A Melbourne study has found intravenously administering antibiotics to children at home is as effective and safe as hospital treatment and better for their quality of life when treating a bacterial skin infection.
The Heart Foundation has given $2.8 million to infectious disease researchers, who are developing a vaccine against strep A, the highly contagious bacteria that causes 350,000 deaths annually through rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
Researchers and health professionals have produced the first rehabilitation guidelines in Australia to help children who have had a stroke*. Somewhere between 100 to 300 Australian children suffer a stroke every year.
Most women dramatically reduce their alcohol intake on learning they are pregnant, but by the time their child is five they are back to their pre-pregnancy drinking levels, a new international study has found.
The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute based in Melbourne will be a key partner in a $35 million national consortium formed to fast track a vaccine against Strep A, the highly contagious bacterium that causes around 500,000 deaths every year.
An international study led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has made a breakthrough in identifying a potential cause of the most severe child speech impediment – apraxia. One in 1000 children has apraxia, but understating the origins of this debilitating speech disorder has until now remained elusive.
New research has found that giving young babies a general anaesthetic has no lasting impact on their brain development or behaviour. The study, published in the latest Lancet journal, looked at the effects of having surgery under an awake local anaesthetic compared to a general anaesthetic in 722 babies in 28 hospitals across seven countries.
New research has found that disadvantaged children would get a better start to life if maternal and child health nurses regularly visited their homes in the first two years to help their mothers improve parenting skills.
MCRI's Professor Melissa Little was presented with an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in Amsterdam on Friday, 8 February at a ceremony celebrating the university's 444th birthday. Prof Little was recognised for her "exceptional research into potential regenerative therapies for chronic kidney diseases, in the field of systems biology of kidney development".
Many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are missing out on assessment and treatment according to new research by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Contrary to popular perceptions, the study of early to mid-primary school aged children across Melbourne found only a small number of kids with ADHD were prescribed medication.