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Children's Health Matters

Children's Health Matters, a blog edited by journalist Ryan White, along with other collaborators, shares the latest research, journalism and ideas on pediatric health and child development outcomes; prevention models to reduce health disparities for ill children and children born into poverty; and trends in children's health and well-being.

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Mothers who have experienced trauma and live stressful lives often make bad choices. Gabriela's story is a heartbreaking example.
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In 2015, fewer than 10 percent of new mothers were screened for depression at Cedars-Sinai in L.A. Psychologist Eynav Accortt set out to change that.
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An undercount of kids in the 2020 census would have big implications for the safety net programs millions of children rely on.
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A new study looking at survival rates of black, Hispanic and white children finds that racial disparities for some cancers can actually be explained by socioeconomic status.
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The challenge for journalists covering the country’s unchanged perinatal mortality rate is to go beyond the hospital setting, says Boston University's Eugene Declercq.
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A family with a young child in Los Angeles found dangerous levels of lead in their rental. But they haven't been able to find another home in the region's extremely tight housing market.
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Decades of research have underscored the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. You wouldn't know that from recent U.S. moves at the World Health Assembly.
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In states such as New Mexico, many kids are put into treatment foster care who should never be there. The programs, run by private companies, vary widely in quality and safety from state to state.
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Parental drug use is now responsible for one-third of the children in foster care. A reporting team will explore what happens to babies and parents caught in addiction's grip.
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Even with help from food stamps and a federal nutrition program, nearly half of U.S. households receiving such benefits struggle to feed their families.

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