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Teen cancer patient's homecoming date shaves his head in support

Allie's prom date surprised her with a small gesture that meant the world.

3:37pm Allie Allen is 16 years old, and she's already had brain cancer twice.

Five-year-old boy saved by cousin after dog attack at beach

Ryder, right, recovers at home with cousin Joey and mother Jessica Hatheier.

Angela Thompson 1:34pm When Jessica Hatheier saw her five-year-old son emerge from the sand dunes at her local beach looking shocked, she thought he must have fallen over.

Parenting through depression with a preschooler

When depression returns after years of absence.

Ariane Beeston 10:29am The experience of parenting through depression with a newborn compared to a four-year-old was very different.

Dove's latest campaign changing the way young girls see themselves

Dove changing the way teens see themselves.

Livia Gamble A new video by Dove is urging we change one thing: the way girls see themselves.

All codeine-containing medications could be prescription-only from next year

Savings from the agreement were far lower than estimated.

Craig Butt, Aisha Dow Pharmacists have been struggling to identify addicts taking up to 100 painkiller tablets a day leading to a `look' at what's available.

The best and worst foods for healthy teeth

Keeping teeth healthy is just as much about what you eat as how you clean them.

Sophia Breene The foods you and your family should be eating more of and the ones to avoid for healthy pearly whites.

Teenage girl develops hepatitis after drinking too much green tea

Doctors warning: drinking too much green tea can be dangerous.

Camilla Turner Doctors warn the dangers of drinking too much green tea.

Bundaberg Rum advertisements on Dora The Explorer videos spark outrage


An aghast father has described how he discovered his three-year old daughter watching advertisements for Bundaberg Rum while trying to watch her favourite TV show on YouTube.

Mother raises awareness for Toxic Shock Syndrome after daughter, 13, dies

Jemma-Louise Robert's mother raising awareness for TSS.

Livia Gamble When a 13-year-old girl became ill while on a family holiday, doctors first believed she had a winter bug.


The village where girls become boys at puberty, rare genetic disorder

Johnny, who was seemingly born as a girl but turned into a boy aged seven.

Sarah Knapton In a remote village in the Dominican Republic girls become boys at puberty because of a rare genetic disorder.

US teen dies after parents teach him a fatal lesson

Parents teach son a fatal lesson.

Livia Gamble Joseph and Paulette wanted to teach their son a lesson about alcohol, but the consequences were more serious than they'd ever imagined.


Five tips on how to talk to kids about dementia

Five tips on how to talk to kids about dementia

Jess Baker 900,000 Australians are expected to be living with dementia by 2050, but are parents, caregivers and educators prepared for these questions?

Artist brings 'happy place' to life for four children with cancer

Guided imagery...more than just a catchphrase.

Livia Gamble When you are a child with cancer, finding your happy place can be hard.

Increase in the amount of children getting drunk on hand sanitiser

Dangers of hand sanitiser ... children being admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning.

Livia Gamble Hand sanitiser is an effective way to kill germs and bacteria but for kids, it can be a source of alcohol poisoning.

Mum's confronting image of smiling children at dad's funeral

Mum's confronting image of smiling children at dad's funeral.

Livia Gamble A picture tells a thousand words but for this US mum, she hopes it saves lives.

Australian children in the country have twice as many fillings as those in cities

The Royal Flying Doctor Service has released a new report showing the stark disparities between the oral health of city and country dwellers.

Melanie Kembrey Australian children in country areas have twice as many fillings as those living in cities, a new report shows.

Psychopathic traits found in preschool children by University of NSW researchers

Psychopathic child Damien in the 2006 remake of <i>The Omen</i>.

Rachel Browne Psychopathic traits have been found in young children - but just how young will surprise you.

Sleep guidelines for kids 'misguided'

Sleep patterns ... no such thing as the 'right' number of hours.

Child sleep problems just got more complicated.

