Sep

10

2019
Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018, Census Data Shows

Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018, Census Data Shows

Enlarge this image The rate of uninsured children has risen in the last two years, after declining since 2008. FS Productions/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FS Productions/Getty Images Nearly half a million more children were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017, according to data out Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau. The drop stems primarily from a decline in the number of children covered…

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Sep

09

2019
Federal Watchdog Warns EPA Is Failing To Enforce Lead Paint Abatement Rules

Federal Watchdog Warns EPA Is Failing To Enforce Lead Paint Abatement Rules

Enlarge this image Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead-based paint. A report published Monday finds the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead-laden paint flakes and dust. Stew Milne/AP hide caption toggle caption Stew Milne/AP Lead-based paint was extremely popular in the early and mid-20th century — used in an estimated 38 million homes across…

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Sep

09

2019
Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Enlarge this image Researchers surveyed people about their happy childhood memories and found those who had more were much less likely to experience depression later in life. IvanJekic/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption IvanJekic/Getty Images There’s plenty of research showing that adverse childhood experiences can lead to depression and other health problems later in life. But researcher Christine Bethell wondered whether positive experiences in childhood…

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Sep

09

2019

Children of anxious mothers twice as likely to have hyperactivity in adolescence

A large study has shown that children of mothers who are anxious during pregnancy and in the first few years of the child’s life have twice the risk of having hyperactivity symptoms at age 16. This work is being presented for the first time at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen. Scientists know that foetal and early life conditions can have long-term effect on subsequent health….

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Sep

08

2019
How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

Enlarge this image Joe Bay (center), coach of a New York City “Bootcamp for New Dads,” instructs Adewale Oshodi (left) and George Pasco in how to cradle an infant for best soothing. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption toggle caption Jason LeCras for NPR “Before I became a dad, the thought of struggling to soothe my crying baby terrified me,” says Yaka Oyo, 37, a…

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Sep

06

2019
How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

Enlarge this image UK Biobank has granted 10,000 qualified scientists access to its large database of genetic sequences and other medical data, but other organizations with databases have been far more restrictive in giving access. KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library More than a million Americans have donated genetic information and medical data for research projects. But how that…

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Sep

05

2019
Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Enlarge this image The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping. Daniel Becerril/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Daniel Becerril/Reuters It’s still a mystery — what’s causing the cluster of severe respiratory illnesses among people who’ve used e-cigarettes? The…

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Sep

05

2019
Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Enlarge this image A child is immunized against measles, mumps and rubella in Lyon, France. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty With measles making a comeback in many upper-income countries including the United States and still rampant in some poorer nations such as Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, a leading measles expert is warning of a…

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Sep

05

2019

Fix and prevent health disparities in children by supporting mom, and dad

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the well-being of a child’s primary caregiver is one of the most important factors associated with fixing and preventing health disparities among children. Children from low-income or ethnic minority homes are more likely to have poorer physical health, suffer from behavioral and/or mental health problems and have substance abuse disorders. But decades of work by…

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