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posted 05/15/2018
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.
posted 04/04/2018
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.
posted 03/28/2018
Ruben Castaneda of U.S. News and Cristina Londoño of Telemundo reported very different series on immigrant health. But both reporters had to win the trust of undocumented families for their projects.
posted 03/27/2018
Bethany Barnes of The Oregonian and Erin Schumaker of Huffington Post on how they tackled ambitious series about the impact of gentrification on health and children.
posted 03/22/2018
At LAC+USC Medical Center, primary care doctors now routinely ask patients about things such as food, housing and mental health, with teams of providers ready to connect them to services.
posted 02/13/2018
The new budget deal includes funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program for five years.
posted 01/25/2018
New research finds that among very preterm babies, where they are born matters greatly. And black and Hispanic mothers are more likely to deliver at hospitals with worse outcomes.
posted 12/12/2017
A psychiatrist who has studied migrant and refugee children around the world points to one powerful protective factor against tremendous adversity — social connections.
posted 11/16/2017
Earlier this year, the EPA rejected a long-running petition to ban chlorpyrifos, which poses serious health risks to young children. But the health threats go way beyond chlorpyrifos, a leading researcher says.
posted 10/19/2017
Does watching mom struggle at certain tasks carry benefits for her kids? A new study offers some intriguing evidence that children might work harder when parents do. It's an area of research "ripe for exploration," one expert says.

Katharine Gammon's Blog

Children living in low-opportunity neighborhoods were four times more likely to visit acute care... more »
posted 05/15/18
Social advantages are tied more sleep and better quality sleep, says Lauren Hale, who has found... more »
posted 04/04/18
Ruben Castaneda of U.S. News and Cristina Londoño of Telemundo reported very different series on... more »
posted 03/28/18

Katharine Gammon's Work

Experts believe one reason the word gap is so prevalent is because it starts so early in life. But what if new programs could get all kinds of families to talk to their young kids in a richer, more varied way?
Only recently have researchers fully understood how critical “language nutrition” is for children’s cognitive growth. As a result, new programs aim to help parents increase their kids’ language skills.
New tech devices can help parents make sure they're talking to their kids enough. Such conversations drive healthy brain development and help kids keep up with their peers at school.
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