“There are limits to what parents can do to their kids,” he said. “Medically unnecessary irreversible surgery that carries a risk of lifelong harm should be one of those things.”

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Our Travis Rieder joins The Climate Changer Podcast to discuss the moral dilemma of whether to have children in a resource-constrained, climate changing world

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Jill Neimark writes: When it comes to the genetic lottery, I’ve been lucky in a lot of ways—and unlucky in others. I was bequeathed my mother’s connective tissue anomalies, the celiac disease that runs on her side, and my father’s asthma, along with assorted other miseries. I was born by Caesarean section because my mother had a septate uterus, as do I.

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Even as high drug prices make headlines, the challenge of getting sick children the kind of medication they can take and tolerate — often by creating liquid formulations of drugs that are already on the market — is seen by some companies as a lucrative opportunity

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Given the uncertainty of outcomes of our potential children, and given the many problems humanity faces due to overpopulation, is it morally acceptable to have children? Travis Rieder and I discuss that question and many related ones in a fascinating philosophy edition of SIO!

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— and for earlier treatment. Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders

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Routine childhood immunizations are vital to individual and society health. Across the United States, immunization rates vary, and as a result, some communities have experienced preventable disease outbreaks. Higher immunization rates protect vulnerable children who are too young to be vaccinated as well as those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons

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Subsidized housing appears to boost high-performing kids but have the opposite effect on those with low test scores, behavioral issues

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