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How to have sun-safe kids – 5 simple rules

Sun exposure can cause serious damage to the skin by sun exposure in childhood. Protecting your children’s skin now could prevent skin cancer later in life.

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Surviving the holiday blues

The festive season can still be a joyous time if you find time to relax, unwind and spend the right amount of time with your loved ones.

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WATCH: Polio outbreak in Papua New Guinea after 18 years serves as a reminder to parents to vaccinate

It was eradicated decades ago but polio is back in Papua New Guinea. Here's why, all the way in South Africa, we need to vaccinate our children.

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WATCH: A new exercise guideline says we should get kids moving at age 3

A new exercise guideline says we should get kids moving at age 3 but we think that's much too late. Kids are singing Baby Shark at 1 years old. Why not get them to dance along too?

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Recent court case shines light on the horrors of female genital mutilation

International groups have fought to abolish the cultural practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) for decades, but a new US court ruling has shocked and discouraged activists.

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WATCH: This giggling baby’s chuckles were caused by a rare brain tumour

Gemma and Ed Young thought their son was just a very happy baby, but doctors later found Jack’s outbursts were triggered by a hypothalamic hamartoma – a benign brain tumour causing “laughing seizures”.

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Young people are more anxious than ever – and they don’t even know it

Generation Z is the most anxious group to date with their world dominated by social media and a constant desire to be perfect. Here's how to identify anxiety and depression in someone you love, and how to get them the help they need.

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Vaccinate your kids: "It's not a debate," say our readers

Readers responded to anti-vax billboards that went up all over the US and it seems we’re more divided than ever. But there is a clear right and wrong, our readers say, quite frankly, "it's not a debate".

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Getting your body back: It’s not as simple as “snap, crackle, pop”!

While your body is still figuring itself out after pregnancy, the last thing you want to hear is someone asking if you've got a second one on the way. The audacity! Phumeza Langa shares how she's slowly regaining her confidence and a few tips to get you through if you're in a similar position.

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SA snakes and snakebites: a parent's guide

A quick guide to which South African snakes are dangerous, what their bites can do and what to do if your child was bitten by a snake.

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Terminally ill boy achieves dream as he’s sworn in as honourary cop

For seven-year-old Drake Walker from California, US, the idea of following in his dad’s footsteps to become a police officer wasn’t just a dream but something he was determined to make a reality.

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Hope for 8-year-old Ukrainian girl with progeria

A young Ukrainian girl with a rare genetic disorder is set to travel to America for a ground-breaking treatment.

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Anti-vaxx billboards are going up all over the US – here’s why it’s problematic

Many people are of the opinion that not only is it unnecessary to vaccinate their children, but that it's dangerous too. And we're afraid these billboards popping up all over the U.S. will mobilise and expand the anti-vaxx movement, putting millions of lives at risk.

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WATCH: How gogos in Zimbabwe are tackling depression with the Friendship Bench

There's still a stigma around mental health disorders in many communities, which prevents people from getting the intervention and treatment they need. In Zimbabwe, psychiatrist Dixon Chibanda is doing his best to change this and help his community. How? By training local gogos in evidence-based talk therapy, of course.

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If there’s one thing you take from today it should be this important message from Dr. Amelia Shepherd

Caterina Scorsone (a.k.a. Dr Amelia Shepherd of Grey's Anatomy) has a message for you this Down Syndrome Awareness Month. And we hope you're listening!

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Where your real friends at? 16- to 24-year-olds are the loneliest, study reveals

This World Mental Health Day we need to talk about our youth, particularly in light of a recent survey on loneliness revealing that 16- to 24-year-olds are the loneliest age group.

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1 in 4 SA varsity students have been diagnosed with depression

"Depression does not discriminate – and can affect any race, age, gender or religion." Every day should be Mental Health Day.

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How two SA little ones with cleft palates went from being shunned by their communities to regaining their confidence

On Saturday 29 September Leila Amien will be hosting a soccer tournament at the Fives Futbol Courts at Century City. All proceeds go to Operation Smile – the non-profit organisation providing free surgeries to repair cleft lip and cleft palate to underprivileged communities. Here's how you can help.

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Mom whose two sons died in car accident tells her story

Madisema Mokoena says her spirit died along with her boys’ after she lost control of her vehicle.

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4-year-old with cerebral palsy walks for the first time on the first day of school!

A four-year-old with cerebral palsy took her first steps unaided on the first day of primary school – with encouragement from her devoted twin brother.

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WATCH: A year after the Grenfell Tower fire, here's how students are dealing with their loss

Homes were destroyed, over 70 lives were lost, and of which two were students at Oxford Gardens Primary School, located less than a kilometre away from where the Grenfell Tower fire – the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since 1988 – happened.

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WATCH: Boy with rare condition starts first day of primary school

Xander Pickering has a rare condition, which, for a very long time, meant he was unable to attend school. But he'll be attending "big school" this year for the first time, and he couldn't be more excited.

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