Bodies of woman and boy, 8, found on Lalor Park street, man arrested: police

Police cordon off Kennedy Parade in Lalor Park after a woman and eight-year-old boy were found dead.

Louise Hall and Megan Levy The bodies of a grandmother and her eight-year-old grandson have been found lying in a suburban street in Sydney's north-west, and police have arrested one of their relatives over their deaths.

16-year-old with anorexia says yoga gave her 'life again'

16-year-old with anorexia says yoga gave her 'life again'

Livia Gamble Maris credits yoga for giving her a passion and purpose for life.

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company hit with $5 million lawsuit

Alba's Honest company accused of lies.

Livia Gamble A consumer is suing the company for misleading customers about their product ingredients.

5-year-old girl's song brings great-grandmother with dementia 'back to life'

5-year-old girl singing brings great-grandma with dementia 'back to life'

Livia Gamble Dementia can take many things from you but a video of a little girl singing to her great-grandmother has given many hope.

A video of 7-year-old cancer patient singing 'Fight Song' will make you cry

Rachel Platten sings duet with seven-year-old cancer patient.

Livia Gamble After Jeremiah Succar was diagnosed with a fast-growing tumour, the song quickly became one his favourites.

Five-year-old girl saves brother's life with selfless stem cell donation

Five-year-old girl saves the life of her brother.

Livia Gamble Though she didn't fully understand the "medical process" Charlotte wanted to help.

Tips for helping teens make the most of their sleep

Tips for helping teens make the most of their sleep

Livia Gamble It's natural for teens to want to stay up later and get up later, but there are some things parents can do to help them make the most of their sleep.

Australian-first program aims to eliminate childhood cancer deaths

Nikki Quinn survived cancer as a child, but the chemotherapy has left her with other health problems. Photo: Janie Barrett

Harriet Alexander Nikki Quinn does not know why she was the one to survive childhood cancer when so many of her friends did not, but it eats her up.

Australia launches children's cancer website to provide support for parents

Steve, Asha, Indiana and Brooke Olding.

Livia Gamble Having an abundance of information at our fingertips can do more harm than good.

Watch the moment a a colour blind child sees red for the first time

Boy sees red for the first time.

Livia Gamble How easy it is to take the little things for granted.

Why I breastfeed my four-year-old son

Vickie breastfeeds her son five times a day.

Antonia Hoyle One mother tells of how continuing to nurse her son has helped control his behavioural problems.

Father of two dies from MND, while mother battles terminal cancer

The Coulston family.

Livia Gamble Two young children from England lost their father on Sunday to motor neurone disease, now their mother is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Eureka prize winner Paige Bebee, 15, reveals the intestinal value of the appendix

Eureka prize winner Paige Bebee and her Nobel prize winning grandfather Professor Barry Marshall.

Marcus Strom A 15-year-old girl is among the big winners at the Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes.

Parents shocked after boy, 4, dies from the chicken pox

Parents shocked after boy, 4, dies from the chicken pox

Livia Gamble Parents of a four-year-old boy who died from chicken pox said they had no idea the disease "could lead to this."

How too much study is ruining children's eyesight


Cosima Marriner Hothousing children is ruining their eyesight, prompting plans to force kids to spend more time outdoors while at school.

Nine-year-old boy was bullied for his disability... but now he has a brand-new bionic hand

Josh Cathcart shouldn't be picked on at school any more thanks to his

He was cruelly bullied by his classmates due to his disability - but a bionic hand is changing all that.

Mother keeps daughter's spirit alive after tragic death at age 10

Tragic death: Ella Lightfoot

Emma Swain On June 7, 2014, Kim Cameron awoke with everything right in her world. What happened next triggered a ­seismic shift in her existence and ignited a force to help others. This is her story.

Little girl dances up a storm at Zumba Convention

Audrey dances up a storm at a Zumba Convention.

Livia Gamble Dancing up a storm on stage at this year's Zumba Convention, Audrey Nethery won't let anything slow her down.

