Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

Aug 8, 2017 0

The girl, known as X, will be moved to a special unit on Thursday after doctors managed to find her a place. Sir James Munby, head of the family courts in England and Wales, said the provision of care “should not be dependent” on legal involvement. ...

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Zimbabwe: MPs Clash on Abortion Law

Jun 14, 2017 0

Some members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Health and Child Care are pushing for legislation to legalise abortion, amid revelations that 16 percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortions, half of which occur among adolescents. According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, nine percent of adolescents between 10 and 19 years have fallen pregnant before, the majority of who were girls from rural areas. Speaking during the parliamentarians’ advocacy workshop on HIV and Aids in Gweru recently, chairperson of the Health and Child Care portfolio committee Dr Ruth Labode, who is also legislator for Matabeleland North province, said given the above statistics, it was only fair to allow safe abortions in unwanted pregnancies. Dr Labode said it was a fact that teenagers were engaging in unprotected sex, resulting in them falling pregnant and wanting to terminate the pregnancies using unsafe means since abortion was illegal in Zimbabwe. “We cannot continue denying these young women access to safe abortions, yet we know they will still proceed to... ...

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Effects of Social Media on Children and Teenagers

Jun 10, 2017 0

Effects of Social Media on Children and Teenagers In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of social media and networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace etc.; the children cherish this new and high-tech way of remaining connected with friends and meeting new people. However, it is also important for parents to keep themselves aware of some of the negative effects of these sites, and how to protect their children. Here, we are listing the top insidious effects that social media may have on children. Some of this information is taken from a recent study conducted by researchers at University of Rome. They conducted a survey of 50,000 people to know about the effects of social media on their lives. It is apparent from the results that overall the social media has a negative effect on the social well-being of an individual. 1. Hate Speech The kids using Facebook or other social media sites are at a greater risk of suffering from the hate speech. This problem... ...

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Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

May 16, 2017 0

Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals.  In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths.  Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of 10 and 19.  Chest infections and self-harm were the biggest global killers of girls and young women, however. The top five killers of teens (aged 10-19): 1. Road injury 2. Lower respiratory infections ...

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US: teenager died after drinking highly caffeinated drinks- coroner says

May 16, 2017 0

A healthy teenager in the US state of South Carolina died from drinking several highly-caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner has ruled. Davis Allen Cripe collapsed at a high school in April after drinking a McDonalds latte, a large Mountain Dew soft drink and an energy drink in just under two hours, Gary Watts said. The 16-year-old died from a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia”. He had no pre-existing heart condition. The teenager weighed 90kg (200 lbs) but would not have been considered morbidly obese, Mr Watts said. “This is not a caffeine overdose,” Mr Watts told Reuters news agency.  “We’re not saying that it was the total amount of caffeine in the system, it was just the way that it was ingested over that short period of time, and the chugging of the energy drink at the end was what the issue was with the cardiac arrhythmia. ...

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Prenatal cocaine exposure increases drug abuse risk among teens

May 4, 2017 0

A new study has showed that children who are born to mothers who took cocaine during pregnancy are twice more likely to use tobacco and marijuana. Prenatal cocaine exposure also increases the risk of substance abuse risk among teenagers. Cocaine is toxic to a foetal brain as it restricts blood flow and alters the expression of genes, which can affect executive functioning, language and other types of development. The study showed that in utero exposure to cocaine doubles the risk of tobacco and marijuana use as early as age 15 and substance abuse by 17. And they are also more likely to handle stress in negative ways, especially if mistreated as a child, using fewer problem-solving skills and having less control over their emotions as well as more likely to become distracted or disengaged. ...

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US:Dr. Jumana Nagarwala charge for carrying out FGM on young girls

Apr 14, 2017 0

A doctor in the US city of Detroit has been charged with carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. Prosecutors said Jumana Nagarwala had been performing the practice on girls aged between six and eight for 12 years. She was investigated after the authorities received a tip-off.  If find guilty, she will be sentence to life in prison. ...

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Teenage Pregnancy

Apr 7, 2017 0

 Teenage pregnancy is a serious issue that may seriously impact the future of a young woman. Any teen pregnancy will be a challenge as teens typically lack skills needed to handle a pregnancy and motherhood. Patience, maturity and ability to handle stress are required by pregnant mothers of all ages. A teen pregnancy may also impact the baby. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that babies born to teens may have weaker intellectual development and lower skill set scores at kindergarten. They may also have ongoing medical issues and behavioral issues. ...

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