child health

No square eyes, but 50s TV critics were right

No square eyes, but 50s TV critics were right

It appears that 1950s concerns about too much TV were right: the research is adding up that screen time is associated with a greater risk of childhood overweight and obesity, lack of fitness and now, lack of sleep. And the risk is intergenerational, experts say.

Scrapping panel could cost health, say breastfeeding experts

Scrapping panel could cost health, say breastfeeding experts

Australia’s breastfeeding rates are already far from spectacular – and the Federal Government’s decision to scrap an independent panel overseeing the proper use of breast milk substitutes is thus short-sighted, says an RMIT University expert.

Take heat stress seriously, says expert

Take heat stress seriously, says expert

Australians need to slow down, stop pushing themselves to be active and drink responsibly during heatwave conditions such as those currently being experienced in Perth, says an expert is heat stress, hydration and adapting to the heat.

Doubly devastating: Isla and Jude's story

Doubly devastating: Isla and Jude's story

Isla and Jude Donnell’s house is like any other house where any ordinary four-year-old and two-year-old live – it’s full of fairies and tutus, cars and trains, dolls and prams, books and puzzles.

Muscular Dystrophy worse than cancer

Muscular Dystrophy worse than cancer

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) affects a person’s wellbeing at twice the rate of cancer, new research has revealed.

People with Muscular Dystrophy (MD) have a shorted expected lifespan of 20–30 years of age and suffer a restricted daily life due to the forced use of a wheelchair and muscle waste.

DDS brings hope to rescued children

DDS brings hope to rescued children

Pharmacy is an industry which requires a lot of empathy and the ability relate to people from all walks of life – which Charities Coordinator at Discount Drug Stores Sharyn Clark says stood her and seven other DDS employees in good stead on a recent trip to India to work with the not-for-profit organisation FreeToBeKids.

Football's a family affair

Football's a family affair

Image: Cenovis Socceroos James Pearson, Matt McKay and Xavier de Stefani

His father’s a dentist and his mother’s a pharmacist, so Socceroo Matt McKay grew up in a family where good nutrition and healthy choices were part of everyday life – as was sport, including football.

'My daughter has ADHD.'

'My daughter has ADHD.'

Her daughter lives with two conditions which are widely misunderstood, and about which there are many negative stereotypes – so it would be understandable if Christy Johnson took a defensive role in busting myths about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

'I have Type 1 diabetes.'

'I have Type 1 diabetes.'

She’s a keen hula-hooper, dancer, soccer player and volleyballer – and like many other 13-year-olds, she’s often spotted tapping away at her smartphone.

But what sets Brianna Norris apart is that she isn’t always texting – she uses her iPhone to monitor her diabetes, using the iBGStar device, and keep her mother and paediatrician up to date with her blood sugar results.

When medicine looks like lollies

When medicine looks like lollies

Pharmacy assistants and pharmacists are ideally placed to learn first aid and advise on child safety issues such as medicines storage and usage, says Ben Fisher, intensive care paramedic and co-founder of Kids First Aid.

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