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Recent antibiotic use in young children may be linked to increased cardiovascular risk, according to a joint study between Utrecht Academic Medical Centre in The Netherlands and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. The researchers found that children who received antibiotics in the six months prior to having vascular measurements taken had thicker arteries than those who had not received recent antibiotics. The increase in artery thickness was greatest in those who had antibiotics most recently. The study, to be presented at the ANZ Developmental Origins of Health and Disease society conference in Sydney today, looked at 775 Dutch children followed from birth. Researchers analysed parent and GP-reported infections and antibiotic use and related these to ultrasound measurements of the child’s carotid artery in the neck at age five. These measures included the thickness of the artery wall, which predicts cardiovascular disease in adults. MCRI's Professor David Burgner, who...
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Two MCRI researchers have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with prestigious research excellence awards. Professor Melissa Little, Director of MCRI’s Cell Biology theme, was presented with the Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship, Australia’s top award for a woman in biomedical science. The Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship is named after Professor Blackburn, an Australian scientist who received a Nobel Laureate for her groundbreaking work on chromosomes in 2009. Prof Little is internationally-renowned for her research on kidney development and her pioneering studies into renal regeneration, which have the potential to change the lives of people with kidney disease. Prof Little’s acclaimed work includes growing ‘mini kidneys’ from human stem cells in the laboratory. This breakthrough has paved the way for researchers across the globe to use this method for drug screening and disease modelling. With one in 10 Australians living with kidney disease, Prof Little’s ultimate goal is...
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At the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), we want all children to live healthy and fulfilled lives. Show the world what a healthy and fulfilled life means to you and your family by entering our photo competition today . You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just have a keen eye for capturing a great moment. Use your creativity by entering your photos and you could win one of four $200 Westfield vouchers. There are four categories you can participate in to win, which relate to our purpose of children living healthy and fulfilled lives: Play time Cuddle time Family time Healthy time To enter, upload your images online between 28 June and 4 August 2018. Every photo you share can help us raise awareness about the life-saving work undertaken by our amazing researchers. For more information about the competition and to enter, go to: www.mcri.edu.au/photocomp . Thank you...