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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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Martha Escudero draws on her own experience of severe depression and grinding poverty as she makes home visits to at-risk mothers in East Los Angeles, offering what help she can.
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Are broad mandatory reporting requirements in cases of suspected child abuse good policy, or just good politics? Critics contend they can let real abuse cases fall through the cracks.
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For former foster children, the ACA's expansion of Medicaid coverage has made it easier to get care from their often complex health needs. Now some worry the expansion could be undone.
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Conservatives have long taken issue with Obamacare’s requirement that plans cover maternity care, and now they're in a position to do something about it.
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Can games with prizes and incentives get kids moving more? Two programs in the U.S. and U.K. show early promise.
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Can the styles of humor used by middle schoolers provide a window into their mental well-being? The research provides some intriguing early clues.
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The number of babies born with opioids in their system has risen dramatically in recent years. That's particularly worrying in light of new research that found such children perform significantly worse in school than their peers.
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It's been a disheartening week for proponents of evidence-based medicine and childhood vaccines. But to the media's credit, reporters haven't let fringe theories and pseudo-science go unchallenged.
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The share of children who are uninsured has reached a historic low of less than 5 percent. That's projected to change if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and the Medicaid expansion reversed.
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New research based on a long-term study of New Zealanders finds that risk factors at age 3 reliably predict later-in-life convictions, hospitalizations and fatherless families.

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