Médecins Sans Frontières strongly condemns attack on Al Shifa hospital

MSF, statement online 30.07.14
“Yesterday’s attack on Al Shifa hospital, where nearly 2,000 people are sheltering, demonstrates how civilians have nowhere safe to go and shows the current difficulties of providing emergency aid in Gaza. Médecins Sans Frontières strongly condemns the 28 July attack on Gaza City’s Al Shifa hospital, where an Médecins Sans Frontières surgical team is working.”
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Customary IHL – helping to improve the protection of victims of armed conflict

ICRC, interview 29-07-2014
“The rules of customary international humanitarian law (IHL) improve the protection of victims of armed conflict, by complementing the safeguards provided by treaty law. The ICRC’s head of project for customary law, Els Debuf, explains why customary IHL is so important and why the ICRC’s on-line Customary IHL Database, now four years old, is a vital tool for all those working on issues related to armed conflict and IHL.”
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Two hour death in US execution is likely to lead to legal challenges

BMJ 2014;349:g4861
Author: Owen Dyer
“American states seeking to execute prisoners by lethal injection are likely to face a barrage of legal challenges in the coming months after a convicted murderer, Joseph R Wood III, took nearly two hours to die in an Arizona prison.”
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Payment for plasma raises ethical issues

CMAJ, online 28 July 2014
Author: Wendy Glauser
“An Ontario-based company is now compensating donors for plasma, giving rise to a divide in the medical community about the safety and ethics of paying for blood.”
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Higher health co-payments will hit the most vulnerable

The Conversation, online 29 July 2014
Author: Stephen Duckett
“Many poor families already pay a significant proportion of their household income on health care co-payments and will face increasing financial pressure with a proposed additional A$7 charge, according to new Grattan Institute research I’m presenting today to the Senate Inquiry into out-of-pocket costs.”
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US falls short of target for vaccinating adolescents against HPV

Author: Michael McCarthy
BMJ 2014;349:g4877

“Only a third of adolescent girls in the United States have received the recommended three doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, well below the coverage rate target of 80%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported… The five most common reasons why parents said that they were not likely to have their child vaccinated in the coming year were that they did not think the vaccine was necessary; that they lacked knowledge about the vaccine; that their child was not sexually active; that they had safety concerns; and, in about one third of parents of girls and over half of parents of boys, that their child’s healthcare provider had not recommended HPV vaccination…”

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Shift work is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, study shows

BMJ 2014;349:g4804
Author: Susan Mayor

“Shift work is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a meta-analysis that showed the highest risk was in men and in people working rotating shift patterns. Research has previously shown that, compared with working a standard daytime work schedule, shift work—which is defined as working irregular or unusual working hours—is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer and vascular events… Analysing results from 12 studies with a total of 226?652 participants showed that shift working was associated with a 9% increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared with people who had never worked shifts (odds ratio 1.09 (95% confidence interval 1.05 to 1.12; p=0.014))…”

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Woman loses unborn baby after being wrongly given abortion med

Press Trust of India, July 27, 2014

“A doctor and a paramedic have been arrested after an eight-month pregnant woman was allegedly wrongly administered medicine for abortion at a prominent private hospital here, leading to the death of her unborn child. “We have immediately registered a case and arrested the doctor, whose negligent act has caused this,” SP, South Jammu, Rahul Malik said. He said a Female Multi Purpose Health Worker (FMPHW) was also arrested in the case…”

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Florida VA sites altered wait times to falsify treatment compliance

Florida Today, July 28, 2014
Author: Ledyard King

“Schedulers at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ clinic at Eglin Air Force Base were told to improve wait times by changing the date veterans requested a medical appointment so it appeared they got treated within 14 days of their request. Staff at the VA’s medical center at Bay Pines health center in St. Petersburg were encouraged to align appointment dates requested by veterans with the actual dates they received medical care…”

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Police Seek Man Who Refused Tuberculosis Treatment

ABC News, 24 July 2014

“Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, a 25-year-old transient, went to the San Joaquin General Hospital’s emergency room in March, complaining of a severe cough. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, medical staff told him to stay in a Stockton motel room, where a health worker would deliver his medication and watch him take it. But officials say he took off. County health officials asked prosecutors to seek the warrant, in part, because Rosas Cruz comes from a part of Mexico known for its drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis…”

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