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Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide. [More]

University professor calls for broad-based, sensitive policies to address child abuse in England

The number of maltreated children in England could be as much as 90 per cent higher than official figures show, claims a University of Huddersfield expert, the author of a wide-ranging new book on UK child protection policies. [More]
State highlights: Calif. midwives prepare for new independence; Minn. gov supports nurse board changes; Colo. Medicaid dental care

State highlights: Calif. midwives prepare for new independence; Minn. gov supports nurse board changes; Colo. Medicaid dental care

California licensed midwives will have increased independence and authority in attending births, potentially giving more pregnant women access to their services under a new law that goes into effect in January. Assembly Bill 1308 removes an unworkable clause that required all licensed midwives to be supervised by a physician. Licensed midwives had been unable to fulfill that requirement since it went into effect 20 years ago because physicians' malpractice insurance prohibited them from filling that role. In addition, licensed midwives will now be authorized to operate birth centers without physician supervision and will have increased access to drugs, tests and medical devices used in their practice (Renner, 12/18). [More]
URC leads new project to improve people's health status in Haiti

URC leads new project to improve people's health status in Haiti

University Research Co., LLC is leading a new project in Haiti, a country with complex public health issues, including decentralization, HIV/AIDS, and cholera, to improve the population's health status. [More]
CAC receives $1M grant to render services to young sexual assault victims

CAC receives $1M grant to render services to young sexual assault victims

The Orange County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) has been awarded a grant of nearly $1 million to help close gaps in existing services to young sexual assault victims. [More]
Report: Rates of sexual abuse of children have declined, but reasons not fully understood

Report: Rates of sexual abuse of children have declined, but reasons not fully understood

Rates of physical and sexual abuse of children have declined over the last 20 years, but for reasons not fully understood, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Yet, reports of psychological and emotional child abuse have risen in the same period, and data vary significantly as to whether child neglect is increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant. [More]
Lawmakers gird for new abortion fight as Texas special session convenes

Lawmakers gird for new abortion fight as Texas special session convenes

Texas lawmakers resume debate on proposed abortion legislation as the state legislature opens a special session Monday. Republicans say they will quickly pass new abortion restrictions despite opponents' efforts. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office projected that a House bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks would increase Medicaid costs by as much as $400 million. [More]
First Edition: July 1, 2013

First Edition: July 1, 2013

Today's headlines include a variety of weekend news reports, including coverage of the Obama administration's final contraceptive coverage rule as well as a range of other stories on health law implementation issues. [More]
House passes abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy

House passes abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy

House lawmakers Tuesday passed a nationwide ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- one of the most far-reaching federal bills on abortion in years. The bill, which faces long odds in the Senate and even longer odds to get the president's signature, is unlikely to ever become law. [More]
First Edition: June 19, 2013

First Edition: June 19, 2013

Today's headlines include reports the development of the health law's online marketplaces is falling behind schedule. [More]
Viewpoints: Controlling costs; Health law's guarantee of coverage; ACO liability

Viewpoints: Controlling costs; Health law's guarantee of coverage; ACO liability

In the impassioned debates over healthcare, one fact is often lost-;Americans pay more but get less for their health care than residents of other high-income countries. I believe we can change that. We can improve the quality of care and reduce our expenses, saving a trillion dollars or more a year, by making our health care system more efficient (William A. Haseltine, 6/17). [More]
Insider probe over Medicare rate decision hits Congress

Insider probe over Medicare rate decision hits Congress

News outlets report on developments in the story of alleged insider trading after a Medicare rate decision. [More]
First book addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean to be published

First book addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean to be published

Professor Adele Jones, Director of the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield has co authored and edited the first book to address the issue of child sexual abuse within a region of the world constructed as a 'paradise' in the language of global travel. [More]
New research calls for changes to government scheme on child health care programme

New research calls for changes to government scheme on child health care programme

New research at The University of Nottingham is calling for changes to a government scheme which engages community nurses in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the home as part of a maternal and child health care programme. [More]

U.K., international community should follow Africa's lead on efforts to stop FGM

"Last month the U.K. Department for International Development announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation in Africa and elsewhere," Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian's "Global Development Professionals Network." [More]
UNICEF report warns Syrian conflict creating 'lost generation' of children

UNICEF report warns Syrian conflict creating 'lost generation' of children

"The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a 'lost generation' of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report [.pdf] released Tuesday," the Los Angeles Times reports. [More]
Ark., N.Y. head in opposite directions on abortion regulation

Ark., N.Y. head in opposite directions on abortion regulation

Arkansas and New York are states headed in opposite directions on new abortion regulation: Arkansas's Senate passes a bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks while New York's governor works on legislation guaranteeing access to late-term abortions. [More]
NSPCC, Queen's launch first ever review on child death or serious injury in Northern Ireland

NSPCC, Queen's launch first ever review on child death or serious injury in Northern Ireland

The first ever review of abuse cases related to child death or serious injury in Northern Ireland will be launched at Queen's University today (24 January 2013). The review, Translating Learning into Action, was commissioned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and was carried out by researchers at Queen's University and the NSPCC. [More]
Children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may benefit from psychological therapies

Children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may benefit from psychological therapies

Children suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of traumatic events, including child abuse, may benefit from psychological therapies, according to a review published in The Cochrane Library. [More]
Viewpoints: Friedman on why Democrats are really the 'pro-life' party; Myths about doctor-assisted suicide

Viewpoints: Friedman on why Democrats are really the 'pro-life' party; Myths about doctor-assisted suicide

Hard-line conservatives have gone to new extremes lately in opposing abortion. ... These are the authentic voices of an ever-more-assertive far-right Republican base that is intent on using uncompromising positions on abortion to not only unseat more centrist Republicans ... but to overturn the mainstream consensus in America on this issue. [More]