The benefits of pre-school programs last long into adulthood, a new report by University of Minnesota researchers  finds. In one of the longest-lasting longitudinal studies, the research shows that by age 24, children involved in preschool programs were more likely to finish high school, attend college, and have health insurance, and less likely to be arrested for a felony and to suffer depression.
Due to limited federal and state funding for vaccines, a new Harvard Medical School study  finds that uninsured children are increasingly at risk. Because of rising costs, key vaccines are no longer available at public clinics in many states.
How much will the Iraq War cost? A new Congressional Budget Office study  finds that the minimum cost will be over $1 trillion and that costs could easily be more, especially as you add in "hidden" costs such as long-term health care for veterans and replacing equipment used in the war.