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Big US majority favors mandatory vaccinations: Reuters/Ipsos poll – Reuters UK

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A large majority of Americans favor mandatory vaccinations of children, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday, apparently unswayed by some senior Republicans who have raised fears the medical shots could lead to autism. Seventy-eight percent of respondents in the online survey said all children should be vaccinated unless there is a direct […]

More US Women Rely on IUDs and Implants – MedPage Today

The use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), such as intrauterine devices, among U.S. women has increased nearly five-fold in the last decade, according to a CDC report. Among women ages 15 to 44, LARC use declined between 1982 and 1988, remained stable through 2002, and then increased from 1.5% in 2002 to […]

‘Bionic’ eye allows man to see wife for first time in a decade – Medical News Today

‘Bionic’ eye allows man to see wife for first time in a decade – Medical News Today

A blind man is now able to see objects and people again, including his wife and family, for the first time in a decade. How? With the help of a bionic eye implant. The technology could one day be used to restore sight to wounded soldiers and patients with advanced forms of diabetes […]

Sierra Leone hopes for economic bounce post-Ebola – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Sierra Leone could see growth rebound to double digits over the next 3-5 years as it emerges from the Ebola crisis and plans to tap its diaspora to raise funds for development, its foreign minister said. The west African country’s economy was ravaged by the recent year-long outbreak of the Ebola virus […]

FDA Says It Knew Scopes That Allegedly Spread ‘Superbug’ Could Transmit … – ABC News

FDA Says It Knew Scopes That Allegedly Spread ‘Superbug’ Could Transmit … – ABC News

The revelation that contaminated endoscopes were cleaned according to manufacturer instructions but still allegedly caused seven people to become infected with a deadly drug-resistant bacteria has raised questions about whether the scopes are too difficult to clean. Seven people have become infected with the drug-resistant “superbug” known as CRE at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center […]

UN experts warn of "critical knowledge gaps" on Saudi MERS virus – Reuters

* Middle East Respiratory Syndrome still largely a mystery * Some 50 people infected with MERS in Saudi so far this month * Respiratory disease kills up to 40 percent of its victims By Kate Kelland LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has not done enough to investigate and control a deadly new MERS […]

Breastfeeding may reduce arsenic exposure in infants, study suggests – Medical News Today

Breastfeeding may reduce arsenic exposure in infants, study suggests – Medical News Today

The health benefits of breastfeeding for newborns are widely documented. Now, a new study provides another reason for new mothers to breastfeed: it could significantly reduce infants’ risk of arsenic exposure. Arsenic concentrations in the urine of breastfed infants were 7.5 times lower than those of infants who were formula fed. Conducted by […]

World Health Organization pushes for ‘smart’ syringes – MSNBC

Doctors with the World Health Organization (WHO) are pushing for “smart” syringes and arguing that such a practice is “absolutely critical” for stopping the spread of deadly infectious diseases from one person to another. The use of the same syringe to give multiple people injections is spreading deadly diseases, the WHO wrote Monday in a statement, […]

Hand-washing dishes could prevent allergy development in children – The Week Magazine

When an expert U.S. panel released new dietary guidelines last week, its embrace of the egg got most of the attention. But the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee also weighed in for the first time on a topic near and dear to many American hearts and brains: Coffee. “Currently, strong evidence shows that consumption of […]

Drug-Resistant Malaria Outbreak Is a ‘Huge Threat’ – Newsweek

Drug-Resistant Malaria Outbreak Is a ‘Huge Threat’ – Newsweek