children's health

Jill Sheridan / IPB News

Fishers High School sits nestled between golf courses and subdivisions on the north end of one of Indiana’s most affluent “donut county” Indianapolis suburbs.


Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Terrell Harris spent two years in prison on a drug charge when his son was a toddler.

Now, he worries about the effects of that absence.

“I’ve noticed a change in my son because of me not being there and being incarcerated,” Harris says.

Fighting Children’s Cavities In SF's Chinatown: It Takes A Coalition

Mar 30, 2017
Laura Klivans/KQED

 

Sixteen years ago, city and school officials in San Francisco came together with dentists to figure out how to improve oral health in students. The program screens all San Francisco public school kindergartners for tooth decay.

Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school.

Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don't Mix

Dec 20, 2016
Tanjila Ahmed/via Flickr

With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children.

 


Scarcity Of Mental Health Care Means Patients — Especially Kids — Land In ER

Oct 17, 2016
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On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary school children who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety.

Report: Hungry Teens Often Feel Responsibility To Help Feed The Family

Sep 12, 2016
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Teenagers as young as 13 all too often play an active role in feeding their families, many taking jobs when they can or selling their possessions to help raise money for food, researchers found in a detailed look at hunger among adolescents. In extreme cases, teens resorted to crime and sexual favors in exchange for nourishment.

Karen Shakerdge

 

It was a busy summer for environmental safety workers at the school district in Rochester, New York, where employees sampled over 2,000 school water fixtures and replaced nearly 20 percent of them, after finding problematic levels of lead.

 

Rate Of Pediatricians Refusing To Treat Kids Of Anti-Vaccine Parents Nearly Doubles

Sep 1, 2016

A national survey of pediatricians shows the percentage of doctors unwilling to treat patients who don’t vaccinate their kids for nonmedical reasons has nearly doubled since 2006, but doctor's disagree whether it's an appropriate practice.

 


Race, Ethnicity Affect Kids’ Access To Mental Health Care, Study Finds

Aug 22, 2016
Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News

One in five Americans is estimated to have a mental health condition at any given time. But getting treatment remains difficult — and it’s worse for children, especially those who identify as black or Hispanic.

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