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Friday, March 8, 2019

Facebook launches offensive to combat misinformation on vaccines

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Washington, Mar 8 Facebook launched an offensive Thursday to suppress the spread of misinformation about vaccines on the 2.3-billion-member social network.

The company has faced pressure in recent weeks to tackle the problem, amid outbreaks of measles around the United States attributed to growing numbers of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

US lawmakers have decried the higher incidences of preventable diseases in the wake of a movement against child vaccination, in large part due to rumors they can cause health or developmental issues.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nearly 1 In 7 US Kids And Teens Have A Mental Health Condition — Half Go Untreated, Study Says

Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a new study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Unvaccinated Kids In Mass. Can Seek Immunization Without Parental Permission

More than 40 cases of measles, most in children under 10, have been reported in Washington State, largely because parents are not getting their kids vaccinated. Now unvaccinated children themselves are asking how they can get their shots without their parents’ consent.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Hong Kong government urged to give subsidies to families to treat ADHD, as affected kids face long wait in public health care

Carrie Ng, 49, said her jaw dropped when she learned that her 10-year-old daughter would not be able to have an appointment at the public Queen Mary Hospital’s children psychiatry division until 2020.

Ng’s first trip to the hospital was in July 2017, soon after her daughter had begun pulling her own hair and banging her head against walls.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Activists Protest the Drugging of Japanese Toddlers

TOKYO, January 3, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Members of the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) protested against psychiatrists for administering powerful psychotropic drugs to children.

Dozens of irate protesters took to the streets with bullhorns and banners at the annual congress of the Japanese Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Tokyo, demanding an end to the drugging of children. Among them was a mother whose son was prescribed three kinds of psychotropic drugs at the age of 3.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Families use medical marijuana to treat autism

Some families are calling medical marijuana a miracle drug, after they've seen positive results when using it to treat autism in children.

New York has a strict list of qualifying conditions for a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana, and autism is not on the list.

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California teachers can pin students face down. Does the danger outweigh the benefit?

It’s a scenario that sounds more likely in jails than schools: Arms pulled behind their back, a person is forced into a “prone restraint,” pinned face down on the floor with limbs held immobile by at least two people.

But prone restraints are regularly used in California schools, often on students with special needs such as those on the autism spectrum — and at a higher rate on black students, an analysis of federal data by The Sacramento Bee found.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

If parents refuse to vaccinate their kids, should the state do it for them?

A leading ethicist says every child has a right to be vaccinated and protected against measles and other childhood infections

The Vaccine Information Network, an online community of like-minded parents who believe children are being “poisoned” by vaccines, recently posted a message describing measles as a mild and harmless disease that leaves a “stronger, healthier child in its wake.”

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