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We are looking for contributors in an attempt to explore male circumcision in all its pros and cons. A new study reveals that circumcision affects the type of bacteria that live on the male sexual organ, which could explain why circumcised men have a reduced risk of contracting HIV.

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If you are fluent in Spanish, check out today's featured opportunity to write about children’s health. Also available, opportunities in print, radio, English and public affairs.

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Contrary to popular belief, resilience is not innate. If you stress a child long enough and don't provide any nurturing to recover from the stress, research shows that the effects are damaging and long-term.

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A San Bernardino mother files a law suit against a Child Guidance Center in Orange County.

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Studies have shown that breastfeeding significantly reduces health risks for babies and their mothers. So how many Californians are breastfeeding their babies? Not enough. See our interactive charts and sort the data by ethnicity, income and gender.

Visit Health Dialogues to view the graph:

http://www.kqed.org/assets/graph/breastfeeding/index.jsp

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A colleague of mine, Dave Wasson, came back from a reporting conference once and passed on a bit of wisdom he had picked up: "If you ever hear someone say that something is a win-win, you know that someone is losing big time."

I have made that phrase a maxim that has never steered me wrong.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't issue policy statements all that often. When it does, the statements tend to be deeply researched and full of fodder for future stories. That's the case with the "The Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children," which appears today in the AAP journal Pediatrics.

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Dr. Roberta G. Williams is a specialist in pediatric cardiology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Previously, she was the chair of pediatrics at the Keck school and vice president of pediatrics and academic affairs at Childrens Hospital. She earned her B.S. in zoology from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She served as director of the echocardiography laboratory and medical director of the cardiothoracic intensive care service at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Robert K. Ross is president and CEO of The California Endowment, a $3.7 billion, private grant-making foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Ross served as director of San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator.

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Dr. Curren Warf is the medical director of the Youth Health staff and division head of Adolescent Medicine at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. Previously, he was a pediatrician and specialist in adolescent medicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He was chair of the Adolescent Health Committee of the Los Angeles area chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of both the Adolescent and Child Abuse Special Interest Sections of the AAP. Over 10 years, he developed expertise working with child and adolescent victims of child abuse and youth in very high-risk environments. Warf was medical director of the High Risk Youth Program for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood and surrounding communities.

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