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Murdoch Childrens researchers are leading a world first trial that aims to decrease health complications for young people with achondroplasia.
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Australia has the unfortunate title of being the food allergy capital of the world. Recent research, led by Professor Katie Allen, found that one in 10 infants suffers from a food allergy, which is the highest prevalence of food allergy ever reported in the world.
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By Amy Clarke In January 2014 our family received the worst news possible. Our youngest child Louis, was diagnosed with a terminal metabolic condition. It is an incurable, progressive disease which affects the way cells work and which had severely impacted upon our little boy’s muscle and brain development. Louis had been suffering terribly from nerve pain for a few weeks, and had gone from being an exceptionally happy child to not recognising us because he was so uncomfortable. Amy and Louis Clarke We were advised that Louis’ prognosis was poor and that his life expectancy was uncertain but certainly very short. We were devastated when he was diagnosed, as were our family and friends. He was five months old. We cried often, and were in terrible pain, but somehow we managed to keep going and, most importantly, to enjoy the little time we had left with our beautiful youngest...
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Professor Susan Sawyer has dedicated her career to helping put the health of adolescents in the spotlight. As Director of the Centre for Adolescent Health, a collaboration between the Institute, The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and the University of Melbourne, Professor Sawyer and her team are tackling some of the neglected and often taboo issues affecting teenagers today, including eating disorders. The team is now at the tail end of an extensive research trial comparing two different forms of Family-Based Treatment (FBT) to treat young people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa (AN). The six month treatment equips parents with skills to return their children to a healthy relationship with food – and a healthy weight. To date, FBT has been shown to be the most effective treatment available for adolescents with AN. When her teenage daughter Lucy became unwell, anxious and food obsessed, mother Belinda Caldwell had no idea she was...
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The Institute has a long history of research and advocacy in cerebral palsy, spearheaded by renowned clinician and researcher Professor Dinah Reddihough. In 2013, the Institute was awarded a prestigious five year Centre of Research Excellence grant by the National Health and Medical Research Council, to improve the physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing of children with cerebral palsy and their families.
Student News
Nicholas Ryan is using neuroimaging to investigate the impact of traumatic injury (TBI) on the developing brain, and identify children and adolescents at risk of developing persisting social and behavioural impairment as a result of their injury.