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Tonsillectomy doesn't boost cognitive skills for preschoolers with mild apnea

Young children with mild apnea who have their tonsils removed may sleep a little better than kids who don’t get tonsillectomies, but a new study suggests surgery won’t improve...

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After opioid overdose, poor teens rarely get addiction treatment

Less than one third of teens and young adults who overdose on opioids receive addiction treatment afterward, and the few who do get help receive counseling instead of medication to...

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Teen drinking, drug use tied to other risky behaviors

Teens who binge drink or abuse prescription opioids may be more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, too, two new studies suggest.

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Spread of polio still an international public health concern

The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded. 

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Fighting in and around Tripoli shuts 210 schools, depriving over 115,000 children of their education

The recent escalation of violence in and around Tripoli has taken a devastating toll on children’s education, with five schools destroyed and 210 schools shuttered, pushing over 115...

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Child sex abuse: Record number of images dealt with, charity says

More than a quarter of a million reports of online images and videos of child sexual abuse were dealt with by the Internet Watch Foundation in 2019. Of this record number of reports...

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Brain 'shrinks' if children neglected

An early life full of neglect, deprivation and adversity leads to people growing up with smaller brains, a study suggests. The researchers at King's College London were following...

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Kids see you when you're drinking

Children may learn from an early age when it’s appropriate to drink and how many drinks are okay from watching all the adults in their lives, a Dutch study suggests.

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UK child exploitation levels ‘almost back to Victorian times’ says anti-slavery czar

The UK’s anti-slavery and trafficking czar has made a damning indictment with claims that child exploitation there has now almost reached Victorian-era levels. He cites the...

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UNICEF chief hopes 2020 will be 'a year of peace' for Syria’s children

Only an end to the war in Syria can bring safety to children there, the head of the UN child rights agency said on Thursday. The statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta...

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New Year’s Day a reminder of need for action to prevent newborn deaths: UNICEF

The world will welcome more than 392,000 babies on New Year’s Day, according to estimates from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

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England - Thousands of children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting

More than 6,000 children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting offences in the past three years, including more than 300 of primary school age, the Guardian has...

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Deadly decade: UNICEF reports three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010

Conflicts around the world are lasting longer and claiming more young lives, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said on Monday, as the agency reported that over this ‘deadly...

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UN refugee agency welcomes move to register all births in Kazakhstan

The decision to ensure that all babies born in Kazakhstan are registered at birth and issued birth certificates has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. The country this...

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Quality immunization and surveillance help stop polio outbreaks in three African countries: WHO

Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on...

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