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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.

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.

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