Penicillin for the heart

A new study has found that regular, affordable antibiotic treatment significantly reduced the risk of underlying rheumatic heart disease progression in children and adolescents. Based in Uganda and undertaken by a multinational team that includes the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), in Melbourne, the research also shows that early screening is critical in preventing serious … Continue reading Penicillin for the heart

Good news about screen time and kids’ health?

By Brendon Hyndman, Charles Sturt University A newly published study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests spending time on screens is unlikely to be directly harmful to young children. The US study attracted global attention, as screen time has been commonly blamed for disrupting the healthy habits of our youth. Headlines announced “Screens are not … Continue reading Good news about screen time and kids’ health?

Poor nutrition blamed for child height gap

Poor nutrition in school years has helped create a height gap of as much as 20 centimetres between children in different parts of the world, according to a new study. Researchers led by Imperial College London (ICL) analysed data on 65 million children, aged five to 19, in 193 countries, and found enormous differences in … Continue reading Poor nutrition blamed for child height gap

A sugar tax and warnings on soft drinks

It might cost us more but we’re are generally okay with a sugar tax on soft drinks, shows a new survey of Australian consumers. However, how much we support it depends on the money being used for health programs. The results of the survey found that more than three-in-four Australians support a range of measures … Continue reading A sugar tax and warnings on soft drinks