Tag: Children and Childhood

Peanut Allergy Drug Will Protect Children, Experts Tell F.D.A.

The first-ever drug regimen to blunt acute peanut allergies in children should be approved, experts told a Food and Drug Administration committee on Friday, because the therapy has the potential to reduce the risk of life-threatening reactions and to improve patients’ lives. The new drug, called Palforzia and made by Aimmune Therapeutics, is an oral […]

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‘It’s Sick That We Have to Do This’: Do We Really Need Shooter Drills?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad, Photoraphs by Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette, via AP; Erin Schaff for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two weeks ago, on Long Island, West Babylon Junior High School rang in the new school year by […]

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Child Support vs. Deadbeat States

Second of three articles In most states in America, child support doesn’t actually go to children. Particularly when they are being raised in low-income families. Confused? You’re not alone. Many people have no clue how the child support and public assistance systems operate. The first thing to know: If you are a custodial parent (a […]

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A Fiji Junket, a Padlocked Office and a Pioneering Nonprofit’s Collapse

For 25 years, the Child Welfare Organizing Project, a group of mostly low-income black and Hispanic mothers in New York City whose children had been taken away from them, managed to turn their pain into policy. The nonprofit is credited with pushing for changes that helped to steer the precipitous drop in the number of […]

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I Killed My Partner. It Saved My Life.

In the early hours of Sept. 15, 2010, my children and I were sound asleep when my partner arrived at our home in Brooklyn drunk after a night out, and flew into a violent rage. For years I had endured verbal abuse, beatings, sexual assault. That night as he punched me in the head over […]

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‘I’m Going to Be Honest, This Baby Is Going to Die’

AL-HOL, Syria — No one thought baby Ibrahim was going to make it. The 18-month-old boy, Belgian by birth, was malnourished, dehydrated, and vomiting every half an hour from a stomach bug. In Al-Hol, the refugee camp in northeast Syria where he was staying, the heat regularly reached a relentless 100 degrees by midmorning, there […]

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How to Safeguard Children Against Cyberbullying

The bullying started with some teasing and mean comments, but escalated significantly when Mallory Grossman, 12, a cheerleader and gymnast from New Jersey, began middle school. It spread to social media where a group of children tormented her. They took pictures of Mallory at school, without her knowledge, posted them online and taunted her with […]

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When Active-Shooter Drills Scare the Children They Hope to Protect

WASHINGTON — After the first day of school at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Conn., Mackenzie Bushey, a 15-year-old junior, came home upset that a teacher enforced a no-cellphones policy by confiscating students’ phones before class. She needed her cell, Mackenzie told her family last month, to notify police should a gunman attack […]

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Does America Care About Care? Not Enough

First of three articles. Caretaking occupies a paradoxical place in the American mind. On the one hand, we cast caretaking for babies and children as a sacred duty of the private sphere. We lionize the bonds between parents and their children in movies, songs and storybooks. We romanticize the kinds of wisdom that are passed […]

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Should a Single Test Decide a 4-Year-Old’s Educational Future?

To get into a gifted and talented elementary school program in New York City, children must ace a single, high-stakes exam — when they are 4 years old. This admissions process is now a flash point in an escalating debate over how to desegregate the nation’s largest school district. Although New York’s school district has […]

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F.T.C. Fines Google $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google on Wednesday agreed to pay a record $170 million fine and to make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from youngsters and used that data to profit by targeting them with ads. The measures were part of a settlement with […]

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Get Vaccinated or Leave School: 26,000 N.Y. Children Face a Choice

Jacquelynn Vance-Pauls, a real-estate lawyer in upstate New York, has a 14-year-old son with autism who was recently kicked out of his private special needs school. Her 9-year-old twins and her high-school senior are also on the verge of being expelled from their public schools. The children did not do anything wrong, nor are they […]

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