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U.N. urges full rights for Syria's displaced children

A U.N. watchdog urged Syria on Thursday to grant full rights to its displaced children, adding that thousands had been killed, tortured or enslaved during the country’s civil war.

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U.N. urges Japan to let children be children

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thursday urged Japan to do more to let children be children, free of excessive pressures or corporal punishment in school or at home...

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U.N. sees poverty hope in African uptake of child welfare payments

The spread of state welfare for children around Africa has the potential to make a major dent in global poverty, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Children account for the...

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40 percent of children are using more fluoride-containing toothpaste than recommended

When struggling to put a child to bed on time each night, one of the last things on a parent's mind is the amount of toothpaste smeared across their toothbrush. However, a recent...

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Palestinian children’s education deeply impacted by ‘interference’ around West Bank schools, UN warns

Alarmed by a high number of reported incidents of interference in or near Palestinian schools in the West Bank since the beginning of the school year in September, the UN called on...

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The world’s invisible children: Why registering births matters

A name, an official identity, and a nationality recognized by everyone: most of us take these things for granted. Yet, for nearly a quarter-billion children around the world,...

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How widespread is female genital mutilation in Britain?

 A London mother became the first person in Britain to be convicted of female genital mutilation on Friday - more than 30 years after the practice was outlawed. The Ugandan mother...

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Suicide-risk screening might cut deaths among incarcerated youth

Teens and young men in correctional facilities are at increased risk of dying by suicide, but they are otherwise fairly similar to unincarcerated youth who take their own lives, a U...

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Doctors describe treatment options for adolescent depression

When a teen is diagnosed with depression, it’s normal for parents to feel overwhelmed and to search for information about which treatment options are best, doctors write in a new...

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Parents who don't buckle up often skip seatbelts for their kids

Drivers who don’t wear seatbelts are more likely to skip seatbelts and car seats for their kids, an analysis of U.S. crash data suggests.

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Physical punishment of kids tied to antisocial behavior in adulthood

Children who are spanked, slapped, shoved or otherwise physically punished may be more prone to antisocial behavior as adults, a U.S. study suggests.

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Most U.S. kids not meeting sleep, exercise and screen time targets

Just one in 20 U.S. children and teens gets the amount of sleep, exercise and screen time that doctors recommend for optimal health, a new study suggests.

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Tiniest preemies still have low survival odds, high chance of impairments

Although extremely preterm birth is no longer the death sentence it once was, the tiniest preemies still have low survival odds and are likely to have severe impairments if they...

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Teen e-cigarette use linked to eventual smoking

Among teens, using e-cigarettes may raise the risk of progressing to cigarette smoking, a new U.S. study suggests.

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‘Education transforms lives’ says UN chief on first-ever International Day

Education is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development because it gives people across the world the skills needed to realize all 17 Global Goals (SDGs), said the...

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