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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

For completeness, here is the full 4 page pamphlet together with an English translation: Information to you who are married to a child Child marriage is illegal in Sweden In Sweden it is ...
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Are statistics in controversial Australian antigay posters true?

What the writings by Sullins say Invisible Victims: Delayed Onset Depression among Adults with Same-Sex Parents is available online: Retrospective questions at Waves III and IV asked about adult ...
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Are guns the number one killer of children in the US?

According to NBC News: Child vehicle deaths, while falling, still topped firearm deaths in 2020 Nearly 2,400 children ages 1-17 died of vehicle-related injuries in 2020, compared with 2,270 firearm ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

We cannot be sure exactly what happened 7 centuries ago; we only have the one account. However something akin to this experiment did occur, albeit without the controlled conditions. In Romania during ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Summary: The survey this article was based on was biased, poorly designed and poorly implemented. The conclusions cannot be trusted. This study was examined by Orac who has been "checking in ...
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Were mixed race kids theorized to look like zebras?

Senator John W. Daniel of Virginia said 03 February 1899 of colonial Philippines: this brew - mixed races, Chinese, Malay, Negritos— anybody who has come along in three hundred years, in all ...
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Is a case of child abuse reported every 10 seconds in the USA?

I think it can be difficult to parse rate information because it's not apparent how those numbers in very relatable terms (everyone can intuit about what "10 seconds" feels like) associate ...
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Did almost 300k children get married in 2000–2018 in the USA?

Firstly, let's take the emotive language out of the claim. The report takes the definition of "child marriage" to be a marriage involving any party under the age of 18 years old, and ...
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Are guns the number one killer of children in the US?

A letter (dated mid April 2022) in the New England Journal of Medicine states that "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released updated official mortality data..." ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

Following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) links in the story, these numbers appear to be not generated by the New York Times, but straight from OECD's "Indicator ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

To come up with the emission per child, the original source Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals Global Environmental Change Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2009, pages 14-20, is ...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

Not directly related to your source(s), but see the article pit of despair on Wikipedia. Warning, the article and the experiment itself can be rather disturbing. Harlow's first experiments involved ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

As I suspect this is your real question, the NYT graph appears flawed as a USA vs Norway comparison in the following sense: Data for Norway appears pulled from that B2.3 graph in jeffronicus' answer,...
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Can social isolation kill babies?

In addition to the other answers I would like to clarify that Salimbene indeed described an experiment in which the children died of social isolation. Here is the original excerpt1: Secunda eius ...
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During the Iran-Iraq war, did the Iranians use small children to trip land mines planted by Iraq?

Yes, according to the 07 July 1987 article For Iran's child soldiers, capture by the Iraqis is a mixed blessing from the Christian Science Monitor: SHIRZAD lasted about 24 hours on the battlefield. ...
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During the Iran-Iraq war, did the Iranians use small children to trip land mines planted by Iraq?

Yes. This use of child suicide minesweepers by Iran seems to be well-documented and discussed by academic scholars in reputable sources. Here are some examples I found: Helen Brocklehurst, a social ...
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Does homework improve student performance?

I've found a published journal titled "Educational Leadership" that thoroughly explores with supportive data of the arguments for and against homework, available here: http://www.ascd.org/publications/...
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

In addition to what Mad Scientist said, The neonatal infant mortality rate (first 28 days) is generally much higher than the post-neonatal infant mortality rate, yet this is before most vaccines are ...
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Does a child die from malaria every two minutes?

According to the World Health Organization: More than two thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group. In 2015, about 305,000 African children died before their fifth birthdays. ...
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Are seat straps in child restraints less effective when they are twisted?

I found a study (Misuse of child restraint systems in crash situations-danger and possible consequences) that tested how serious different types of child restraint system (CRS) misuse are. They ...
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Male circumcision causes eardrum to burst?

In a review article on adverse events in connection with male cicrumcision, no hearing loss was noted in 1.4M subjects... so I'd say that is a myth.
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Does a fetus taste the mother's food?

There is partial evidence supporting this. Specifically, there is evidence that the food pregnant women eat during pregnancy may affect their children’s food preferences during their childhood. For ...
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Did a Wisconsin school file sexual harassment complaints over pronoun usage?

This appears to be accurate according to local news sources. Parents want Kiel boys cleared of sexual harassment accusations: KIEL, Wis. (WBAY/Gray News) - The parents of three Wisconsin middle ...
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Were the vast majority of people on the National Sex Offender Registry children when they committed their crime?

The answer seems to be no, in the US the majority of people were registered as sex offenders as adults. (However, the number who were registered as children isn’t insignificant either.) The Juvenile ...
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Do lullabies help children fall asleep?

The specific notable claim appears to be the wikipedia article, which I'll address. tl;dr While there is some good evidence that music may help adult insomniacs get better sleep, there does not appear ...
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Does clapping children on the back in certain positions help clear mucus from their lungs?

The claims that clapping (percussion of the chest) as an effective method to remove mucus: in children with acute respiratory diseases and in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (...
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Are expired car seats no longer safe to use?

Answers that say "no such research studies have been published" are the hardest to write. I wish I could just say "such research exists, and my proof is the following example", but ...
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Does a Portland Public Schools curriculum teach K-5 students to subvert “white colonizers”' sexuality and explore “the infinite gender spectrum”?

I can confirm that some pages of the "cache of documents" are on google drive links of the Portland Public School website https://www.pps.net/Page/15891 under the heading "21-22 SY K-5 ...
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