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

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.


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.

Mum uses pizza ordering app to escape hostage situation, say police

The Pizza Hut receipt shows the woman's messages to alert police to her situation.

Josephine Tovey A mum and her three children were allegedly being held hostage by her boyfriend when she managed to use a fast-food ordering app to raise the alarm.

Obese children pose challenges for anaesthetists

Childhood Obesity: Who's to blame?

Julia Medew Anaethetists raise concerns over new challenges in treating an increasing number of obese children who need surgery for illnesses related to their weight.

14-year-old girl's witty response to guys who don't want to wear condoms


Livia Gamble A teenage girl was asked to respond to a series of "partner objections to condom use". Instead of using the multiple choice answers provided - she came up with a list of her own.

Diabetic Sydney boy dies after attending "slapping therapy" workshop in Hurstville

Aiden Fenton with his parents.

Livia Gamble Aidan Fenton, 7, took part in a week-long alternative Chinese workshop in Hurstville.

Bullying worse than child abuse, study

Study: Effects of bullying could be worse than child abuse.

Livia Gamble The study found that children who are bullied by their peers are more likely to suffer from mental health issues than children who are maltreated by adults.

The illness so rare it has no name


Victoria Lamebert Dominic Blower has inquisitive brown eyes, an unruly mop of dark curls and a mega-watt smile. Watching him as he scolds his puppy for chasing the family's chickens around their garden, it is heartbreaking to hear that by the age of five he had already spent more than half of his short life in hospital.

Study reveals the best divorce arrangement for kids


Livia Gamble The impact of divorce on children can potentially be devastating but a new study suggests that joint custody is best.

Slippery slide from health kick to atypical anorexia for 12-year-old Jed Armstrong

On recovery's road:  Jed Armstrong is winning the battle with atypical anorexia nervosa with the help of his family.

Amanda Dunn Twelve-year-old Jed was a keen footballer who designed himself a health regimen. But soon his mood took a dive and he was always cold.

A mother's warning about potentially deadly 'sleeper game' kids are playing


Livia Gamble Eight-year-old Sophie-Lee Jones was reportedly showing her friend the new game when she passed out.

Medicare reform: Ley announces wide ranging review of health system

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Michelle Grattan After an extensive round of consultations with health professionals and patients, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that yet more work needs to be done to find solutions to Medicare's problems.

Video of six-year-old taking daily dose of nine pills to treat cystic fibrosis goes viral


Charlotte Krol Six-year-old Jesse James O'Brien's video of his daily routine to treat cystic fibrosis quickly becomes an online sensation.

Father and daughter show off world's widest tongues

Guinness World Record holders for widest tongue.

Charlotte Krol Byron and Emily Schlenker from Syracuse, New York hold Guinness World Record for the widest tongues

Alcohol in films influences teen drinking habits

Fictional characters who drink have a negative effect on teens.

Livia Gamble It turns out watching Homer Simpson drink his Duff beer, or characters in the last installment of Harry Potter series sipping different forms of alcohol to relax can have a negative effect on teens.

David Owen to tell Royal Commission of life of abuse

David Owen holds a photo of himself from the orphanage days.

Joanne McCarthy David Owen was born after his 12-year-old mother was raped, was offered for adoption in a newspaper advertisement, and was physically, sexually and emotionally assaulted for years at an isolated orphanage run by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy.

Boys should be targeted in body image programs too

Body image: It has been assumed that boys don’t experience body dissatisfaction

Livia Gamble Research presented to the APS College of Health Psychologists Conference over the weekend showed body image programs for pre-adolescent students should be gender specific.

The missing ingredient in better health for everyone


Lauren Ball Doctors are failing to screen for obesity, offer nutrition advice or refer their patients to other parts of the health-care workforce that could help.

Help to heal Harmony

Friends Of Harmony: Shanay Hoskin with daughter Harmony and her school friend, Zoe.

Emma Watson Not long after five-year-old Harmony Hoskin started school her world turned upside down when a stroke suddenly paralysed the entire left side of her body.

Doctors find leech growing in boy's throat

Blood sucker: 7cm leech found in boy's throat.

Livia Gamble An 11-year-old boy was complaining of a sore throat and suffering dizzy spells before doctors found a leech lodged in his throat.

Doctors warn against sedating children on long trips

Are we there yet? Almost 1 in 5 parents have admitted to medicating children for long flights or car journeys.

Nicky Phillips If you give your children sedatives on long journeys, you're taking a huge risk with possible harmful side effects, says the AMA.


Pru Goward: first NSW anti-domestic violence minister highlights prevention

Rachel Olding The country's first dedicated domestic violence minister has promised to radically shift the government's focus to preventing violence rather than "picking up the broken pieces after a tragedy".

Parents struggle to recognise when their child is obese, especially in males

New study: Parents are more likely to underestimate their child’s weight if they are male.

Livia Gamble A new study has found many parents struggle to recognise when their child is obese.

Girl, 4, eats yoghurt for breakfast, lunch and dinner


Livia Gamble Emilie-Lea Hayward eats 30 tubs of Petits Filous yoghurt a day, becoming hysterical if she is offered anything else.

Facial Palsy

What my son’s facial difference has taught me

Belinda Peters with her son, who was born with Facial Palsy.

Belinda Peters "When he flashed me his first crooked smile when he was six weeks old, both happiness and fear flooded my body. I knew then that facial palsy would always be a part of our life and if he was to grow up different then so must I."

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

Jolie Pitt has announced she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to mitigate cancer risk.

Clare Scott 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.

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