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Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds

Childbirth survival rates are now a “staggering success” compared with the year 2000, but one pregnant woman - or her child - still dies every 11 seconds from largely preventable...

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Most young children shouldn't drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say

Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink.

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One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

 Such was the extent of devastation caused by two back-to-back cyclones in Mozambique earlier this year, nearly one million people, including 160,000 children under five, are still...

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Most parents say their kids have ridden with a risky teen driver

Nearly two-thirds of parents worry that their children have been in unsafe situations as passengers traveling with a teen driver, a new survey finds. More than a third of teens ride...

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Baby gut study finds bacteria different after C-section births

A huge study of babies’ stool samples has found key differences between infants born vaginally and via Caesarean section, offering clues about the development of the human immune...

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Indonesia raises minimum age for brides to end child marriage

Indonesia’s parliament has revised the country’s marriage law to lift the minimum age at which women can marry by three years to 19, a move welcomed by campaigners as a step toward...

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United Nations sees increase in child soldiers recruited in South Sudan

Forced recruitment of child soldiers is increasing in South Sudan despite a peace deal last year, the head of a United Nations investigating body said on Monday, adding that a...

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More evidence supports helmet use by cyclists

Most Americans who are injured in cycling accidents don’t wear helmets, and this is especially true of men, children, and black and Hispanic riders, a new study suggests....

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Virtual reality helps kids getting X-rays

A virtual reality program with cartoon characters may reduce children’s fear before imaging procedures, a South Korean study suggests. Compared to verbal instructions, a virtual...

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Around 12 million children may never see a classroom, UN data reveals

New data published by the United Nations cultural agency on Friday, reveals that without taking urgent measures, around 12 million young children will never set foot inside a school...

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29

Despite progress in national prevention strategies, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General lamented on Monday,...

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UNICEF backpacks used as a haunting symbol to call for greater protection of children living in conflict

As children in many parts of the world return to school, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a haunting installation on Sunday that displays 3,758 school backpacks...

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Red Cross: 22,000 missing in Nigerian Boko Haram jihad

Nearly 22,000 people, mostly children, are missing as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the Red Cross said Thursday. The militant uprising which started in...

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With parents in prison, kids at risk for lasting psychiatric problems

Children who have a parent in prison may be more than twice as likely as other kids to have depression, attention problems and conduct disorders by the time they reach adolescence,...

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Positive childhood experiences tied to better adult mental health

Kids who have more supportive experiences with family, friends, and people in their school and community may be less likely to have psychological or relationship troubles in...

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