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Brazil continues to be in grip of yellow fever epidemic

Brazilian authorities have confirmed that the ongoing yellow fever outbreak has claimed at least three more lives, while hundreds of suspected cases remain under investigation.

The Health Ministry of the South American country said in a statement that a total of 568 suspected cases were reported nationwide, More than 100 cases have been confirmed, while 430 cases remain under investigation.

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New Jersey distributing free baby boxes to slash infant mortality rates

New Jersey distributing free baby boxes to slash infant mortality rates

A newly-launched universal baby box program will provide all babies born in New Jersey this year with free ‘safe boxes’ to sleep in and additional newborn essentials.

Cooper University Hospital rolled out the Baby Boxes program as part of a safe-sleeping campaign designed to decrease the number of babies dying from so-called Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

The cardboard boxes come with a firm mattress, fitted sheet and a waterproof cover. Recipients are also receiving diapers, wipes, breast pads, breast cream, and an activity cart.

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Most Americans oppose plans to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood: poll

Most Americans oppose plans to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood: poll

While Republicans are inclined to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a new poll released on Friday indicated that almost two-thirds of American voters oppose any such move.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, nearly 66 per cent of voters told pollsters that they oppose cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and even a larger majority, 70 per cent, told them that they agree with the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade that legalized the procedure abortion.

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Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Following a three-day hearing, a federal district court judge in Austin, Texas, issued a temporary injunction to block the state from removing Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.

The state’s plan to remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program would deny more than 11,000 poor residents from accessing preventive health care from providers of their choice, as well as would strip the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics of millions of dollars annually.

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New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey on Thursday launched a universal baby box program that will provide all babies born in the state this year with free safe boxes to sleep in addition to some other newborn essentials, authorities announced.

The "Baby Boxes" program, rolled out yesterday at Cooper University Hospital, is part of a safe-sleeping campaign that aims to reduce the number of babies dying from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

A North Carolina health care system launched an investigation after a female patient complained that she found "lesbianism" listed under the category of medical problems on her medical history record.

Kristina Rodriguez told reporters that she had blood work done at Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System. After getting the procedure done, she was shocked to find lesbianism listed as a medical issue on her medical record.

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Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

A team of pediatricians has recommended that parents should think twice before purchasing so-called “smart clothing” with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on the health of their babies.

The smart clothing like sensor-equipped socks, onesies, leg bands and diapers clips are being marketed as efficient tools to help parents keep an eye on things like their infants’ breathing, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels, when they are in distress.

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CDC postpones climate conference ahead of Trump’s inauguration

CDC postpones climate conference ahead of Trump’s inauguration

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) postponed a climate conference ahead of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a spokesperson for the federal agency confirmed on Monday.

The Climate & Health Summit, which had been in the works for the last many months, had been scheduled to take place next month in Atlanta. The summit’s aim was to provide public health officials from around the nation with an opportunity to learn more about the increasing evidence of the health risks posed by climate change.

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Kaleo announces free alternative to expensive EpiPen

Kaleo announces free alternative to expensive EpiPen

Just around a week after CVS announced its decision to introduce an EpiPen rival for just $10, Kaleo Pharma announced an alternative that will be available free of charge.

Kaleo's auto-adrenaline-injection system called Auvi-Q, which was recalled last fall, will return to the market by February 14, 2017. While the regular price of Auvi-Q is $360, it will be available free of charge for millions of patients.

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Nearly half of U.S. men have genital HPV infection: study

Nearly half of U.S. men have genital HPV infection: study

Almost half of men in the United States are suffering from a genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection but a small percentage have access to the required vaccine, a new study revealed.

The study, led by Dr. Jasmine Han of gynecologic oncology at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg-based Womack Army Medical Center, revealed that nearly 45 per cent of American men (around 35 million men) under age 60 are suffering from a genital HPV infection.

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