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Research has shown that 20% of toddlers under the age of four do in fact suffer from vision problems. Much like children need to learn to walk and talk, they need to develop their visual acuity before they can make sense of their surroundings. But by the time a...
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When people think of women freezing their eggs, it’s often seen as something to do if you want to get ahead in your career – a way of delaying motherhood. Some companies have even offered funding for the procedure for their female staff. Egg freezing allows women not yet ready...
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New parenting books seem to pop up all the time. How to do it the French way, the Tiger Mom way, the New Kid by Friday way, or how to just muddle through – the choice can be a little overwhelming. How can we know which guide will give us...
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The number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers in the US more than quadrupled during 1999-2014, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health impact on these children is huge and lifelong. The US is in the midst of an opioid epidemic with...
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Stillbirth is a devastating complication of pregnancy that affects millions of women globally each year. It is defined as a baby born showing no signs of life where delivery occurred at or after six months (24 weeks) of pregnancy. And in the UK, 90-95% of stillbirths happen before the...
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Most adults wear sunglasses to protect our eyes against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But what about your children? “Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to the eye,” says Inge Loubser, optometrist at Mellins i.Style. Try to avoid the peak times of sunlight when the...
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Around one in 30 pregnant women have pre-eclampsia. From shutterstock.com Amanda Henry, UNSW and Kelly Thompson Every year around 10,000 women in Australia – or one in 30 pregnancies – are diagnosed with preeclampsia. This puts them at a much greater risk of developing life-threatening complications during pregnancy, including kidney failure, liver...
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Dads have a critical role to play in their children’s lives. Samuel Borges Photography/Shutterstock Tawanda Makusha, Human Sciences Research Council and Linda M. Richter, University of the Witwatersrand The first 1000 days of a child’s life are crucial. During this time the foundations for optimum health, rapid brain growth and child development...
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A newborn baby’s general eye health must be checked by a paediatrician or family doctor (general practitioner). High-risk newborns (including premature babies) with a family history of eye problems or obvious eye abnormalities must be examined by an ophthalmologist. During the first year, all infants must undergo an eye health...
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