Keeping Alzheimer's worries at bay


Carol Berkower Is there a way to cut through the hype and find out what measures, if any, will help stave off dementia?

One best friend is all your kids need, study

Friendship: study finds quality over quantity is best.

Livia Gamble When it comes to friendships, it's quality over quantity every time.

Henna tattoo leaves teen with chemical burn after holiday in Turkey

Henna tattoo leaves teen with burns after holiday in Turkey

Livia Gamble Mary Bates had a dream catcher temporarily tattooed on her left leg while vacationing with friends.

Video teaching teens to make DIY braces highlights dangers

The dangers of DIY braces.

Livia Gamble Just to be clear, DIY should never apply to fixing your teeth.

Florida mum's search for boy who showed her son kindness


Livia Gamble A young boy made Kaden's day in the simplest, kindest way possible.

Chemotherapy for arthritis a weekly reality for five-year-old girl

A brave face helps New Zealand girl Amelia Ferguson, 5, deal with chemotherapy side-effects from drugs used to treat her arthritis.

Andrea O'Neil Amelia Ferguson endures weekly chemotherapy drug injections but she doesn't have cancer, instead she suffers from arthritis.

Warning from Australian dentists following mouthguard failure for hockey player


Julia Medew You may want to rethink purchasing a cheap mouthguard after reading this story.

Parents make visual bucket list for five-year-old who's going blind

Parents make visual bucket list for five-year-old who's going blind

Livia Gamble Five-year-old Lizzy Myers is slowly going blind but she doesn't know it yet.

'Butterfly boy' with rare skin condition has inspiring message for all

Butterfly boy's inspiring message.

Livia Gamble Diagnosed with Epidermolysis bullosa Jonathan's skin falls off at the slightest tough.

Are mobile phones having an impact on kids while they sleep?

Sweet dreams: Investigating how mobile phones impact kids' sleep.

Zoë Taylor Experts have linked increased device use with sleeping problems for teens but is there more to be concerned about?

Australian study finds thousands of children and teenagers suffer mental illness

Suffering in silence: children may not tell their parents about their mental anguish.

Amy Corderoy Hundreds of thousands of Australian children and teenagers are experiencing serious mental health issues but their parents have no idea what is going on.

What the declining age of puberty tell us

Why starting puberty early matters.

Livia Gamble Being forced to grow up before they are ready can be very damaging mentally and physically.

NSW mum describes son's fight for life after fatal skateboarding accident

Super hero: mum describes son's fight for life after fatal skateboarding accident

Simone Ziaziaris 10-year-old Banjo will "live on in happiness" with the children who will survive because of his donated organs, his mother says.

Parents think cavities are part of growing up

Parents think cavities are part of growing up

Staff writers Almost half of Australian parents think children getting cavities is just a part of growing up.

Five-year-old girl with cancer celebrates birthday, prom and wedding in one

Girl, 5, with cancer celebrates birthday, prom and wedding in one

Livia Gamble Hundreds of people came together to celebrate this little girl's birthday, prom and wedding in one.

Step-by-step breakdown of what happens to your body after you drink a can of Coca-Cola

Pricing pressure in the big supermarkets and weaker sales in convenience stores and petrol stations weighed on Coca-Cola Amatil's profit margins.

Livia Gamble We all know drinking Coca Cola is bad for us, it's full of sugar. Despite this, we continue to drink it but this might change your mind.

8-year-old boy becomes the world's first paediatric double hand transplant recipient

Double-hand transplant recipient Zion Harvey smiles during a news conference.

Marie McCullough First on his list, Zion Harvey wants to climb the monkey bars.

Bailey Matthew, 8, with cerebral palsy finishes UK triathlon unaided

Bailey Matthews, 8, ditched his walker and ran the last 20m of the Castle Howard Triathlon unaided.

Emma Brancatisano A video capturing eight-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Bailey Matthews' inspirational triathlon finish has gone viral.


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.

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