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Potential of dogs as reading aids unleashed

Weighing 113 kilograms and standing over two metres tall, Baron, an English Mastiff, could be Australia’s largest dog. But that’s not his only claim to canine fame: Baron is also a certified therapy dog. At Penrith Valley School in Sydney’s ...

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Study finds breastfed kids less hyper, not smarter

Breast is best, but won’t make your kids cleverer, researchers from University College Dublin have concluded. Drawing their results from 8000 families from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal infant cohort, they used standardised tests in conjunction with maternal reports ...

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Surge in kids turning to child protection services

One in 33 children received child protection services in 2015–16 to shield them from abuse, new statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown. During this time, 162,000 children accessed child protection services. This represented a 20 ...

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Vaccination-autism myth lingers: poll

With disease-free sandpits now on the national agenda, all parents might have to support child vaccination. But this doesn’t mean many aren’t worried about it. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, bears this out. Conducted by researchers ...

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