The Washington Post — More than 350 organizations write Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety
More than 350 organizations, including APHA and other leading U.S. medical, advocacy and professional organizations, have sent a letter to President Trump expressing their “unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines. The effort reflects the growing alarm among a wide array of groups over Trump’s embrace of discredited claims about vaccine safety.
The New York Times — Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants
Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight.
Kaiser Health News — New federal rules will require home health agencies to do much more for patients
Home health agencies will be required to become more responsive to patients and their caregivers under the first major overhaul of rules governing these organizations in almost 30 years. The first major overhaul of rules governing these organizations in almost 30 years strengthens patients’ rights considerably and calls for caregivers to be informed and engaged in plans for patients’ care.
Reuters — Eight countries sign up to counter Trump’s global anti-abortion move
Eight countries have joined an initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls caused by President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S.-funded groups around the world providing information on abortion, Sweden’s deputy prime minister said. A conference will be held on March 2 in Brussels to kick-start the funding initiative to help non-governmental organizations whose family planning projects could be affected.