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Help for kids with mental illness

November 06, 2019

Kids Helpline has just launched a new mobile app for teenagers and young people with mental health issues.
Called ‘niggle by Kids Helpline’, the new app aims to help young people identify any mental health concern or ‘niggle’. It has been designed to be used in conjunction with Kids Helpline’s existing …

The problem with fertility apps

In years gone by, women would rely on the calendar on the wall to work out when their next menstrual cycle might occur. They would look to physical signs to tell them when they might be ovulating, and therefore when they’d be most likely to fall pregnant.
More recently, we’ve seen …

Run for your life

As they say in the classics – run Forrest, run!
New research shows people who run, regardless of how fast, how far or how often are likely to live longer than people who don’t.
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis including 14 studies and over 230,000 participants, running as exercise was …

Miscarriages affect 1 in 6 pregnancies. We need better investigations and treatments

October 30, 2019

A miscarriage is a devastating event. Those who experience them are suddenly and unexpectedly robbed of the promise of new life and the dream of an expanded family. The emotional toll can be even greater if conception was delayed, or if fertility treatments were required to achieve a pregnancy.
Many health …

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

October 29, 2019

It is very difficult to estimate the prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder among Australian children.
This is partly due to fact that the manifestation of the disorder can be very varied and often subtle, and partly due to the fact that very few women will give a history of drinking …

Outlook for premmies pretty good

The majority of babies born prematurely will make it to adulthood without any major health issues, according to new research.
In an extensive Scandinavian cohort study, researchers found there was a high prevalence of survival without any major comorbidities among those born prematurely, even though preterm births are known to be …

The importance of ‘family’ for people with mental illness

October 23, 2019

People living with mental illness often require support from carers, such as family and friends, on a long-term and somewhat unpredictable basis.
But these support networks are not always in place. Geographical or emotional distance from family members, conflict with friends, and the tendency for people with mental illness to withdraw …

These 3 factors predict a child’s chance of obesity in adolescence

Three simple factors can predict whether a child is likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach adolescence: the child’s body mass index (BMI), the mother’s BMI and the mother’s education level, according to our new research.
The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found these …

Not so happy meals: Fast food lowers testosterone

October 16, 2019

Eating a high-fat ‘fast food’ meal can reduce testosterone levels by 25% within an hour of ingestion in overweight and obese men, Australian research shows.
And the effect can last for up to four hours, say the South Australian study authors in a recent issue of Andrologia.
The new finding goes some …

Amiodarone in the aged

This week’s valuable resource award is a little different to the usual.
Rather than a handy algorithm or useful assessment tool, this is, in fact an article from a recent Australian Prescriber.
It’s about all the potential complications and side effects that can potentially occur with amiodarone, that reasonably popular drug that …

How music therapy can help anxious children

According to the NHS, as many as one in eight children aged five to 19 faces a mental health challenge. And a significant number of these cases are related to some form of anxiety.
Of course, a degree of anxiety or worry may be a normal state of affairs for young …

Better eating improves depression in young people

October 09, 2019

Improving a young person’s diet might be the key to helping them overcome their depressive symptoms, according to new Australian research.
In a randomised controlled trial of just over 100 people with elevated levels of depression symptoms and a regular diet that was assessed as poor, researchers found that those allocated …