Monthly Archives: February 2014

How Many People Aren’t Vaccinating Their Kids in Your State?

“In some places, dodging your children’s immunizations is as easy as checking a box,” reports Mother Jones.

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Report Says Not Enough Children Get HPV Vaccine

“Not enough children in the United States are being vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, according to a report issued on Monday by the President’s Cancer Panel. The viruses, transmitted by intimate contact, cause cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, … Continue reading

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Health Officials Warn San Francisco BART-Riders Of Measles Exposure

” Health officials are warning riders of the San Francisco Bay Area’s BART public transportation system that they may have been exposed to measles last week. Contra Costa Health Services issued a warning that a student at the University of California, Berkeley, … Continue reading

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Where does patient and family privacy end in a Hosptial?

“My hospital, where I am chairman of the bioethics committee, recently wrestled with the question of where patient and family privacy ends. Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (N.I.C.U.) worried that a premature infant, whom I’ll call Rickie to … Continue reading

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Virus Advances Through East Caribbean – will this affect your travel plans?

” A painful mosquito-borne virus common in Africa and Asia has advanced quickly throughout the eastern Caribbean in the past two months, raising the prospect that a once-distant illness will become entrenched throughout the region, public health experts say.” Will this … Continue reading

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California’s Health Exchange Removes Its Physician Directories Because of Errors

“The California health care exchange has taken down its physician directories, amid continuing complaints from doctors and patients alike that the lists of doctors and hospitals included in each insurance plan were error-riddled and unreliable,” says the NY Times.

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What Is Brain Death?

Brain death is a tragic topic where neuroscience, ethics and philosophy collide. Two recent cases have sent this sensitive and thorny issue once again into the media spotlight. Read more @ Wired.

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Car Seats Save Lives but Are Still Underused

“More than 9,000 children under 12 died in motor vehicle accidents from 2002 to 2011, in many cases because they were not properly restrained in child seats or seatbelts,” the NY Times reports. “Though the death rate decreased over those … Continue reading

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Shortages of Critical Drugs Continue to Vex Doctors, Study Finds

“Despite efforts by the Obama administration to ease shortages of critical drugs, shortfalls have persisted, forcing doctors to resort to rationing in some cases or to scramble for alternatives, a government watchdog agency said on Monday,” reports the NY Times.

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‘Aid in Dying’ Movement Takes Hold in Some States

The NY Times reports: ” Helping the terminally ill end their lives, condemned for decades as immoral, is gaining traction. Banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008, it is now legal in five states. Its advocates, who have learned to shun the … Continue reading

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