Fight against malaria unites old foes in Myanmar

Reuters, 18 December 2014
Author: Astrid Zweynert
“Myanmar has the largest malaria burden in the region, with 333,871 malaria cases in 2013 and about 60 percent of people living in areas where it is endemic, many of them migrants and people in rural regions that are hard to reach. Progress in fighting malaria is threatened by parasite resistance to drugs used to treat the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.”
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Alarm over surge in HIV cases in Cambodia

Aljazeera, 18 December 2014
Author: Phorn Bopha
“Panic has struck a small community in Cambodia’s northwestern province of Battambang after more than 100 villagers, including 19 children, tested positive for HIV in the past week, officials said.Police are questioning an unlicensed doctor who has been accused by many in the community of about 9,000 people of spreading the disease by allegedly providing medical treatment to patients using the same needle.”
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A Sensible Anti-Abortion Policy

Huffington Post, 18 December 2014
Author: Geoffrey R. Stone
“Each year in the United States, there are approximately 6.7 million pregnancies. Of these, roughly half are unintended. More than a third of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion. As a result, approximately 1 million women in the United States have an abortion each year. Abortion is a sensitive topic that engages deeply-felt moral and religious beliefs. ”
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Can Cuba Escape Poverty but Stay Healthy?

NYT, 18 December 2014
Author: Margot Sanger-Katz
“Cuba has many economic problems, including the inefficiencies of central planning and the long trade embargo with the United States. Yet the country has a thriving public health system that has made its population among the healthiest in the world. Researchers call it the Cuban Health Paradox.”
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Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study

BMJ 2014;349:g7346
Authors: Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, James McCormack, et al
“Mass media in the form of television, radio and printed material are frequently used to deliver medical information to the public. Research suggests that mass media can improve public knowledge1 and potentially improve health behaviors.2 Television is one of the most important mass media sources of health information.3 4 However, concerns have been raised about the quality, completeness and accuracy of medical information covered in the news media,5 6 7 8 and television news media is no exception.7 8 The quality of information outside of the news media has not been examined.”
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Detention not a solution for migrants

ICRC statement, 17 December 2014
“Around the world, thousands of migrants are behind bars. Having already suffered many hardships on perilous journeys, migrants should not be subjected to administrative detention except as a measure of last resort, and States should provide alternatives, says the International Committee of the Red Cross in the run-up to International Migrants Day, 18 December.”
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HPV vaccination does not lead to risky sexual behaviour in adolescent girls, study finds

BMJ 2014;349:g7681
“Despite concerns that vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) may promote promiscuity, receiving the vaccine does not seem to lead adolescent girls to engage in risky sexual behaviour, a large Canadian study has found. The study was published online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on 8 December.”
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Eastbury v Genea Genetics [2014] NSWSC 1793

Decision 17 December 2014
“Catchwords PERSONAL INJURY – application for an extension of time pursuant to s 60G of the Limitation Act 1969 (NSW) – claim arises from the diagnosis of the plaintiffs’ sons as having a full mutation consistent with a diagnoses of Fragile X Syndrome – plaintiffs claim damages for mental harm and claim the defendant laboratory breached its duty of care in failing to test the first plaintiff’s carrier status for Fragile X Syndrome – cause of action arguably accrued on the date of birth of each of the plaintiffs’ two sons – application for an extension of time on the basis that after becoming aware of their sons’ conditions the plaintiffs acted with reasonable expedition and that the extent of any damages awarded is likely to be significant – extension of time granted”
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What is it to do good medical ethics? A kaleidoscope of views

J Med Ethics 2015;41:1-4 doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102571
Authors: Raanan Gillon, Roger Higgs
“This special issue of the journal is a birthday issue. A fortieth birthday is usually the time for more than pure celebration: a rueful glance in the mirror at the beginning to check on grey hairs, taking stock about whether achievements come anywhere near those carefully laid plans, cautious conversations with people who’ve been around that long too (with a wary look at the younger ones who might have been expecting a lot more); and then a long, deep breath about what comes next. … It was the present editor-in-chief Julian Savulescu who suggested that these questions might be addressed by making the theme of JME40 the open-ended question ‘What is it to do good medical ethics?’”
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