Don’t stress about the shortage, toddlers don’t need formula

Karleen Gribble, Western Sydney University and Nina J Berry, University of Sydney With Chinese exporters emptying supermarket shelves of toddler formula and an accompanying increase in the price, parents who rely on these products are expressing alarm. Discussion has focused on why formula is being sent to China. However, the greater question of why so…

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Without grandmothers we might not be here at all

Darren Curnoe, UNSW Australia As adults, we’re often nostalgic for our childhood. A time when life seemed so much simpler. When we were free from the hassles of money, pressures of work and responsibilities of family and care. When we were free to play and imagine people and worlds far from reality, and almost everything…

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The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommends a low GI diet for managing gestational diabetes (GDM)

In their recently released guidelines, Initiative on gestational diabetes mellitus: A pragmatic guide for diagnosis, management, and care, the The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommend a a minimum of 175g of carbohydrate per day, distributed in three small-to-moderate sized meals and 2−4 snacks, and a focus on lower GI foods. They say…

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Five ways science can help you raise healthy children

Chris Elliot, UNSW Australia There are countless parenting questions that science can’t answer: “is it gross to eat food my child spat out?”, “why do my kids hate wearing pants?” and, of course, “when they grow up, will my kids remember how much I loved them, or just that I made them wear pants?”. Fortunately,…

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Fear-based health information makes new mothers anxious

Heather Rowe, Monash University and Jane Fisher, Monash University Doctors, nurses and public health practitioners give health advice with the best intentions. They want pregnant women and their babies to be physically and mentally healthy. They want to support women and protect families. They want new mothers to have the best available evidence at their…

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Five things you need to know before going to an IVF clinic

Loretta Houlahan, Monash University With IVF success rates in the spotlight, patients are worried. They don’t want to wind up like Victorian couple Sarah and James Leury who spent nearly A$100,000 on 12 cycles of IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) over five years. After ten cycles, the Leurys switched clinics – from one that doesn’t disclose its…

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Women aren’t following advice to stop drinking when pregnant

Sasha Petrova, The Conversation Around 40% of Australian women drink alcohol while pregnant, despite medical guidelines recommending they don’t. A study published in BMJ Open compared data of nearly 18,000 women across Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom. While the research found most women who reported drinking alcohol during pregnancy were likely to…

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Do women gain a child and lose a tooth?

Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia ‘Gain a child, lose a tooth’ is a phrase that’s bugged me for a while. The basic premise here is that, along with back-ache, reflux and stretch-marks, tooth loss is a very natural consequence of pregnancy. A 2005 study found just how common this belief is among parents. In…

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Exercise during pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes risk

Women who exercise during pregnancy can reduce their risk of diabetes in pregnancy and prevent excess weight gain compared to those who don’t exercise according to a meta-analysis of previous studies, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. They also found that exercise was most effective when performed throughout pregnancy, suggesting the earlier…

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