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New medical guidelines for transgender kids

They may constitute only approximately 1.2 per cent of the population, but until recently, transgender individuals have been excluded from society. In a 2015 speech, former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson said that of LGBTQI people, “the lingering and most extensive discrimination ...

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The latest research on bouncing back

American developmental psychologist Emmy Werner was one of the first people to ever use the term ‘resilience’.  It came out of her landmark study of children from Kauai, Hawaii, from their birth in 1955 to their late teens, in the 1970s. At the ...

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Warning for ‘wide-awake’ teen drunks

Teenagers need to be aware of the dangers of mixing caffeine-loaded drinks with alcohol – turning them into ‘wide-awake drunks’ – with potentially deadly effects. The warning comes after the tragic death of a happy, healthy Sydney teenager who was ...

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Save the dolphins, from the classroom

For years, there have been intermittent reports of animals in captivity lashing out, and even killing themselves and their trainers and keepers. The 2013 documentary Blackfish brought this issue into sharp relief. It told the story of Tilikum, an orca whale implicated ...

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Treatment for depressed kids needs rethink

Young people with depression should be reassured that their poor concentration and memory are often part of the illness and don’t mean they’re “dumb”, says an expert in mental health. An Australian study has revealed widespread cognitive functioning difficulties among ...

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Doctors call for death education in schools

Death education should be taught in the classroom to demystify ageing and dying among younger Australians, Queensland doctors have argued. Australian Medical Association Queensland said young people need to be educated about medical, legal and other issues that surround ageing ...

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