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Children's Health Matters

Children's Health Matters is a column that shares the latest reporting, research, commentary and ideas on pediatric health and child development; prevention models to reduce health disparities for ill children and children born into poverty; links between maternal and children’s health; and broader trends in children's health and well-being.

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“Locking up guns away from children really does keep them safe,” said Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.
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From Trump's change to the public charge rule to language barriers and lack of transportation, outreach workers face an uphill battle when it comes to getting more kids covered.
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A health reporter learns firsthand how confusing and challenging the Children's Health Insurance Program can be for parents.
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Several states are now leading the way to ensure doulas are available to the low-income and underserved women who need them most.
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The first national study of the impact of lunch reforms led by Michelle Obama finds they didn't increase waste or drive up costs. But the nutritional value of the food did go up.
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Legal scholar Andrea Freeman views the fraught history of breastfeeding disparities through the astonishing story of America’s first surviving identical quadruplets.
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When I reached out to LA’s parks and rec department to get their response to the unhealthy snacks and beverages being served to kids, a manager admitted the city had dropped the ball.
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The reproductive endocrinologist heavily pushed our conversation toward egg freezing. “You’re young and single,” he said. “You don’t want to have a baby by yourself.”
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A stream of studies over the past five years has explored the direct and indirect health effects of climate change and the special risks for children. An exhaustive new analysis in The Lancet amplifies those findings.
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Given that one in four children in this country has a chronic condition, the human costs of such negligence are high.

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