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Victims of the Syrian Civil War: Plight of Syria’s Children

At least 652 children were killed in Syria in 2016, making it the worst year as of yet for the children in Syria's history of civil war.

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Syria, Mar 15, 2017: At least 652 children were killed in Syria in 2016, making it the worst year as of yet for the children in Syria’s history of civil war, according to data released by UNICEF two days before the 6th anniversary of the uprising that turned into civil war, as reported by PTI.

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255 children were killed in or near schools in 2016. 1 out of every 3 schools in Syria is unusable, due to occupation by armed groups and 1.7 million children are out of school. An additional 2.3 million Syrian children are refugees throughout the Middle East.

In violation of laws of war, attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes by both the Syrian government and it’s opponents were frequent in 2016.

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Dozens of Syrian children are dying from preventable diseases, due to lack of proper medical care. The evils of the war has forced many children into child labor, early marriage, and combat. At least 851 children were recruited by armed factions in 2016 which is more than double of 2015.

Save the Children, an international charity in a report released a week ago had said that signs of “toxic stress” are occurring amongst the youngsters, which consequences into lifelong health problems, addiction and mental disorders which might continue into adulthood.

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High Consumption of Junk Food May Spike up Allergies in Children

The study revealed a significant correlation between AGEs and junk food consumption, said Roberto Berni Canani, Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy

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Researchers have found that high consumption of junk food such as microwaved foods and barbequed meats may be responsible for food allergies in children.

The study, presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition, shows that high levels of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are associated with food allergies in kids.

AGEs are present in high levels in junk foods such as sugars, processed foods, microwaved foods and roasted or barbequed meats. They are known to play a role in the development and progression of different oxidative-based diseases including diabetes, atherosclerosis and neurological disorders, said the researchers.

Cholesterol -- a molecule normally linked with cardiovascular diseases -- may also play an important role in the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found.
Junk Food is highly rich in Cholesterol. Pixabay

For the study, the research team observed 61 children aged between 6 and 12 years. They were identified in three categories – those with food allergies, those with respiratory allergies and healthy controls.

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The study revealed a significant correlation between AGEs and junk food consumption, said Roberto Berni Canani, Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. (IANS)