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The first time Emerson tried cow’s milk he broke out in hives and his eyes and lips swelled up. Emerson was just seven months old when he had an allergic reaction after having a few spoonsful of his sister’s strawberry smoothie.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated on December 3rd each year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and to celebrate their achievements and contributions.
When Lachie was told he couldn’t take part in a primary school swimming carnival because he wasn't able to swim 50 metres, he handled it like every other challenge he’s come up against. With a determination not to allow his disability to hold him back.
What is CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder? CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder (CDD) is a rare neurological condition in young children resulting in seizures and severe developmental delay. CDD is caused by ‘mistakes’ in a gene on the X-chromosome called CDKL5.
What is human papillomavirus? Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that is primarily spread through sexual contact. There are more than 100 types of HPV and can be classified into low- or high-risk types based on the disease they cause.
In 2020, many of us have thought about oxygen, ventilators and healthy lungs for the first time in our lives. The COVID19 pandemic has made dying for breath easier to imagine than ever.
Long-term partnerships can generate great benefits for communities. For almost two decades, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) researchers have worked closely with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services to address significant health issues including rheumatic heart disease, scabies, vaccine-preventable diseases and maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
The Muscular Dystrophies are a group of inherited diseases that cause weakening and wasting of the muscles. There are approximately 30 types of muscular dystrophy disease, each with a separate cause. Some are obvious at birth, others develop during childhood and some only become apparent in adults.