse.

Livia Gamble A video showing a four-year-old girl with leukaemia marrying her favourite nurse will melt your heart.

Eight-year-old girl with food disorder eats bubble wrap and blu-tack

'It's the strangest thing': eight-year-old girl eats bubble wrap.

Livia Gamble Since birth, Jessica Walker has eaten things like dog biscuits, mud and sand.

Mental illness doesn’t have to pass from parent to child

Parental responsibilities may motivate people with mental illnesses to remain in treatment.

Andrea Reupert and Darryl Maybery Children whose parents have a mental illness are twice to three-times more likely to develop their own mental health issues than their peers. But it isn't inevitable.

'Mummy, please let me die,' skin condition too much for boy, 5, to handle

Debilitating skin condition too much for this little boy to handle.

Livia Gamble The debilitating skin condition has become too much for this little boy to handle.

The most common reason for being bullied is weight

The most common reason for being bullied is weight.

Livia Gamble As obesity rates rise, so too does the amount of bullying associated with weight - and not just in Australia.

Teens marks end of cancer treatment Rocky Balboa style

Teens marks end of cancer treatment Rocky Balboa style

Livia Gamble 13-year-old Sean Bartolucci marked the end of his cancer treatment with a fitting tribute: running the "Rocky Steps".

Doctors shocked after finding metre long hairball inside teen's stomach

Doctors find five foot long hairball inside teen's stomach.

Livia Gamble Graphic images show doctors in India removing a five foot long hairball from a 15-year-old girl's stomach.

Children recognise pride at age four and five

Pride: children recognise it in themselves at age five.

Livia Gamble A new study identifies an important developmental stage for children.

Mother of 4-year-old who died after swallowing a battery told 'she will be fine'

Summer Alice Steer: inquest into her death.

Livia Gamble Hours before a four-year-old girl from Queensland died after swallowing a battery she was discharged from hospital and told "she will be fine."

Australia’s youngest hypnotherapist, Lorelai Chalmers, mesmerises (her school mates, that is)

Lorelai Chalmers. She can now boast the title 'Australia's youngest hypnotherapist'.

Loren Smith They say kids are doing everything younger these days. Lorelai Chalmers is taking this to the next, pseudo-scientific level.


Why you might be 20 years older than your actual age

Youthful looks? There's a reason.

Sarah Knapton It is said that time waits for no man, but biologically speaking, some people are barely ageing while others are speeding through their lives at a rate of three years every 12 months.

Mummy blogger's heart-wrenching post reveals she is a victim of domestic abuse

Emma Murphy reveals domestic abuse in heart-wrenching post.

Livia Gamble When the man Emma Murphy thought she was in love with hit her again on Friday, she knew it was time to leave.

Teen with Asperger's punched and left lying on pavement, teaches attackers a lesson

Gavin Joseph teaches his attackers a lesson.

Livia Gamble Teen's mum is urging all parents to educate their children about disabilities that can't be seen.

A century's worth of studies prove sleep is vital for kids' recall skills

This little one may be resting, but his memorising neurons aren't.

Loren Smith Reckon your kids can memorise anything sans sleep? Forget about it.


Don't blame it on Barbie, the issue is body shaming

Livia Gamble Labelling, whether they are fat or thin, is just as bad – if not worse.

Study: can autism be diagnosed in a sniff?

Can autism be measured in a sniff?

Livia Gamble Autism could be diagnosed using smells, finds a new, small study that could prompt further research.

There's more to fussy eating than just food

Fussy eaters: How French schools transform fussy eaters.

Livia Gamble As parents of fussy eaters would know, getting kids to eat isn't that simple.

Teenage girl with toilet phobia dies from heart attack


A teenager died from a heart attack caused by constipation - after going eight weeks without a bowel movement, an inquest heard.

Can you imagine a world without antibiotics?


Catherine Rodie When was the last time your child was prescribed antibiotics? For mother of two Sara Herring it was just a few weeks ago. Her five-year-old son Frazer had a persistent ear ache that he just couldn't shake.

Deaf children are denied basic human right, says Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitzke-Gray

Drisana Levitzke-Gray: Believes all deaf children should learn sign language from birth.

