Category Archives: Health

Belgian Lawmakers Grant Children the Right to Die

The lower house of the Belgian Parliament have adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia to minors. Belgium was already one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, but until now it has only been applicable for adults. Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 for those in “constant and unbearable physical or […]

Put the Phone Down!

My teenage brother seems to be addicted to his phone. He single handedly, increased my parent’s cell phone bill by $100 last month because he went over their data plan. I remember growing up when we were at the dinner table my younger sister would be texting away and my mom relentlessly tried to get […]

Child Abuse Impacts Brain Development

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has published an extensive new report on child abuse and neglect. Below is a summarized version of some of the report’s findings… Elevated Risk Environments The study highlights factors that create an “elevated risk” for child abuse and neglect to occur. Factors with the strongest support in scientific research and literature include: […]

A Practical Program for Children’s Health Rights

Over the last few weeks I have been very aware of an increasing amount of news articles related to children’s health rights.  I have seen discussions around immunization, court rulings on parent’s ability to opt their children out of treatment, laws passed on medical marijuana availability to children, and if you type in Obamacare and […]

N.J. Law Grants Sick Children Access to Edible Medical Marijuana

As reported by CNN, New Jersey passed into law on Tuesday a measure allowing sick children access to edible medical marijuana. Qualifying minors in New Jersey will now have a wider variety of treatment options, and the new law will remove the limit on the number of marijuana strains that may be cultivated. The new […]

Court Upholds Law Banning Gay to Straight Therapy for Minors

Last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California law barring psychological treatment aimed at turning gay youth straight. Liberty Counsel, a religious-based legal and public policy group, had filed an injunction against the law before it took effect earlier this year. In a unanimous opinion, the panel […]

What are your children eating?

While children everywhere started school this month, the CDC announced that child obesity rates among low-income preschoolers are down. This is great news since most professionals link adult obesity rates to child obesity. However, a recent study linked school lunch consumption and TV viewing to child obesity in middle school children. Luckily, in the last […]

Forum on New Healthcare Law’s Health Insurance Marketplace & How to Prepare

Healthcare In a Changing Landscape: Connecting Houstonians to Coverage: A Citywide Forum for Stakeholders and Consumers View the Forum Agenda & Register Online @ www.cdftexas.org/houstonforum COSPONSORS: Children’s Defense Fund, Texas Organizing Project & Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign. WHERE: Krost Hall, University of Houston Law Center WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9 AM – 4 […]

Mental Disorders in Children

According to a recent survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 5 children suffer from some sort of mental disorder, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, and attention deficit disorder (ADD).  While discussions regarding mental disorders in adults have been a topic of conversation as of late, mental disabilities in […]