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

My husband Justin and I, like all new parents, were both anxious and excited about the impending birth of our first child. Ashton was born eight weeks early, after I went into premature labour at 29 weeks pregnant. At five days old a routine brain scan revealed he had rare brain abnormality. Everything changed for us from that day.
The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. So what does it take to deploy a robot as a clinic-ready therapeutic aid for diverse patients? We have been exploring these questions and other by using the highly engaging humanoid robot NAO as a therapeutic aid for paediatric rehabilitation.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and it is a disabling condition that has been associated with considerable controversy over the years.
PhD Student Sophia Frentz is calling for more women to choose science as a career, and explains that if you’re curious, if you’ve ever stuck a knife in a toaster, started taking apart a washing machine or watched a cake transform in the oven and wanted to know just what was going on, then the sciences might be your jam.
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.
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.
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.