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Study finds no link between childhood ADHD drug use and adult drug abuse

ADHD drugs may be stimulants, but a new study has concluded that these popularly prescribed childhood medications aren't actually "gateway drugs" to harder substances — a correlation that many feared existed.

American kids getting higher allowances than ever, finds AICPA study

American kids are getting heftier allowances than ever, a telephone survey conducted by the American Institute of CPA's discovered this month.

Cambodia mystery disease "solved," health experts say

The cause of Cambodia's deadly "mystery" disease has been found by health experts, CNN reported today. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Cambodian Ministry of Health allegedly have determined that the culprit is a combination of pathogens: enterovirus 71, streptococcus suis and dengue fever.

German court rules religious circumcision of minors is 'assault'

Neither the parents' rights nor the right to religious freedom can justify what constitutes irreversible bodily harm, the verdict states.

USAID's Rajiv Shah: ‘End preventable child deaths in a generation’

On the eve of the Child Survival Call to Action, Rajiv Shah speaks about the need to focus efforts on five countries that have 50 percent of all preventable child deaths.
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Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
Rajiv Shah, administrator for the US Agency for International Development, spoke with GlobalPost’s John Donnelly on the eve of the Child Survival Call to Action, held in Washington on Thursday and Friday. Shah talked about the need to focus efforts on five countries that have 50 percent of all preventable child deaths. But he said this new effort will not mimic the US global AIDS initiative, which focused efforts on 15 countries, and instead will rely on many governments’ commitments to saving the lives of children. Currently, experts estimate that 7.6 million children die needlessly each year from preventable causes.
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Swedish daycare monitors toddlers with GPS vests

The Swedish children wear vests fitted with tracking devices that daycare staff can track on a screen.
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Swedish children from a kindergarden wear their obligatory traffic safety vests while playing in a Stockholm park. (SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Daycares in Sweden have started fitting children with GPS and other locating devices to keep track of kids during excursions.

The Swedish children wear vests fitted with tracking devices that daycare staff can track on a screen, the Associated Press reports.

GPS devices are increasingly being used to keep track of children, although it is still unusual for them to be used in a daycare setting.

"Certainly, GPS is already being used on kids — many of them delinquent," the Toronto Globe and Mail reports. "In Florida earlier this year, GPS was being piloted as a way to keep track of, and presumably motivate kids who habitually play hooky."

But there are growing concerns about the ethical implications of monitoring children. 

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Al Qaeda group plans to release animated cartoon to recruit kids

Terrorists connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said they were creating the animated film to inspire children to join the jihad, but some users on jihadi websites said the characters were too "scary" for kids
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The planned cartoon does not feature depictions of Osama bin Laden. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

An al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen is planning to release an animated film cartoon aimed at recruiting young people to the militant network.

Terrorists connected to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based affiliate, said they were creating the cartoon to inspire children to join the jihad, a posting on an extremist website said, according to the Daily News.

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Malaysian police end dramatic kindergarten siege

The man demanded a gun or he would kill the children
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