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Ricci-Jane’s Fertility Journey

Ricci-Jane and her partner were told they wouldn’t have a baby without IVF.  Ricci-Jane had PCOS, and a stressful new job and poor eating habits had taken their toll on her body. In the first video of Your Fertility’s series of personal stories, Ricci-Jane talks about her journey to get ‘baby-fit’ and try to conceive […]

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Most parents believe vaccines are safe for children

95% of Adelaide parents believe vaccines are safe for their children despite the spread of misinformation about vaccine safety. Adriana Parrella’s research demonstrated that while 95% were confident in vaccine safety in general, almost half expressed some concern for the prior testing of vaccines, and one in four was not aware that Australia has a […]

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The Conversation: Navigating the grey zone in end-of-life care for children

Author: Dominic Wilkinson   Recently on The Conversation, legal academic Neera Bhatia drew attention to two recent Australian court cases of withdrawing of life-saving medical treatment from infants with severe brain damage. She suggested there was a need for urgent attention by the Australian government to “set the bar for decision-making processes”, and to create a […]

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Navigating the grey zone in end-of-life care for children

Care planning for critically ill children involves decisions about life-sustaining treatments. Parents are frequently faced with the heart-breaking question of whether life support should continue, or whether it should be stopped, and the child allowed to die. In one study of an Australian children’s hospital, eight out of ten deaths occurred in intensive care, and most had […]

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Science Stories: New cell discovery reveals secrets of ovarian development

The Robinson Institute’s Ray Rodgers and Katja Hummitzsch have discovered a new type of cell in developing ovaries, and tracked its development to form mature cells critical for normal ovarian function in adult females. The new findings challenge decades-old assumptions about the way ovaries form: this in turn will have implications for understanding how normal […]

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Science Stories: Semen and Pregnancy: it’s not just about the sperm

A pair of studies published in 2012 by the Robinson Institute’s Sarah Robertson and colleagues shows that exposure to semen during sex triggers a cascade of molecular and cellular events in the cervix of fertile women. The results are significant because they suggest that semen is not just a vehicle for sperm, but also a […]

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Science Stories: Lessons from large cohort study extend beyond the science

In May of 2012, the Robinson Institute’s Michael Davies and colleagues finally reached the end of more than 7 years of painstaking work in achieving New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) publication of a cohort study examining assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and risk of birth defects. The paper presents strong evidence linking use of intracytoplasmic […]

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Researchers call for Voltaren to be pulled from world markets

The painkiller diclofenac, sold as Voltaren, should be pulled from the market, argue researchers from the UK and Canada, after finding it remains popular despite known cardiovascular risks. Scientists have known for over a decade that some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Voltaren were associated with heart attacks and strokes in vulnerable patients. Read full […]

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Parents’ views critical at the end of a child’s life

More emphasis should be given to parents’ needs when deciding whether or not to withdraw life support from critically ill children, according to a new book written by a University of Adelaide academic. The book, published by Oxford University Press, deals with advances in brain scans and other technologies, and their influence on decisions about […]

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Dads’ age at conception can prove a risk to offspring

Children conceived to fathers aged over 40 are six times more likely to die before birth and have a sixfold chance of having autism, new research shows. The findings from a review of international fertility studies involving 92,000 men have prompted fertility experts to warn that men need to realise their age and lifestyle choices […]

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