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    Science Says Vaccinate Kids With Hugs

    Nothing beats a mother’s love. Researchers believe that childhood stress can profoundly affect later health, elevating risk factors from heart disease to diabetes. Six or more childhood traumas, they say, can cut as much as 20 years off one’s life. That’s why more health practitioners say that providing a loving early environment can be as important as vaccinating. That’s motivating investment in programs that teach positive parent-child interactions or — when a parent isn’t available — that foster a caring environment to reassure little kids they’ll always be protected.

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