Media Release: Warning on use of drug for children's sleep David Kennaway is warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems as serious side effects may result when the children are older. Learn more
Media Release: Cerebral Palsy - it can be in your genes It has long been the belief that cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or birth; however, new research demonstrates that at least 14% of cases are likely caused by genetic mutation. Learn more
Media Release: Impact of obesity on fertility can be reversed Rebecca Robker has revealed how damage from obesity is passed on from a mother to her children, and how this damage can be reversed. Learn more
Media Release: Managing mum's blood pressure doesn't harm her unborn child Contrary to expectations, keeping blood pressure in the normal range with medication does not affect a baby's growth and developments in the womb. Learn more
Media Release: Women's fertility linked to detox element in diet New research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role the natural antioxidant selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman's fertility. Learn more
Media Release: Stopping the rise of childhood diabetes New nation-wide research is underway to better understand the causes of type 1 diabetes, why it's on the increase, and how children can be spared its potentially life-threatening complications. Learn more
Media Release: Controversial medication has benefits for breastfeeding A medication used by breastfeeding women should not be restricted in Australia because of the benefits it offers mothers and their babies. Learn more
Media Release: Just 30 minutes of exercise has benefits for the brain Just one session of aerobic exercise is enough to spark positive changes in the brain that could lead to improved memory and coordination of motor skills. Learn more
Media Release: Diet and exercise during pregnancy has hidden benefits It might not be obvious on the scales, but healthy eating and increased physical activity from walking during pregnancy is directly associated with a range of improved outcomes at birth. Learn more
Media Release: Halving the risk of preterm birth for twins An International research collaboration led by Professor Ben Mol has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies. Learn more
Media Release: Smoking cessation vital to improved Aboriginal birth outcomesSmoking rates in Aboriginal people are three times those of the non-Aboriginal community. Proactive quit smoking campaigns must be stepped up and targeted for this population. Learn more
Media Release: Research into building blocks of conception earns awardImportant discoveries in reproductive biology and understanding the underlying mechanisms that control ovarian function could help infertile couples conceive.
Media Release: Message to parents: babies don't 'start from scratch'There's now overwhelming evidence that a child's future health is influenced by more than just their parents' genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health.
Media Release: Treatment does not prevent pre-eclampsia, pregnancy lossAn anti-blood clotting treatment that has been used for more than 20 years to prevent a range of serious pregnancy complications has been shown to be ineffective.
Media Release: Preterm children's brains can catch up years laterBy the time preterm babies become teenagers, their brains can perform almost as well as those born at term - providing the degree of social disadvantage is not too great.
Media Release: Midwives can deliver improved health literacy to patientsNew media technologies such as smart phone apps may be an effective means of improving health outcomes for new mothers and their babies. Learn more
Media Release: Genetic pathway can slow spread of ovarian cancerResearch into the origins of ovarian cancer has led to the discovery of a genetic pathway that could slow the spread of cancer. Learn more
Media Release: Why are girl babies winning in the battle for survival?Sexual inequality between boys and girls starts as early as in the mother's womb - but how and why this occurs could be a key to preventing higher rates of preterm birth, stillbirth and neonatal death among boys. Learn more
Media Release: Poor diet before pregnancy is linked with preterm birthWomen who eat a poor diet before they become pregnant are around 50% more likely to have a preterm birth than those on a healthy diet. Learn more
Media Release: Scientists find new genes on male sex chromosomesScientists are a step closer to discovering what determines the sex of Australia's iconic platypus and echidna, after an international study unravelled new genes contained on mammalian Y chromosomes. Learn more
Media Release: Proof that antidepressants and breastfeeding can mixWomen on antidepressant medication are more successful at breastfeeding their babies if they keep taking the medication, compared with women who quit antidepressants because of concerns about their babies' health. Learn more
Media Release: Critical role of one gene to our brain developmentA gene linked to intellectual disability is critical to the earliest stages of the development of human brains. Gene mutations to USP9X have been shown to cause disruptions to normal brain cell functioning. Learn more
Media Release: Pregnancy study leads to fewer high birth weight babiesThe world's biggest study offering healthy eating and exercise advice to pregnant women who are overweight or obese has shown a significant reduction in the number of babies born over 4kg in weight. Learn more
Media Release: How accurate is child mental health screening at four years?Although mental health screening of children aged 4 can help to predict mental health problems in later years, only a quarter of children can be accurately identified with such screening. Learn more
Media Release: Male-female communication at conception shapes the health of offspringThe quality of the father's seminal fluid influences the future health of their child - including the chances of developing obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Learn more
Media Release: Higher risk of birth problems after assisted conceptionThe risk of serious complications such as stillbirth, preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal death is around twice as high for babies conceived by assisted reproductive therapies. Learn more