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Researchers have identified a specific difference shared by most (but not all) brains of people who had autism. from www.shutterstock.com.au

New study finds common link across autism spectrum disorders

One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way.
New research shows a high BMI in mothers before pregnancy may impact the health of their child. Jessica Pankratz/Flickr

Babies born to overweight mothers more likely to get age-related diseases sooner

Overweight women have a higher risk of delivering biologically older babies who are are more susceptible to age-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
Minority groups such as migrants are almost always pro-vaccination. from www.shutterstock.com

‘No jab, no pay’ disadvantages migrant children

The Commonwealth government's "no jab, no pay" legislation is disadvantaging migrant children. Many families are having essential payments withheld despite their children being vaccinated.
Parents of very preterm infants are at far higher risk of depression and anxiety than parents of healthy full-term babies. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Mums and dads of very preterm babies more likely to be depressed

A new baby is life-changing for all parents, but for those whose babies are born too early, the challenges can be immense.
This birth defect has such a stigma because it can be related to having a smaller-than-usual penis. Mike Ault/Flickr

Hypospadias: the cause of penis malformation is still a matter of debate

Hypospadias is a malformation of the penis, present from birth, where the opening of the urethra is misplaced somewhere along the underside of the penis instead of being at the tip.
RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO. Alvin Aquino/RCH

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
A new treatment for achondroplasia is helping to transform many kids’ lives.

New dwarfism drug shows how innovation can be done well

A collaboration between research and industry has produced a promising new drug that could transform many childrens' lives. It's also a case study in innovation done right.
Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato

Kidney failing? Grow a new one

The ability to grow new kidneys from stem cells might transform our treatment for kidney disease.
The 1000 Genome Project is comparing the genomes of thousands of people from around the world. Shutterstock

Thousands of genomes reveal human genetic differences around the world

The 1000 Genome Project has revealed the genetic variations that exist among people around the world, and discovered that some people are missing many genes.
Family resemblance isn’t only down to genes, but also to the influence of the environment on those genes. Mitchell Joyce/Flickr

Epigenetics: phenomenon or quackery?

Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
Health is one of the nine Science and Research Priorities announced by hte government. Sapol Chairatkaewcharoen/Shutterstock

Research priority: make Australia’s health system efficient, equitable and integrated

Australia spends around 10% of GDP on health, so it's imperative that our research strategies also generate economic benefits.

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