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Poverty linked to brain structure in children, new research shows

CAFCA | April 09, 2015 |

A provocative new study suggests that poverty affects brain structure in children and teenagers, with children growing up in the poorest households having smaller brains than those who live in affluence. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, was led by Kimberly Noble, who teaches at both Teachers College, Columbia University and at the university’s medical school. Elizabeth Sowell of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California was the senior author.

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More than a third of Connecticut students live in poverty

CAFCA | January 28, 2015 |

More than a third of public school students in Connecticut are in poverty, according to a new bulletin. As for the rest of the country, the Southern Education Foundation said low-income students are now a majority. The foundation said it collected data for each state from the 2013 National Center for Education Statistics. It said 51 percent of students across the country live below the poverty line. In Connecticut, it's 36 percent, which is one of the lowest in the country. Only Vermont, North Dakota and New Hampshire are lower.

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Report: Child poverty in the U.S. escalating

CAFCA | March 04, 2014 |

One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy organization. The report, conducted by Children’s Defense Fund, also found that one in every 10 children, or 7.1 million children, is extremely poor. “We are in a very dangerous time right now,” Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, the organization’s president and founder, told an audience of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. members at a recent legislative conference in D.C.

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