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Gaps in coverage of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles are having significant impacts on global public health. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Measles is a humanitarian issue, and its unwelcome reappearance in Canada is a reminder of its importance

Any upsurge in measles is of real concern, but in settings aggravated by poor living conditions and malnutrition, it can be disastrous. It can affect adults, but young children are at particular risk.
Both the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend opioids be considered for short-term pain if acetaminophen and ibuprofen are inadequate. (Shutterstock)

Your child has been prescribed opioids: 7 ways to use them more safely

No parent wants to see their child suffer and untreated pain can have health consequences. But parents may have concerns about use of opioids for their child’s acute pain. Here are tips for safer use.
Child-care wait lists have ballooned across Ontario since the province signed on to the national $10-a-day program, as demand due to the lower fees appears to be far outstripping the creation of new spaces in many regions. Children play at a daycare in Coquitlam, B.C., on March 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

3 years after Canada’s landmark investment in child care, 3 priorities all levels of government should heed

Governments need to co-operate to prioritize access to high-quality child care for low-income families, and sustain not-for-profit care centres with well-paid educators.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next to the chef and other people at the Boys and Girls Club East Scarborough, in Toronto, before an announcement to launch a National School Food Program, April 1, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

What needs to happen next for Canada to have a successful school food program

Researchers and co-chairs of the Canadian Association for Food Studies’ School Food Working Group explain what Ottawa should prioritize to ensure its national school food program succeeds.
Eating disorders are on the rise in youth, with research showing that health-care visits for eating disorders have doubled since before the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Spotting the signs of disordered eating in youth: Tips for parents and caregivers

Parents and other supportive adults can learn to recognize young people’s symptoms of disordered eating, which is a spectrum of unhealthy eating patterns and behaviour.
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‘How long before climate change will destroy the Earth?’: research reveals what Australian kids want to know about our warming world

The result shows climate change education in schools must become more holistic and empowering, and children should be allowed to shape the future they will inherit.
People who have lived experience in child welfare systems have higher rates of homelessness. A homeless tent is seen in a park in Saint-Jerome, Que. on Jan. 25, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

Canada is falling behind other countries in meeting the needs of former youth in care

Canada needs to focus on tracking, monitoring and evaluating the economic, health and social outcomes of former youth in care, especially as they transition from government care.
Racialized immigrant parents in a study had to find ways to navigate the education system as newcomers, while also addressing intended and unintended effects of special education programs for their children. (Mche Lee/Unsplash)

Navigating special education labels is complex, and it matters for education equity

A study of newcomer Latin American and Black Caribbean parents in Ontario schools found many parents felt excluded from processes surrounding assessments for their child’s learning needs.
An investment in a national school food program today is an investment in a stronger Canada tomorrow. (Shutterstock)

Beyond the cafeteria: The economic case for investing in school meals

From reducing families’ grocery bills to boosting the economy, school meals offer far-reaching benefits, fostering both immediate well-being and long-term economic prosperity.

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