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Many Haiti orphanages run by child traffickers, says J.K. Rowling's charity

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By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four in five children living in Haiti's orphanages have at least one living parent and are sold or given to the homes on false promises of an education or medical care, according to a charity founded by British...(more) 

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Task force advises routine preeclampsia screening in pregnancy

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Pregnant women should get routine blood pressure checks at every prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia, according to new proposed U.S. guidelines aimed at preventing deaths from this complication. “The Task Force recognizes the seriousness of this condition, which can...(more) 

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Americas region is world's first to be free of measles

a shared story    1 day 4 hours 41 minutes ago
Measles has been eradicated from the Americas after decades of vaccination efforts, making it the first region of the world to rid itself of the highly contagious disease, global health authorities said Tuesday. Measles remains a top killer of children worldwide, and took nearly 115,000 lives...(more) 

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Measles: A grim reaper of children despite vaccine

a shared story    1 day 5 hours 41 minutes ago
Declared "eliminated" in the Americas on Tuesday, measles still kills tens of thousands of children in the world every year, despite the availability of safe, affordable and effective vaccines. Known for its characteristic reddish rash, measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus spread...(more) 

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Engineered blood vessels grow in lambs

a shared story    1 day 6 hours 41 minutes ago
In a hopeful development for children born with congenital heart defects, scientists said Tuesday they had built artificial blood vessels which grew unaided when implanted into lambs, right into adulthood. If repeated in humans, such grafts would spare afflicted children the need for repeated surgeries, an...(more) 

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California changes laws so children can no longer be called prostitutes

a shared story    1 day 7 hours 41 minutes ago
Children will no longer be classified as prostitutes in the U.S. state of California after a new law decriminalized prostitution for minors in a move praised by child rights campaigners. Coming on the back of a public campaign coined "There is No Such Thing" as a...(more) 

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World's first baby born from 3-parent technique: report

a shared story    1 day 8 hours 41 minutes ago
The woman, whose identity was withheld by New Scientist, and her husband sought the help of John Zhang, a doctor from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City to have a baby that would be genetically related to them but would not carry the...(more) 

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Music therapy may help kids cope with immunization shots

a shared story    1 day 9 hours 41 minutes ago
By Linda Thrasybule (Reuters Health) - When little kids need to get a painful injection, music therapy can help them get through the procedure, a new study suggests. Children who received music therapy during a routine immunization visit were less stressed and better able to cope...(more) 

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Exercise found to reduce fatigue and improve physical fitness in women undergoing breast cancer treatments

a shared story    1 day 10 hours 41 minutes ago
Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off in October to raise awareness about the disease, its signs, symptoms, screening and diagnosis. Ahead of this, an extensive British review -- based on 32 clinical trials covering 2,626 women -- has highlighted the advantages of exercise for women in...(more) 

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How the AP-GfK poll on the candidates' health was conducted

a shared story    1 day 11 hours 41 minutes ago
The Associated Press-GfK poll on health and the presidential race was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Sept. 15-19. It is based on online interviews of 1,694 adults, including 1,476 registered voters and 1,251 likely voters, who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.......(more) 

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Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

a shared story    1 day 12 hours 41 minutes ago
A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with both Democrats and Republicans voting against the measure. The continuing resolution, or CR, which would have kept federal agencies...(more) 

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Hollywood portrayals of brain death don't match real life

a shared story    1 day 13 hours 41 minutes ago
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Portrayals of brain death in film and television are as fictional as the characters, researchers say. After reviewing films and TV shows featuring a storyline about brain death, they found that while 19 characters were declared brain dead, no...(more) 

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