Clare sibthorpe Imagine you were deprived of learning your first language for most of your childhood and isolated from those who use it.

4-year-old Yahya born without eyes, nose and mouth given a new face in Australia

Livia Gamble The kindness of one stranger helped bring him from his home in Morrocco to Australia for surgery.

Obese 7-year-old from Sydney travelled to Egypt for life-saving surgery


Livia Gamble Hana Tarraf's body is hard-wired to put on weight, reaching 57 kilos this month.

Green spaces at school could improve cognitive development in children, says study

Green spaces at school could improve cognitive development in children.

Livia Gamble Researchers discover another benefit for school children who are exposed to more green space.

Young mum blind in one eye after catching flesh-eating bacteria during mud run

Brittany Williams caught flesh-eating bacteria during mud run.

Livia Gamble Two weeks in hospital and $100,000 in medical bills later, doctors are no longer treating Brittany Williams due to her "lack of insurance and full payment."

Teens develop colour-changing condoms, could detect STIs

Livia Gamble The colour of the condom depends on the strain of bacteria.

Alcohol the most toxic factor in neglect of over one million Australian kids

Smithfield Public School Principal Cheryl McBride says Government funding for children's protection services is woefully inadequate.

Loren Smith When it comes to child neglect, it's the bottle, not the crack pipe that's mostly to blame.

Emma Stone reveals struggle with childhood anxiety and how you can help your own kids

Emma Stone beat anxiety. Your child can too.

Loren Smith Known for her confidence and charisma, actress Emma Stone is the last person you would expect to have suffered the crippling effects of childhood anxiety.

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Chocolate may be good for your heart, study says


Livia Gamble A chocolate a day may keep the doctor away - as long as you stick to 100 grams.

Doctor told teen Bronte Doyne to ‘stop Googling’ cancer symptoms before death

Bronte Doyne, 19, died from a rare form of liver cancer in March 2013.

Megan Levy The family of a teenager who was told to “stop Googling” her symptoms in the months before her death from a rare and aggressive type of liver cancer has received an apology from the hospital.

Michigan teen walks over 91kms carrying his brother for cerebral palsy


Livia Gamble Improving on the 64 kilometre walk he did last June, Hunter Gandee, 15, hopes to raise awareness for the disease, rather than donations.

How we can increase Australia’s organ donation rate

Waiting: Holding out hope for a donor.

Aric Bendorf, Ainsley Newson and Ian Kerridge Australia has struggled to increase its deceased organ donation rates for more than 25 years.

Celebrities help producer find cure for two daughters with Batten disease

Gordon Gray is determined to find a cure for his two daughters who have Batten disease.

Livia Gamble With the help of their celebrities friends Gordon Gray and his wife, Kristen, are determined to find a cure.

Texas mum's heartbreaking video of terminal cancer goes viral

Holley Kitchen fights everyday.

Livia Gamble Using just her iPhone and a set of flash cards, one mum is raising awareness about a cancer no one likes to talk about.

Parents falling for allergy myths is leaving children malnourished

Parents cutting out entire food groups, fear of allergies.

Sarah Knaton, While 40 per cent of people claim to have a food allergy, only five per cent actually do.

Woolworths recalls pies, may contain glass

Woolworths recalls pies.

Woolworths is urgently recalling a range of its chicken and vegetable pies amid fears they may contain glass.

Dolly Doctor replaced by Google for teens

Teens turn to Google for health advice.

Livia Gamble Researchers at Northwestern University looked at how adolescents use the internet for health information,

New tactics for battling head lice


Jane E. Brody Relatively few school-age children escape the scourge of head lice, among the many organisms that show no respect for socioeconomic status or hygiene.

Girl, 4, makes history in world-first attempt to prevent type 1 diabetes

Amy Corderoy At four years old she might not be old enough to understand it, but on Wednesday Isla Robinson made scientific history.

Lucky Iron Fish: Canadian doctor tackles global anaemia problem with a tiny fish

The Lucky Iron Fish: Tackling the world's anaemic problem.

Livia Gamble Christopher Charles hopes he will make anaemia a thing of the past with a Lucky Iron Fish.

Healthy Kids Check scrapped but is it a good or bad move?

