Tag: Children

What Parents Need to Know About Lead Testing for Thousands of Children Using Faulty Devices

Lead poisoning is a serious health concern, especially for children, and a recent settlement with a company that manufactures lead testing kits has shed light on the potential risks associated with inaccurate results. Magellan Diagnostics has agreed to pay $42 million in penalties for concealing a malfunction in their testing devices, which resulted in inaccurately […]

American Pediatricians Association Now Recommends Breastfeeding for HIV-Positive Mothers

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made a significant policy change regarding breastfeeding for people with HIV. In a new report, the AAP stated that individuals with HIV can breastfeed their babies as long as they are taking medications that effectively suppress the virus that causes AIDS. This marks a sharp reversal of recommendations that […]

States are beginning to reform how they handle foster children’s federal benefits, after decades of taking them.

The story of Jesse Fernandez, a young man who aged out of the foster care system only to find that the Social Security survivor’s benefits from his deceased mother had all been used up, sheds light on a longstanding practice in many states. For years, states have been applying for and using these benefits on […]

Councils Failing to Meet Deadlines for Education Plans for Children with Complex Needs

Sarah Kilgariff, a mother residing near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has been facing a harrowing ordeal while trying to secure an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) for her son, Freddie. Last July, the five-year-old experienced a stroke as a complication from chickenpox, leading to a myriad of challenges for both him and his family. Since the […]

Proposal to prohibit sex education for children under the age of nine

The government in England is set to introduce new guidelines that will ban schools from teaching sex education to children under the age of nine. The proposed ban also includes plans to prohibit any teaching about gender identity to young children. According to a government source, teachers will be required to make it clear that […]

Traumatic violence in Haiti leaves children traumatized as the country tackles a taboo on mental health services.

The city of Port-au-Prince in Haiti is currently facing a crisis of powerful gangs controlling 80% of the city, leading to widespread violence and trauma among the population, especially children. School director Roseline Ceragui Louis has to comfort her students during gunfire by having them lie on the classroom floor while singing softly. The violence […]

A rural Ugandan community grapples with sickle cell disease, but one patient inspires hope

Sickle cell disease is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people, particularly in regions like Africa and India where malaria is prevalent. In Uganda, the disease remains poorly understood, leading to lifelong challenges for individuals like Barbara Nabulo. Nabulo, who was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at just two weeks old, faced numerous struggles […]

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