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Inactive teens may be more prone to depression

Sedentary teens may be more likely than their active peers to be depressed, and a new study suggests even light exercise like walking might help reduce this risk.

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'Cancer does not wait': Children's medicine shortage stokes anger in Mexico

Hermes Soto, who turned 5 on Monday, will not be celebrating his birthday with friends. Instead, he is bracing for his 15th chemotherapy session to tackle a rare but aggressive form...

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Iraq: Education access still a challenge in former ISIL-controlled areas

More than two years after the defeat of ISIL in Iraq, some children in areas formerly controlled by the terrorist group still cannot access school or get the necessary documentation...

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Amid global ‘learning crisis’, Parliaments can ensure adequate resources for education, says UN Assembly President

Education is the “great equalizer” and Parliaments have a major role to play in scaling up action to ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to education, girls’...

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Mother's beauty products might impact girls' weight gain

Mothers who use beauty products containing chemicals known as parabens during pregnancy may be more likely to have overweight daughters, a small study suggests.

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Expose reveals child labor in Cambodian brick kilns despite crackdown

Cambodian children are working in brick kilns across the country despite a recent government declaration that all furnaces were free of child labor following a state crackdown, a...

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Sleep difficulties are perfectly normal for babies, study confirms

New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to new research suggesting that many apparent sleep problems are really...

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‘We must all do more’ to protect children in armed conflict: UN chief

On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need to integrate child protection into peace processes during a...

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Teenage girls' education, ‘an indispensable foundation’ for achieving development goals: Guterres

Promoting education for adolescent girls is an “indispensable foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”,  Secretary-General António Guterres declared at the launch...

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‘Don’t forget Madagascar’s children’, UN appeals for long-term help as emergency worsens

Since 2012, the plight of children in Madagascar has not improved and is in many cases getting worse, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. Torrential rains two weeks ago affected 120,...

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Victim-centred laws ‘paramount’ to combat online sexual abuse against children

Comprehensive national strategies are urgently needed to prevent child sexual abuse online and other Internet issues for children, independent UN human rights experts said on...

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Girls beginning puberty almost a year earlier than in 1970s

Girls are beginning puberty almost a year earlier than women 40 years ago, according to research. Scientists have found the onset of development of glandular breast tissue has crept...

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Obesity treatment programs may boost kids' self-esteem, body image

Children who participate in obesity treatment programs get a benefit over and above weight loss: they may also start seeing themselves more positively, a new study suggests.

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Parenting knowledge may aid cognitive growth in babies

When parents know more about how their newborn’s brain develops, they’re more likely to provide an environment that fosters social and intellectual growth in the baby’s first year,...

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Female Genital Mutilation costs $1.4 billion annually: UN health agency

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) poses serious risks to the health and well-being of women and girls, but it also exacts a crippling economic toll, according to the World Health...

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