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Save the Children describes healthcare disaster in Syria – Reuters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Newborns freezing to death in hospital incubators, doctors cutting off limbs to stop patients from bleeding to death, surging cases of polio: a new report published on Monday paints a dire picture of Syria’s collapsing healthcare system. The report, issued by charity Save the Children, said some 60 percent of Syria’s hospitals have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the three-year-old conflict and nearly half…

Hundreds take part in inaugural Macey Whittaker SIDS Awareness Walk/Run – Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PRINCETON — By Bluefield Daily Telegraph  —  More bitter than sweet, the parents of Macey Whittaker leaned on the strength of their friends, faith and personal goal to help others to make the inaugural Macey Whittaker SIDS Awareness 5k Walk/Run a success. “This is an amazing turnout. It’s a blessing really,” Garret Whittaker said as he walked among hundreds of friends and supporters of the SIDS awareness effort. “It’s just…

Pro-vaccination efforts, debunking autism myths may be scaring wary parents … – CBS News

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vaccines are doing their jobs preventing disease and death, and even bringing down societal costs, according to a new study in Pediatrics. But another study, published in the same journal issue, found that public health campaigns touting vaccines’ effectiveness and debunking the links between autism and other health risks might actually be backfiring, and convincing parents to skip the shots for their kids. CBS Evening News Growing number of parents…

16 Cases of Measles in NYC Lead to Worst Outbreak in 17 Years – Babble

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What the measles can look like after just four days Having and showing respect for the beliefs of others is of critical importance. Whether it’s religious, political, social or otherwise, for those who want to live politely and civilly, showing that while you may not agree with the decisions and actions of others but that you recognize that differences exist is crucial. That being said, I’m getting less patient with…

Anti-Vaccination Parents Dig in Heels Even After Receiving Medical Info – Scientific American

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Although public health researchers have worked to counter misinformation about vaccines and raise vaccination rates, a number of the methods they are using may be ineffective, according to a new study. In the study, researchers focused on the now-debunked idea that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (or MMR) caused autism. Surveying 1,759 parents, researchers found that while they were able to teach parents that the vaccine and autism…

The children of Japan’s Fukushima battle an invisible enemy – Reuters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it’s like to play outside — fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives. Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and…

The Ideologue vs. the Children – Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What a small and politically vicious man New York’s new mayor is. Bill de Blasio doesn’t like charter schools. They are too successful to be tolerated. Last week he announced he will drop the ax on three planned Success Academy schools. (You know Success Academy: It was chronicled in the film “Waiting for Superman.” It’s one of the charter schools the disadvantaged kids are desperate to get into.) Mr. de…

Death toll of children at Indiana day cares hits 31 – Indianapolis Star

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Children working on art and other activities at a local daycare center.(Photo: Kelly Wilkinson / The Star file photo) Even as the state legislature is poised to adopt new regulations, the death toll is surging in Indiana day cares, raising questions about whether proposed reforms go far enough. An Indianapolis Star investigation last year reported 21 deaths at Indiana day cares from 2009 to June 2013, and 10 more child…

The hard lives — and high suicide rate — of Native American children on … – Washington Post

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“We’re not really open to conversation about suicide,” Owens said. “It’s kind of like a private matter, a sensitive topic. If a suicide happens, you’re there for the family. Then after that, it’s kind of just, like, left alone.” But the silence that has shrouded suicide in Indian country is being pierced by growing alarm at the sheer number of young Native Americans taking their own lives — more than…

The children of Japan’s Fukushima battle an invisible enemy – Reuters

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it’s like to play outside — fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives. Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and…

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