Toxic stress in children has health effects that can last into adulthood — and beyond

This article was originally published by Journalist’s Resource. In the past decade, researchers have pinpointed a phenomenon in children who have experienced adversity or trauma that can have negative health effects that extend well into adulthood. They call it “toxic stress.” Toxic stress goes beyond a healthy or tolerable stress response. It is characterized by […]

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Rural children more than twice as likely to be homeless in Michigan

This article was originally published in Bridge Magazine. There could be more than 15,000 homeless children ages 4 or younger in Michigan, with more than one in 10 in several rural counties lacking stable housing. That’s the conclusion of a sobering new report that tries to quantify the number of homeless children in the state, and describes […]

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No child left behind: How educators can support students affected by trauma

This article was originally published by Study International. We’re all shaped by our life experiences but for some school-going children, bearing witness or being a victim of trauma – natural or caused by other people – can negatively affect their performance in school. Neglect, displacement due to conflict or natural disasters, poverty, witnessing violence and/or […]

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Students In Oregon Allowed To Take ‘Mental Health Days’

This article was originally posted by NPR Oregon’s suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law. Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health […]

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Medical students’ ACE scores mirror general population, study finds

This article was originally published by Aces Too High. A national survey published in 2014 revealed a disturbing finding. Compared to college graduates pursuing other professions, medical students, residents and early career physicians experienced a higher degree of burnout. Citing that article, a group of researchers at University of California at Davis School of Medicine wondered whether […]

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