Healthy Kids Check: worthwhile or waste of time?

Jo Hartley The federal government has scrapped a comprehensive health check for children aged three to five but is it a good or bad move? Parents and health professionals weigh in.


Kiama teen revived after heart stopped on soccer field during match

Emma Douglas, 16, collapsed during a soccer match where her heart stopped and was revived by soccer referee Max Vercoe.

Angela Thompson No one was looking at Emma Douglas when she dropped lifeless onto the grass of the soccer fields on Sunday afternoon.

US Judge jails mother for fleeing with her son to prevent his circumcision

A picture from Heather Hironimus' Facebook page of her four-year-old son Chase, who is at the centre of a court battle over circumcision.

A mother has been imprisoned in the US after fleeing with her son to prevent him from being circumcised by his father.

Father of three changing the way society views HIV

Andrew Pulsipher hope to change the stigma around HIV.

Livia Gamble HIV doesn't need to have a negative stigma.

Teen kept awake for a week to stop parasite tunnelling in her eye

Jessica Greaney wound up with a parasite tunnelling in her eye.

Livia Gamble Jessica Greaney had eye drops put in her eyes every ten minutes to kill the parasite attacking her eye.

Nutrition Australia updates Healthy Eating Pyramid, includes quinoa


Livia Gamble Quinoa might seem like a passing fad but according to Nutrition Australia's new food pyramid it is here to stay.

Abbott government axes Healthy Kids Check

Will Fitzpatrick, 4 years old, with his Mum Kate Sheahan in Port Melbourne.

Julia Medew A comprehensive health check for children aged three to five has been scrapped by the federal government to save about $144 million over four years, angering GPs and speech pathologists.

Women and alcohol: a secret and silent crisis

Thousands of women are struggling with their own, often hidden battle with booze.

Lucy Rocca A recent OECD study suggests it's women in highly qualified jobs who are statistically more prone to consuming hazardous amounts of alcohol on a regular basis.

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Single mums likely to have poor health, finds study

Taking its toll: single motherhood is most damaging in countries with relatively weak social safety nets, such as the US and England.

Single mothers in England have been found to be more likely to suffer poor health later on in life in an international study of women over 50, most likely due to a lack of social support.

Bathurst parents desperately rely on strangers to fund son's urgent surgery

Braiden Peters-Whitwell has a brain tumour

Livia Gamble Time is running out for four-year-old Braiden Peters-Whitwell.

Children have a closer relationship with pets than siblings

Study finds children turn to puts over siblings in times of need.

Livia Gamble Why some children prefer the comfort of a pet over their sibling.

What parents can do to make a child’s chronic illness easier

Chronic illness: It’s important the child feels like a normal little kid.

Alina Morawska and Amy Mitchell When a child's wellbeing depends on vigilant monitoring and consistent medical attention, the everyday anxiety and stress that all parents deal with is made worse by the fact that failing to keep up with treatment can be a matter of life and death.

Bravery award for girl who gave diabetic dad Mallowpuff first aid

Chanel Marshall, 9, called an ambulance for her father Aaron Marshall, who is a Type 1 diabetic.

Selina Powell A young Blenheim girl who tested her father's blood sugar levels and fed him Mallowpuffs after finding him incoherent in his bed will be recognised for her bravery.

The drama queen gene: Why some people are more dramatic than others

Drama queen gene: if you're raising a drama queen it seems your genes could be to blame.

Livia Gamble Some of us avoid drama like the plague but for others, it isn't that easy - we inherited it.

Comparing the damage by school bullies and abusive adults doesn’t really help anyone

Comparison study: abuse in all its forms causes suffering.

Marilyn Campbell A study on which type of abuse has worse effects doesn't really help anyone.

Doctors warn parents to check their child restraints in cars

Ensure straps aren't twisted: Age-appropriate restraints are needed for children.

Julia Medew Children should be restrained with belts and booster seats that suit their age and size to better protect them from serious abdominal injuries during car accidents, doctors say.

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10 actors who were almost cast in the Harry Potter series

Casting for the Harry Potter series couldn't have been an easy job. While we think everything turned out the way it should, here's ten actors that almost made it into the movies.

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