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Originally published on Impatient Optimists August 21, 2013 . The clinic is buzzing with mothers, babies and small children. The babies are weighed and measured, and given vitamins and vaccinations. Outside the gates, the village has gathered, with vendors selling snacks and colorful plastic toys.
Taryn Charles, Public Health Genetics Many people these days complain of feeling overwhelmed by information. But for pregnant women having prenatal testing, it’s a very real situation. Chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis are two ways of collecting samples from a developing baby to test for genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
Last year, over six million children died before their fifth birthday. That’s more than the entire population of young children in Australia today. But the vast majority of these deaths take place out of our sight, and so for the most part, out of our minds.
Did you know mindfulness practice can improve work performance, relationships, immune function, and general wellbeing?
The United Nations has declared that 2 April each year will be World Autism Awareness Day, with an aim of bringing more attention to the condition and help give a voice to the millions of individuals who are undiagnosed, misunderstood or looking for help.
Hundreds of researchers and students at Murdoch Children's Research Institute are doing everything in their power to uncover the causes and possible cures of childhood diseases. For some of us, our ‘power’ is tied up in how much computing power we have access to.
Today, more than ever before, a staggering array of new diagnostic options exist to enable accurate genetic diagnosis of genetic conditions. This has been made possible by quantum leaps in computing, which have allowed rapid, interpretable screening of our entire coding DNA sequences and our full genomes at exponentially-affordable prices.