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Full-Dose Trivalent Flu Vaccine Seems Safe for Children 6 to 35 Months of Age: Study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children six to 35 months old can safely be given a full dose of seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV), a new study suggests. Currently in the US, health officials recommend that children six to 35 months old be given half the dose of TIV (0.25 mL) rather than the full dose (0.5 mL).
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Is Hugging Patients Appropriate?

How important is a physician's touch? In a recent all-physician discussion on Medscape Connect, the question of when and how to touch patients yielded insights on physical exams, handshakes, and hugs.
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India to Probe Corruption in Healthcare After TV Sting

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has ordered an investigation into doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacks for referring patients for medical tests, following a sting operation by a TV news channel.
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If You Could Give One Piece Of Advice To A Young Doctor…

It was late when I left the call room on my last day as an intern in the step-down unit, and I hesitated before entering the stairwell. I considered turning instead towards the elevators, which would take me swiftly down seventeen floors, a world away from the sickness and disease we had spent the day battling.
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Dengue Vaccine Phase III efficacy study - CYD 14 Full Publication in the Lancet

Clinical efficacy and safety of a novel tetravalent dengue vaccine in healthy children in Asia: a phase 3, randomised, observer-masked, placebo-controlled trial
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Opting for death with dignity

YEARS ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopaedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could treble a patient's five-year-survival odds - from 5 per cent to 15 per cent - albeit with a poor quality of life.
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U.S. Measles Is at Highest Level in 20 Years

The number of measles cases reported in the U.S. so far this year is the highest since 1994, according to an MMWR article. The disease was declared eliminated in 2000.
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To Protect Progress, WHO Declares Polio Spread Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Polio News – SPECIAL ALERT
Today, after receiving advice from an Emergency Committee of independent experts and in order to protect progress toward eradication, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan declared the recent international spread of wild poliovirus a “public health emergency of international concern,”
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