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Measure kids’ medicines in metric units, not spoonfuls, doctors say


(Reuters Health) - Children’s liquid medicines should only be measured in metric units to avoid overdoses common with teaspoons and tablespoons, U.S. pediatricians say.

Experts caution against random drug testing in schools

(Reuters Health) - Schools should not be using random drug tests to catch or deter drug abusers, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises in an updated policy statement.

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Liberia urges sexual caution to beat Ebola outbreak

MONROVIA - Liberia called upon Ebola survivors on Sunday to extend a period of sexual abstinence or protected sex beyond an already advised three months following their recovery, amid fears the country's latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission.

29 Mar 2015

Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Paramedic Dean Elliott rummaged through the ambulance's emergency kit and pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Afghanistan 29 Mar 2015

Battling nightmare infections: U.S. CDC's plan to beat supberbugs

CHICAGO/NEW YORK - With painstaking effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign to go national.

29 Mar 2015

GSK agrees UK deal for meningitis shot after Novartis stand-off

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline has reached a deal with the British government to supply a new meningitis B vaccine, following a lengthy stand-off over price with the product's previous owner Novartis.

29 Mar 2015

Police fire tear gas on crowd during Sierra Leone Ebola lockdown

FREETOWN - Police fired tear gas at an angry crowd fighting over food supplies in Sierra Leone on Saturday, while other residents defied a three-day national lockdown that the government hopes will accelerate the end of the Ebola epidemic. | Video

World, 29 Mar 2015

Guinea president announces new emergency measures in Ebola fight

CONAKRY - Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced on Saturday new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in western Guinea where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

World, Africa 28 Mar 2015

Minnesota finds third bird flu infection in commercial poultry

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Saturday confirmed the third infection of a virulent strain of avian flu in a commercial poultry flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey-producing state.

U.S. 28 Mar 2015

In swansong, FDA chief defends drug approval process

WASHINGTON - In her final speech after six years as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the agency's drug approval standards against critics seeking weaker regulatory standards.

27 Mar 2015