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US denies young teens easy access to morning after pill

US denies young teens easy access to morning after pill

In a surprise move, the US secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Karen Sibelius, has overruled her own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner on a sensitive political issue, denying girls under 17 access to the emergency contraceptive Plan B unless it is prescribed by a medical doctor.

A new map of “the other” malaria

A new map of “the other” malaria

The malarial parasite, Plasmodium vivax, is something of a forgotten step sister to the more prevalent, more deadly Plasmodium falciparum. Global and local programmes looking to eradicate malaria may need to pay it more attention say several health experts presenting at this year’s annual meeting for the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia taking place this week.  Read more