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Pesticides and Childhood Brain Cancer - a Link

<a href="/articles/pesticides-and-childhood-brain-cancer-a-link">Pesticides and Childhood Brain Cancer - a Link</a>

Parents who call in pest controllers to get rid of termites in the year before pregnancy are twice as likely to have a child with a brain tumour, according to a national study. The study on links between pesticides and childhood brain cancer, led by Telethon Institute for Child Health Research Professor Elizabeth Milne, revealed parental exposure in the home in the year before conception and during pregnancy were associated with a bigger risk of their child developing a brain tumour. Read full article

Anne Geddes in Support of Meningococcal Disease Awareness

<a href="/articles/anne-geddes-in-support-of-meningococcal-disease-awareness">Anne Geddes in Support of Meningococcal Disease Awareness</a>

A new campaign for meningococcal disease awareness launches as a new survey shows almost four out of five Australian parents feel ill-equipped to recognise signs and symptoms of this devastating disease. Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease is a global meningococcal disease awareness campaign led by celebrated photographer Anne Geddes and meningococcal disease support groups from around the world. Read full article

Home Safety Checklist for Families with Children

<a href="/articles/home-safety-checklist-for-families-with-children">Home Safety Checklist for Families with Children</a>

During International Product Safety Week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging parents and carers to thoroughly check their homes for hidden product dangers that might lead to accidental deaths or serious injuries and illnesses. Read full article

New Health App for Parents to Remember Vaccination Dates

<a href="/articles/new-health-app-for-parents-to-remember-vaccination-dates">New Health App for Parents to Remember Vaccination Dates</a>

‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ is a new health campaign from NSW Department of Health, aimed squarely at busy parents, to remind them of due dates for their children’s vaccinations. The new App for iPhone and Android phones calculates your child's next immunisation due date and sends a series of reminders to call your family doctor to schedule an appointment for each immunisation. For parents not keen on smartphone apps, a new immunisation website with printable resources has also been launched. Read full article

HPV Vaccination Program is Vital for Boys - a Cancer Story

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2013/02/15/hpv-vaccination-program-is-vital-for-boys-a-cancer-story">HPV Vaccination Program is Vital for Boys - a Cancer Story</a>

This year in Australia the cervical cancer vaccine is being given to young teenage boys in Australian high schools. The vaccine has been available for girls since the program began in 2007 and the aim has been to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer. Even if you are aware of the expansion of the HPV Vaccination Program to include boys, you may be wondering why. After all, boys don’t have a cervix, right? Read full article

Why Do So Many Teenagers Get Into Trouble?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/11/13/why-do-so-many-teenagers-get-into-trouble">Why Do So Many Teenagers Get Into Trouble?</a>

Whether it be managing the unexpected behaviours of teenagers, a chronic disability, an acute illness, or mental health issues, Benison O'Reilly explores why teenagers get into trouble even with supportive parenting. Read full article

Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/15/losing-a-parent-to-cancer-and-finding-a-place-to-heal">Losing a Parent to Cancer and Finding a Place to Heal</a>

Maree’s husband, Allan, died earlier this year after battling brain cancer, throwing her world into turmoil and disrupting the lives of her two young daughters as they struggled to cope with the fear and devastation of losing their father, and the uncertainty this meant for their future. Read full article

Building Empathy in Medicine Using My Big Mouth

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/06/12/building-empathy-in-medicine-using-my-big-mouth">Building Empathy in Medicine Using My Big Mouth</a>

I talk for a living. I often get asked to MC events. Over the last few years, I’ve been increasingly asked to speak at conferences pertaining to neonatal surgery issues and research. Not because I know anything about neonatal surgery, but because I’m a parent of a child who has undergone major heart surgery and spent time in a neonatal intensive care unit. What I tell them, is how to do their jobs better. This story is about why I love my big mouth. Read full article

My Children's Hearts - the Good, the Not So Good and the Resilient

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/01/21/my-childrens-hearts-the-good-the-not-so-good-and-the-resilient">My Children&#039;s Hearts - the Good, the Not So Good and the Resilient</a>

...Finding out that BOTH of my lovely boys have a heart issue was an awful shock. I confess I had a couple of rough days with it but we have seen our cardiologist now and know where we stand ... This is what I know. We are resilient. All of us. My little family. My kids. You and your kids. All the people in Queensland whose lives have been turned upside down and inside out by the recent floods. Sometimes things happen to us that we've never imagined. Things both good and bad. We lose loved ones, we gain new people to love. And who love us ... Read full article

How Not to Freak Out When Your Child is Bleeding - a Mum's Perspective

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2010/10/13/how-not-to-freak-out-when-your-child-is-bleeding-a-mums-perspective">How Not to Freak Out When Your Child is Bleeding - a Mum&#039;s Perspective</a>

Having survived the school holidays, I thought it was time to put pen to paper before I have to make another trip to the doctor/dentist/hospital. When I finished high school last century, my very sensible parents encouraged me to do nursing. Many years and children later I am eternally grateful for that three year course in how-not-to-freak-out-when-someone is-bleeding…a lot. Read full article