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Children's Health Matters

Children's Health Matters, a column 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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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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Before she began her transition three years ago, Dallas Ducar struggled with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and the profoundly unsettling sensation “that things did not feel real.”
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“Without flavors like mango or mint, I think most teens would lose interest in vaping and not continue after an initial try," one researcher said.
By Brian Malte
Active shooter drills have consequences and so does the influx of school resource officers – especially in urban schools.
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Journalists should find out whether schools near them are making even a meaningful effort to encourage better eating among their students. Here are some ideas to get started.

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