Jun

30

2017

Children’s Primers Court the Littlest Radicals

By RUTH LA FERLA June 30, 2017 “‘F’ is for Feminist. For fairness in our pay.” “‘J’ is for Justice! Justicia for all.” “L-G-B-T-Q! Love who you choose.” Those sprightly injunctions, sandwiched between bright cardboard covers, are a sampling from “A Is for Activist,” a popular alphabet primer. “The Cat in the Hat” for a new generation, it is one in a rash of pointedly topical titles —…

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Jun

28

2017
Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

Enlarge this image Nurses give the oral polio vaccine to a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Turkey. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Carsten Koall/Getty Images For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of kids paralyzed by polio itself. So far in 2017, there have been only six…

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Jun

27

2017
Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Enlarge this image The ongoing debate over health care has many people wondering how changes will affect their coverage. Fanatic Studio/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Fanatic Studio/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own…

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Jun

27

2017

Child Care Is a Worthy Job

June 27, 2017 To the Editor: Many people of all ages work as nannies and have for centuries. It is a business that is not going away. David Brooks’s suggestion that child care is an uninteresting profession (“Mis-Educating the Young,” column, June 23) reveals the longstanding dismissive view many have of those who care for children, whether they are stay-at-home parents, nannies, day care workers…

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Jun

27

2017
Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Enlarge this image San Francisco lactation counselor Caroline Kerhervé — with kids of her clients — during a weekly session of a new mothers’ group she coached in May. Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve There’s a big push in the U.S. from pediatricians to have mothers of newborns breast-feed exclusively for at least six months. And many new…

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Jun

27

2017
CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in on the Senate health care bill on Monday, saying that 22 million people would lose health coverage in the next 10 years under the Senate’s plan. Of those, 15 million would lose Medicaid coverage. It’s projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Medicaid covers low-income people…

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Jun

27

2017

Picking a Baseball Team for My Baby Daughter

June 27, 2017 By JAY CASPIAN KANG In January, my wife gave birth to a fat baby girl, and once the initial panic subsided and I stopped gasping at the sight of any suffocation hazard, I started the earnest yet ultimately doomed process of picking a sports team for the two of us to root for. New fatherhood had triggered a variety of symptoms in…

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Jun

27

2017
From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Care for old people in nursing homes accounts for 21 percent of Medicaid’s budget, even though they are just 9 percent of people covered by Medicaid. Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM hide caption toggle caption Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor. That’s the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is…

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Jun

26

2017
Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Enlarge this image Left to right: mothers from Namibia’s Himba tribe; from Amber, India; and from Washington state. Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty; Sarah Wolfe Photography/Getty hide caption toggle caption Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty; Sarah Wolfe Photography/Getty In many ways, parenting newborns seems instinctual. We see a little baby, and we want to hold her. Snuggle and kiss her. Even just her smell seems magical. Many…

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Jun

26

2017

Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

June 26, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. In pediatrics, attachment is the emotional connection that develops between a young child and a parent or other caregiver. Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose own upper-class British upbringing included the loss of a beloved nanny, and an early trip to boarding school. Mary Ainsworth, his student…

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