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Research involving children is essential to improving childhood health.  Without it, un-validated practices persist and new breakthrough treatments lag.[1]  Advancements in pediatric care, however, have been slow due to a hesitancy to include children in research.  This hesitancy stems in part from the belief that children are a vulnerable population deserving of special protections.  Although this is true, and certain types of research should not be done in children, children do deserve the opportunity to take part in research.  This choice, if presented, is called assent.

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