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posted 01/14/2020
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.
posted 12/17/2019
Legal scholar Andrea Freeman views the fraught history of breastfeeding disparities through the astonishing story of America’s first surviving identical quadruplets.
posted 11/21/2019
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.
posted 11/04/2019
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.”
posted 07/26/2019
It’s a story of official missteps, misinformation and confusion — and public anxiety about teen sex.
posted 06/28/2019
Too often, a woman and her doctor have to guess whether a drug is safe, because very few studies have looked at the effects of medications during pregnancy.
posted 06/18/2019
The suicide rate for boys ages 15 to 19 jumped dramatically in 2017, reaching its highest point in a generation.
posted 05/30/2019
A new study reveals just how often teens and young adults receive opioid prescriptions in emergency rooms, even as the crisis of addiction has exploded.
posted 05/23/2019
"The first measles vaccine was licensed the following year, in 1963. I found it wondrous to think that no more kids would get sick, as I had."
posted 02/27/2014

Serving diverse communities requires more than translating the words of hospice into different languages. It demands a nuanced understanding of culture and values. Otherwise, hospice may look like withdrawing treatment and giving up hope.

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The first national study of the impact of lunch reforms led by Michelle Obama finds they didn't... more »
posted 01/14/20
Legal scholar Andrea Freeman views the fraught history of breastfeeding disparities through the... more »
posted 12/17/19
A stream of studies over the past five years has explored the direct and indirect health effects... more »
posted 11/21/19