Rhode Island HPV vaccine mandate sparks protests

General Health
The Boston Globe reports on its front page that the Rhode Island mandate to vaccinate both girls and boys against HPV “sparked protests from parents, who resented a school requirement to immunize against a disease that spreads through sex rather than anything that could be transmitted in the classroom.” (more…)
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Study shows bicycle injuries on the rise

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The Washington Post reports that “in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that the number of traumatic injuries related to bikes in adults age 18 and older nearly doubled from 1998-99 to 2012-2013 – going from 8,791 to 15,427.” (more…)
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Regenerating human limbs on demand

General Health
CNN in an article titled, "Out on a limb: Pioneering scientists grow monkey arms in the lab," reports, "In a U.S. laboratory, a monkey arm is stripped down as far as its individual cells. All that's left behind is a bare, frail scaffold. But that's not the end of the road for this arm. The scaffold is rebuilt with infusions of cells from another being -- be it a monkey, or a human -- which grow and transform the limb." (more…)
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Young people who identify as “goths” more likely to suffer from depression or to self-harm

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The Los Angeles Times reported in “Science Now” that “by the time they were 18, Britons who self-identified as ‘goth’ at the age of 15 were three times more likely to be clinically depressed and five times more likely to cut, burn or intentionally inflict injury on themselves than were young people who did not identify with goth subculture.” (more…)
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New book equips you to communicate on controversies

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The Freedom2Care blog, in an article titled, "New book encourages and equips people of faith to engage on controversial issues," writes, "How can we remain true to the core teachings of our faith and winsomely engage others on controversial issues like sex, marriage, abortion, religious freedom, human trafficking and end of life issues?" (more…)
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Physician decries assisted suicide laws

General Health
In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, my dear friend and colleague, Dr. William Toffler, an Oregon-based physician and national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care criticizes the state’s legalization of physician-assisted suicide, saying it has been detrimental to medical care and the patient-physician relationship. (more…)
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Nearly all sports entail risk of concussion

General Health
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a child’s brain is “especially susceptible to concussion,” and “sports-related concussions account for more than half of all emergency room visits by children aged 8 through 13.” (more…)
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