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.
Angela Thompson No one was looking at Emma Douglas when she dropped lifeless onto the grass of the soccer fields on Sunday afternoon.
A mother has been imprisoned in the US after fleeing with her son to prevent him from being circumcised by his father.
Livia Gamble HIV doesn't need to have a negative stigma.
Livia Gamble Jessica Greaney had eye drops put in her eyes every ten minutes to kill the parasite attacking her eye.
Livia Gamble Quinoa might seem like a passing fad but according to Nutrition Australia's new food pyramid it is here to stay.
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.
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 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.
Livia Gamble Time is running out for four-year-old Braiden Peters-Whitwell.
Livia Gamble Why some children prefer the comfort of a pet over their sibling.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble Some of us avoid drama like the plague but for others, it isn't that easy - we inherited it.
Marilyn Campbell A study on which type of abuse has worse effects doesn't really help anyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble Aidan Fenton, 7, took part in a week-long alternative Chinese workshop in Hurstville.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble The impact of divorce on children can potentially be devastating but a new study suggests that joint custody is best.
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.
Livia Gamble Eight-year-old Sophie-Lee Jones was reportedly showing her friend the new game when she passed out.
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.
Charlotte Krol Six-year-old Jesse James O'Brien's video of his daily routine to treat cystic fibrosis quickly becomes an online sensation.
Charlotte Krol Byron and Emily Schlenker from Syracuse, New York hold Guinness World Record for the widest tongues
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Livia Gamble A new study has found many parents struggle to recognise when their child is obese.
Livia Gamble Emilie-Lea Hayward eats 30 tubs of Petits Filous yoghurt a day, becoming hysterical if she is offered anything else.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Jo Hartley A mental illness, left unchecked, can have a lasting and devastating impact on the ones we love the most.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble Even a simple game of pass the parcel can reinforce the idea to children that they are entitled to something.
Livia Gamble Young people claim they didn't have enough information when it came to their first sexual experience, finds survey.
Pain-killing skin patches, prescribed for chronic pain and cancer care, can be deadly to children, health experts warn.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble Teens have experienced high rates of physical and sexual violence from someone they have dated, a new study has found.
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.
Amy Corderoy, Health Editor Thousands of children and young people in NSW are being harmed by alcohol.
Two children being tested for Ebola were taken to hospital by ambulance from Melbourne Airport.
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.
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.
Livia Gamble Six-year-old Matthew Parker has suffered difficulties with his kidneys his whole life.
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.