Tag: Children and Childhood

One Step Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Imagine a single dose of vaccine that prepares your body to fight every known strain of influenza — a so-called universal flu vaccine that scientists have been trying to create for decades. A new study describes successful animal tests of just such a vaccine, offering hope that the country can be protected against future flu […]

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Donate This Holiday Season: The Rising Seas Institute Needs Your Help

Bret Stephens: Gail, I hope you had a lovely and restful Thanksgiving weekend. At the risk of turning the meaning of the holiday on its head, I wanted to ask you what you don’t feel grateful for, at least politically speaking. Gail Collins: Well, before we go there, let me start by saying I am […]

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Covid, Flu, RSV: We Know How to Deal With Them. Will We?

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, little was done beyond flu shots to counter the seasonal respiratory virus infections that circulate among the general public in a typical year — such as influenza viruses, coronaviruses, rhinoviruses and more. During the first two years of the pandemic, people largely got a reprieve from other viruses like flu and […]

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Mother Held After Toddler and Baby Are Fatally Stabbed in the Bronx

Mr. Fleming said Ms. Fleming’s mother had been planning to take the children for a while to relieve Ms. Fleming of some of the pressure. Recently, Mr. Fleming said, his daughter had started a job as a U.P.S. driver. She had also, he said, become obsessed with religion. On Saturday night, a family friend, Michelle […]

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The Key to Vacationing with a Toddler? A Wave-Free Beach.

Even before I became a parent, I knew how terrible traveling with toddlers could be. “It stops being a vacation and becomes a trip,” a friend said after returning from her first big family getaway. Browsing through social media I found many versions of the same story: “It looked idyllic, but we were actually miserable.” […]

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Donate This Holiday Season: Children and Families Need Your Help

This article is part of Times Opinion’s 2022 Giving Guide. Read more about the guide in a note from Opinion’s editor, Kathleen Kingsbury. Hunger spreads in poor countries, American students have fallen further behind since the pandemic, and a brutal war in Ukraine is creating desperate refugees — but here’s the uplifting news: We can […]

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The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Gone. The Battle Over It Remains.

WASHINGTON — When the history of American hardship is written in some distant decade, two recent events may capture the whipsaw forces of the age. Child poverty fell to a record low. And the program that did the most to reduce it vanished. The story of that temporary program — technically, a tax-credit expansion but […]

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On Thanksgiving, the Chaos Is the Point

This year, like every year, I sent an email to my family with the subject line “Thanksgiving Assignments.” I was later than usual, and my niece had just texted me, wondering who was responsible for what dish. Because I’m a cookbook author, I’m expected to oversee the operations for my family, but the feast itself […]

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Russia Traffics in Ukrainian Children

BALAKLIYA, Ukraine — The children left this town in August for a free summer camp sponsored by the Russian occupiers, enticed by assurances of gifts and of safety from constant shelling. “The Russians promised it would be two or three weeks, and then the children would be back,” Nadia Borysenko, 29, told me. Her 12-year-old […]

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Flu and R.S.V. Increase Demand for Antibiotics and Antivirals

Although the shortage of amoxicillin, especially its liquid and chewable forms, has proved frustrating for pharmacists, doctors and parents whose children have grown accustomed to the bubble-gum and strawberry-flavored varieties of the drug, experts say there is no reason to panic: Supplies of effective alternatives like cephalexin and clindamycin remain plentiful, according to the F.D.A. […]

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Iran Unleashes Its Wrath on Its Children for Joining Protests

In one incident, a Tehran elementary school was attacked last month when security forces threw tear gas in its yard during recess because students were chanting anti-government slogans, according to a parent whose third-grade son attends the school. “My children are not safe on the streets, and they are not safe in school anymore. Every […]

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Masks Cut Covid Spread in Schools, Study Finds

Masks have been a cultural flash point since the start of the pandemic, and mask mandates in schools have been especially incendiary. Critics have argued that there is no strong evidence to prove that masks slow the spread of Covid, and that in any case children weren’t wearing the right kinds of masks or weren’t […]

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Una niña y un sueño se perdieron en la selva

Cuauro estaba destrozada. No tenía alguien que la apoyara. Para entonces, ella y Sarah habían tomado una serie de autobuses hasta Honduras. Habían utilizado todo su dinero. Ahora en Tegucigalpa, la capital de Honduras, consideró sus opciones, sopesando en su mente el trauma de tratar de llegar a un país donde casi seguramente serían rechazadas. […]

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How the Darién Gap Is Reshaping Migrant Journeys

DARIÉN GAP, Panama — In the darkness, the little girl called out for her mother, her tiny form lit by the moon. The two had left their home in Venezuela a week before, bound for the United States. To get there, though, they would have to cross a brutal jungle called the Darién. But, in […]

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‘Channeling the Mama Bear’: How Covid Closures Became Today’s Curriculum Wars

Book bans in schools have also been focused on L.G.B.T.Q. themes or characters, found an analysis by Pen America. In the Morning Consult survey for The Times, just over a third of respondents said parents should have more control over what children read in school. Other recent surveys have reached similar conclusions about the contentiousness […]

