Toxic playgrounds: Broken Hill kids exposed to poisonous dust

By Mark Patrick Taylor; Louise Kristensen; Marek Rouillon, and Simon Mould In the shadows of Broken Hill’s rich mining history lies a legacy of contamination and regulatory failure that will likely outlive any benefits locals derive from mining. One in five children aged under five in Broken Hill have blood lead levels above the current […]

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Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

By Mark Patrick Taylor The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what contaminants are Australian children exposed to that might increase the risk of brain and developmental disorders? In 2006, US researchers Philippe […]

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How much do we know about when disease starts

By Andrew Whitehouse, University of Western Australia The importance of the early childhood years in shaping adult life is not a new concept. For many years now, parents have been playing, talking, reading, singing, and exercising their children in increasingly more refined ways in the (quite correct) belief that these behaviours will lead to better […]

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How your grandparents’ life could have changed your genes

By Tim Spector, King’s College London If your great-grandparents lived through a famine, their experience could well have altered their genetic code. And three generations later you could well be showing signs of that change. The idea that our environment and lifestyle can alter how our genes behave is part of the new field of […]

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