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As polio goal nears, Pakistan pushes against vaccine misinformation

As Pakistan closes in on eradicating polio, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office has urged the country’s telecoms regulator to take action against misinformation spread on social...

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Women who vape around pregnancy may wrongly think it safe

Health professionals advise against using any nicotine products during pregnancy, but some women are using e-cigarettes before, during or after pregnancy and thinking it’s safer...

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Education remains an impossible dream for many refugees and migrants

The older refugee and migrant children get, the less likely it is that they will get a quality education: less than a quarter of the world’s refugees make it to secondary school,...

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Break taboo around menstruation, act to end ‘disempowering’ discrimination, say UN experts

A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that persists in many parts of the...

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Recreational cannabis poses ‘significant’ health challenges to youth: drugs control body

The UN-backed International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned on Tuesday that poorly regulated medical cannabis programmes could step-up the “recreational” use of the drug while...

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93 million children with disabilities ‘among the most likely to be left behind’: UN rights chief

States should do more for an estimated 93 million children with disabilities who are “among the most likely to be left behind and the least likely to be heard”, UN High Commissioner...

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Children are still dying in Yemen war, despite partial ceasefire, says UNICEF chief

Responding to the violent deaths of five children in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah on Thursday, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF...

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Dear parents, when you meet a child with special needs, don't leave. Stay and play

My middle daughter was born without a left arm. Well, she was born without most of her left arm. Her right arm is a little longer. But it's still short, with a small, atypical hand...

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Pedophiles are hunting children as young as 5 on Instagram as grooming triples on social media-UK

Children as young as five are being groomed and abused on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, with 5,161 incidents reported in the UK in 18 months. The number of children targeted on...

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Kids with eczema may sleep poorly

Kids with eczema - even mild eczema - may be more likely to have poor quality sleep than children who don’t have this common skin disorder, a UK study suggests.

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YouTube stars pushing junk food get kids to eat more unhealthy snacks

Children who see young social media influencers promote junk food may consume more unhealthy calories, a new study suggests.

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Measles vaccine doesn't cause autism, even in high-risk kids

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine isn’t associated with an increased risk of autism even among kids who are at high risk because they have a sibling with the disorder, a...

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Hands-off parenting tied to higher risk of teen gun use

When parents of boys don’t enjoy parenthood or don’t spend a lot of time playing or talking with them, their sons may be more likely to use guns in adolescence, a U.S. study...

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Victim no more, sex trafficked teen takes on Indian system

 For more than a year, Nasima Gain did not leave her house. She spoke to no one, refused to meet friends and lay in bed. Closeted in her room, the Indian teenager was consumed by...

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Time to see air pollution as a human rights threat: U.N.

Air pollution has long been an environmental and health problem - but now it should now be viewed as a human rights issue as well, according to the U.N. special rapporteur on human...

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