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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute blog Featuring stories, opinons and news from our research team, patients and staff.

Choosing to eat healthy food, be physically active, avoid sexually transmitted infections and limit the intake of alcohol, tobacco and other harmful substances are decisions that do not come easily to those without knowledge of their own health. It requires people to be empowered to make those decisions, and live in communities that make the healthier choice easy.
The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, already a rich source of evidence on the health and wellbeing of our children, is now gathering new evidence on a “public health emergency in slow motion”: the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, writes Professor Melissa Wake.
Pregnancy can be a time of great joy and excitement for women, but it can also bring upheaval and stress. Physical health problems, worries about childbirth, and the health of their baby, and fears about managing the transition to motherhood all mean that women can be particularly prone to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and stress. Dr Hannah Woolhouse shares a new study into the potential benefits of mindfulness in pregnancy