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Children's Health Matters

Children's Health Matters, a blog curated and reported 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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Psychologist Suniya Luthar finds an all-too-common pattern: Mothers dismiss their own emotional distress, prioritizing the needs of others over their own.
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Children living in low-opportunity neighborhoods were four times more likely to visit acute care in a year compared with those in the highest-opportunity hoods, a recent study found.
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Guadalupe, an undocumented immigrant and mother to a newborn and a 5-year-old, rarely ventures outside her LA home for fear of ICE.
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Social advantages are tied more sleep and better quality sleep, says Lauren Hale, who has found differences in sleep patterns among disadvantaged kids as young as 3.
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The idea that moms who take the lives of their children deserve nothing less than a lifetime of incarceration ignores what we now know about maternal mental health, writes expert Diana Barnes.
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There is nothing inherent about black skin that increases risks during pregnancy — except over-exposure to the real culprit, racism, which can harm a mother’s body in real, measurable ways.
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The critical importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life is now recognized in feeding guidelines around the world. Why hasn't the U.S. gotten the memo?
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Whether it's screening for developmental problems or catching adverse childhood experiences early, some doctors want to make the pediatrician's office a one-stop shop.
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When Jessica Porten sought help for postpartum depression, she wasn't expecting the nurse to call the police to escort her to the ER. She now believes moms need far better help for their mental health needs.
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The new budget deal includes funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program for five years.

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