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Making science real for all children

The Deakin Child Study Centre yesterday launched new facilities to support its work in making a difference in the lives of children with neurodevelopmental challenges.

Cancer risk for inbred organisms: study

Inbreeding could lead to increased rates of cancer, putting both humans and endangered animals at risk.

Diet, not genes, determines sensitivity to fat

In a study of twins, Deakin researchers have discovered that diet affects individuals’ preference for fat.

Childhood exercise: heart benefits last well into adulthood

Researchers from IPAN have shown that young hearts benefit from exercise well into adulthood.

Adolescents’ struggle: is a generation at risk?

World-leading experts on child development are calling for global action to address risk factors and improve support for adolescents.

Food companies could do better: report

The score card says there’s room for improvement in the nutrition policies of Australia’s biggest food companies.

Chasing the molecule

The potential of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool is causing universal excitement among scientists.

Sweet drinks fuel obesity gap

Children in Australia’s lowest socioeconomic group are consuming more sugary drinks and savoury junk food than their wealthier peers, leading to much higher rates of obesity.

Supermarkets can do more in fight against obesity: study

Australian supermarkets need to take more responsibility for obesity prevention, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Study trials new way to beat cigarette cravings

An over-the-counter nutritional supplement could hold the key to smokers quitting for good.

Eating disorder treatments cost-effective but under-funded

First-of-its-kind research has analysed the cost-effectiveness of front-line treatments for eating disorders in Australia.

Environment can change our genes’ behaviour

A world-first study of pregnant women has shown in humans for the first time that pregnancy can induce long-term epigenetic changes to our bodies.

Trial to address sleep problems in children with autism

A world-first Deakin trial is aiming to address a big issue faced by most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – lack of sleep.

‘Nature’ theme playground more than doubles park visits

An innovative play-scape in a local park that focusses on ‘real world’ experiences has substantially increased physical activity at the park.

Global partnership to improve children’s lives

A collaboration between Deakin and India’s leading mental health and neurosciences institute, NIMHANS, has led to the establishment of a joint centre of research excellence in developmental disorders.

Family ties

New Deakin research highlights the growing number of adult children caring for their ageing parents

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