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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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Pediatricians should discuss fertility and sexual function, doctors say

Talks about reproductive health in pediatrics often touch on contraception and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, but many doctors still fail to discuss issues like...

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Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

May 20 Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas...

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U.S. reports 279 Zika cases in pregnant women, Obama pushes Congress on funds

Health officials said 279 pregnant women in the United States and U.S. territories have tested positive for Zika infection, prompting a new call from President Barack Obama for more...

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Sleep training needn’t be stressful for babies

Deciding when and how to train infants to sleep through the night is one of the hardest issues for new parents, but a small study suggests the process needn’t always be stressful...

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Parents who lose a baby to SIDS want more information

When parents have lost a baby to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), doctors may fear that discussing the risk factors will distress them or cause them to blame themselves. But a...

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Childhood goes up in smoke for Indonesian tobacco farm workers

Thirteen-year-old Siti Maryam says she suffers headaches and nausea after harvesting tobacco leaves with her bare hands during four years of working on her family's farm in...

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