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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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Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die as white babies in their first year. When I heard this decades-old statistic for the first time, it me like a slap to the face.
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For as long as physicians can remember, it has been a truism that inductions of labor lead to an increased risk of cesarean delivery. That belief has now been turned on its head.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised 2019-2020 budget proposal Thursday, setting forth an agenda that uses the state’s tax windfall to bolster early childhood programs and cut costs for struggling families.
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A 5-year-old's long wait for care is emblematic of a much larger problem — too few mental health providers for low-income kids on public coverage.
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A new study out this week shows the economic costs of untreated mood and anxiety disorders among moms exceeds $14 billion dollars through the first five years of a child's life.
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Child neglect is closely tied to poverty. By focusing on individual families accused of mistreating their kids, are we letting society off the hook?
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Last year, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui announced the birth of the first two genetically modified humans. Here's why the announcement triggered outrage in the genetics community.
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A look at how the country’s two biggest states have insured their kids helps explain why nearly 4 million American children remain without health coverage.
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For parents of children with complex diagnoses, it's easy to forget or ignore their own health needs. So why don't we do more to make it easier for the whole family to access care at the same time?
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The Tampa Bay Times' deputy investigations editor explains how she broke the story of catastrophic outcomes in the heart surgery program at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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