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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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Head Start programs have a proven track record when it comes to boosting the health and outlook of low-income young children. But is it coming at an unacknowledged cost to those working for the program each day?

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New technologies and alternative forms of care can help low-income patients feel more informed about their health. But all of those services can’t compete with the ultimate trump card: the doctor/patient relationship.

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So what then, according to the research, makes the difference between a “high-quality” preschool experience and a mediocre one?

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While offering high-quality public preschool programs at scale requires a major investment of dollars, the available research suggests it’s an investment that pays generous dividends.

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The language gap between rich and poor children may be well known but new research suggests the gap may be taking shape earlier than anyone expected.

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What is the latest science telling us about the potential health consequences of breathing contaminated air?

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Southern California’s The Press-Enterprise newspaper recently published an extensively reported, in-depth look at air pollution in the Inland Empire and invited community members to a discussion about ways to improve the situation.

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Leaders in the Los Angeles County schools have voted in more P.E. teachers. Getting kids out of their chairs isn’t just about warding off chronic disease either. Research has shown that regular work-outs can improve brain function and development, as well as strengthen focus.

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Health reporters aren’t accustomed to having positive news to report on the childhood obesity front, but the recent CDC report has both good and bad news.

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In writing on early-childhood issues for this blog, I’ve touched upon a recurring theme that disparities – health, academic, or economic – often have roots early in a child’s life. So a recent study claiming that an eight-week “intervention” lowers the academic achievement gap, piqued my curiosity.

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