April 05, 2006

What we are reading today...

  • Childhood TV and Gaming Is 'Major Public Health Issue'
    These media should carry a health warning, argue researchers, who claim research shows exposure can increase obesity, tobacco and alcohol use, risky sex and violence.

  • Thorny Legal Issues in Case of HIV in Marriage
    The California Supreme Court will sift through the ruins of the marriage of an AIDS-infected couple today to decide what information partners must tell one another about past high-risk sexual activity.

  • 'African Law' Needed To Protect Traditional Medicine
    The African Union and World Health Organization should draft a law that African nations could use to protect traditional knowledge, say local experts.

  • GAO Criticizes Bush's AIDS Plan
    The requirement that a large fraction of President Bush's global AIDS plan go to promote abstinence and fidelity is causing confusion in many countries and in a few is eroding other prevention efforts, including ones to reduce mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

  • Health Insurance May Be Mandatory in Mass.
    Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first state to require that all its citizens have some form of health insurance.

  • Tonsil-Adenoid Surgery May Help Behavior, Too
    Researchers have found strong evidence that adenotonsillectomy — the surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids — can help relieve childhood behavioral or attention problems, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.

  • Vaccine Best Tool To Combat Bird Flu Outbreak
    A recent study suggests that the most effective way to combat an outbreak of bird flu in people would require a rapid and aggressive vaccination campaign as soon as the outbreak began, even if the vaccine wasn't a perfect match.

  • Siblings of Disabled Have Their Own Troubles
    Many support outlets are intended for disabled children themselves or for their parents, often leaving their siblings overlooked. Those children face many of the same challenges — and joys — as their parents, but they also face other problems.

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