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After years in U.S., burned Iraqi boy hopes to help others

Nearly a decade ago, 4-year-old Youssif sullenly pushed grains of rice through his lips in the kitchen of our Baghdad bureau. His face was hardened into rivers of scar tissue that...

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Japanese boy missing in mountains after being left by parents as 'punishment'

Rescue teams are searching for a seven-year-old boy missing for two days on a mountain range in Japan, after his parents abandoned him "as punishment." The area near Nanae-cho,...

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Pope Francis meets children, says migrants ‘not dangerous, but in danger’

Pope Francis held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children on Saturday, including a Nigerian boy whose parents drowned in a shipwreck, and told them migrants “are not...

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Girls’ early puberty and breast development tied to depression

Girls who go through puberty and develop breasts earlier than peers may have a higher risk of depression as well, a Chinese study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on puberty...

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Health risks for female sex workers and their children

Many female sex workers and their children have unmet needs for medical care, which puts them at risk for serious and potentially fatal health problems, some researchers argue.

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GSK gets EU approval for first gene therapy for children

The world's first life-saving gene therapy for children, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and Italian scientists, was approved for sale in Europe on Friday, in a step forward for the...

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WHO guidance on infant milk formulas gets lukewarm backing

National health officials stopped short on Friday of fully endorsing World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to end the aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes and baby...

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Portland schools failed protocols over high lead levels in water

Portland Public Schools failed to follow federal protocols and did not notify parents after high levels of lead were detected at two of its schools two months ago, the district said...

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Man tries to drown his child in Tripoli

A man tried to drown his child of five years old in Mina in Tripoli but the inhabitants managed to save the child next to Palma Beach Resort, NNA correspondent said on Sunday. The...

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Teens with ADHD have special treatment needs

 Drugs and psychotherapy can help teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manage symptoms and improve in school, a new research review suggests, but adolescents...

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Past child abuse may influence adult response to antidepressants

Antidepressants don’t work for everyone, and having a history of abuse during childhood may signal a low likelihood that the drugs will improve an adult’s symptoms of major...

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Breastfeeding after return to work may depend on hours on the job

 Working mothers may be more likely to breastfeed their babies for the recommended minimum of at least six months if they can work less than 20 hours a week, an Australian study...

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Lives at risk as young mothers left invisible, fears Plan International head

The lives of millions of girls giving birth under the age of 15 are at risk because they are slipping through the net of the system, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, the new head of child...

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Drop in birth defects slowed after folic acid fortification

 Having cereal and bread manufacturers add folic acid to their products may not be enough to help prevent certain birth defects, suggests a study from California.

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Refugee kids face learning challenges in early school years

 Even though some older refugee children may do as well in school as their native-born peers, younger immigrants can still face unique learning challenges in elementary school, a...

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