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“It is only by understanding disease burdens and examining patient outcomes that we can improve the services we deliver and the health of our communities.” It is with this sentiment in mind that Paediatric Surveillance Officer, Edilson Yano, carries out his research into the country’s yearly child morbidity and mortality data.
Written by Stem Cells Australia members Freya Bruveris and Ana Rita Leitoguinho from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Jennifer Hollands from The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.
Written by Constantine Gasser | PhD Student in Community Health Services Research at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute In the lead up to Christmas, with the added availability of many other calorie-rich foods such as fruit-mince tarts, chocolates and Christmas hams in supermarkets, we can be tempted to abandon our normally healthy diets.
Written by Rachel Toovey, Principal Investigator Associate Investigators/Contributing researchers: A/Prof Alicia Spittle (VIBeS), Dr Adrienne Harvey (DDRR), A/Prof Jenny McGinley (UoM), A/Prof Katherine Lee (MCTC), Dr Sophy Shih (Deakin), Charmaine Bernie (DDRR) Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have problems with movement to varying degrees – some children can walk independently but have difficulties with sports and high level mobility, while other children are medically complex and get around using a wheelchair.
Written by Petrea Cahir, Karen Glover and Stephanie Brown | Healthy Mothers Healthy Families, Population Health, MCRI Did you know that prior to the late 18th century, there were at least 250 distinct language groups across the land we now know as Australia?
Written by Dr Mihiri Silva | Environmental & Genetic Epidemiology Research, Population Health, and Plastic Surgery Research, Cell Biology, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Happy World Oral Health Day! Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases, affecting half of all six-year-old children in Australia.
Written by Dr Monica Cooper | Honorary Research Fellow, Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Dr Mark Mackay | Director of the Childrens Stroke Program, Neuroscience Research, Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Children with cerebral palsy are more likely to develop seizures – but it’s not all bad.