& Other Health Updates
speak out against hospital system
In Victoria, some paediatricians say they're so worried
about conditions for children in hospitals that they're
willing to risk their jobs. The Association for the Welfare
of Child Health says there have been cuts of 30 per cent
to paediatric wards over the past 12 years.
announces new baby growth charts
The World Health Organisation has released new growth charts
and in a major break from the past, those figures recognise
breastfeeding as the biological norm when it comes to measuring
what a healthy baby should weigh.
health system access in question
Mark is 19 years old, unemployed and mentally ill. While
his mother works, he watches TV or roams the streets on
his bike. He used to drive, but he's lost his licence.
and glue ear
Probably the commonest childhood operation is the insertion
of grommets little ventilation tubes to relieve
fluid in the middle ear: so-called glue ear.
The idea is to prevent developmental problems like speech
difficulties from associated hearing loss.
friends open up fantastic world
with imaginary friends have
more vivid daydreams than other children,
a new study shows for the first time.
playmates are a sign of rich fantasy life,but can also hint
at problems, researchers say
management for eczema
A trial of six two-hour sessions of education from trained
specialists to parents of children up to 7, between 8 and
13, and adolescents themselves, showed improvements in quality
of life, severity, and panicking when things got bad.
Caffeine can be found in many of the drinks and foods we
consume every day. It occurs naturally in some like tea
and coffee, and is added during the manufacture of others
like cola drinks. Use our caffeine calculator to estimate
your daily caffeine intake. Are you having too much?
and road injuries
Five-year-old Sydney girl Sophie Delezio gets out of hospital,
five weeks after being hit by a car - the second serious
car accident in her short life.
and drink advertisers find new ways to target children
Food advertising aimed at children is going covert.
As the debate over the role food marketing plays in childhood
obesity continues to centre on TV advertising, manufacturers
are turning to less visible techniques to market to children.
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