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Because I Was Harmed

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:06:00 -0400

An advocate against female genital mutilation/cutting explains: "I wanted to break the sense of powerlessness that persists generation after generation."

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:21:00 -0400

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:10:00 -0400

The device kept fetal lambs alive for about a month, allowing them to continue to mature. It has not been tested in humans, and some say the device raises ethical questions.

Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:39:00 -0400

Some urge ending funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.

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

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:28 -0400

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Girls

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:33:00 -0400

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 a human rights violation.

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

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:19:00 -0400

Fundraising is underway for a new filtration system at an Arizona school for Navajo children with disabilities. Now, the water runs black and smells like rotten eggs, but is technically safe to drink.

Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0400

There are many ways beyond legislative repeal that the Trump administration and congressional Republicans could undo the Affordable Care Act — starting with sowing uncertainty about what's next.

A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:00:12 -0400

A baby who was conceived through an experimental procedure designed to prevent a deadly disease appears to be healthy. But some potentially defective DNA remains. Will it affect his health long term?

As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:37:00 -0400

If you're traveling this spring, be sure you're vaccinated. 2017 is shaping up as a bad year for the measles, with thousands of cases in Italy and Romania. And vaccine coverage is stagnating.

The Perils And False Rewards Of Parenting In The Era Of 'Digi-Discipline'

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

In a society where black people have power, beating children and posting it on social media is just as much about performing respectability as it is punishing wrongdoing.

Why Children Face The Greatest Danger From Chemical Weapons

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:53:00 -0400

The effects of such weapons are more devastating for a number of reasons. And if children survive, they suffer from the trauma of the attack for far more years because they have more years to live.

Child Deaths Drop From 14.2 Million In 1990 To 7.3 Million In 2015

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:16:00 -0400

That's the encouraging news in a new report. But it also means more kids are living long enough to face a host of serious challenges to their physical and mental health.

Why The Newly Proposed Sepsis Treatment Needs More Study

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:48:00 -0400

The bodywide inflammation known as sepsis kills about 300,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Promising treatments have come and gone, warn skeptical doctors, who call for rigorous research.