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Parenting can be a stressful and challenging task at the best of times. From conception through to birth, getting to know your baby and navigating what’s best for your child as they grow into a young adult is a big responsibility that requires a lot of patience and perseverance. For Mary Storch, mother of a daughter with a rare genetic condition, parenting presents these same challenges - plus many more that most of us will never experience.
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Generally when we think of what constitutes a good night’s sleep for children, the advice of getting in ten hours comes to mind. However new research from the long term Growing Up Australia study has given us reason to rethink what is most integral to getting a good night’s rest for optimum health and wellbeing.
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It’s easy to forget about the 39 trillion microbes living on you as we go about our day. In fact, roughly 50% of you is microbial. Although this may seem like just another fun fact to regurgitate at the dinner table, these microbes play a critical role in our health and development.
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Personalised medicine is the concept of using your personal genetic information to treat you in a way that is specific to you. By analysing your unique DNA sequence, it may be possible to predict and prevent disease, as well as to tailor specific treatments when disease does occur.
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Sara was born on a rainy Sunday, the first child to her adoring and overwhelmed parents. Her mother’s pregnancy had been uneventful, and all their antenatal tests normal. Then someone examined her and ordered X-rays. Next, her unbelieving parents were being told that their gorgeous baby had a genetic bone growth disorder, a form of dwarfism.
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Peanut allergies have become increasingly prevalent in today’s younger generation. This is especially true in Melbourne where our unexpectedly high rates of food allergies have led to our city being dubbed the “Food Allergy Capital”.