Kids say they have felt ignored amid policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic that seemed more focused on the fates of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues than keeping schools open and safe.
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Making room for the input of children and adolescents in responses to the next pandemic would help maintain their health, education, well-being and more.
A new study looks at UK kids’ physical activity levels once COVID restrictions had begun to lift compared with before the pandemic.
Stain-resistance can mean questionable chemicals in children’s clothes.
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Tests found PFAS in school uniforms, pillows, upholstered furniture and several other items that are often next to children’s skin and near their noses and mouths.
Family stability can benefit a whole household.
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When states reduce barriers for low-income children to get coverage, their mothers are more likely to be married and less likely to smoke.
Each layer of COVID-19 protection available to adults has significant gaps for children. We need a family-centred approach to protect their well-being in this outbreak.
Exposure to videos of disasters can trigger post-traumatic stress symptoms in some children.
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Children don’t have to be in physical danger for disaster images to have a powerful psychological impact.
Testing kids for lead exposure starts with a fingertip prick.
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The Centers for Disease Control has announced a new, stricter standard for lead poisoning in children, which will more than double the number of kids considered to have high blood lead levels.
A widely reported study didn’t ring any alarm bells for children’s increasing screen time, but neither did it give heavy use of devices the all-clear.
Children can get long COVID, but it seems to be less common than in adults. And they tend to recover quicker.
One of the best things you can do to encourage your kids to mask up is to model wearing one. There are other things you can try too.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
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What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
There is some risk of COVID transmission in playgrounds, but the benefits of outdoor play, especially now, may outweigh the risks.
With a bit of preparation, role play and modelling the type of behaviour you’d like to see in your child, the process can be plain sailing.
Climbing in the playground is just one of many activities kids can do to improve muscle fitness.
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Overall muscle fitness among children and teens hasn’t declined over the past several decades, but by some measures it’s not improving, either.
Here’s how to make the learning process fun and safe.
Keeping kids safe is complicated and requires care for both physical and mental health.
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A moral philosopher and bioethicist offers parents some tips for weighing family masking decisions.
The United States and Canada have approved the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12–15. The evidence so far tells us it works well and is safe for this age group.
The Food and Drug Administration on May 10, 2021, granted the first emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents.
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Each state has its own rules for which vaccines kids must have to attend school and the reasons students can opt out.
A better understanding of ADHD in girls will enable earlier recognition, diagnosis and, importantly, treatment for girls, than currently exists.
A lead pipe (left) seen through a hole in the kitchen ceiling in the home of Desmond Odom, in Newark, New Jersey.
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President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.