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Counterfeit Contraceptives Found in South America

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A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.

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Embargoed AJPH Research: School Bullying and Fighting, Smoke-Free Impacts, Firearm Safety Laws

In this month’s release, find studies about recent trends in the decrease of bullying and physical fighting among school-aged youth; the decrease in COPD hospitalizations in smoke-free communities; and the association between firearm safety laws and gun ownership among parents of preschool-aged children.

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Tobacco Use Varies Widely Among Asian and Pacific Islanders in U.S.

A new study in American Journal of Health Behavior finds significant differences in tobacco use when analyzed by specific Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

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New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil

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An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The report appeared in the April 17 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Non-Vaccine Measles Treatment Identified: UPDATE - Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A with Researchers

A novel antiviral drug may reduce the spread and severity of measles without a vaccination. Dr. Richard Plemper from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University and Dr. Michael Natchus of the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery (EIDD) will be available to answer questions from the media at a live virtual press conference at 1 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 16th.

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Researchers See Hospitalization Records as Additional Tool to Monitor Disease Outbreaks

By comparing hospitalization records from Massachusetts hospitals with data reported to local boards of health, researchers found a more accurate way to monitor how well communities track disease outbreaks.

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Immune System Research May Help Doctors Predict Who Gets Long-Term Complications From Lyme Disease

A team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins and Stanford University researchers has laid the groundwork for understanding how variations in immune responses to Lyme disease can contribute to the many different outcomes of this bacterial infection seen in individual patients. A report on the work appears online April 16 in PLOS One.

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Researchers Develop A New Drug to Combat the Measles: UPDATE - Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A with Researchers

A novel antiviral drug may protect people infected with the measles from getting sick and prevent them from spreading the virus to others, an international team of researchers says.

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Antibiotics Improve Growth in Children in Developing Countries

Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to researchers at McGill University who have just conducted a research literature review on the subject. Their results, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that the youngest children from the most vulnerable populations benefit most and show significant improvements toward expected growth for their age and sex, particularly for weight.

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Blacks with Financial Worries Have Lower Health Scores

Black adults who reported feeling more financial strain also rated their health more poorly than those with less financial strain, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

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