Health headlines: Boston Children’s growth initiative, the autism screening debate and healthy living tips for college students

An artist’s rendering of a rooftop garden at Boston Children’s Hospital, one of several planned green spaces
An artists rendering of one of several planned green spaces at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Top news this week includes Boston Children’s expansion plans and green space initiatives, autism screening and how to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle for college-age students.

A new vision for Boston Children’s Hospital

The Boston Globe features an Opinion column by Sandra Fenwick, Boston Children’s Hospital’s President and CEO.  Fenwick addresses the thoughtfully considered expansion plan and hospital’s mission to “provide the most compassionate, high-quality care to all who come through our doors.”

Freshman Challenge: How To Keep Kids Healthy, Happy In College reports that making the transition from high school to college life is tough, but there are things you can do now to help your freshman stay healthy. Boston Children’s Dr. Holly Gooding stresses the importance of your student familiarizing themselves with the campus student health center and its offerings and also provides a list of recommended screenings and vaccinations for students entering college.

Should all babies be screened for autism?

Boston Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan, speaks to TIME about the renewed debate over when to start screening babies for autism. After reviewing the existing studies on autism screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) provided recommendations for the public in a statement in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that there is not enough evidence to recommend all infants be screened for the developmental disorder.

Learn more about autism spectrum disorder in children.