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MN measles outbreak traced to single child in Somali community fearful of vaccine myth

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics identified Patient Zero in the new measles epidemic as a 30-month-old child from Minnesota who had recently traveled to Kenya. The unvaccinated child of Somali descent lived within an immigrant community in Minneapolis that had a low rate for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination,…

Group calls for HIV screening of teens who have sex

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – All sexually active adolescents should be screened for HIV, the American Academy of Pediatricssaid Monday in a new policy statement that broadens earlier recommendations. And in areas with higher rates of the infection, all teens over 16 should get the test, the group added in its statement. More than…

Child abuse climbs with recession: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As the U.S. economy began to tank, the number of abused kids landing in the hospital with severe brain injuries spiked, a new study shows. Anecdotes linking child abuse to the recession have surfaced before, but there had been no hard data to back the…

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