Apr

19

2017
FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Enlarge this image In two recent clinical trials of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people between the ages of 12 and 17, the drugs eliminated all traces of the hepatitis C virus in 97 to 100 percent of patients, generally in 12 weeks. Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images With the approval…

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Apr

18

2017

Girl Boxer

Jesselyn Silva is only 10 years old, but she’s already in the ring.


Apr

18

2017
Antidepressant use in early pregnancy does not increase autism, ADHD risk in kids

Antidepressant use in early pregnancy does not increase autism, ADHD risk in kids

A study led by Indiana University suggests that mothers’ use of antidepressants during early pregnancy does not increase the risk of their children developing autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conditions previously associated with these medications. The research, reported today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found significant evidence for only a slight increase in risk for premature birth in the infants of…

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Apr

14

2017
Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Girls

Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Girls

A Michigan emergency room doctor has been charged with performing female genital mutilation on multiple girls of about the age of seven. The Department of Justice says it believes this is the first case brought under a federal law that criminalizes the practice, which is widely condemned as both harmful to the physical and mental health of women and girls and a violation of their…

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Apr

14

2017

The Hummingbird and the Pine Tree

April 14, 2017 By KIRA JANE BUXTON My childhood was unusual. I am thinking about this as a hummingbird darts into view. She levitates among the crocosmias that have blossomed in my yard, tubular flowers that celebrate summer in showy scarlet. I look forward to this yearly visit and now — a rare treat — the hummingbird perches on a crocosmia stem, preening her feathers…

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Apr

13

2017
Crooked bite may indicate early life stress

Crooked bite may indicate early life stress

Research has repeatedly confirmed that the first 1,000 days after conception strongly influence a person’s life expectancy and susceptibility to chronic diseases. The primary marker used to identify early life stress is low birth weight, which can, for instance, indicate poor nutrition of the mother during pregnancy. But low birth weight is a marker only until birth, about 280 days — far short of a…

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Apr

12

2017
On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That’s Doesn’t Stink

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That’s Doesn’t Stink

Enlarge this image At Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education in St. Michaels, Ariz., the tap water sometimes runs yellow, brown and black. Sami Rapp/Courtesy of Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education hide caption toggle caption Sami Rapp/Courtesy of Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael’s Association for Special…

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Apr

12

2017

Special Ed School Vouchers and the Burden of a ‘Simple Fix’

By DANA GOLDSTEIN April 12, 2017 Two weeks after President Trump’s inauguration, I joined The Times as a national education reporter. Mr. Trump’s administration did not waste any time before rolling out a proposal to expand access to private school vouchers, so I began researching them right away. The number of students using public dollars to attend private schools has more than doubled over the past decade,…

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Apr

12

2017
Musical beds: Co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit

Musical beds: Co-sleeping is more common than some parents admit

Parents know that co-sleeping is considered a no-no, but many still allow their children to crawl into bed with them at night. Doctors generally discourage co-sleeping, because of its link to sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. However, Susan Stewart, a professor of sociology at Iowa State University, found that many parents still co-sleep with their children, and it is a phenomenon that extends well…

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Apr

12

2017
Early school starts pit teens in a conflict between society, biology

Early school starts pit teens in a conflict between society, biology

The idea of sleep is supposed to evoke feelings of peace, relaxation and refreshment, but when expert Mary Carskadon talks about teen sleep in school districts with early start times, she uses far less comfortable words. “Social policy clashes with what we see from the biology,” said Carskadon, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. “For…

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