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Boys with social difficulties most susceptible to early substance use | USA

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Boys who enter sixth-grade with co-occurring social skills, anxiety, learning and conduct problems are at the greatest risk of developing aggressive behaviour and using tobacco, alcohol and marijuana by the end of eighth grade,...

Companion robot trialled in classrooms

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La Trobe University researchers are bringing education into the digital age with the introduction of social robots into special needs schools. In a first for Victoria, the University has teamed up with Waratah Special Developmental...

Pelvic floor study puts weight on resistance training

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Resistance training improves pelvic floor strength and, contrary to popular belief, may not cause incontinence in women, a ground-breaking study by Charles Darwin University researchers has revealed. A team of health professionals assessed the pelvic...

Weight likely cause for one-fourth of asthma cases in kids with obesity | USA

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A study including health data for more than 500,000 children in the U.S. suggests obesity might be to blame for about a quarter (23 to 27 per cent) of asthma in children who are...

Family dinners improve teens’ eating habits no matter how well family functions | Canada

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A new Canadian study has revealed teenagers and young adults who sit down for family dinners – regardless of how well the family unit manages daily routines, communicates and connects emotionally – are more...

Changes to child car restraint instructions could reduce injury risk

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Improving the design of child restraint instruction manuals could increase correct use of the restraints by up to 27 per cent, saving lives and preventing injuries, says research presented at the Safety 2018 World Conference...

Omega-3 found to reduce premature births

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Increased intake of omega-3 long-chain fatty acids during pregnancy has been found to reduce the risk of premature birth. The Cochrane review into Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy was conducted by SAHMRI's Healthy Mothers, Babies and...

Keep slapping on that sunscreen and ignore toxic claims

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It's safe to slap on the sunscreen this summer – in repeated doses – despite what you have read about the potential toxicity of sunscreens. A new study led by the University of Queensland (UQ) and University...

Is ‘baby brain’ really unique to pregnant women?

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So-called 'baby brain' might affect more than just pregnant women, according to a group of Deakin University researchers who hit the headlines with research confirming the phenomenon's existence earlier this year. Lead researcher Sasha Davies, a...

Aussie kids a hop, skip and jump away from better health and fitness

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Australian researchers have identified that our children are not involved in enough muscle-building activity and are still failing to meet the recommended amount of daily physical activity to ensure good health now and later...
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