How racism harms children

Racism hurts children, in real and fundamental ways. It hurts not just their health, but their chances for a good, successful life. That’s the bottom line message of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a call to action for all of us. If we care about the health and future of all of our children, it says, we need to take real steps to end racism — and to help and support those who are affected by it. Racism informs our actions when we structure opportunities for and assign value to people based on our interpretation of how they look. Biologically we are truly just one race, sharing 99.9% of our genes no matter what the color of our skin or what part of the world we come from. But historically we have found ways to not just identify differences, but to oppress people because of them. Racism grew out of and helped rationalize colonization and slavery. Despite our biological sameness, people continue to look for differences — and claim superiority. While we have made historical progress, the beliefs and oppression that underpin racism persist; it is, as the AAP statement calls it, a “socially transmitted disease.” How does racism affect health and well-being in children? And it truly is a disease. Racism and its effects can lead to chronic stress for children. And chronic stress leads to actual changes in hormones that cause inflammation in the body, a marker of chronic disease. Stress that a mother experiences...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Children's Health Health care disparities Mental Health Parenting Stress Source Type: blogs

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Authors: Brodowski L, Büter W, Kohls F, Hillemanns P, von Kaisenberg C, Dammann O Abstract Maternal overweight and obesity are prenatal risk factors for obstetrical complications, preterm birth, neonatal morbidity as well as cognitive and behavioural developmental disorders in children. Paediatric morbidity and mortality as well as child development disorders are significantly associated with maternal obesity. Particularly in the neurodevelopmental and psychiatric area, it is becoming increasingly clear that, in children of mothers with an increased body mass index (BMI), there is a high correlation with child...
Source: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde - Category: OBGYN Tags: Geburtshilfe Frauenheilkd Source Type: research
This article analyzes current issues related to maternal vaccination with a focus on emerging and epidemic viral infections and human rights.Recent FindingsHistorically, pregnant women have not been considered in the development of vaccines and have been excluded from participating in clinical trials and vaccination campaigns. Because of risk for injury and death of mothers and fetuses/infants during infectious disease outbreaks, it is important to consider their rights to receive any potential form of prevention or therapy available to non-pregnant individuals in order to enhance their well-being.SummaryIt is unacceptable...
Source: Current Tropical Medicine Reports - Category: Tropical Medicine Source Type: research
Jeffrey Jordan/ President of the Population Reference Bureau with ICPD25 participants. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) One in five women globally lives with a disability even as they have same needs and interests as women without disabilities, their access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights remains severely limited. Delegates representing people living with disabilities at the ICPD25 Conference painted a grim picture of barriers and challenges they face. “We are perceived to be asexual and therefore offering us reproductive health information is consider...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Africa Conferences Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news
[IPS] Nairobi, Kenya -For each of the 830 women dying each day from pregnancy complications and childbirth, an estimated 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections or disabilities.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
Historically, American society has defined women's health in contrast with men's health and health care access in relation to gender-specific and/or sex-specific health needs (e.g., reproductive and sexual health needs), conditions, diseases and complications, and differences in the prevalence, severity, and courses of action to address those. The field of women's health has traditionally included such topics as maternal health and pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus/AIDS prevention and treatment, sexual and reproductive health care, mental health, nutrition, violence, cancer risk, and disabilities (World Health Organization, 2013).
Source: Womens Health Issues - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
By Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) For each of the 830 women dying each day from pregnancy complications and childbirth, an estimated 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections or disabilities. This is the reality that millions of women face, and informs the Nairobi Summit’s three critical commitments which are to bring preventable maternal deaths, gender-based violence and harmful practices, as well as unmet need for family planning, to zero. To achieve this objective money is needed. Joyce Chimbi Finding the money for commitments Private sector organisations including the Ford Foundation, Johnson...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Africa Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news
In this study, we evaluated a novel multiplex real-time PCR melting curve assay method for the simultaneous detection of 9 STD pathogens, including Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, Trichomonas vaginalis, Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Ureaplasma parvum, and herpes simplex virus.Methods: The analytical performance of the method, including its limit of detection (LOD), specificity, repeatability, and effect on different DNA extraction kits were evaluated. Additionally, we obtained 1,328 clinical specimens from 3 hospitals to detect the 9 STD pathogens using multiplex real-time...
Source: Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Gender equality and women empowerment at the heart of ICPD25. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPSBy Joyce ChimbiNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation. These are some of the cruel realities young women face every day. However, there is renewed hope that delegates expected to attend the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi this week will re-energise and breathe new life to the Cairo Promise. “The Summit is a call to action to accelerate progress t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Africa Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Population Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Women's Health ICPD25 Source Type: news
BACKGROUND: Women with disabilities experience higher rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) than the general population. Reproductive coercion, a type of intimate partner violence, is associated with an increased risk of unintended pregnancy (UIP), yet ...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news
ConclusionThese results support the expansion of FXS screening criteria in guidelines.
Source: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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