Devastating toll of hunger on US school children

Hunger is a growing problem for US children and increasingly affects their performance in school, making it more difficult for them to focus on their classes or do homework. It also contributes to behavior and discipline problems. This was the finding of a report issued last week by the anti-hunger charity Share Our Strength, based [...]


Third-Grader Handcuffed in School

This third-grader was shackled and crying out in pain for 15 minutes. He was restrained because of behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a history of trauma. A member of the school's staff videotaped the incident. Students with disabilities represent 12 percent of public school students but are 75 percent of all students [...]

Children Exposed to Chemicals in 9/11 ‘Dust’ Show Early Signs of Risk of Heart Disease

Sixteen years after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers sent a “cloud” of toxic debris across Lower Manhattan, children living nearby who likely breathed in the ash and fumes are showing early signs of risk for future heart disease. This is the main finding of an analysis by NYU Langone Health researchers of [...]

Adolescent depression increases risk for violence

Adolescent depression increases the risk of violence, suggests a study published in the August 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The study examined the longitudinal association between depression and subsequent violence from three representative samples in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Finland. This research is important [...]

Income directly affects children’s outcomes

Poorer children have worse cognitive, social-behavioural and health outcomes because they are poor, and not just because poverty is correlated with other household and parental characteristics, according to a new report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Looking to explain why income matters, they found evidence in support of two central [...]