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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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More evidence 'parentese' does help babies learn language

Baby talk known as “parentese” - characterized by high pitched, slow tempo speech - might actually make language learning easier for babies, a new study suggests.

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Mexico: UNICEF calls for implementation of protocol to protect migrant children

Authorities in Mexico are being reminded by the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, of the need to protect the rights of migrant children who enter the country.

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Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive crisis in Africa

Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex - sometimes for less than the cost of bread - to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In...

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‘A piece of me’ was taken - women talk about genital mutilation

“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital...

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Stepped-up efforts needed to combat pneumonia; save nearly nine million children’s lives

Scaling up pneumonia-related interventions could save the lives of nearly nine million children during the course of the next decade, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on...

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Youth leaders share positive visions of the future, as Guterres launches UN75 in New York

Six youth leaders from around the world were at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their ambitious visions for a future where international cooperation is prioritized...

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Bangladesh hopes to stem trafficking of Rohingya by opening schools

Some 10,000 Rohingya children in the world’s largest refugee camp will start formal schooling in April, reducing their risk of trafficking and exploitation, officials said on...

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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund...

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Heavy traffic pollution may affect kids' brain development

High levels of exposure to traffic-related air pollution at a very young age may lead to structural changes in the brain, a new imaging study suggests.

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Children may face higher psoriasis risk if mother smoked while pregnant

Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk of psoriasis, a new study suggests.

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End discrimination against women and children affected by leprosy

 Governments must put an end to the informal segregation and institutionalized neglect of hundreds of thousands of women and children affected by leprosy, an independent UN human...

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