Oct

09

2019
Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

Arizona Official Placed 29 Babies in Adoption Fraud Scheme, Prosecutors Say

He offered each of the expecting mothers $10,000 to put their newborns up for adoption, siphoning off money for housing and health care after arranging for them to travel more than 5,000 miles from the Marshall Islands to the United States, prosecutors said. Then, after falsifying their residency records to enroll them in state health care coverage, Paul D. Petersen commanded a $35,000 fee from…

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Oct

09

2019
Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children

Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children

Enlarge this image AREIA, BRAZIL – APRIL 16: Grandmother Maria Jose holds her twin granddaughters Heloisa (R) and Heloa Barbosa, both born with microcephaly, in front of their house as they pose for photos at their one-year birthday party on April 16, 2017 in Areia, Paraiba state, Brazil. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images In 2015, Zika virus swept through Brazil…

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Oct

09

2019
She Survived The ICU. Now, She Has A Message: Quit Vaping!

She Survived The ICU. Now, She Has A Message: Quit Vaping!

Enlarge this image Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she’s now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption toggle caption Catie Dull/NPR Piper Johnson was all packed and ready to drive across country with her mom to start college when the 18-year-old noticed a pain in her chest. She took…

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Oct

07

2019
An App That Can Catch Early Signs Of Eye Disease In A Flash

An App That Can Catch Early Signs Of Eye Disease In A Flash

Enlarge this image An app uses a smart phone camera to detect leukocoria, a pale reflection from the back of the eye. It can be an early sign of disease. Here it appears light brown compared the healthy eye. Munson et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5 eaax 6363 hide caption toggle caption Munson et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5 eaax 6363 It’s hard for doctors…

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Oct

07

2019
What Causes A Rare Disease That Paralyzes Kids? Researchers Home In On A Virus

What Causes A Rare Disease That Paralyzes Kids? Researchers Home In On A Virus

Enlarge this image Evan Mazanec came down with AFM when he was 7, in 2014. It started with a fever and an ear infection, and lead to paralysis. He has since made a full recovery — he’s back to playing baseball and living a full life. Alex Gort/Gort Productions hide caption toggle caption Alex Gort/Gort Productions The condition strikes young children. It can start with…

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Oct

07

2019
Is Your Child Struggling in School? Talk to Your Pediatrician

Is Your Child Struggling in School? Talk to Your Pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics has just issued a report on what pediatricians can — and should — do to help “school-aged children who are not progressing academically.” Dr. Arthur Lavin, one of the lead authors of the report and the chairman of the A.A.P. committee on the psychosocial aspects of child and family health, said that pediatricians can play an important role in working…

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Oct

05

2019
Now the Rich Want Your Pity, Too

Now the Rich Want Your Pity, Too

Seems like it’s getting tough at the top. The winners in America’s meritocracy are suffering. Children in affluent homes are being hothoused through childhood, stress-tested into elite schools and colleges, and pushed to the brink of suicide or breakdown. Their highly educated mothers and fathers are putting in long hours in their chosen professions: money-rich, perhaps, but time-poor. The whining of the wealthy is getting…

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Oct

05

2019
You Don’t Have to Give Until It Hurts

You Don’t Have to Give Until It Hurts

A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting. This week, Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant told us we need to talk about “The Giving Tree.” Why? Because “if you assume the story is about generosity, it’s easy to learn the wrong lessons: that it’s O.K. for a child to take selfishly, and that adults should give until it hurts — and keep…

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Oct

05

2019
New Research: China Is Winning Some Health-Care Battles — And Losing Others

New Research: China Is Winning Some Health-Care Battles — And Losing Others

Ten years into China’s multi-billion dollar investment in health-care reform, the country has made “spectacular” progress on some top public health challenges — including insurance coverage and deaths of children. But it’s facing an uphill battle on others, including second-hand smoke and cancer, according to a special China-themed issue on September 28 of the journal The Lancet. In the collection of nine peer-reviewed studies, commentaries,…

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