“Poverty solution that starts with hug”…NYTimes’ Kristoff on pediatrics policy

Nicholas Kristoff lauded the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement in his column in the New York Times yesterday.

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a landmark warning that this toxic stress can harm children for life. I’m as skeptical as anyone of headlines from new medical studies (Coffee is good for you! Coffee is bad for you!), but that’s not what this is.

Rather, this is a “policy statement” from the premier association of pediatricians, based on two decades of scientific research. This has revolutionary implications for medicine and for how we can more effectively chip away at poverty and crime.

It’s definitely worth taking a look at, as well as the 98 comments (as of this evening) about the column. As a whole, they’re nearly as interesting and informative Kristoff’s thoughts.

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