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More children are being diagnosed with autism, a study by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found. However, whether autism is becoming more prevalent or being diagnosed earlier is still under question. Researchers from the Institute studied the development of 10,000 children in two separate waves at two yearly intervals. Half of the children were recruited into the study at birth (0-1 years) and half were recruited into the study in preschool (4-5 years). When the children were 6-7 years and 10-11 years old respectively, parents were asked if their child had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and if so, the age and severity of diagnosis. Children’s quality of life, behavioural strengths and difficulties, vocabulary abilities and intellectual development were also measured. Researchers found the prevalence of ASD diagnosis before age of seven was higher (2.5 per cent) in the younger age group compared with 1.5 per cent...
Almost nine in 10 women with perinatal depressive symptoms have had similar mental health problems well before becoming pregnant. This new research from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute challenges an old idea that perinatal mental health problems are different to those at other times in life.
The Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, has officially opened the Children’s Bioresource Centre (CBC) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The Children’s Bioresource Centre is a world-class facility that will support large scale community and population health research focussed on the causes and cures of common childhood illnesses.