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Clue on why boys more prone to autism


Scientists have found that brains with a “typically male” structure, even among women, are linked to a higher risk of autism. A German study of high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), also known as Asperger syndrome, found females with ...

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Top model also a role model for intersex kids

Photo:  interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth

Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele is a rangy 178 centimetres tall. Mousey-blonde haired and milky-skinned, she has an impish, slightly androgynous look. As well as strutting catwalks, Odiele is helping break a taboo by recently declaring herself as intersex. Odiele ...

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Extra parental leave for childcare deal


Families will reportedly receive an extra two weeks of paid parental leave (PPL) under a government deal to get is childcare reforms passed. The $700 million compromise deal will be introduced to parliament on Wednesday 8 February 2017 as part ...

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Childcare fees continue to bite families


The Turnbull government is renewing its plans to overhaul childcare subsidies as new data shows parents are paying about $1 from every $13 of their disposable income on fees. The coalition wants to roll the existing complex system of childcare ...

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Mum’s depression different to other types


Do you know a new mum who’s got the blues? Though her symptoms – like withdrawal, loss of appetite and irritability – may seem similar to typical depression, a new study has shown they might in fact be different. Researchers ...

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Kids a priority for lobby against alcohol abuse


“Nothing good happens after midnight.” Michael Thorn, chief executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), drops this aphorism in a conversation about lockout laws. The erosion of lockout laws, and how it affects the wellbeing of children, ...

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