Investment in Affordable Housing Lowers Children's Healthcare Costs

Public investment in affordable and stable housing, through rental assistance for food-insecure families, improves the health of infants and children and is associated with better health outcomes and lower spending on their healthcare, according to a new report from Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts dedicated to improving children’s health in the United States.

“Homelessness is costly for families and society, keeping many young children from getting a healthy start in life,” the March 2016 report noted. “Rental assistance can make a significant difference for infants, especially those from highly vulnerable families.”

Previous research by Children’s HealthWatch demonstrated the harmful impact of homelessness on the health of young children and showed that negative health effects are made worse when a mother is homeless before and after her child is born. Children whose mothers were homeless when pregnant but were housed after their birth were 20% more likely to have been hospitalized since birth. Children who experienced postnatal homelessness were 22% more likely to have been hospitalized. And children who experienced both prenatal and postnatal homelessness were 41% more likely to have been hospitalized since birth.

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‘No helmet, no bike’ keeps kids safe

Last year, Dayton Children’s emergency department treated almost 400 children for injuries related to bicycle accidents. Sadly, many of those involved collisions with a much bigger and faster vehicle — a car — and a few were deadly.

“There is one way parents can give their child the best shot at surviving an impact with a vehicle and minimizing injury from any bike accident,” says Abbey Rymarczyk, community relations prevention coordinator at Dayton Children’s and Safe Kids Greater Dayton coordinator. “Wearing a helmet saves lives. That’s why it’s imperative that every time a child climbs on a bike, he or she also puts on a helmet.”

Here are the facts about bike helmets, according to Safe Kids:

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Children Of Same-Sex Parents Are Just As Healthy As Those With Opposite-Sex Parents

Despite the cries of outrage from conservatives, same-sex parents are just as capable of raising healthy, well-adjusted children as their opposite-sex peers, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. That may not be news to most of the world — Slate has identified at least 73 peer-reviewed articles that debunk the idea that gay parents somehow harm their children — but the findings from the latest same-sex parenting study are important for another reason. The study offers the first apples-to-apples of a group that represents the whole population. In short, it’s almost the perfect counterargument to those who say that same-sex parenting is bad for kids.

The primary reasoning behind opposing earlier research in support of same-sex parenting was that the studies were skewed. According to ThinkProgress, critics argued that, because researchers had to advertise for participants, the participants were self-selected. Some argued that methodology led to biased samples.

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Higher B.M.I. in Teenagers Tied to Heart Risks Later

Higher body mass index in adolescence, even in the normal range, is tied to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease in adulthood, according to a new study.

Researchers used data on 2.3 million Israeli men and women who underwent medical evaluations for military service at age 17 from 1967 through 2010. Over the 40 years of follow-up, there were 2,918 deaths from cardiovascular causes, about half of them from coronary heart disease. The study is in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Compared to 17-year-olds with B.M.I. in the 5th to 24th percentile (corresponding to a median B.M.I. of about 18.9), those in the 25th to 49th percentile (B.M.I. 20.6) had a small increased risk for coronary heart disease in adulthood. But those in the 50th to 74th percentile (B.M.I. 22.2) had a 49 percent increased risk, and those in the 75th to 84th percentile (B.M.I. 24.3) — still normal by current guidelines — had more than double the risk. The study controlled for sex, education, socioeconomic status and other factors.

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Parent's PDA Might Be Good For Kids' Health: Study

Parents hoping for their child to have better health now have an addition to the collection of things they can do: show more affection to the spouse. New research, published in the Health Psychology journal, shows that when parents openly show their affection for each other while in full view of the kids, the kids are more likely to have better health and more resiliency when family problems arise.

Wayne State University researchers surveyed 80 kids aged 10 to 17 who lived with a parent who was either married or in a long-term relationship, reports Quartz. All of the kids had asthma. The researchers asked the kids to record several information for four days, including: their asthma symptoms; their moods; and what kind of interaction their parents had, writing down notes like "mom and dad kissed today" or "mom and dad fought today."

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Tips for preparing your child for surgery

Learning that your child needs to have surgery is stressful and overwhelming for any parent. Parents often ask how to talk to and prepare their child for the upcoming surgery. Below are some tips on how to help your child feel prepared and confident about their upcoming surgery.

Timing is key

Some children cope better when they have a long time to think, process and ask questions; others feel more stressed if there is too much time to think and dwell upon information. As the parent, you know your child best. However, a timeline for each age group below has proven helpful for parents:

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Arizona Declines Funding Children’s Health Insurance Program

Nearly 20 years ago, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was established in order to ensure the offspring of low-income families who didn’t qualify for the Medicaid insurance plan did have the right to healthcare coverage. When this particular program was first created, the number of uninsured children across the country dropped from 14 percent to 7 percent.

Along with the drop in uninsured, Congress reauthorized federal funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 2009, which kept the coverage going longer. Due to the Medicaid coverage plans and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, more than one out of three youths are ensured medical insurance throughout the country.

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For LGBTQ youth who trade sex to survive, turning 22 can be an unwanted milestone

In New York City, and in many other cities across the country, funding for runaway and homeless youth is often limited to those ages 16 to 21. This frequently leaves 22- to 24-year-olds without shelter beds, access to group sessions, job training, and medical care, even though they are still technically eligible for services through youth programs, which typically go up to age 24.

For young people in this group who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ), this means they lose access to a crucial source of safety and stability in difficult times. This echoes larger trends of LGBTQ youth having less access to appropriate social services than non-LGBTQ youth.

And while all youth face emotional, psychological, and social challenges during adolescence, LGBTQ youth face a disproportionate amount of additional stressors related to their sexual orientation and gender identity, including discrimination and increased victimization. LGBTQ youth need the very social services that they're not accessing.

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Fighting pollution helps children's health, landmark study says

SALT LAKE CITY — A concentrated effort to reduce emissions across the spectrum of air pollution sources brought levels down dramatically in Southern California over the past 20 years, and with that drop came a signficant improvement in children's respiratory health.

Those findings released Tuesday are in a landmark study researched by the University of Southern California and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reformulated gasoline fuel, the advent of catalytic converters or emission control devices on cars, a cleaner burning vehicle fleet overall, and industry controls are among a suite of tactics that four Southern California counties implemented to achieve pollution reductions.

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The Rare District That Recognizes Gifted Latino Students

Imagine you're back in school, bored to death, with limited academic options. Because you're learning English, everybody assumes you're not ready for more challenging work. What they don't realize is that you're gifted.

Researchers say this happens to lots of gifted children who arrive at school speaking little or no English. These students go unnoticed, until someone taps into their remarkable talent and potential. Vanessa Minero Leon was lucky. She was one of those students who got noticed.

Vanessa lives with her two siblings and their parents, Hector and Marcela, in Paradise Valley, Ariz. They have a lovely home with a big back yard, two rabbits, two dogs and a chicken.

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