Community health workers are boosting childhood immunization rates in remote Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and access to health care is limited for many people. Childhood immunization is a crucial part of prevention, but vaccination rates remain below the World Health Organization target of reaching 95% of children. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign examines the effectiveness … Read more

According to UNICEF, most children in South Asia are exposed to extremely high temperatures

CNN — According to the United Nations Children’s Fund, nearly half a billion children in South Asia are exposed to extremely high temperatures as life-threatening heatwaves fueled by the climate crisis grow stronger and more frequent. In a press release Monday, UNICEF said its analysis of 2020 data showed an estimated 460 million children in … Read more

Johnson & Johnson has to pay $18.8 million to California cancer patients in baby powder suits

Johnson & Johnson will have to pay $18.8 million to a California man who said he developed cancer from exposure to his baby powder, a jury ruled Tuesday, a setback for the company that has thousands of similar cases of its talc-based products US bankruptcy court. The jury ruled in favor of Emory Hernandez Valadez, … Read more

Parents can support their children’s mental health at schools in Miami-Dade

OPINION AND COMMENT Editorials and other opinion pieces provide perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent of the work of our editorial reporters. Parents who spend time with their children can help their mental health. The Burgess family watches the sunset in Tallahassee after having dinner together on March 28, 2021. Tori … Read more

Monthly child tax credits linked to improved adult health and food security

Monthly cash payments to eligible families as part of the federal child tax credit’s temporary expansion during the pandemic have resulted in better adult health and food security, a new study conducted by UCLA suggests. The policy, which expired in late 2021, was not renewed because lawmakers fear the loan is too generous, particularly for … Read more

The study examines the impact of maternal incarceration on adolescent health risk behaviors

Women represent the fastest growing population in U.S. correctional facilities. Over the past four decades, the number of incarcerated women has increased by more than 475%, from 26,326 in 1980 to 152,854 in 2020. Because the majority of incarcerated women are mothers a conservative estimate is that at least one million American children who are … Read more