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How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

| June 29, 2015
How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children’s brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented?PBS NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in this latest story from the continuing public media series “Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the […]

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The Way to Beat Poverty

| September 17, 2014
The Way to Beat Poverty

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF and SHERYL WuDUNN SEPT. 12, 2014 AS our children were growing up, one of their playmates was a girl named Jessica. Our kids would disappear with Jessica to make forts, build a treehouse and share dreams. We were always concerned because — there’s no polite way to say this — Jessica was […]

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