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Aaron Carter, Singer and Onetime Teenage Sensation, Dies at 34

Aaron Carter, the singer and actor who briefly became a teenage sensation in the early 2000s and who was known for the hit song “I Want Candy,” was found dead on Saturday at his home in Southern California. He was 34. Taylor Helgeson, a representative for Big Umbrella, an entertainment management company, confirmed Mr. Carter’s […]

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‘Design Mom’ Gabrielle Blair Pivots to Politics

“I’m much more likely to get people that don’t agree with me politically to listen to me if they think we’re on the same ‘team,’” Ms. Blair said. Though she is openly in favor of abortion rights and considers herself to have become more liberal since starting her blog, Ms. Blair deliberately played on assumptions […]

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Florida Restricts Doctors From Providing Gender Treatments to Minors

“I feel very strongly that this is a misuse of their power,” said Dr. Meredithe McNamara, an adolescent medicine physician at Yale who treats transgender children and testified at the meeting. Mr. DeSantis nominated Dr. Ladapo, a physician and clinical researcher then at the University of California, Los Angeles, as surgeon general in September 2021. […]

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Hannah Pick-Goslar, a Presence in Anne Frank’s Diary, Dies at 93

Hannah Pick-Goslar, whose close friendship with Anne Frank was memorialized in what became “The Diary of a Young Girl,” the record of Anne’s life in hiding from the Nazis, died on Oct. 28 at her home in Jerusalem. She was 93. Her son Chagi Pick confirmed the death. The two girls’ friendship began when they […]

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Detroit Reclaims Halloween, a Holiday Once Marred by Fire

After decades of Devil’s Night fear and arson, Halloween in Detroit is again a celebration, and a sign of a changing city. WHY WE’RE HERE We’re exploring how America defines itself one place at a time. In Detroit, residents have taken back Halloween, but fears of crime persist. Nov. 2, 2022 DETROIT — As a […]

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Trial of Kansas Teacher Who Joined ISIS Shows Family’s Deep Scars

Before the hearing, Raj Parekh, the first assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, filed a sentencing memo describing the cruelty that Ms. Fluke-Ekren unleashed on her children, including her oldest son, Gabriel Fluke, who spoke briefly at the sentencing. More on U.S. Schools and Education Falling Scores: U.S. students in most states […]

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‘This Is Our March 2020’: Children’s Hospitals Are Overwhelmed by R.S.V.

A pediatrician in Mount Zion, Ill., sent a video of a 6-month-old named Natalie to a colleague for advice: The infant’s belly was puffing and retracting with every pant as she struggled to breathe, her nostrils flaring and bubbles forming on her lips. Like dozens of Dr. Caitlyn Berg’s patients in recent weeks, Natalie was […]

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Scientists Are Gaining On RSV, a Persistent Threat to Children

“We think we have a vaccine that really can be a very important solution to prevent serious respiratory disease associated with R.S.V. in older adults,” said Dr. Phil Dormitzer, who leads vaccine development at GSK. Several research teams are working on vaccines for young children. One group, led by Dr. Coleen Cunningham, pediatrician in chief […]

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RSV: What to Know About Symptoms, Transmission and Treatment

Young children tend to struggle more, not just because their immune systems are still learning to recognize and fight off viruses, but also because their airways are so small, Dr. Soni said. An R.S.V. infection can dramatically increase mucus secretions in the airways, which older children and adults are able to cough or sneeze out. […]

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Scarred by War, Ukraine’s Children Face Years of Trauma

KYIV, Ukraine — Using his small blue crutches, Daniil Avdieienko, 7, gestured toward two deep brown stains on the cement floor of the entryway to his apartment building. The patch on the right, just inside the door, was his blood, he explained. Then he pointed at the other blood stain: “This is from my mother.’‘ […]

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Covid, Flu and RSV Are Increasing Hospitalizations in NYC

Among the mix of Omicron variants circulating in New York, the one that seems most likely to cause a winter wave is known as BQ.1.1, which has already sent cases soaring in Europe. The variant and its close cousin, BQ.1, now account for an estimated 28 percent of cases in the New York and New […]

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More Than 104,000 NYC Students Were Homeless Last Year

More than 104,000 public school students in New York City were homeless during the last school year, according to new data released Wednesday, a number that grew even as overall enrollment in the city’s public schools declined. Nearly 1 in 10 students in New York City lived in shelters, doubled up with other families, or […]

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Madhur Jaffrey’s Undefinable Roles

“I haven’t given you anything particularly Indian today,” Ms. Jaffrey said, warming a chicken biryani in her kitchen in Hillsdale, New York, the small town upstate where she and her husband, the violinist Sanford Allen, live most of the year when not at their Manhattan apartment. They purchased the property, which is decorated with artwork […]

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A ‘Tripledemic’? Flu and Other Infections Return as Covid Cases Rise

For more than two years, shuttered schools and offices, social distancing and masks granted Americans a reprieve from flu and most other respiratory infections. This winter is likely to be different. With few to no restrictions in place and travel and socializing back in full swing, an expected winter rise in Covid cases appears poised […]

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