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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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One mom told me, “I love my son. I love him so much but it’s like, am I the best thing for him?"
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A pregnant doctor explains why she got the COVID-19 vaccine — how it inspired her to join a clinical trial to fight another dangerous virus.
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At the Bunker Hill Superfund site in northern Idaho, a reporter meets the family of a 4-year-old so severely poisoned by lead, he still couldn’t speak.
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“My daughter wakes up every morning wondering why she has been subjected to this cosmic joke that put her in the wrong body.” Now states are moving to ban care for kids like her.
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How do you reach a socially isolated group of older adults who might not have the online presence we expect of younger people?
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Instead of a surge of children entering foster care during the pandemic, the child welfare system has often found itself struggling to help families leave the system.
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“It’s long awaited,” said Mayra Alvarez, president of The Children’s Partnership. “It’s filling us with hope.”
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When a reporter delved into the “hidden foster care” system, she found more questions than answers.
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In the future, pediatricians may turn to biomarkers to flag dangerous levels of stress in children.
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Will a Joe Biden presidency lead to real gains in the number of kids with insurance? After COVID-19, the unmet needs among kids will be immense.

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