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‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

‘Horrifying’ violence has killed at least 43 children in Myanmar, report says

World
At least 43 children have died in violence during Myanmar's coup, according to reports described as "horrifying".The death toll of children has more than doubled in the past 12 days and the total number of people killed now stands at 521, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says. The youngest victim was a girl aged just seven years old.A total of 15 children under the age of 16 are among the casualties, including children aged nine and 11.Among those killed were a 13-year-old boy who was reportedly shot in the head while trying to run away from armed forces, and a 14-year-old Mandalay boy who was reportedly shot dead while he was inside or around his home. ...
Maternal diabetes increases obesity risk in children by age 10, study finds

Maternal diabetes increases obesity risk in children by age 10, study finds

Health
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Children born to mothers with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have up to 10% higher body weight by age 10 than those whose mothers did not have the disease, a study published Friday by the journal Pediatric Obesity found. That weight difference means that they are more likely to meet the criteria for obesity than children of mothers who did not have diabetes during pregnancy, the researchers said. Advertisement By age 10, children of diabetic mothers had a body mass index, or BMI, of nearly 23, the data showed. The average BMI for children both to mothers who did not have diabetes during pregnancy was just over 20. BMI is a measure of a person's weight and height. Currently, for children age 10, a BMI of 22 would place them in the 95th percentile nationally, meaning they would ...

During Covid, some working mothers find a silver lining: more time with their children

Finance
By almost every measure, the coronavirus crisis has been devastating for working women.More women work on the front lines and are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19, putting themselves and their families in jeopardy.They have reported increased anxiety and stress as a direct result of new work routines and concerns about job security. At the same time, they have borne the brunt of job losses or had to reduce their hours or take a leave from work in order to take on additional duties at home.  More from Personal Finance:School holidays are particularly challenging for working parentsA return to the office may be coming as vaccinations increasePandemic pushes millions from the labor forceAs women, particularly mothers, exit the workforce, they are also leaving...
Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site

Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site

Technology
Warning: this story contains disturbing adult themes.A BBC investigation into the increasingly popular live video chat website Omegle has found what appear to be prepubescent boys explicitly touching themselves in front of strangers.Omegle links up random people for virtual video and text chats, and claims to be moderated - but has a reputation for unpredictable and shocking content.Global child protection groups are increasingly concerned about predators using the site to gather self-generated child sexual abuse material.The founder of the website, Leif K Brooks, told the BBC his site had increased moderation efforts in recent months.According to new research collected by data analyst Semrush, Omegle grew globally from about 34 million visits a month in January 2020 to 65 million in Janua...
Study: Children less likely to catch, spread COVID-19

Study: Children less likely to catch, spread COVID-19

Health
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Children and young people are less likely to catch COVID-19 and spread the virus to others compared to adults, an analysis published Thursday by PLOS Computational Biology found. The mathematical modeling of virus transmission within households found that people age 20 and younger were 43% "as susceptible" to COVID-19 compared to those older than 20, the data showed. Advertisement The data also showed that people 20 and younger have viral loads -- the amount of coronavirus in their bodies -- estimated at 63% lower than what adults carry, which affects the likelihood they are to spread COVID-19 to others. This may explain why children are more likely than adults to receive a negative test result, despite being infected with the virus, and why fewer children than adults are...