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Apps may help kids learn ABCs and 123s

Interactive educational apps may be able to help young children master early academic skills like math and reading, a research review suggests.

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Nearly all U.S. kids eating added sugars before age two

Nearly 85% of toddlers and infants in the United States eat foods containing added sugars and artificial sweeteners on any given day, researchers say.

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Is your child ready for a smartphone?

Your child is begging for a smartphone, but are they ready? Are you ready? Since writing Screenwise, the most frequent question I get from parents is: “What age is right for a phone...

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Even late-term preemies can have breathing problems in car seats

When placed in car seats, babies who are only a week or two premature can have breathing problems similar to those faced by infants born much earlier, a new study suggests.

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Malnutrition curses the children of Venezuela

Last August, Francys Rivero, an unemployed single mother of four, feared for her baby’s life. Two months after his birth, even though she was breastfeeding him regularly, Kenai de...

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More evidence many pregnant women don't eat well

Many women who are pregnant or trying to conceive have poor diets that could increase their risk for pregnancy complications, a research review suggests.

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Responsible Child: Can a 10-year-old be a cold-blooded murderer?

When you're 10 years old you can't legally drink, smoke, vote, get married or even buy a pet. You're in year five or six at primary school. You're legally a child. But you can be...

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Nine children killed or maimed in Afghanistan every day: UN Children’s Fund

An average of nine children have been killed or maimed every day in Afghanistan so far this year, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, which describes the...

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New autism guidelines focus on early diagnosis, treatment

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday issued its first new autism treatment guidelines in 12 years aimed at helping doctors identify at-risk children and getting them...

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Social media use linked to teen disordered eating behaviors

Adolescents who are active on social media may be more likely to exercise excessively, skip meals or develop other forms of disordered eating, a U.S. study suggests.

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Failure to register newborns leaves millions ‘invisible’ warns UN Children’s Fund

While the number of registered births has significantly increased over the past decade, one quarter of children globally remain unaccounted for, leaving them vulnerable and “...

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Samoa measles outbreak claims 70 lives, majority are children under five

Seventy people have now died from Samoa’s measles outbreak, UN humanitarians confirmed on Tuesday, as the organization released emergency funding to help the authorities step up...

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Human Rights Day celebrates ‘tremendous activism’ of the world’s young people

Activists, students and UN officials came together on Tuesday to pay tribute to young people’s “tremendous activism” in promoting human rights for everyone. 

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Preemies face higher risk of diabetes as children and young adults

Babies who are born too early may be more likely to develop diabetes as children and young adults than full-term infants, a new study suggests.

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more than 142,000 people died from measles

Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to “substantially exceed” last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health...

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