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Mental health
A study by medical researchers from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and UNSW Sydney has shown that young children with heart disease and their families may have poorer quality of life than the general population, leading to calls for routine screening to enable early intervention and better outcomes. The paper – the largest Australian study on the quality of life in young childr...
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  • 08 October 2018
Clinical Trials
An animation that supports both parents and young people who are deciding whether to enrol in a childhood cancer clinical trial has been launched by researchers at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW Sydney. The video is the first piece of a world first suite of resources called Delta, which are being developed by...
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Vaccine Safety
Data from AusVaxSafety has confirmed the safety of new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil9®, in Australian adolescents.  The vaccine was added to the National Immunisation Program earlier this year for adolescent males and females, and is mainly delivered through free, school-based immunisation programs, with some doses also given by GPs. The new vaccine protects against 9 diffe...
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Annual Review
The Children’s Cancer Research Unit (CCRU) has published their inaugural Year in Review, detailing their research accomplishments, advocacy and fundraising activities from 2017 as they strive to improve childhood cancer treatment and survival for children like Bryson (pictured).  
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Hearts and Minds
Congratulations to Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian, who has won the prestigious Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice for 2018-2019, allowing her to spend a year at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital working with the world’s top health policy experts. The Fellowship will allow A/Prof Kasparian to extend her medical psychology program...
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Adolescent health
A national network of researchers committed to improving health services for adolescents have come together under the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and launched earlier this month. The $2.5 million grant acknowledges the importance of researching, improving and delivering meaningful services to a...
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Vaccines
Results of a clinical trial designed to show whether giving pertussis vaccine at birth could protect against life-threatening whooping cough in the first 3 months of life have been published in JAMA Paediatrics.  The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), based at Kids Rese...
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Scientific Literature
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. I’m a regular biomedical scientist, although in one sense I’m perhaps a bit different, in that I really like the process of writing. From speaking with colleagues and teaching postgraduate students abou...
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Zero Childhood Cancer trial shows promising results
Clinical trials
The Zero Childhood Cancer program has released initial results of its national clinical trial, revealing promising outcomes within its first 12 months.   Of the 128 children enrolled in the trial from across Australia with high-risk and relapsed cancers, 67% were provided with personalised treatment plans aimed at killing their unique cancer cells. For most children enrolled in the trial,...
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Gene Therapy
NSW Health has announced $2M of funding towards infrastructure supporting the production of gene and cell therapies in NSW. The project will be led by researchers at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). Gene therapy uses genes as medicine, which has immense therapeutic potential in the treatment of many genetic conditions and cancers...
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