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Global measles cases three times higher than last year: WHO

Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that can kill or disable children, the...

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Vaccines group seeks $7.4 billion to save up to 8 million lives

The GAVI global vaccines alliance on Friday called on donors for $7.4 billion to help immunize 300 million children against life-threatening diseases between 2021 and 2025, and save...

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Twins, triplets have higher risk of medical mix-ups in neonatal ICUs

Doctors are much more likely to make mistakes ordering medicines or treatments for babies in the ICU when these infants are twins or triplets than when they are they singletons, a U...

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Childhood cancer survivors face variety of heart risks

Childhood cancer survivors’ risks for heart problems may be broader than what was previously recognized, researchers say.

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‘There has never been a more urgent time,’ to safeguard children’s right to safe water and sanitation, says UNICEF

Access to safe drinking water is a right critical to a child’s survival, yet protracted crises have left some 420 million children without basic sanitation, and 210 million lacking...

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Pureed peanuts advised for infants to stave off allergy

Feeding pureed peanut products regularly to babies before their first birthday could reduce their risk of developing peanut allergies later on, doctors advise.

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Child labour case highlights 'widespread' abuse in Nepal: rights experts

Torture and arbitrary detention in Nepal are “widespread and systematic”, UN-appointed independent experts said on Tuesday, highlighting the case of a boy who was allegedly forced...

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Football is ‘refuge for those who have left everything’; UN initiative aims to bolster well-being of refugee, migrant children in Peru

Sport brings people together “regardless of conditions or flags”, a senior United Nations official in Perú said on Tuesday referring to a new initiative launched over this past...

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Africa set to be declared polio free as Nigeria marks three years without the disease

Nigeria is set to mark three years since it saw its last case of polio on Wednesday – an important landmark on the road to official eradication of this deadly childhood disease. 

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Venezuela: UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children

On Tuesday, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has appealed for help to provide life-saving assistance to 900,000 youngsters in Venezuela.  

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New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children's development

Water fluoridation has been hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the top great public health achievements of the 20th century, but a new study...

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Homeless children in England living in shipping containers, hostels: Commissioner's report

Children in England are sleeping in converted shipping containers and rooming houses, environments that are often dangerous and far from their schools, a report by the Children’s...

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Pregnant women may be exposed to MRI contrast agent

Women who don’t realize they’re pregnant when they undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be exposed to a chemical that might not be safe for the fetus, a new report warns.

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Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF

The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar’s Rohingya people in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, has caused “overwhelming” despair and jeopardized the hopes of an...

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Children’s lives in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF

The fate of 130 children on board two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea should not be put at risk by political point-scoring, the UN said on Thursday, amid ongoing uncertainty...

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