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Vaccines put brakes on yellow fever outbreaks, more may pop up: WHO

A major yellow fever outbreak in Angola and two smaller flare-ups in Uganda and Congo are largely under control but countries have been warned to be vigilant in case the disease...

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In Sierra Leone, clean water returns to a rural school

It’s been more than a decade since the students at the Harry C Primary school in Masorie, Sierra Leone, were able to drink from the well on school grounds. Now a UNICEF-supported...

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A second chance at schooling for pregnant teenagers in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, a new initiative offers classes and resources to pregnant teenage girls, who are otherwise prohibited from attending school. Meet Adama, who became pregnant during...

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UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures

As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of...

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China's obesity epidemic: Teaching children to 'eat a rainbow'

There’s a direct link between urbanization and increased food consumption and obesity issues in China, and it has become a growing epidemic. Dr Xu Zhangrong, deputy secretary of the...

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Teen mothers struggle to follow safe infant sleep practices

Although most teen mothers know that co-sleeping with their baby or putting the baby to sleep with soft bedding or blankets increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS...

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Newborn disease outbreaks push South Korea to stiffen care center oversight

Like more than half of South Korean mothers, Kim Ju-yeon spent two weeks recuperating and relaxing in a health care center with her newborn after she gave birth last June. But her...

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Childhood obesity not down in U.S

Rates of childhood overweight and obesity have not decreased in the U.S. in recent years, and severe obesity is on the rise, especially for minority children, according to a new...

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Women using popular acne drug aren't following advice to avoid pregnancy

The widely used acne drug isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage, yet only about a third of women who use it are taking effective measures to avoid pregnancy,...

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Kids' cancer risk might be tied to where mom was born

The risk of some childhood cancers might vary depending on where a child’s mother was born, a new study suggests. For example, some brain and kidney cancers occurred less often in...

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Scarred Yazidi boys escape Islamic State combat training

When nine-year-old Murad got the chance to flee from Islamic State – the group that repeatedly raped his mother and slaughtered or enslaved thousands from his Yazidi minority – he...

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Rice and rice products may expose infants to arsenic

Infant rice cereal and rice snacks contain some arsenic, and babies who eat these products have higher levels of arsenic in their urine, a study shows. It’s not clear yet whether...

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Turkish teacher given 508-year sentence for child abuse

A Turkish teacher accused of sexually abusing children in guest houses run by Islamic foundations was handed a 508-year jail sentence in a case that has stirred recrimination...

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Germany arrests two teenagers suspected of bombing Sikh temple

Three people were injured in a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in western Germany, police said on Thursday, adding that two 16-year-olds arrested after the attack appeared to have...

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Knowing your kid is overweight might make things worse

When parents think their child is overweight, that may put the kid at increased risk of packing on even more pounds, a new study suggests.

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