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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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What does Trump’s victory this week mean for children's health? We already have a few clues on how the GOP might seek to change the Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.
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Not your average public service announcement: A county in Washington state successfully used monthly surveys, data and community engagement to change perceptions and lower alcohol use among teens.
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A new analysis of national data reveals for the first time just a slew of disparities between the mental and physical health of children placed in foster care and otherwise similar kids.
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How will the presidential candidates work to improve children's health? Trump touts Medicaid block grants and higher rates, while Clinton vows to push forward the Medicaid expansion and boost spending on early childhood programs.
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A program that creates market incentives to encourage drug makers to target rare pediatric diseases seemed like good policy at first. But evidence of the program's effectiveness is missing.
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New statistics show just how quickly rates of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome have risen over the past six years, particularly in largely rural states such as Kentucky. Here's why that's so worrying.
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“With limited resources, these communities were able to significantly improve their outcomes,” says Natalya Verbitsky-Savitzy, a research statistician for Mathematica.
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That's bad news, especially given ample research that has shown how critical engaging and speaking to young children is for building brains and spurring healthy development.
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Breastfeeding rates have risen in recent years, but big differences remain between states. Here's a look at the latest numbers and why many moms still find it hard to breastfeed.
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As researchers and policymakers seek ways to stop the damage wrought by toxic stress and early trauma, a leading thinker in the field suggests we need smarter approaches that take inspiration from precision medicine.

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