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Op-Ed: Bad literacy directly affects people’s health and our society

Stop a moment and think about the scandalous fact that, in modern Britain, i.e. one of the richest country on the planet, more than a fifth of 11-year-olds will still be leaving primary school without reaching the basic level in reading.

Op-Ed: No, Peppa Pig is not to blame for your children’s behaviour

A columnist of the Daily Mail told her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon “Peppa Pig” from her home. Is Britain’s top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

Parents who give children sugary drinks are ‘poisoning them’

London - A leading health official has opened a debate, and sparked controversy, by arguing that parents who give their children sugary drinks are "poisoning" them.

Parents use Apple Watch to send new baby's heartbeat to relatives

A family has found a touching new way to use the Apple Watch's heartbeat sensor that isn't gimmicky or useless. They opted to let friends and family know that their newborn baby was alive and well in a unique way - by sending her heartbeat with the watch.

Headteachers threaten to call police as children play '18' games

A group of UK headteachers have threatened to report parents to police for neglect if they allow their children to play violent computer games that have an 18-rating, claiming that the children have access to unsuitable levels of violence.

Parents are giving children anti-vax bleach enemas to cure autism

Little Rock - Some U.S. parents are reportedly trying to cure autism in their children by using a dangerous "cure-all" bleach solution called "Miracle Mineral Solution," being marketed as a way to "flush out" from their children's systems vaccines that cause autism.

Three-Parent IVF agreed in the U.K.

London - The British parliament has voted to allow techniques that could help couples produce babies with a reduced chance of passing on heritable mitochondrial diseases.

Parents investigated after their kids, 10 and 6, walk home alone

A mother and father from Maryland are being investigated for neglect after they let their 10 and 6-year-old walk home alone.

Parent's video of school nativity play pulled offline

Abercynon - The parents of four year-old Emmi-Rai Homes were ordered to remove a video recording of their child in school Nativity play. This was because it broke the school rules relating to child protection.

Mothers can pass on stress to infants

Washington - A mother's stress could lead to changes in her offspring’s brains. This can eventually affect the physiology and behavior of the young.

'We don't want revenge' on Pistorius, says Steenkamp's mother

London - The mother of Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend said Wednesday she did not want "revenge", a day after the disgraced South African athlete began serving a five-year jail term for shooting her daughter dead.

Pilot study for infants with autism

A new trial has found that teaching parents certain therapeutic interactions for babies showing early signs of autism may improve the infants’ future social development.

New concerns over three person IVF Special

London - The U.K. Department of Health announced today that it will continue with efforts to gain Parliamentary approval for the experimental technique known as three-person IVF. This move trajectory has raised concerns with a campaign group.

Poor Mexican parents rue handing children to shelter

Zamora - Overwhelmed and impoverished, Maria Evelia Zamora tried to give her son a better life at The Big Family, but now regrets sending him to the Mexican shelter accused of large-scale child abuse.

Parents sell children to fund video-gaming habit

A couple in China allegedly sell their two young sons into human trafficking and use the money to purchase in-game virtual items for online gaming services.

Op-Ed: Can all parents raise their children as bilingual speakers?

“Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele Bündchen do it, so why can’t we do it too?” Some monolingual parents ask when they hear about the Hollywood stars, rich or celebs, for whom it has become trendy to bring up children to be bilingual.

Possibility of three-parent babies moves closer

The U.K.’s human embryo research agency has reported that a new mitochondrial replacement technique is safe and could be approved soon, paving the way for three-parent IVF.

Newlyweds driving in separate cars die after head on crash

Chillicothe - Texas newlyweds and parents Cristina Munoz, 26 and Nicolas Cruz, 31, were killed when their vehicles smashed on a unlined country road Wednesday morning near their place of employment. They are survived by their three young children.

Parents reveal story of how transgender son became boy at 5

Jeff and Hillary Whittington, from San Diego, accepted the Inspiration Award at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Thursday, and they shared their story of Ryland's decision and gender transition.

Hacker targets baby monitor and tells child to 'wake up, wake up'

A stranger has hacked into a couple's camera on their baby monitor in Ohio, USA, leaving the residents feeling 'violated'.

Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Month Team TMR Announcement

Autism month in the United States starts with the announcement of the formation of Team TMR, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization created by the founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution. TMR is a group of 23 moms and one dad.

'Burger King Baby' reunites with biological mom through Facebook

A women who was abandoned as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom was finally able to reunite with her birth mother this week, after a nearly month-long search on Facebook.

Do sleep machines put your baby at risk?

According to a string of new reports, electronic devices made to lull infants to sleep by producing soothing sounds can, at maximum volume, be loud enough to damage their hearing.

Op-Ed: Smartphone addiction: Our growing need to stay connected

Global smartphone usage passed the 1 billion mark in 2012, and is expected to total more than 1.75 billion this year. This means, according to experts, that 25 percent of the world's population will be using a smartphone every month in 2014.

Op-Ed: One more girl: 13-year-old American injured by the HPV vaccine Special

Thirteen-year-old Skylee Butler's life has not been the same since receiving the Human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine in Massachusetts last August.

U.K. could legalize three-parent IVF

Regulators in the U.K. are said to be close to approving a new mitochondrial replacement technique for creating embryos with less risk of developing certain heritable diseases.

Amount of school choice varies widely across Canada Special

Toronto - Alberta offer parents the greatest degree of school choice in Canada whereas Atlantic Provinces offer the least. This is according to a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Chuck E. Cheese: Will a buyout save the mouse's house?

Twenty-somethings know what Chuck E. Cheese is all about, and for a number of years, it was a family institution. What kid doesn't like going to a place where they can eat pizza and play fun games? But times have changed, and parents have changed, too.

Parents underestimate the size of their youngest child

Most parents underestimate the size of their youngest child, often by several inches, according to a new study. This tends to become apparent when a second child is born.

3-year-old shoots child after parents leave rifle in playroom

Two parents in North Carolina are facing multiple charges after police say that a three-year-old child shot another three-year-old with a rifle that was left in a playroom.
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Marijuana packaged for transportation and sale.
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