Author: Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Teen Exposure to Air Pollution Could Reduce IQ Levels Long Term

Living in a polluted area as a pre-teen and teenager may have long-lasting, detrimental effects on a person’s ability to reason and problem solve, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Southern California and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research tracked more than 1,300 pre-teens living in neighborhoods across Los Angeles and surrounding counties over a 12-year period.

Specialized Preschools Help Toddlers Counter the Trauma of Homelessness

Children who have been homeless frequently have trouble falling asleep because they’ve moved around a lot, often sleeping in different beds each night and in environments they don’t feel safe in. This unpredictability affects them in other ways too: they may find it hard to trust adults, feel secure at school and manage emotions, and they are often developmentally behind other children of the same age.

Smallest Minority Groups Face Outsized Health Disparities, Report Finds

New findings paint a startling picture of ill health among small and historically neglected populations, including native Hawaiians, American Indians and native Alaskans. Not only do their rates of diabetes and obesity surpass those of non-Hispanic white people, but many are just as or even more likely to suffer from these diseases than African Americans and Latinos.

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